On March 12, 2020, the LIV nightclub announced that it would “temporarily stop work.” It’s hard to believe that the Fontainebleau administration thought it would still be closed a year later.
But with the easing of restrictions – especially midnight curfew, which expired last Monday – LIV announced that it will reopen this weekend.
The news is not entirely surprising. LIV owner, David Grutman, spoke briefly at a press conference on April 5 at which Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced the abolition of curfew.
“As someone who has been vaccinated, I really want to encourage my colleagues to vaccinate your staff, make sure you tell everyone that you have been vaccinated and that we will stay open that way,” Grutman said at the time.
Alesso starts reopening the club on Friday. Like many other DJs, the Swedish producer dropped as his bookings fell in 2020, but Alesso still managed to title Ultra Taiwan last November. (Yes, the festival somehow took place in last year’s hell.)
The Martinez brothers, who have appeared several times in Club Space over the past few months, will take over the decks on Saturday, and DJ Stevie J and Don P will be the main ones on Sunday.
It remains to be seen how LIV will adjust its club experience to the “New Normal”. Miami-Dade County still requires face masks and social distancing under certain circumstances. When New Times addressed LIV representatives to ask what club visitors can expect at the weekend opening, the paper was informed that no one was available for comment.
Other venues, such as Space and Treehouse, eliminated their dance floor and required patrons to reserve table reservations to encourage social distancing. (This shouldn’t be a problem for LIV, whose dance floor hasn’t always existed, and has instead decided to cram as many tables as possible at the scene.)
LIV opened in 2008 amid the Great Recession, as part of Fontainebleau a three-year billion-dollar remodel which turned a historic hotel from tired and grumpy into a jetsetter’s paradise. The LIV was built in the former Tropigale area, and its signature is a massive dome. (Fun fact: LIV’s name, Roman No. 54, is the year the hotel opened.)
The club itself was refreshed in 2017 amounting to $ 10 million. Then he debuted “Spider”, a massive LED installation that spreads over the ceiling of the space.
After achieving his success at LIV and its sister town of Story, Grutman has diversified its catering offerings, including restaurants such as Komodo, Papi Steak and Swan, as well as the Goodtime Hotel, which opened this month in partnership with Pharrell Williams.
LIFE. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4680; livnightclub.com.
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