MIAMI - MIAMI BEACH
NIGHT LIFE GUIDE
CABARET magazine Dec 1956 page 51]
NIGHT LIFE GUIDE
HOTEL HOT SPOTS
Hotel). Oceanfront at Bal Harbour. Opened in
this year, this is the most fabulous night club this side of
Tropicana in Havana. It's built on tiers to insure
viewing from any of its 500 seats. The elaborate stage
into the wall when not in use. Big-name performers
booked for the
winter season by Stanley Melba of the Hotel Pierre's
who is 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
minimum during winter season). Tony Martin, and
similar calibre, booked for the winter months. New
week, with performances at 9:30 pm and midnight. Also
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).
Belafonte, who opened this room a year ago, will be back
month for another time around. Similar name performers
year. Room is huge, with a modern-Grecian motif
Like its counterparts above, the Pompeii's a deluxe
shows nightly, at 9:30 and 11:30. Also, two
the hotel grounds is a popular and less expensive drink and
called Harry's American Bar.
Hotel). 2555 Collins, Miami Beach (JE 1-6061).
every night. Room is dark and intimate, overflowing
decor. One show nightly at 11. Dancing,
drinking, but no
Souci). 3101 Collins, Miami Beach (JE 8-6861).
of the prettiest night club rooms on the beach. It's
smallish side, quite dark, and very popular. Small
minimum (never more than $3), and specializing in comedians
Foster, Myron Cohen, Lenny Kent). Two shows nightly,
at 9:30 and
11:30. Latin 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.
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.
FIVE O'CLOCK CLUB
Collins, Miami Beach (JE 8-1004). Once this was Martha
private domain, but now that it specializes in striptease
10 to 15 performers in the "take-it-off" lineup.
blackouts, too. Open from 10 pm to 5 am with a
and a $3 minimum.
Blvd., Miami (84-3196). Featuring Zorita and snake
dance, one of
the most unusual acts in show business. Plus, of
half-dozen additional "exotics." No cover, no
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. In-expensive 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
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 rear
room is tiny Key Club for all-night carousing. Open
from 9 pm to
, 1700 79th
Causeway (84-4451). Western decor, with initials of
personalities designed into cattle "brands" all over the
Very popular, late at night. It's the last spot to hit
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
flavor. Shimmies by Bahama Mama from Nassau; Calypsoes
Richard of Trinidad; and Latin bongo-bongoes 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.
Causeway (PL 8-5247). Small and intimate, the Orchid
is a good
late-hour spot to snuggle with a chick you'd rather not be
public with. The view of Biscayne Bay provides
material in case you have nothing better to talk about.
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