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Bella Rose grabs two more New Times Best of Miami wins


We cleaned up in the New Times Best of Miami this year.  

After the win for Best Twitter Feed, Bella Rose took home two posthumous awards:

Best Nightclub to Die in the Past Year: Bella Rose

The demise of Bella Rose is still lamented by South Beach locals who patronized the glam hole-in-the-Beach for the 16 months it was open. Not only was the scene fresh and unpretentious, but also the drinks were reasonable and there was no VIP crapola. While co-owner Keith Paciello has been in nightlife seemingly forever (yes, his brother is notorious club king Chris Paciello), business partner Alfred Spellman has an interesting pedigree as a producer of films such as Cocaine Cowboys and The U. Together, the handsome duo reinvigorated nightlife on the Beach with Bella Rose’s anything-goes atmosphere. Celebrities such as Jared Leto, Josh Hartnett, Kirsten Dunst, Calvin Klein, and Mary-Kate Olsen made low-key, late-night appearances at the 1,500-square-foot space on 16th Street. And the weekly Black Sunday parties, featuring Alexis Mincolla and crew staging fake crimes, garnered a rabid following. (Admit it: You gleefully watched the jittery postmortem video every Monday morning.) Unfortunately, the economic downturn done in this after-hours joint. It’s hard to make the rent when hipster patrons are drinking beer only between 2 and 5 a.m. Since Bella Rose closed last August, Spellman has returned to filmmaking (he’s working on a TV version of Cocaine Cowboys with Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer), while Paciello can be found smiling sardonically as he mans the door at RokBar. It’s not all bad news, though: The best friends are looking for another space to resurrect the funky times.

Best Party to Disappear in the Past Year: Black Sunday at Bella Rose

Sundays might be a day of rest and reflection for the general population, but promoter Alexis Mincolla and friends aren’t exactly holy rollers. His devotees are among the most dedicated night crawlers. So in early 2009, Mincolla begat Black Sunday at Bella Rose, a weekly party that seemed to start as more-or-less standard electro-hipster fare and morphed into something much more darkly decadent. As time went on, each happening took on performance-art proportions, with Mincolla and company staging elaborate fake murders of various scene personalities, and documenting the schadenfreude and bloody chaos in copious photos. The faux-crime-scene documentation would then be displayed in little flipbook-style videos that were so realistic and provocative they were temporarily banned from Facebook. Well, who said nightlife was supposed to be conservative? Still, something so in-your-face is unlikely to last long, and although there was no big implosion for Black Sunday, it disappeared. Several key figures left Miami, with Mincolla heading to the Big Apple to helm a new health-drink project, Prometheus Springs. There has been a happy reincarnation, though. Mincolla’s minions have organized into a collective now known as the Overthrow, whose creative chaos can’t be contained by one lousy little school night.

Uprooting and replanting the Rose

After a sixteen month run as the most debauched saloon/speakeasy/underground disco South Beach has seen since the turn of the century, we’ve decided to uproot Bella Rose and find a new home.

When we opened in a decrepit building on a desolate block just off the seediest stretch of Washington Avenue in April 2008, it was the best location we could find for the type of joint we wanted.  Meaning: it was all we could afford. 

Although the economic crash has been brutal and we struggled through it like everyone else, the silver lining is that rents are finally retreating to rational levels.  So, as the deadline came to decide whether to re-up and rennovate or move, we decided to take advantage of the opportunity to look for a new space - a bigger spot in a better location.

As soon as we know where we’re headed, we’ll announce it.  And if you have a suggestion, feel free to share it.

To our loyal patrons and our extended, dysfunctional Bella Rose family, thanks for the late nights, the early mornings (occasionally the late mornings), the carousing and the hangovers. 

See you this Fall.

Keith Paciello

Alfred Spellman & rakontur

Miami New Times: Bella Rose is Miami’s Best New Bar

The Miami New Times has declared our very own Bella Rose Miami’s Best New Bar of 2009:

In the Boom Boom Room’s former digs, with the help of Cocaine Cowboys producer Alfred Spellman and tastemaker Keith Paciello, a unique lounge has blossomed. What keeps this Rose from wilting are reasonable drink prices and no shortage of debauchery. Bella Rose welcomes everyone. There’s no door drama. Yet it has attracted the likes of Calvin Klein, Josh Hartnett, Kirsten Dunst, and Mary-Kate Olsen. And to top it off, local scenesters Alexis Mincolla, Nick D’Annunzio, and Jochy Ortiz have given the bar’s patrons further reason to visit with the Saturday party Bella Donna and the end-of-the-weekend massacre, Black Sunday.

Seen partying at Bella Rose

via Miami Herald’s Scene in the Tropics:

Seen partying at Bella Rose’s Bella Donna party Saturday night: Miami’s very own fashion guru and current Ungaro chief designer Esteban Cortazar with designer Richie Rich, publicist Paul Wilmot, fashion photographer Pablo Alfaro and Miami restaurateur Fabian Basabe. The next night at Bella Rose’s Black Sunday: An unexpected performance by DJ Steve Aoki, The Bloody Beetroots and — true to the party’s theme — a staged ”murder” of musician/actor Donovan Leitch. Aoki was apparently very excited to perform at Bella Rose, tweeting that “The guy [ Alfred Spellman] that owns it made my fave doc, Cocaine Cowboys!”

Bella Rose hosting afterparty for Abel Ferrara’s “Chelsea on the Rocks”

Abel Ferrara’s “Chelsea on the Rocks” afterparty Thursday 03.12.09

The director of “King of New York” and “Bad Lieutenant” premieres his first documentary “Chelsea on the Rocks”

Bella Rose is hosting the debauchery to follow

with Alexis Mincolla and sounds by Black Sunday’s Damaged Goods

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Take a Hit of the Bella Donna

A packed house could have told the story as well, but a recent New York Times’ nod gave Bella Rose another boost on the cool meter for its weekly murder-mystery hipster party Black Sunday. And now, the club is home to the perfect Saturday sister party: Bella Donna. Billed as the ideal bash for those looking to flirt with a little corruption, the joint is typically packed with tipsy model hosts, posh socialites, and degenerate hipsters looking for one unforgettable night of mayhem. In keeping with the lounge’s come-one-come-all aesthetic, the party is still hip enough for South Beach purveyors of cool without turning off those trying to avoid a fuss at the door — just ask iconic fashion designer Calvin Klein, who recently made a cameo at the fete. 

Cocaine Cowboys producer Alfred Spellman and SoBe scenester Keith Paciello brought the lounge notoriety, but Bella Donna’s instant credibility is due to this Saturday night’s host — Nick D’Annunzio — one of the Beach’s most influential tastemakers. Up-and-coming spinner DJ Troy Kurtz is the night’s resident sound selector, and Black Sunday mastermind Alexis Mincolla will be on hand to add to the debauchery. Do your part by showing up until the beat stops. 

Calvin Klein dropped by Bella Rose on Saturday Night

via Miami Metromix:

Designer Calvin Klein was spotted at Bella Rose’s newest weekly party, Bella Donna, this past Saturday night in South Beach.

The nightclub also happens to be owned by Cocaine Cowboys producers Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben, along with partner Keith Paciello (brother of South Beach’s original badboy and Liquid owner, Chris Paciello).

The fashion designer arrived at the club just past midnight, looking very casual sporting a simple short sleeved white t-shirt, dark jeans, eyeglasses and a touseled ‘do. Klein was accompanied by a male friend and chilled with Bella Donna host, Jose “Jochy” Ortiz. Klein managed to dodge paparazzi lenses but he was caught busting a move to the sounds of DJ Troy Kurtz.

In Miami, the Buzz at the Clubs in South Beach

via New York Times:

Editor's Pick: Bella Rose (Conde Nast's

Bella Rose’s Sunday-night bash is a more locals-driven alternative to Nikki Beach’s tourist-heavy scene. The dark South Beach lounge is filled with transvestites, models teetering in vertiginous heels, and a “murderer” on the loose to make for a glam goth vibe. Party producer Lex Mincolla is on a mission to “kill” one club-goer every week, with all the gory (fake) action filmed in stop-motion animation in the club’s bathroom and turned into a cult phenom on YouTube the following week. Thursday nights are themed Thuggery (think old-school hip-hop and 32-ounce beers), while Friday and Saturdays are more straightforward with dancing to ’80s hits. And even though it’s in the midst of South Beach’s high-rolling club scene, this is definitely not the place to go for bottle service.

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Forbes: Bella Rose among Miami’s most exclusive clubs

via Forbes:

Bella Rose sprung up as an antidote to the velvet rope and bottle service scene. Co-owner Alfred Spellman says that when the beach became dominated by high rollers and celebrities, “I got sick of going out. And I’m only 29!” So he opened his own hangout—dark, creative and edgy, with “no bottle service pressure.” The crowd it draws is only for those hip enough to know about it. That includes Dennis Rodman, DJ and Lindsay Lohan gal pal Samantha Ronson and Danger Mouse (from musical duo Gnarls Barkley).

Forbes slideshow:

Dark and loungy Bella Rose is popular among anyone cool enough to know it exists—like artists, musicians, hipsters, and Dennis Rodman. It’s busiest on “Black Sundays,” when the owners put on a “pop-art murder night” and faux-kill a different South Beach local each week. It plays out like a real life game of Clue.
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