The Florida Room: Miami’s Masked Marvel
Lucky is the South Beach club that can withstand a demanding, ever-evolving nightlife scene. The Delano’s purveyor of underground luxury, The Florida Room, has more than just a four-leaf clover stuck under its foundation for the past four years.
A collaboration between the Morgans Hotel Group and (Lenny) Kravitz Design, this late-night bunker was conceptualized from Kravitz’s aunt’s very own namesake, a musical lounge where she entertained for many years prior to her nephew’s glamorous tribute.
Descend upon the patio steps and navigate through an elongated hallway, and that’s where you’ll feel the vibrations of bass permeating through the walls. Upon entry, all it takes is a glance upward to feel like you’ve entered a dimly-lit den dripping in elegance. Swarovski chandeliers and bronze mirrored ceilings, along with The Florida Room’s signature patterned wallpaper — the background to many a midnight photo shoot — lends to the upscale décor.
Split into two environments, it’s easy to get lost in the intimacy of a ‘50s piano lounge in the early hours, before getting down to one of local DJ’s mixing artistry into the early morning hours.
Since 2007, The Florida Room has hosted a steady roster of memorized names and faces, both locals and visitors who keep the venue on their consistent rotation of top-tier nightspots. "The Florida Room has a unique level of integrity and exclusivity in Miami,” says JP Oliver, General Manager of the Delano. “It's essentially a sanctuary for Miami's social elite where they can unwind and enjoy some of the best handcrafted cocktails in town.”
So, it’s not just the familiar chic ambiance and the company that The Florida Room keeps that attracts a bevy of bottle poppin’ scenesters to its quarters. It’s innovative mixology that curates the bar’s 30-plus cocktail list, which maintains house favorites, but still showcases trending ingredients from new recipes and inventive flavor profiles.
As for the soundtrack of this snazzy joint, Kravitz himself and Jamie Foxx aren’t the only music makers who’ve exercised their chops on The Florida Room’s Lucite piano focal point. Local artist Brendan O’Hara and the Big Bounce Collective has overflowed the lounge with adoring fans, while other famed musicians like Matisyahu, Questlove, De La Soul and Talib Kweli have packed this subterranean spot to its gills.
You don’t have to be able to carry a tune to be the center of A-list attention here either. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Kate Hudson, Drew Barrymore, Owen Wilson and Gerard Butler are just a few of The Florida Room’s most fabulous fans. Whether you’re there for a cocktail or ready to shimmy until the sun comes up, The Florida Room will make anyone feel like a star with its elegant décor, skilled mixologists and celebrity patrons.