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Downtown Clubbers Say Bouncer Forced Them To Buy Back-Alley Pants

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Not the kind of place you'd want to buy pants. 

Music is a powerful thing. It can help us fall in love, inspire us to athletic feats, and prompt white men to move their creaky Caucasian hips. But for one group of tourists, their dedication to seeing a DJ downtown during Ultra weekend led to a nightmarish ordeal outside Club Space. Despite already having $45 tickets, they say they were forced to wait for two hours, beg half a dozen bouncers, and -- yes, really -- buy pants out of some dude's trunk to get into the chichi club.

"It was the most ridiculous experience I've had at a club in my entire life," says Matt, a New Yorker who sent an angry complaint to Space after the incident. (He spoke to New Times on the condition that his last name be withheld.)

A Space rep did not respond to a request for comment.

Matt says he and four friends met in Miami last month for ten straight days of uhntz-uhntz-ing. They were prepared to enjoy both Ultra and a post-festival Datsik concert at Space. They wore shorts and casual tops to the fest but called Space ahead of time to ensure their attire wouldn't cause them any trouble at the door.

But when they showed up at the club around 1 a.m., the bouncer immediately told them to take a hike. "No shorts," he said. Instead, he pointed toward an alley down the block. "But you can buy some pants over there."

Matt and his two male friends nervously made their way down the dark passageway, where a mustached man in his mid-40s stood next to an open car trunk. Inside were dozens of pairs of not-so-new-looking pants. "Thirty dollars," he said. Matt talked him down to $20, picked out a baggy pair of Dockers with the name "Jong" written in marker inside, sniffed them, and slipped them over his shorts.

When the buddies again tried to get into Space, however, another bouncer pointed at the tank top that Matt's friend had on. When they explained they had just risked a mugging to buy pants from a man in an alley, the bouncer waved them through -- until he noticed their CamelBak water pouches.

"I explained that they were empty, that our hotel was 18 miles away, and that we'd pay to check them inside," Matt says. "Instead, this 'roid-head's ego made him kick us off the line." The group was herded into yet another line with the promise they'd soon be inside. But when they reached the front around 2:45 a.m., Matt says, another bouncer asked, "What are you going to do for me?"

"We had already spent nearly $500 on the tickets, the taxi, and the pants," Matt says. "So I pulled out a $10. He just laughed in my face."

But Matt says he didn't let Space poop on his party. Instead, the group used the last of its cash to catch a cab to Wet Willie's on South Beach, where, instead of seeing Datsik, they got sick on alcoholic slushies.

As soon as he was back in New York, Matt dashed off an angry email to the club, but he hasn't received a response.

"What blows is that every single employee at Club Space acted like they were out for themselves, trying to hustle us for extra money," he says. "Even New York clubs are more chill than that."

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22 comments
njaa
njaa

Par for the course. I'm glad I haven't missed anything in the past few decades.

FIDO
FIDO

Bienvenido a Miami, deje su dinero y lárgate!

Clemente Morales
Clemente Morales

Too bad they were from out of town and didn't know Space is wack.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

Since club space was sold the bouncers are trying to make a buck now but it was a stupid idea for the tourists to wear shorts and tank tops to a nite club, it was their own fault, miami has more of a dress code than ny anyway and doesnt matter if they have tickets, there is still a dress code to follow

Marvin Tapia
Marvin Tapia

Sickening! Hate hearing about these incidents and even worse, experiencing it! This is what gives miami it's bad rep! As a promoter in this business, I know. Instead of politely handling the crowd and informing them on what's going on, no, every uneducated bouncer outside and every asshole inside tries to screw people over just trying to have a good time. You're one of the "top" clubs in Miami, try and keep a good reputation and SOME dignity. Bet you this doesn't happen in its brother venue in Ibiza! Reply to the man at least dammit!

Christopher Millan
Christopher Millan

I don't want to remember that night. On top of the tickets I already had, they were holding up the line and started charging $125 minus what you spent on the ticket so I had to pay the bouncer 60 bucks for my date and I to get in. Fucking shenanigans....

IrkedSkirt
IrkedSkirt

I had a b-day party planned with a bunch of girlfriends, bottles of champagne on reserve, the works.  I get there and I had flats on since I tore my achille's heel and could not wear high heels.  I was also obviously limping around and had my foot bandaged up but I refused to let it get in the way of celebrating.  The bouncer at the door turned us away, even after I explained why I was wearing the shoes I was wearing.  He told me, "You look like you're going to be hanging out at a bar, not dancing at Space."  I refuse to go back ever again.

sassypants.mcgee
sassypants.mcgee

Reason #653465273654 why I DON'T miss the nightlife in Miami.

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

@Arlo, being from ny doesn't mean they have common sense. There are plenty of dumbasses there. Lol

Rob Morgan
Rob Morgan

This actually happened to my boy..Had tickets..Was within dress code and was told to go around back..He bought a shirt since he already had tickets..Took it off once he got in an no one said anything..plus other people had the same...Really sad that people will do anything for a buck..I don't blame the ownership because they prob had no clue..But the guys at the door usually aren't the most pleasant..Even when you're nice in return

Carolina Bellido
Carolina Bellido

I've seen girls get kicked out for not wearing heels. Such a shame

Jose Antonio Navarro
Jose Antonio Navarro

i've been gone from Miami for about a decade but since when did Space become a dress up venue?

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

Okay but that's a question of who's worse, the thugs trying to make you buy the crap or the jackasses who actually bought the crap? I can't imagine any club being that special that its worth going through all that. Smdh...

Zip Per
Zip Per

I Wouldn't know ! I wouldn't go to SPACE if my life depended on it, Just a bunch of wannabe's fronting !!!

Jamie Franco
Jamie Franco

Precisely why I don't go there anymore. Ridiculous.

truther
truther

bye bye PUIG. HELLO BEACH LOSERS. THATS WHAT THAT IS

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