Alcohol Restriction May Force Miami’s STORY to Close Early

Storied (we had to) Miami nightclub STORY is known for their late-night, aka early morning, shows but this may be coming to an end due to new neighborhood ordinance.

The massive venue offers five separate bars, bottle service, a dance floor and live shows. Upcoming events include Chris Lake, Two Friends and DJ Pauly D. Past big names have included Dillon Francis, Don Diablo and Steve Aoki. However, the South Beach City Commission recently voted to restrict alcohol sales in the South of Fifth neighborhood.

Dillon Francis at STORY

What does this mean? Basically, any businesses that originally had a license to serve alcohol until 5 am will now be required to stop serving drinks at 2 am. However, smaller spots with occupancy of 100 or fewer people can still serve until 5 am. The commissioners admitted they wanted to crack down on the larger nightlife venues, like STORY nightclub, while protecting local bars.

The goal is to ultimately damper South Beach’s nightlife scene, especially in residential area. The same day, commissioners voted to ban outdoor alcohol sales after 2 am as well.

This is the first major piece of legislation restricting alcohol sales since Miami Beach voters passed a referendum in 2021 calling for the citywide 5 am last call to be rolled back.

Steve Aoki at STORY

However, South Beach locals may not actually see this ordinance come to life. Previously, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge has rejected attempts to restrict alcohol sales over the past two years, ruling the commission did not properly vote on the legislation. It seems city officials are prepared for that, stating they expected a court challenge.

Meanwhile, STORY nightclub’s attorney, Mickey Marrero, said this ordinance would put the venue out of business and lead to layoffs. He also noted STORY has not had any noise violations in recent years, but has had issues under previous management.

If you’re hoping to see a show at STORY nightclub before it possibly shuts down, check out their calendar for upcoming events.