Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Temporary Max Fish in Miami a more realistic experience than the original?

At the Post, Justin Rocket Silverman checks in on the Max Fish that opened in Miami for Art Basel. Among other things, Max Fish owner Ulli Rimkus said that she'd like to make this Max Fish outpost permanent.

A few observations from Silverman:

While the Lower East Side has transformed into a gentrified playground, the Overtown neighborhood home of the new Max Fish has a long, long way to go. Yet that hasn’t stopped thousands of art and booze fans from descending on the new location. If anything, the dangerous surroundings make it a more authentic Max Fish experience.


In some ways, the new bar is even closer to the original than the one in New York has become. In addition to the rough neighborhood around it, there is not a smoking ban in Miami, and ashtrays overflow.

The Miami location could also stay open into the early morning, as perhaps the real Max Fish used to do. That’s because in Miami, bars don’t have to legally close until 5 a.m.


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