CABARET GUIDE TO
Cabaret Quarterly, Special Resort Number, Volume Five,
poss 1956, p74]
CABARET GUIDE TO MIAMI
Hotel). Oceanfront at Bal Harbour. Opened in
1956, this is the most fabulous night club this side of the
in Havana. It's built on tiers to insure perfect
viewing from any
of its 500 seats. The elaborate stage disappears into
when not in use. Big-name performers booked for the
by Stanley Melba of the Hotel Pierre's Cotillion Room, who
entertainment director of this $17,000,000 hotel.
Fontainebleau),4441 Collins, Miami Beach (JE. 8-8811).
Oval-shaped, and gorgeous. Also expensive. ($7.50 food
beverage minimum during winter season). Tony Martin,
performers of similar caliber, booked for the winter
show every week, with performances at 9:30 pm and
two orchestras: one for the Latin tempos; other for the
crowd. Food and service is deluxe.
Roc Hotel), Collins at 45th, Miami Beach (JE 2-2561).
huge, with a modern-Grecian motif throughout. Like its
counterparts above, the Pompeii's a deluxe spot. Two
nightly, at 9:30 and 11:30 and the names are big.
orchestras. On the hotel grounds is a popular and
drink and dance spot called Harry's American Bar.
Hotel)2555 Collins, Miami Beach (JE 1-6061). New show
night. Room is dark an intimate, overflowing with
decor. One show nightly at 11. Dancing,
drinking, but no
3101 Collins, Miami Beach (JE 8-6861). Here's one of
prettiest night club rooms on the beach. It's on the
side, quite dark, and very popular. Small beverage
more than $3), and specializing in comedians (Phil Foster,
Lenny Kent). Two shows nightly, at 9:30 and
music for dancing.
Collins, Miami Beach (JE 8-6811). Last-minute bookings
unusual entertainment here. One month it can be an ice
next, a name band. But the policy of two shows a
night, at 9:30
and 11:30, prevails, along with food and beverage minimums
service in a lavishly-decorated room.
Plaza), 23rd and Collins, Miami Beach (JE 1-6011).
lounge on the ground floor of a famed hotel. Long a
hangout of Miami visitors. Music for dancing.
TOP O' THE COLUMBUS
(Columbus Hotel) 312 N.E. 1st, Miami (3-2671).
Top O' The Mark in San Francisco, the 16th floor of this
hostelry affords an exciting view of Miami, Miami Beach, and
environs. Good food, pleasant guzzling atmosphere in
dancing from 9 pm to midnight.
FIVE O'CLOCK CLUB
Collins, Miami Beach (JE 8-1004). Once Martha Raye's
domain. Now it specializes in striptease with 10 to 15
in the "take-it-ff" lineup. Burlesque blackouts,
from 10 pm to 5 am with a continuous show, and a $3 minimum.
Blvd., Miami (84-3196). Featuring one headliner,
unusual act. Plus, of course, a half-dozen additional
"exotics." No cover, no minimum. Open from 10 pm
to 5 am.
36th, Miami (64-9151). Helene Polka has gained
recognition for her off-the-beaten-track peelorium, which
long list of girls and canned music. No cover, no
Open from 10 pm to 5 am.
, 134 5TH,
Beach (JE 1-9655). Oldest peel palace in town.
and burlesque blackouts. Inexpensive drinks.
10 pm, 12:30 am and 2:30 am.
Miami Beach (JE 8-9585). In addition to strips, the
comedian Lenny Ross as emcee. He's advertised as "the
shocking act in show business," which may not be entirely
true, but he
tries very hard. Open from 10 pm to 5 am.
, 215 22ND,
Beach (JE 8-4556). Home of Dixie Evans, a Marilyn
look-alike, and a flock of attractive strippers.
palace in Miami. Open from 10 pm to 5 am. No
St., Miami (NE 4-9398). Out near the International
Girls are changed frequently; but the emcee-comic, Half-Pint
an institution here.
, 7805 N.W.
St., Miami (TU 8-9212). Because it's located in the
and now within the city limits, the girls can go a little
"further." Sometimes, late in the mornings, there are
barred. Building looks like a barn- and of course,
BAR OF MUSIC
Miami Beach (JE 1-0439). Bald-pated Bill Jordan has
place singlehandedly for nearly two decades. It's a
interesting spot, off the beaten track, and features serious
music by Jordan as a solo, and in tandem with Fred
or three additional acts usually on the bill. In real
room is tiny Key Club for all-night carousing. Open
from 9 pm to
, 1700 79th
St. Causeway (84-4451). Western decor with
initials of show
business personalities designed into cattle "brands" all
place. Very popular, late at night. It's the
last spot to
hit on an all-night caravanserie.
BLACK MAGIC ROOM
St. Causeway (PL 4-8897). Probably the smallest
plush saloon in town. Nude paintings on the walls,
torch songs by
Lucy Reed, and plaintive guitar strumming by Michael
late. Open from 10 pm to 7 am.
St. Causeway (89-2173). Entertainment with a Caribbean
flavor. Shimmies by Bahama Mama from Nassau; Calypsos
Richard of Trinidad; and Latin bongo-bongos by a new group
month. Wide selection of exotic drinks. Front of
is an Italian restaurant.
THE Ocean, Miami Beach (JE 8-7201). Wacky wonderland
Beach. Franklin himself is a very funny guy and runs a
madhouse here, with unpredictable and impromptu
This is where Roberta Sherwood was re-discovered last
take your maiden aunt. Open from 9 pm to 6 am but the
doesn't start jumping until 2 am.
JUST FOR LISTENIN'
ROCKIN' M.B. LOUNGE
and Collins, Miami Beach (JE 1-3733). Two bands take
blowing away for the edification of the younger set (but
still over 21,
because this is still basically a saloon). Never a
minimum. Open from 9 pm to 5 am.
Hotel), Collins and 71st, Miami Beach (UN 6-6821).
outfits make with the jazz, and dance music, in
club. Gander the waitresses here (they wear sheer,
negligee-type gowns). Open from 9 pm to 5 am.
Blvd., Miami (3-0874). Popularity of this spot has
ever since Arthur Godfrey began plugging the Four Vagabonds
and television. It's on the smallish side (seating
and it's usually packed. Reservations are a must, even
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