Address: 1235 Washington Avenue
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Mansion, named “Miami’s Hottest Club” by People magazine, has played host to some of the entertainment world’s most glamorous events, from Diddy’s MTV Video Music Awards celebration party and Britney Spears’ Miami performance, to live performance by Prince and Velvet Revolver. Grand and majestic, and easily configured to accommodate events of any size, Mansion’s “residence-meets-nightlife” concept features multiple floors of design and architectural decadence. Heralded design elements include sweeping staircases, ornate fireplaces, Venetian glass mirrors, dramatic crystal chandeliers, exposed brick walls, towering keystone arches and cozy sitting areas that mix with modern Lucite pieces with the luxurious banquets.
Set in a building that was first built as the French Casino in 1936, Mansion is located in the heart of South Beach on Miami’s colorful Washington Avenue, close to the area’s finest restaurants, most luxurious hotels and popular Lincoln Road district.
The Opium Group is one of the country’s most successful hospitality conglomerates, operating Miami’s top four nightclubs; Opium Garden, Privé, Mansion and SET. A driving force behind South Beach’s ongoing cultural renaissance, The Opium Group has been heralded by Harpers’s Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, People, Time, The Miami Herald, and numerous other publications for drawing A-list celebrities and the international jet-set to Miami Beach.
Three visionaries with unique perspectives and expertise, owners Eric Milon, Roman Jones and Francis Milon create a tour de force of hospitality, design and ambiance. Together they have made an indelible mark on Miami Beach’s landscape, enjoying enduring success in an industry where longevity is rare.
A top model gracing the cover of GQ and the runways for Giorgio Armani, Paris-native Eric Milon moved to Miami in the early 1990’s. Lured by South Beach’s burgeoning modeling scene, Eric soon realized the need for a chic eatery to entertain the international photographers, fashionistas and gliteratti seeking South Beach’s idyllic Deco backdrop. In 1991, he opened The Strand restaurant to unprecedented enthusiasm, creating a buzz that Miami had not experienced in decades. The celebrity elite soon flocked to The Strand, and Eric was dubbed one of the original pioneers of The American Riviera’s rebirth.
Eric’s brother Francis Milon joined him in 1996, bringing the skills he honed working at Paris and New York’s top nightclubs. One of the fashion world’s foremost photographers by trade, Francis’s business know-how, coupled with his eye for beauty created the ideal partnership. Their newest venture, The Living Room quickly became an icon, inspiring the numerous bars and nightclubs that now populate South Beach.
Shortly thereafter, The Milons joined forces with Roman Jones, a young entrepreneur who cut his teeth in the corporate hospitality market, overseeing the expansion of the Taco Bell, Burger King and Domino’s Pizza brands. British-born and rock and roll bred, Roman completed the trifecta. Son of rocker Mick Jones, Roman used his business acumen to parlay this experience into a career as one of the leading nightclub operators in the country.