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Adrienne Arsht Center and Bacardi unveil plans for new neighborhood gathering place in Miami’s urban core
August 18, 2009, 5:41 pm
Filed under: At the Center

Original plans for the Adrienne Arsht Center called for a street-level lounge to be located in the Carnival Arts Tower, the 1929 art deco landmark that originally housed a Sears department store. The lounge was to serve as a gathering place for patrons before and after shows and for Downtown Miami residents and visitors.

Fast forward three years and – voila! – the Arsht Center is about to fulfill that vision with an indoor/outdoor lounge that will rival any watering hole on South Beach. A major component of a sponsorship agreement with Bacardi USA, the Bombay Sapphire Lounge will open to the public in early 2010.


“We’ve been waiting for the right time to debut this lounge for a couple of years now, and this is the right time,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “We have a strong corporate partner in place, it’s a viable time for the renovation of the Carnival Arts Tower, and Downtown Miami is poised to become a new Town Square.”

Plans for the Lounge were unveiled this week during an outdoor press conference on the Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza, in the exact same spot where lounge-goers will be sipping on premium cocktails in a matter of months.


Renderings reveal a sleek, sophisticated design that whisks patrons into an environment evoking the iconic Bombay Sapphire blue bottle. Downtown Miami’s newest hotspot will feature neon blue lighting schemes, modern furnishings, a collage of historic Miami photos, a signature bar, and outdoor seating. The Lounge will feature tapas-style fare provided by Performing Arts Catering through Barton G., the brainchild of international caterer and event planner Barton G. Weiss.

“The Bombay Sapphire Lounge will solidify the Arsht Center’s role as an entertainment hot spot in the heart of one of the nation’s most dynamic urban centers,” said J. Ricky Arriola, Chairman of the Performing Arts Center Trust board of directors. “With more and more people migrating to Downtown Miami, street-level restaurants and bars are thriving. Arsht Center patrons, area residents, and visitors will soon be able to enjoy cocktails al fresco, gourmet cuisine, and world-class theater – all under the same roof. What better way to spend an evening?”


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