Club Play

 

You can see Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie and Dwyane Wade at the bars of this Miami Beach nightclub - literally.

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By Micaela Hood

It has become a favorite of exes Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson and the spot where Lil Wayne partied before being hauled away to jail.
 
Yes, we’re talking about South Beach’s Club Play.
 
The nightspot - formerly known as the Fifth - is under new management - and it shows.
 
When we stopped by, we were surprised to run into Angelina Jolie and Al Pacino hanging at the bar. And we almost spilled our drinks on them.

No, they were not in the flesh, folks: these celebs are part of Play's new artistic additions.

On top of its three bars rests vibrant, airbrushed faces of some of today’s hottest stars including Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Tupac, Madonna, Udonis Haslem and Dwayane Wade.

The designs, which were created and built by artists Diego Rodriguez and Manuel Del Llano, jazz up the otherwise standard bar tops.

“I’ve worked in a lot of clubs in South Beach but there is nothing like this," Rodriguez says of the designs, which took three to four weeks to complete. “It makes the bar come to life and serves as a conversational piece."

The duo handpicked which musicians, athletes and actors they would use. “We wanted to choose the stars that everyone can relate to…there is definitely some diversity,’’ Rodriguez said.

The Florida native is also responsible for glamming up the club’s lavish penthouses.
 
“It looks more roomy now, so people feel like they’re at home in their own private area," Rodriguez said.
But partying in the penthouse is not cheap. The secluded space costs anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 per night, though it comes equipped with bottle service, a stripper pole and your own private dancer.

Wallet a little thin? Visit the VIP spot on Thursdays, where they serve free Nuvo drinks from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Beware: the nightspot - which has about 40 VIP tables - has a three-bottle minimum on Fridays at its famed 400 Club hip-hop party.

On Saturdays, DJ Nicholas spins a mix of house, pop and Latin music.
 
The club, which offers valet parking (or you can spend $10 at a garage across the street), also has one of the nicest ladies rooms we’ve seen, complete with leather couches and coffee tables. It’s a great place to kick back if you feet hurt from too much dancing.

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