Miami used to be famous for its nightlife, but lately more new restaurants open up than night clubs. Fortunately, there are a few coming this season, the first of which is Bond Lounge opening at 1905 Collins Avenue in the storied Rok Bar space. The new club is taking things upscale with design language meant to invoke a New York library complete with rich wood paneling, bronze candlestick sconces, crystal chandeliers and tufted banquettes.
The name may not be super-original, (it’s nearly the same as Amir Ben-Zion’s now-closed but once-hot Bond Street Lounge that was once located in the Townhouse Hotel, less than a block from this space.) But, you can’t underestimate the appeal of the name “Bond”, which invokes all things sexy thanks to one agent number 007.
Bond Lounge is a cocktail den that offers up various intimate spaces to get cozy in. They’re also hoping that people come by a little earlier than the usual South Beach start time of midnight as Bond opens up at 9pm. This makes for a perfect after dinner or before dinner drink spot (depending on how much of an early bird or night owl you are.)
The new club, which is now open, is run by Managing Director Jessica Bobay, who aims to create a “captivating experience” for patrons. Bobay is offering something a little different from the typical bass thumping night clubs with the lounge, which is only open until 2am – early by Miami Beach standards. The concept was inspired by underground saloons. It’s not hard to find on the avenue, but it is said to be hard to get in. It’s also only 2,000 square feet, which keeps the vibe intimate, unlike a lot of “super clubs” that can’t afford to be as choosy when they need to fill large venues.
Alongside cocktails, they are also focusing on wine and Champagne, offering up a carefully curated wine and bubbly list that should attract those who know a little more about what they’re ordering.
Bond Lounge is located at 1905 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, and is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm2am. For table reservations, please call (305) 604.6001. To learn more about Bond Lounge and to see their bottle menu, cocktail and wine list, please visit their website: www.bondloungemiami.com.