National Martini Day, Nag Champayons at Bardot, Sappho does SoBe plus Sugar Factory & Libertine open

Shaking things up
God forbid a day goes by that’s not a National [Insert Anything] Day, but if you’re going to gratuitously glorify something, it may as well be booze. That’s is exactly what’s going on Friday, June 19, which, according to some, is National Martini Day. And however you like yours, Cleo South Beach, 1776 Collins Ave., is offering a half-priced version of their own twist on the iconic cocktail, the Janapolitan. We’re told it is “concocted with fresh strawberries and basil leaves,” a hybrid that would appall James Bond, but will most certainly offer you a buzz. If that’s too fruity, consider Cleo’s Monday through Thursday happy hour, Dips and Sips: From 5-7 p.m. stuff your face with discounted flatbreads, kebabs, and dips, to be washed down with all sorts of specially-priced cocktails, beer or wine.


Afro Scene

Miami’s Nag Champayons may play awesome Afrogalactic/tropidelic music, but it’s their own Twitter bio that really gives you a trippy picture of who they are. Sort of. “It’s Frank Zappa and Serge Gainsbourg wrestling Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. It’s Sonic Youth’s plane crashing into Fela Kuti’s boat in the Everglades.” Their new release, “Rising Sounds of a Sinking City” – that would be Miami, or Atlantis – will be available for download on Tuesday, June 23 or for purchase at Sweat Records and at the band’s release party at 10 p.m. Wednesday June 24 at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave. There’s no cover to that party and, in addition to the band, there will be sets by DJ Ackdaddy.
A Swingin’ Sapphic Summer

The randy London-based Skirt Club is heading to Miami for a “night of adventure and experimentation–no consequences, no questions and no expectations” from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday, June 25 in the upstairs private bar at Cavalli, 150 Ocean Drive. Because it’s a one night affair, this pop-up is called Mini Skirt Club. Ladies can sip on cocktails, watch “tantalizing performances” and “have a chance to become empowered and sexually charged in a safe and private environment” with “smart, professional women looking to explore their comfort zones and fantasies.” Tickets are $20 in advance or $40 at the door. You must have one. Dudes, don’t bother. For more information, go to skirtclub.co.uk.

Sweet & Jenner-ous

There once was a time when people who flocked to Ocean Drive would never, ever consider ingesting any candy unless it was through the nose. How things have changed. Celebrating its grand opening Friday, June 19 is the Sugar Factory American Brasserie at the Hotel Victor, 1144 Ocean Drive, whose candy-themed party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. will be hosted by Kylie Jenner. Good news for members of that inexplicable Jenner-ation: the first “few hundred guests” will be allowed into the party. Better news: DJ Irie is spinning and there will be samples of the restaurant’s greatest hits.

A Bar for the People

For the uninitiated, a libertine is typically a freethinker, someone who often exhibits no morals in sexual behavior, which may sound like 100 people you know but is the name of a brand new bar opening June 19 at 40 NE 11th St. conveniently located by E11EVEN. This Libertine, we’re told, is “a bar for the people,” albeit one designed to resemble the “glamorously decayed watering holes of turn of the century London.” Minus Jack the Ripper, we hope, and with a baby grand piano. Lots of repurposing; chicken wire, subway tile, apothecary containers and raw steel inside brings you back up to modern day hipster-dom. Fearless leader Supermarket Creative Michelle Leshem will curate a soundtrack of cult classics, new wave and indie tunes. The place will be open from Thursday to Saturday from 9 p.m. until “whenever.” For more info, go to www.libertinemiami.com.

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