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It’s only fitting that South Beach pool hall Lost Weekend, named for a 1945 Billy Wilder movie, has seen its fair share of random movie stars and celebrities. Like that one time Lenny Kravitz and Michael Stipe shot pool there. Or when Liv Tyler and Drew Barrymore sat at the bar for a drink.
There were a lot of memorable nights over the past two decades — far too many for Frielich to recall. But a few do come to mind. He remembers one night when then-MTV personality Carson Daly came in and was singing along to songs off the jukebox until 7 a.m. Another time, Frielich was thrilled to see Radiohead singer Thom Yorke hanging out at his establishment. As a Miami Heat fan, Frielich was especially proud to host and officiate a pool tournament with the local basketball team. “It was back in ’99. Pat Riley was the coach, and he gave me a thousand dollars to give to the winner. The finals involved Tim Hardaway and Dan Majerle. They took it so seriously. They each brought their own cue stick and were fighting and cursing about every shot.”