Wood Tavern Owner Cesar Morales Leases Former Soho Lounge Space in Design District

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If you absolutely abhor Miami's hipster culture, you can probably blame the defunct nightclub Soho Lounge for its existence. At the turn of the century, it was the center for the kind of Miami nightlife "cool" that was soon co-opted by the rest of downtown and, eventually, South Beach.

Classic indie-dance nights like Spider-Pussy and Revolver matured at Soho Lounge while Lauren Reskin of Sweat Records used to put on a night called Vice at the NE 36th Street party spot before moving on to other nights like Plastik Fantastik at Studio A and Saturdays at Circa 28.

In the end, Miami's nightlife culture owes a lot to Soho Lounge. And in many ways, the multi-level club foreshadowed the scene that's now taken over the Design District, Midtown, and Wynwood.

But since 2007, the space has remained empty -- until now.

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On Monday, Wood Tavern announced on its Facebook page that it had signed a lease for the building at 175 NE 36th Street.

And today, Wood owner Cesar Morales tells Crossfade that he plans to open a traditional dance club in the space, adding that it's "much needed" in the area.

Soho Lounge was made up of several rooms, but Morales says his new nightclub will only use the main room on the top level. He explains that the landlord has signed up retail clients for the bottom floor, but he hopes to be able to add a food option for hungry club-goers since Soho's original kitchen space still remains.

"I want to do something fun, but also honor the history of the place," says Morales. Tentatively, he says, that we can expect a hipster dance party reminiscent of Revolver and Spider-Pussy on Fridays, as well as house music on Saturdays.

No word yet on what the new incarnation of Soho will be called or an exact opening date beyond the vague "mid December."

Update: Seems we overlooked the fact that the space will be called Bizerq, as confirmed by the Facebook page which is already live.

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2531 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

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holler5
holler5

Man the old Soho brings back so many memories! Excited for this!

^_^

Djsin
Djsin

I Hosted soho lounge Saturdays for 5years with Aldo. Great memories here :)

Djsin

Natalia Salinas
Natalia Salinas

Kimberly Antonia Lazala omg! We gotta go for old times sakes!

Kimberly Lazala
Kimberly Lazala

Natalia Salinas Say whaaaaaat lol! Its our old spot!

Jan Nieves
Jan Nieves

Oh those were the days - Revolver!!!

AlisonJohn
AlisonJohn

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jjcolagrande
jjcolagrande topcommenter

Dope. 

Try and open for Basel..

DJ_LEXUS
DJ_LEXUS

I DJ'd there from 2004 - 2007 in the Hip Hop /Reggaeton Room until it closed.   Miss those good old Days.   DJ LEXUS

Tom Morris
Tom Morris

Why did SOHO lounge close originally? I miss that place... the downstairs room was quite nice

Osvaldo Alfonso
Osvaldo Alfonso

that crummy place got me so much action back in the day. sweet memories.

Stephanie Tablada
Stephanie Tablada

Jessica Lucia Roiz Lacayo Alejandra Gabriela Christian Concepcion

David Cerrud
David Cerrud

let the bartender application battle begin!!

anthonydjphoto
anthonydjphoto

Another dance club....wow EXACTLY what Miami needs!!! (not sarcasm)

How about a decent midsize live music venue so we can get some decent upcoming national acts to come play here?  What we don't need is another club with a VIP for vapid douchebags to take over.

Eve Lyn
Eve Lyn

Nicolas Panchano next time when you come down !

pinchadiscos305
pinchadiscos305

What a great venue! We're glad to see it return to life :)


Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Yay....another night club... Just what Miami needs...

Moe Meaux
Moe Meaux

great times at Soho Lounge....

Carmen Ferreyra
Carmen Ferreyra

wow - i miss it so much!!! la proximal, vamos!!! voy a miami durante art basel, asi que salgamos! (y no nos quedemos dormidos... ;)

Tamara Munoz Cid
Tamara Munoz Cid

Carmen Ferreyra te acuerdas de nuestros Soho days?!?! Ignacio Martinez Gallardo you were right! =))))) yay!!!

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