Nightclub & Bar Presents the 2014 Nightclub Award Winner ProfilesMay 6, 2014 By: Mary-Kate Dunphy
Dayclub of the Year
Spinnaker Beach Club, Panama City, FL
Spinnaker Beach Club has been a staple in the Panama City Beach Spring Break and Nightlife scene for over 40 years. The club has evolved over the year into a world famous 50,000 square foot beachfront venue featuring a full service restaurant, three live music stages and a unique dance room featuring the top DJs on the Gulf Coast. National recording artists such as Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, The Beastie Boys and more have graced the club’s stages over the years. The annual Spring Break Mega Beach Party has become the largest daytime event in the month of March and featuring a corporate sponsored village, live DJ EMCEE, Celebrity guests and plenty of contests and prizes. Spinnaker Beach Club has truly stood the test of time and continues to draw outstanding crowds and brings a great experience to guests.
Lounge of the Year
Epernay Lounge, Denver, CO
When guests walk into Epernay Lounge, they are immersed in sophistication. The lounge is beautiful from one end to the other with elegant curves décor with a modern feel and windows on looking the busy street, Epernay is nothing short of stunning. The service at this lounge is impeccable from the complimentary valet to the friendly wait staff. Cocktails at Epernay are unique and are guaranteed to please; their happy hour leaves guests satisfied and wanting more. The elegance does not stop when considering the menu; those who have tried Epernay will tell you that the food at Epernay is full of flavor and simply trendy from the sushi bar to the seasonal menu. It is no wonder that Epernay Lounge in Denver is this year’s Lounge of the Year.
New Concept of the Year
The Huxley, Washington, D.C.
The Huxley offers a stylishly sophisticated hospitality venue just south of Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. Spaciously boasting 4,600 square feet of beautiful event space. With a stunning gold plated chandelier and a romantically ominous atmosphere, The Ballroom welcomes guests to the most lavish of all nightclubs. Complete with a sense of showmanship and customer service that is both unmatched and unforgettable, The Huxley plays nightly host to Washington’s pretty and powerful. The craft cocktail menu at The Huxley is inspired by historical and contemporary influences. The atmosphere of The Huxley exudes a Gatsby quality that makes each guest feel chic and stylish.
Nightclub of the Year
Story, Miami, FL
This beautiful nightclub in Miami Beach is reminiscent to Vegas clubs in the sense that Story Nightclub goes big every night. If Story Nightclub were to actually tell a story, it would be a tale of extravagance, delicious shots, lights and bumping DJ’s. Story hosts the greatest DJ’s in the world such as Aoki, Armin Van Burren and more who pulsate electric beats throughout the club while intoxicating light shows dance amongst partygoers while the bass drops. At Story you will find beautiful people and wonderful customer service; there are a plethora of bars throughout the club and the speed customers receive their beverage orders is unmatched. The overall experience of Story Nightclub will leave guests stunned and coming back for more.
Promo, Party or Event of the Year
Intervention Sundays @ Float, San Diego, CA
The Intervention pool party has burgeoned into a mega-bash in the last 5 years – a 16,000 square foot, 1,600 person capacity concert on a hotel rooftop, in the middle of downtown San Diego – creating an unmatched energy that pulses through the city’s core. The sexy, yet whimsical Intervention theme has become synonymous with weekend fun, with naughty nurses go-go dancing around the stage, toy syringes filled with first-class cocktails satisfying attendees’ thirst, and iconic wrapped party busses delivering throngs of people from outside neighborhoods each week in style. The Intervention management team is focused on featuring the best talent all summer long, providing a unique experience each week, and 2013 was no exception hosting artists such as Krewella, Afrojack, Lil Jon and more. Intervention Sundays at Float are meant to be experienced rather than read about, this year’s Party of the Year truly is a sight to see.
Resident DJ of the Year
DJ Homicide, Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA
Dynamic DJ skills have provided DJ Homicide with the creative freedom of working with hip- hop as well as rock groups while flexing his artistic vision on air in the radio arena. In 1994 DJ Homicide joined the up and coming group Sugar Ray. Following the addition of DJ Homicide, Sugar Ray broke out of obscurity with the single "Fly". DJ Homicide's music success is not limited to his work with Sugar Ray. He has subsequently produced music for Chino XL and Quest the Madd Lad on Def American Records, AC Alone on Capitol Records, and "Make Room" on the Loud Rocks Project. DJ Homicide also returned to his roots on radio with his own show once again on Power 106 called Channel Zero, creating a new radio format mixing rock and hip hop. In a field in which there is always a new guy bringing some new tricks to the game, DJ Homicide constantly ups the ante. With ten years of worldwide tours under his belt, he has the experience that most DJs only dream of. Playhouse is more than lucky to have him.