Miami Beach is no stranger to clubs but most are classified as dance clubs or country clubs. Enter The Water Club, a new player on the club scene providing edible beats to those arriving by land, sea, or maybe even air (there was actually a helicopter taking flight from a patch of grass at the Intercoastal Mall when I arrived to visit).
After a multi-million dollar renovation to the old "Miami Shooters" location, Chefs Frank Randazzo and Andrea Curto-Randazzo of Miami Beach's Talula were brought in to renovate the menu with flavor. I've had some fantastic, more-than-memorable meals at Talula, so I was excited to see what the chefs had in store for The Water Club. I sampled a few things on my visit, most notably a pulled pork slider topped with pickled onion and sliced chili peppers. Savory with a nice spicy kick. I also tried some steak skewers and a bit of roasted chicken salad on a crostini that was studded with dried cranberry. The chicken salad was very light on the mayo and had nice flavor. All that said, the winner of the night for me came in the form of a bite-sized potato croquette. Well, I'm not sure if that's what it's called but that's what I'm calling it, dammit. A little disc with a fried-slightly-crisp exterior gave way to a creamy explosion of potato flavor with a hint of salt that reminded me of the orignal flavor Pringles. I managed to eat two and then gave the server specific instructions to stay away from me to ensure more than just I would sample their awesomeness. I'm not sure if these items will be on the regular menu as this was a preview night but hopefully those potato croquettes and pork sliders will be there.
The space itself is massive. That's probably the only word to describe it. Two separate dining areas indoors and an enormous outdoor space fully covered by an awning, making it perfect for staying dry during our rainy season. There are two large bars, one inside and one outside, both with a team of flatscreen TVs hanging above them. I especially enjoyed this as my Celtics were battling the Magic that night (the C's got their asses handed to them in this game but then rebounded and destroyed the Magic in the following game to head to the NBA Finals).
The Water Club also features a dock for boaters to tie up to and head in for a bite and some drinks. The dock space can accommodate up to 50 boats with a full time dockmaster so bring your friends. They also have a nice sundeck and a swimming pool! Check it out sometime for yourself. Methinks it'll be hard not to enjoy.
The Water Club
3969 NE 163 St.
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
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