The Vagabond Miami Closes

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The Vagabond is gone.

After six years, the NE 14th Street nightspot will be shuttered. And the closing isn't next year, next month, or next week.

The club is closing today, according to co-owner Carmel Ophir.

See also: The Vagabond Miami: Five Classic Memories From the Fifth Anniversary Party

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Glancing at The Vagabond's website, Facebook, and Twitter, it seems as if Ophir and crew are continuing about business as usual, hyping its Retro Thursdays party and even offering some suggestions for New Times' Best of Miami 2014 poll.

But in an interview with Miami.com, Ophir confirms: "It's with a heavy heart that I'm announcing that the time has come to bid farewell to The Vagabond.

"It's been a little over six years, and this chapter is coming to a close," the club's co-owner adds. "That doesn't mean that the book is over, but this particular chapter is."

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For the last several months, even the last year, it's been apparent that The Vagabond had slipped into a lull, booking fewer high-profile bands and DJs than usual.

But as Ophir tells Miami.com, the club's closure is purely for personal and not business reasons.

"There's been a need for more assistance for my parents, and I have chosen to be there, basically," he says. "I absolutely love everything that is and was The Vagabond, as a club and as an atmosphere. I adore the incredible staff and everyone that came with it, most importantly the audience and the patrons.

"But, you know, I love my family more. You gotta do the right thing."

Another surprising revelation: Ophir and his partners, Rodney Mayo and DJ John Digweed, have sold the building where The Vagabond has been housed (and where he once planned to open an adjoining club, Barfly) to new owners who intend to launch a different nightlife venue on that near-hallowed ground.

R.I.P. The Vagabond Miami.

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The Vagabond - CLOSED

30 NE 14th St., Miami, FL

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cjnicole81
cjnicole81

@SUNNYNITEWIREDESIGNS FOR YOUR WIRE WRAPPED HEALING STONES , CRYSTALS, AND ACCESSORIES. R.I.P VAGABOND


jenboyles
jenboyles

Sad to hear about this. Good luck Carmel!

Juny Lee
Juny Lee

Omg! So sad... So many memories. You'll be miss! :/

Sandor Davidson
Sandor Davidson

Star Ramos Nooooooo! Used to be The Friday thing. Memories!

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

Tabitha Mangaroo Brandon Grayghost DiGiovanni

Barbara Guttman
Barbara Guttman

If you've been here long enough... Woody's, Steven Talkhouse, Washington Square, Fire& Ice, and many many more to bite the dust.....

Brie Martial
Brie Martial

He has sold the property and is retiring his business for family reasons. Like a great Phoenix it shall rise again in its ashes. We just have to wait and see what the new owners will bring

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

Steve Cody so you think 5 yrs is old? Think before you type, shouldn't you be taking your meds, what do u know about nightclubs your like 90 yrs old

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

What !!!! are you serious? that is one of the best clubs in miami, now this is not good, why would they close, it was doing good business plus it is one of the best spots when WMC comes around, totally sucks

Andrew JamesArthur
Andrew JamesArthur

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Frank Castle
Frank Castle

just read the article, he said it was personal but yet he sold the building, so its not personal, it was a business decision

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

What !!!! are you serious? that is one of the best clubs in miami, now this is not good, why would they close, it was doing good business plus it is one of the best spots when WMC comes around, totally sucks

Ben Scalise
Ben Scalise

Churchill's, Vagabond, a handful of art galleries and restaurants, all within the last few months.. What's going on Miami?

Deana Gutierrez
Deana Gutierrez

I was going to say only 6 years?! I remember going there when I was 18.. but that was when it was IO. Gettin' OLD!

Star Ramos
Star Ramos

Noooo Sandor Davidson I'm kinda sad.. I have great memories their !!

Gracian L. Casas
Gracian L. Casas

It was fun while it lasted.. :) but as they say "all good things must come to an end."

Steve Cody
Steve Cody

Why do places like this call themselves "clubs"? They're bars or taverns. Clubs denotes that you are a member and belong. Tell that to the guy wearing sunglasses in the middle of the night who decides whether you get in or out. Five years is about the maximum lifespan of these places. By then, the young people who first supported "the club" have moved on and the younger set see the place as being old and outdated. If you have any dreams of opening a "club" and retiring in 20 years, set fire to the money in your backyard. It will save you the grief.

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