Freedom's just another word for an excuse to booze, plus a dinner and drag show!

Nothing Left to Lose

Oh freedom, even in your recently constricting ways of political correctness, you are most appreciated, especially when it involves pool parties like the one at FIFTY Ultra Lounge, 485 Brickell Ave. at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 5. This one is not your ordinary July 4th weekend pool party. Sure, it features a bikini contest and a dozen of the “hottest local firefighters” featured in the 2015 South Florida Firefighters calendar, but the models at this party are sporting their six packs and bikinis to raise money for the Ryder Trauma Burn Unit and Pediatric Cancer research. “We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day weekend than with help from our local heroes,” said Michael Samuels, a firefighter and paramedic by day and manager of FIFTY Ultra Lounge by night. To register for the contest, ladies must present their two “sexiest bikinis” by 1 p.m. First-place winner will take home $1,000; second place will receive $300; and third place will be awarded $200. Everyone’s a winner here as free champagne will be flowing for the fairer set from 1-3 p.m. Reserve a VIP table by calling 305-766-6730 and receive $100 off bottle service. Cover charge is $20. For more information, email 



July Four More

While independence and reckless abandon might be two extremes, consider E11even’s Rooftop Independence Party starting Saturday at 3 a.m. (technically Sunday, July 5) continuing until 5 a.m. Sunday (29 NE 11th St.). EDM producer and DJ Miguel Migs will spin. For table reservations, call 305-305-6611. Earlier in the day, from noon until 11 p.m. Nikki Beach (1 Ocean Drive) celebrates with its IndepenDANCE party, featuring an a la carte burger BBQ, hot dogs, truffle fries, mac and cheese and more. Tickets start at $20, and burgers start at $10. For more information go to In lieu of a cold shower, consider the Aqua Club at the National Hotel (1677 Collins Ave.), which is hosting a Sunset BBQ starting at 6 p.m. for $25 per person with half-priced cocktails from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., plus an exceptional oceanfront view of the fireworks. 


Independence Eve

Because, well, why not, on Friday, July 3, Rec Room (1690 Collins Ave.) has 97.3’s DJ Laz spinning classic Miami dance music and bass circa from the early 1980s from 11 p.m. until closing. Upstairs at the Regent Cocktail Club from 10 p.m. to midnight, singer Brendan O’Hara performs soul-pop tunes with The Rescues. 


Dinner and Drag

Back in the oft-talked about halcyon days of South Beach, drag dinner shows were de rigueur. Then they sort of became as ubiquitous as a Kardashian at a red carpet. Just like dancing, quality drag shows these days are a rarity, which is why Bianca at the Delano (1685 Collins Ave.) has not only decided to resurrect it but also with the Meryl Streep of Miami drag queens, Adora, for a risque Vaudeville performance to go along with your prix-fixe ($65 per person) dinner. Spinning the soundtrack of the evening is none other than one of our faves, DJ Smeejay, whose appreciation for great tunes knows no limit. The dinner show takes place at 9 p.m. every Wednesday, with the show starting at 9:30 p.m. To reserve your seats, call 305-672-2000.