GUIDE TO AFTER-DARK
Cabaret Yearbook, Winter Resort Number, Volume One, poss
GUIDE TO AFTER-DARK
BIG AND BOISTEROUS
Miami Beach (JE 8-5353). Lavish shows in red-plush
surroundings. That's the Latin Quarter, masterminded
Walters of Latin Quarter fame in other U.S. cities.
on pretty girls in minimum costumes working in big musical
numbers. Translucent stage, mirrored ceiling, and
carpets. This is where Joe E. Lewis works winters but
acts are also interspersed with the girls.
Blvd., Miami Beach (JE 8-7634). When Martha Raye's in
for working night clubs, this is where she parlays her
waiting lines at the front door. This is a big club,
attractions are always on the "big name" side of the
Decor is ersatz South Seas, and the food is generally good.
, 1750 West
Miami Beach (JE 8-4745). Designed by Normal Bel
Geddes, this club
cost a million dollars about eight years ago. It has
redesigned in ultra-modern decor by Franklin Hughes.
café in the whole Miami area, it's one of the few clubs here
dishing out complete floor shows along with name performers.
SMALL AND NOISY
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
, Alton Rd. at
Blvd., Miami Beach (JE 4-2019). Closed for some time,
little spot is expected to open this winter with name acts
music. Mirrored walls, thick carpets, and a good
this establishment, which used to purvey some of the best
bands in the country.
Blvd., Miami (9-1911). Open all year, this downtown
features low-priced acts where once it ranked with Copa City
Beachcomber in big-name performers and lavish production
It is one of the oldest clubs in Greater Miami and is
located in the
heart of the downtown hotel district.
St., Miami Beach (JE 8-4556). Strictly a Latin dance
two Cuban bands providing continuous music for
Although the place has a French atmosphere, there's nothing
about the music.
Causeway (89-7696). Real dark and cozy–except for the
which is Latin and loud. This is a popular late spot
and tourists. It's located in the heart of the new
on one of the causeways that connects Miami Beach to Miami.
Miami Beach (JE 1-6061). New show every night in the
Room, which is kept quite dark and intimate and with Arabian
decor. One show nightly, with reservations
& 45th St., Miami Beach. Opening in December, this
Beach's newest multimillion dollar oceanfront hotel.
café will debut with Harry Belafonte, and similar star-names
will mark the type of entertainment here all winter.
Ave., Miami Beach (JE 8-8811). La Ronde Café here is
enormous and beautiful. Shaped like an oval, excellent
possible from any seat. Service is deluxe,
entertainment is of
high caliber, and prices are above average.
Ave., Miami Beach (JE 8-6841). New show every week in
Driftwood Room, decorated to fit its name. This spot
considerable success with comedians and comediennes.
Ave., Miami Beach (JE 8-6861). The Blue Sails Room is
one of the
prettiest on the beach. It is also one of the most
reservations are suggested, particularly on Tuesday nights
, 3201 Collins
Ave., Miami Beach (JE 8-6811). Pagoda Room is a large,
lavish café for shows and dancing.
Top O' The Columbus
N.E. 1st St., Miami (3-2671). This is the nearest
thing Top O'
The Mark in San Francisco. Entire top floor of the
has been revamped into a dine, dance and drink spot, with a
view of Miami Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach.
St., Causeway (PL 8-5247). Very small and very
intimate, with a
view of Biscayne Bay. This is sort of a late-spot
Bar of Music
Miami Beach (JE 1-0439). Twin-piano music by Bill
Jordan and Fred
Thompson highlight this small and interesting spot off the
, 1700 79th
Causeway (84-4451). Popular late-hour meeting
Western decor, with initials of show business personalities
into cattle brands all over the place. Impromptu songs
Leon & Eddie's
Biscayne Blvd. And 8th St. (82-5062). Once quite a gay
this spot has been toned down by Miami's new blue
laws. But there
is still something for everybody. No cover or minimum.
Miami Ave. (37800). A longtime Miami favorite that has
the floor, insulting waiters, bowls of pretzels, peanuts and
of beer. Here everyone gets into the act.
(JE 1-9252). This small intimate club has quite a
among the gay set. It's very restrained since Miami
female impersonators. But the entertainers of both
sexes do come
off with some entertaining antics. Reservations are
the Echo is always crowded.
Five O'Clock Club
Collins Ave., Miami Beach (JE 8-1004). Fifteen girls,
her own brand of exotic dancing. Each act interspersed
so-called burlesque black-outs. Right in the heart of
oceanfront hotel district. $3 minimum
Blvd., Miami (84-3196). Long-time headquarters for
Zorita and her
snake dance. Plus, of course, a dozen or more other
exotics. No cover, no minimum.
, 134 5th
Miami Beach (JE 1-9655). Probably the oldest
town. Inexpensive drinks, and no cover or
are changed frequently.
St., Miami (64-9151). Helene Polka runs this
club with mostly local girls, but occasionally brings in a
prancer like Syra, who has made her mark in Hollywood.
, 7805 N.W.
Ave., Miami (88-9212). Located just outside the city
shows here are, at times, somewhat more raw than you'll find
elsewhere. No cover, no minimum. As the name
building looks like an old barn.
St. Despite the French name and a bit of Parisian decor,
strictly U.S.A. strip with about 20 girls performing in a
"For Men Only."
St., (64-9398). Loud and brassy strip entertainment
with even the
mc named Half Pint West getting down to his woolies.
In the same
location for 15 years, the Inn is by now an institution and
of regulars right into the milk-man hours.
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