Louis Puig is an internationally known entrepreneur and nightclub icon. Puig began his career approximately 40 years ago and has worked as a nightclub DJ, bartender, promoter, host, manager, operator, designer, builder, sound and lighting designer and installer. He has also designed, created, operated and owned some of the most successful clubs and restaurants in Miami and South Beach. Puig is considered to be a revolutionary in the nightclub industry for his work in creating The Parkwest Entertainment Area in Downtown Miami. A once uninhabited and desolate slum area, Parkwest now vibrates with sky scraper condos and office buildings, the American Airlines Arena, restaurants and nightclubs. Thanks to Puig's foundation Parkwest real estate increased from $30 to $200 a foot in just 5 years. For his entrepreneurial efforts in helping to create economic revitalization to Downtown Miami, the City of Miami proclaimed October 14 as Louis Puig Day.
Puig began his career in 1976 as a club DJ and worked almost every nightclub position available and helped create some of South Florida's most popular bars and nightclubs. In 1994, Puig opened his own club, the world famous BAR 609 which was a feature of The Real World on MTV. From then on he continued to pioneer the Miami and South Beach nightclub industry. In 2000 Puig created the world famous Club Space which has broken attendance and sales records for Nightclubs in the US and has won various awards for being one of the top dance clubs in the world. Space currently holds the title for the longest operating dance club in South Florida. 2005 Puig became designer, partner, owner and operator of Spirits Nightclub at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Like Club Space, Spirits Nightclub was created by Puig from the ground up and thanks to his knowledge of design and construction; it was completed at a price unequaled in the industry.
In the past decade, Puig was part owner of the Burger and Beer Joint in Miami's Brickell District and Bodega and Ricky's in South Beach as well as Spin, Cameo, Mansion / Icon, Set and Mokai. In 2013 Puig sold Club Space to members of the Opium Group. In 2015 he opened Heart Nightclub next to Space and in 2016 Heart won "Best Dance Club" as voted by the Miami New Times, beating Space, Story and LIV. Heart is the favorite club for DJs to perform in South Florida.
Puig is also known for producing events such as Global Gathering Miami, Surfcomber Pool Parties, Masquerade starring the Swedish House Mafia, Enter., starring Richie Hawtin and dozens of other EDM events. No other Miami nightlife figure has owned, operated or produced as many nightclubs and dance music events as Puig.
Puig currently works and resides in Miami Beach, Florida. He is busy working on various restaurant and nightclub projects in Downtown, Wynwood, and Little River in Miami. He travels all over the world operating and consulting for the nightclub and bar industry and he still has a passion for DJing and makes regular performances around the world.
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