It’s 1996. Washington Avenue on South Beach.
Madonna, Versace and tight pleather pants as far as the eye can see.
Yes, it was magical. Good news: Madge and company are back. Sort of.
Welcome to Queen Lounge, a plush den of mezcal flights and DJ-enhanced mingling, soft-opening this Monday.
Your journey starts at the velvet ropes on Washington Avenue (consider them a formality). Once inside, you’ll find a wonderland of chocolate brown, shimmering gold and crystal chandeliers laden with LED lights. Your fellow revelers: Kate Moss, Lenny Kravitz and Johnny Depp. (Well, there’re pictures of them posing on the walls. Close enough.)
You’ll want to roll up to the bar and start off with a classic—a Sazerac, maybe. But the throngs of bodies shimmying before you require a cocktail that rises up to the occasion. Something like the Wild Side—mezcal and vermouth spiked with homemade tobacco bitters. (So yeah, appropriately named.)
When you’re here with a bunch of friends, you’ll want to nab one of the black-leather loungers by the DJ booth, where the bottle service comes equipped with its own bartender for the night. Oh, and you can also order braised-pork tacos whipped up by a Sra. Martinez alum.
It’s not a party until the pork shows up.