Score, the iconic Miami Beach gay nightclub that has called Lincoln Road home for the past 15 years, is moving next month to a larger location on Washington Avenue.
The move represents a new chapter for one of the most prolific gay nightlife spots (Lady Gaga, Macy Gray and Paulina Rubio have all performed at Score) and the loss of one of the last major nightclubs on Lincoln Road. But Score partners Luis Morera and Billy Kemp have also announced an all-new venue called TRADE to be located on the third floor of the new space.
"It is sad and exciting all at the same time," Morera said. "It's sad because Lincoln Road is where it all began; however, it is really exciting to show the world the next evolution of nightlife, especially as it relates to our new club, TRADE."
Score's new space, at 1437 Washington Ave., has assumed various identities over the years including Snatch, Lux and Shock, none of which endured. However, with its loyal following, Score is positioned to avoid the same fate. The team behind Score will also be taking on the former Liquid space on the third floor, which will act as a separate venue for
TRADE but can be used as an extension for Score on busy weekends like Gay Pride, Winter Party and White Party.
While the gay nightlife scene in Miami Beach is not as significant as it once was (gay men of a certain age still reminisce about the days when Warsaw and Salvation were part of the landscape), Score has managed to endure through the years. While gay clubs like Twist and MOVA are still doing well, Score is the last gay spot on the Beach to offer the experience of a large nightclub in the vein of straight-oriented venues like SET, Mansion or Story. Lady Gaga played twice at Score, in 2008 during Winter Music Conference, and then in an unannounced performance in 2010.
Although the Score team cites a number of reasons for the move, one of the main factors is Lincoln Road's shift from a predominantly local nightlife and dining strip to a more family-friendly pedestrian mall.
"Lincoln Road evolved to be one of the most commercial strips in the U.S., and we evolved to be more than just a local bar," Morera said. "Unfortunately a bar in the middle of such a commercial strip really isn't as appealing for all our customers."
Score's new location will feature a larger space as well as state-of-the-art lighting and sound that will allow for even-larger editions of current theme nights like Tuesday's Planeta Macho. The new space also can accommodate more famous talent and nights like Bigger Saturdays, which will be an expanded dance party. The popular Filthy Gorgeous Friday party, with DJ Will Gee and hosts Penny Back Boyz, will kick off Score's grand opening on Oct. 11.
Score will remain open at 727 Lincoln Rd. until Oct. 1.