Sometimes, a date requires a certain atmosphere if you want to, uh, close the deal. Beach Bar @ Newport Pier is the newest place for dinner or a drink when a classy oceanfront view may be the clincher.
Set for its first weekend of business, Beach Bar is a Sunny Isles Beach partnership with an experienced pedigree, pairing the Newport Group, which runs the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort and Kitchen 305, with the duo of Paul Flanigan and Frank Zaffere, best known for Quarterdeck and Flanigan’s restaurants.
We asked Zaffere what you would ask him if you caught him on the phone on the way to pick up your date.
What’s the best thing about Beach Bar @ Newport Pier? What do you want to be known for?
Well, the outstanding menu, of course, but the view. It’s the most unparalleled atmosphere in South Florida. I can’t imagine a more romantic spot. We have about 20 weddings a month down here.
What’s the one thing I should order as my introduction to the menu?
Mike’s Lobster Roll [named after executive sushi chef Mike Jin]. It’s just huge amounts of Maine lobster. It’s a decadent dish.
How do I reserve one of the couches on the pier?
We’re calling it VIP seating. When you sit there, it feels like you’re sitting out in the ocean. But we’re still trying to figure out how to handle it. For right now, we’re just going to let people sit there.
Is there a kids’ menu?
We don’t have one printed, but there are kids’ items available. We have the pier attached, so kids have a place to play. Down on the beach, too. It’s actually ideal for families.
Pound for pound, the best MMA fighter in the ring today? (In another life, Zaffere hosts two radio shows devoted to mixed martial arts, 7-9 p.m. Friday on WQAM, 560-AM and 10-11 a.m. Saturday on ESPN, 106.3-FM in West Palm Beach.)
Pound for pound, Renan Barao. Brazilian fighter, 135 pounds. He’s really gifted. He’s got, like, a 35-match win streak going. ... Wait, you just asked me about MMA, right?
The Beach Bar @ Newport Pier is at 16501 Collins Ave. Info: 305-949-1300305-949-1300, BeachBarNewportPier.com.
I WANT CANDYE
I am convinced that Candye Kane was onstage with Black Flag the only time I sort of saw them in Austin in the ‘80s, whether it was actually her or not. Kane’s brief adult-film dalliance has long since been trumped by her blues career, which mixes rough-and-ready vocals with a wicked sense of humor. (Her 2005 album “White Trash Girl” ends with a pairing of “Masturbation Blues” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”) The Southern California-based Kane, a cancer survivor and now an ordained minister, will perform Friday at B.B. King’s Blues Club (550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach), beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $5. Call 561-420-8600561-420-8600, or visit BBKingClubs.com. For more on Kane, go to CandyeKane.com.
TATTS ALL, FOLKS
The Tattoo Mania Expo brings bands, burlesque and celebrity tattoo artists to the Palm Beach County Convention Center (650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) Friday-Sunday, with some of the money going to a good cause, Blooming With Austism. There will be contests in categories ranging from best sleeve and best portrait, to best religious tattoo and best lettering. No truth to the rumor that there will be an award for worst typo. But, just in case, Big Gus from Spike TV’s “Tattoo Nightmares” will be on hand. Tickets: $20, $40 for a three-day pass. Info: 561-366-3000561-366-3000, TattooManiaWPB.com.
PUT ON THE RED LIGHT
Roxanne Vargas has written a book, with local freelancer Maruchi Mendez, titled “100 Things To Do in Miami Before You Die,” which probably does not include the line “Hang out with Roxanne Vargas.” But it should. Vargas is the host of NBC 6’s lifestyle and entertainment show “6 in the Mix,” a fine showcase for her bubbly and not-hard-to-look-at manner. You can hang out with Vargas at her book signing, 6:30 p.m. May 29 at Books and Books in Coral Gables. Info: 305-442-4408305-442-4408, BooksAndBooks.com.
THE CHASE IS ON
If your personal jury is still out on The Chase nightclub (a moment of silence, please, for Christopher’s, its predecessor at 2857. E. Oakland Park Blvd.), this weekend shows that it aims to be a serious nightlife player. On Saturday, the Fort Lauderdale club has booked two DJs, Ivano Bellini and Louis Dee, well known for musicmaking in Miami and South Beach hot spots such as Space, Prive and Crobar. Info: 954-561-2136954-561-2136, TheChaseNightclub.com.
X MARKS THE SPOT
Reminder: There will be running and everything at the inaugural X Run obstacle 5K at Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami on May 31, but it may take a back seat to the entertainment lineup, which seems to get longer every time we look at it (no pun intended). Along with Ash Armand of Showtime’s “Gigolos” and Playboy TV sexologist Dr. Jess (Jessica O’Reilly), there will be appearances by porn actors Evan Stone, Misty Stone and Luna Star; Holli Pockets, model and host of Playboy TV’s “Swing”; the Men of Adonis male revue; and local burlesque star Morgan LaRue’s Shimmy Shake Revue. X Run registration is $65, or $25 for spectators (21 and older). A portion of the proceeds will go to Clitoraid.org, supporting campaigns against female genital mutilation. Info: TheXRun.com.
The Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park will celebrate its first anniversary (already) on May 31 with a long list of special releases (Vanilla Cream Abdul Jabbar Nitro) and music from the Heavy Pets, Ketchy Shuby and the Short Straw Pickers. Info: 954-440-0046954-440-0046, FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com.
Local artists, crafters, bakers and other handy types will offer their latest wares when Indie Craft Bazaar’s seasonal get-together, called Spring Creative: An Independent Art and Handmade Festival, is held noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Revolution Live in downtown Fort Lauderdale. You’ll find original works from more than 70 artists and repurposed and vintage items, live music, $3 mimosas (and a full cash bar) and a variety of food. Admission: $5, with limited free parking. Info: 954-785-7475954-785-7475, Facebook.com/indiecraftbazaar.
BRAZILIAN BUTT DROP
BaCA Movie Lounge continues its run of classic films Friday night with “Brazil,” the hilarious Terry Gilliam hallucination about a grim Big Brother future. The free screening takes place in front of a collection of sofas and chairs in Bailey Contemporary Arts, the restored hotel-turned-art-space at 41 NE First St. in Old Pompano Beach. The rest of the series includes “Basquiat” (May 30), “A Clockwork Orange” (June 6), “I Shot Andy Warhol” (June 13), “Midnight Cowboy” (June 20), “Mambo Kings” (July 11), “Being John Malkovich” (July 18) and “Pan’s Labyrinth” (July 25). The BaCA Movie Lounge opens at 7:30 p.m., with screenings at 8 p.m. Admission is free, with donations accepted. Info: 954-284-0141954-284-0141, BaCAPompano.org.
SPIN THE BOTTLE
The Brazilian gastropub Beer 360 apparently is not named for the spinning motion you sometimes feel after a night of invigorating conversation with your buddies, but instead the 320 bottled brews and 40 more on tap you’ll find at this Sunny Isles spot, which had its grand opening this week. Billing itself as a “craft beer bar and international steakhouse,” Beer 360 specializes in picanha steak (named for the unique rump cut of meat), which is served from warmers kept right on your table. Hmmm … Beer 360 is at 18090 Collins Ave., in Sunny Isles Beach. Info: 305-466-4599305-466-4599, Beer-360.com.
Your local Yard House (Hallandale Beach, Miami Beach and Coral Gables) has introduced a menu of beer cocktails, which, as it sounds, gussies up some of their craft beers with spirits and garnishes. For example, the Dreamsicle mixes white ale with Pinnacle whipped-cream-flavored vodka, Cointreau, citrus agave and orange bitters. If you’re into that kind of thing. Info: YardHouse.com.
BOUND FOR GLORY
News came this week that Coral Springs’ pop-punk heroes New Found Glory have signed with Los Angeles-based Hopeless Records (also home to All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, For the Foxes, the Used and We Are the In Crowd) and that the band’s eighth full-length album is near completion. Tour dates for now are limited to a scattering of Midwest rock festivals and the shows across England in November for Pop Punk's Not Dead Tour UK. Info: NewFoundGlory.com.