Thursday, December 21, 2006
Style File: Cosplay
South Beach never needs an excuse for a party, and now you don't have to wait for the weekend for a wild night out. In tonight's Style File, Seven's Belkys Nerey shows us a good reason to stay up late on Tuesday ... and maybe come in a little late to work on Wednesday.
WSVN -- If your Tuesday night usually involves sitting in front of the T.V. and maybe dozing off, well, wake up!
Sushi Samba on Lincoln Road is making Tuesday night the hottest night out with their new Japanese-inspired party called Cosplay, a contraction of the words costume and play.
James Recio, Manager: "Basically, Cosplay is a whole subculture in Japan of people who dress up in characters like Anime or Japanese historical characters."
Around 11 o'clock at night, the restaurant starts to look like Halloween. As fast as you can say, "Sake bomb," a cast of characters comes marching in.
Andy Boy: "Everyone gets to dress up and fantasize for one night. Tonight, I'm the Abominable Snowman!"
Sol: "It's good to see people get dressed up and get rad."
It's definitely a scene to be seen, but there's no cover and no attitude. The draw to this weekly party? The chance to be someone else for a night.
Claudio Figueron, Cosplay DJ: "It's a time to let your inner freak come out and not be so cool. Be wild and crazy."
Bonnie Lynn: "This a place where you can come and express your personality and whatever you want to be for about four hours."
Around 1 a.m., you had better drop that dragon roll, because all the food is cleared away and the sushi bar is transformed into a dance floor.
The tunes are hot, and partygoers are entertained by Cirque-X dancers, who flaunt a different theme each week.
Diana Lozano: "We don't just simply dance. We get on the tables, under people's chairs. We scare people. Who knows what we'll do?"
The party keeps going and going, until sometime Wednesday morning.
I know, I know. You may be asking, "Don't these people have to work? What do they do the day after partying hard?"
Partier: "Nothing, ha, ha, ha. We just have a comfortable life, so we can basically afford to go out and have some fun."
Right. Well, if you're going to lose some shut-eye on a school night, this party is worth it. Just don't forget to change out of your costume before heading to work on Wednesday!
Need another incentive to dress up and party? There is a $250 cash prize every week for best costume.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
600 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139