Bounce on over to Ricochet

Not one to toot my own horn, this column has actually helped stimulate jobs — at least for Ricochet Bar & Lounge, the latest nocturnal project by veterans Tommy Pooch and Alan Roth. Apparently the duo leaped back into the lounge biz after reading our annual New Year’s Resolution column in which Roth asserted that he and Pooch would be back. And back they are. Opening casually sometime between Monday and Oct. 15 in Midtown Miami behind Sugarcane raw bar grill, Richochet is a “designed bar lounge, not a nightclub, not a dive bar,” Roth says. Catering to the arty hipster set, Ricochet will serve as a platform of sorts for artists, first via a “Coaster Series,” in which artists will design the paper coasters, and a limited edition bamboo series. Among those participating are Daniel Ashram and Luis Gispert. There’s also a video art program showing five artists’ video art on a monthly basis. “So many places like Grand Central and Bardot are doing cool things,” Roth says. Although Ricochet is inspired by them, “We will be a little different from those places.” On the menu created by Red Light’s lauded chef Kris Wessel, there will be finger food. There will be games for rent and unannounced musical performances. There’s also a coffee-infused cocktail menu in partnership with illy Coffee. Staff uniforms have been designed by local fashionista of KRELwear fame. And while there will be some DJs, there’s no cover, and the intention of the place is, says Roth, to be a “social interactive experience where people can actually sit, have a conversation” while being entertained by assorted distractions. Sounds like Roth and Pooch are trying to put forth a more evolved nightlife for those of us who have earned our bachelors of partying from old school South Beach. We wish them luck.

Springing — or flamenco-ing — into action at 8 p.m. Thursdays in Midtown is Tapas & Tintos’ weekly party Noche Gitana , featuring live flamenco dancing, 20 percent off select Spanish wines and free Rebujitos, traditional Andalucían cocktails made with Manzanilla La Gitana wine, citrus soda and fresh mint. Also free: drinks for the fairer set from 9-11 p.m. at The Well’s official Ladies Night, featuring house wine, well drinks and domestic beers as well as half-priced “skinny chick drink cocktails,” which is a way of saying to Skinnygirl’s Bethenny Frankel “Don’t sue us.” DJ Danny Stern will provide the sipping soundtrack for the night.

New from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursdays at Cafeina, the cryptically spelled “I <3 Juernes” party series, named after the Spanish-language fusion of “Jueves” and “Viernes” — “Thursday” and “Friday” — featuring drink specials, DJs and live performances. More culture-fused cocktailing takes place from 4-7 p.m. every Sunday through Thursday at SushiSamba dromo for Cultural SambaHour, featuring a different destination every month. This month highlights Peru and features food and drink specials inspired by the location as well as contests, lessons and traditional holiday celebrations. The tour de culture continues over at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar and Wynwood Walls where, at 8 p.m. Saturday during the Second Saturday Wynwood Art Walk, electro/rock/funk DJ Pirate Stereo will spin followed by a live performance by vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist AMTRAC.


Finally, football culture is alive and well starting 7 p.m. every Monday at Club Play, where The Kendall Langford Show is live. A star Miami Dolphin player will join Craig Mish of 790 The Ticket as co-host, and DJ Tech Support will spin. When the live broadcast ends, the night turns into an NFL viewing party where you can watch the game with $5 appetizers and specially priced drinks until 5 a.m.

Source: Miami Herald