Miami's given us everything from the Hurricanes to the unstoppable force of nature that is Birdcage-era Gene Hackman in drag. Now it's giving us downtown's Red Lights: an Asian-themed nightclub from Taylor Nguyen (Purgatory, Zouk, Glass) and Greg See of Miami's totally legal The Opium Group that definitely looks like the casino from Rush Hour 2. The deets:
Main/VIP Rooms: Sword-wielding Tarogato soldiers lead to... well, a lot of red (chandeliers, cushions, Chinese oak furniture), balanced out by golden glow-in-the-dark tiles and imposing Buddha statues. Get an entitled view of all that from the second-level VIP, where you'll also find a booze station whose stainless steel & copper scales have earned it the name "The Dragon Bar", and the cloistered, ornate sub-VIP "Emperor's Court", where only ultra-privileged guests will see that you have no clothes.
Rooftop: The soon-to-open aerial hang will boast minimal but highly effective touches, like an LED cherry blossom and a "welcoming waterway" (hopefully) traversed via bamboo bridge.
Tattoo Parlor and Art Gallery: Check out local artists amidst the black velvet loveseats and a stunning golden cheetah, or become art yourself by getting ink from the likes of Chris Clements, who's graced the covers of International Tattoo Art, Pain, and Prick, about the only time being named "Prick of the Year" is a good thing.
Cocktails: Geisha girls serve libations from classic Mai Tais, to inventions like the Samurai Sling (grenadine, gin, brandy float), the Hiroshima Haze (citrus/coconut/regular rum, pineapple, OJ, grenadine), and the Midori/Chambord/Jaeger Geisha Sex -- or at least that's what you'll think you're having, 'til you wake up with Gene Hackman.