Bottom line…Nepenthe was a giant among the legendary 70s/80s Ft. Lauderdale clubs. Initially opened as an under-21 spot, it was far from “kiddy,” it featured a sunken stainless steel dance floor and a Richard Long sound/light system (the guy who put in the system at the Paradise Garage in NYC). Blacks, spanish, punks, whites…all danced and boogied at Nepenthe…and no one had a problem with it! Beautiful waitresses dressed up as sexy Cleopatra’s offered a drink called “Nepenthe Potion” which arrived “smoking” on dry ice. Eventually, the club changed into a throbbing, popper-feuled men’s bar and lived on until 1989 when the music stopped as the neo-90s began.