May 24, 2017
By Jose Ortiz | April 1, 2010 | Food & Drink
FROM LEFT: Granville Adams; Cedric Adegnika; Alexander Sumner
The Florida Room
Previous gigs: All in New York, all the way back to Studio 54, The Palladium and Nell’s
Other occupation: Actor
Best way to get through your velvet ropes: Patience and politeness go a long way.
How to guarantee no access: Walk up to the rope and stare at it.
Surprisingly sweet: Angelina Jolie
Best tipper: Charlie Sheen
Miami club scene versus other cities: Dress code, dress code, dress code
Worst job you ever had: Bike messenger in NYC during the winter many years ago
You are obsessed with: Currently, it’s golf.
Previous gigs: Mynt, 320, Jimmy’z, The Living Room, Bar None and Man Ray in New York
Best way to get through your velvet ropes: Drop your ego.
How to guarantee no access: By being rude or a name dropper
Memorable encounter: Meeting Richard Gere and the Dalai Lama at Babbo in New York City
Biggest asshole: Adrian Grenier from Entourage
Miami club scene versus other cities: Miami policy is based more on glamour and status in comparison to character.
Living person you despise most: Myself when I am at work and have to be discriminating.
Phrase or word you most overuse: Karma
Career you would like to attempt: Hotel business
What would no one expect about you? I meditate one hour per day.
Coco de Ville
Previous gigs: Marquee Tenjune, Pangaea and Pink Elephant in New York
Other occupation: Menswear designer for Alexander Nash
Best way to get through your velvet ropes: Be stylish, flavorful and show a vibrant personality.
How to guarantee no access: Exude a sense of entitlement.
Miami club scene versus other cities: Money all too often garners one access. I prefer patrons who bring something to the event as opposed to those who ultimately suck out the energy because they are slated to buy bottles or are friends with an owner or “connected” person.
Most overrated virtue: Wealth
FROM LEFT: Laurent Bourgade; Russell Welker; Jesse Deville.
Previous gigs: The Living Room, Pearl, Nikki Beach, Level, Mynt
How to guarantee no access: Wear a tight Ed Hardy T-shirt.
Biggest asshole: Former heavyweight champion of the world Michael Moorer
Miami club scene versus other cities: Miami is a very difficult city due to its high and low seasons. Unlike in NYC, Paris or London, where the A-list is there almost all year long, you have to adapt in Miami. I end up pissing off a lot of locals when the big weeks—Art Basel, WMC, New Year’s—come around.
What would no one expect about you? Despite the image I project, I always feel guilty turning people away. I truly care about giving them a chance to have a fun night.
Previous gigs: Cain and GoldBar in New York
How to guarantee no access: Mispronounce the name you’re dropping to get in.
Biggest asshole: Puffy, Diddy, whatever his name is
Surprisingly sweet: Cameron Diaz
Best tipper: Ice-T
Miami club scene versus other cities: In New York, patrons choose to tip on the way out, instead of trying to bribe their way in.
Worst job you ever had: Roofing in the Florida summer sun
What would no one expect about you? I sing country music in the shower.
Previous gigs: As a doorman, the Shore Club. As a DJ, Suite, Snatch, Automatic Slims, The Florida Room, Love Hate
Best way to get through your velvet ropes: Be polite, patient and dress well.
How to guarantee no access: Shout, scream, drop names and wear Ed Hardy Ts. And girls thinking 400cc’s of saline in their chest is a free pass—it’s not.
Surprisingly sweet: Paris Hilton—I fully expected her to be a bitch.
Most overrated virtue: Confidence. Knowing when to humble yourself is important.
Least favorite word: Brewski. It should be struck from the dictionary.
You are obsessed with:Cars. Vintage or new, I like to drive.
What would no one expect about you? I’m really a brunette.
Photograph by Gio Alma. Shot on location at 1111 Lincoln Road, Robert Wennett’s latest project designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron
May 4, 2017