Black Circus Sundays bring troupe to Bond Lounge
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.
The recently reopened Bond Lounge in South Beach will welcome Parisian performers Sundays starting March 13.