Black Cir­cus Sun­days bring troupe to Bond Lounge

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - South Broward - - BARS & CLUBS - By Talia J. Me­d­ina

Af­ter a soft open­ing in early Novem­ber, Bond Lounge of­fi­cially opened its re­vamped space in Jan­uary, serv­ing as a catchall cock­tail lounge for ma­ture par­ty­go­ers in Mi­ami Beach.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jes­sica Bobay and her team over­hauled the space for­merly known as RokBar to cre­ate the cock­tail den Bond Lounge. All that’s left of the for­mer space is an old disco ball at the en­trance of the club and some signed pho­tos of rock stars in the back. Now, the once laid­back hotspot seems as if it’s a room within a Star Is­land man­sion.

“One of the things that I re­fer to as in­spi­ra­tion was the men’s club in ‘Trad­ing Places,’” Bobay says. “Very smoker jacket, very wing­back chair, the wood, the fire­places. We just kind of went in that mas­cu­line tra­di­tion.”

Bobay says Bond Lounge was built “with the lights on,” decked with tufted leather, wooden pan­els and crown mold­ing.

Ev­ery Sun­day since March 13, a Parisian troupe that has per­formed in Lon­don, France and Ibiza will ap­pear at Bond Lounge.

The Black Cir­cus is an ex­trav­a­gant spec­ta­cle, well­known through­out Europe, Bobay says. While in Mi­ami, the show will fea­ture a new theme ev­ery week, in­clud­ing jun­gle and pi­rates. The first week will in­clude an aerial per­former and a march­ing-band drum­mer whose equip­ment lights up. Bobay says there “may or may not be an­i­mals.”

Cus­tomers who or­der bot­tle ser­vice will get more than just liquor. Ev­ery Black Cir­cus Sun­day, Bond Lounge will serve an in­ter­ac­tive box with each bot­tle. The box will in­clude cos­tume ac­ces­sories and fun good­ies to get pa­trons in­volved in the show. Guests may be sur­prised with any­thing from an­i­mal ears to wigs.

Bond Lounge’s new de­sign has a larger ca­pac­ity than RokBar, as well as more ta­bles for bot­tle ser­vice, which starts at about $450.

The mu­sic is open-for­mat, with DJ Markem hit­ting the decks on Royal Thurs­days. Black Cir­cus Sun­day will merge house and hip-hop.

“We don’t want to go trap house, but we don’t want to go deep house,” Bobay says. “I love the house beat and the house vibe, but with lyrics that you rec­og­nize and can dance to.”

DJ Stan Cour­tois, res­i­dent DJ at Mi­ami Beach’s Ba­gatelle restau­rant, and DJ Fez will spin on Black Cir­cus Sun­days.

Black Cir­cus will de­but Sun­day, March 13, at Bond Lounge, 1905 Collins Ave., in Mi­ami Beach. The club’s hours of op­er­a­tion are 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Thurs­days, Fri­days and Sun­days. The av­er­age drink costs about $17 plus tax. Call 305-604-6001 or go to BondLoungeMi­ami.com.

WORLD RED EYE/COUR­TESY

The re­cently re­opened Bond Lounge in South Beach will wel­come Parisian per­form­ers Sun­days start­ing March 13.

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