The nightlife on South Beach is so extensive that there’s an almost endless list of places to go and things to do. If listening to live music happens to be among your favorite nightlife activities, the city of Miami has you covered. The music selection in Miami is almost as diverse as the city itself, and that means you’ll have plenty of good options at your disposal, no matter what type of music you prefer. If you’re having trouble finding the right place for you, here are a few of the top places in Miami to listen to live music.
Bayfront Park Amphitheater
The Klipsch Amphitheater in Bayfront Park may be the best place in Miami to kick back, relax, and listen to music on a sunny day or a warm evening. There are seats close to the stage, as well as a hilly lawn where guests can set up a blanket to lay down and enjoy something to eat and drink during the show. Some of Miami’s best food trucks usually set up shop nearby so there are plenty of great food options available. The Amphitheater plays host to music festivals of all kinds of genres, from rock to rap and reggae to jazz, so it’s just a matter of time until the Bayfront Amphitheater will host a show that interests you.
If you don’t mind a dive bar, you’ll like going to Churchill’s. You’ll hear mostly local bands, but sometimes you’ll be privy to an up-and-coming artist before they hit it big, giving you the chance to say you saw them way back when. It’s not the prettiest place on the inside, but Churchill’s has cheap drinks, good pub fare, and plenty to do outside of its music, such as playing pool, the Space Invaders video game, or watching sports, although music is typically Churchill’s main attraction.
This place does not have a sign outside its entrance, so you have to know where to find it in Miami’s Design District. Of course, this just means that everyone who finds their way to Bardot on any given night of the week is there to enjoy one of Miami’s best music venues. The sound system is out of this world and unlike anything you’ve heard in any club or music venue you’ve visited before. The types of musicians who perform at Bardot changes from one night to the next, but it often includes local musicians, indie pop, hip-hop, and well-known DJs who make the walls inside vibrate.
The Regent Cocktail Club
If you want a more laid back and classy musical environment, check out the Regent Cocktail Club inside the Gale Hotel on South Beach. Aside from having a beautiful 1920s ambiance and some of the most skilled bartenders on South Beach, the Regent Cocktail Club also offers live music via its elegant piano almost every night of the week. If you want to relax with a world-class cocktail and listen to beautifully played jazz music in an old-time speakeasy, this is the place for you.
Some people come to Miami to sit at the beach, while others come for the wild nightlife. But there’s also a large contingent of people who pass on all that and come to Miami to partake in water sports, among the most popular of which is kayaking. With all the waterways the Miami area has to offer, it’s easy to just slip your kayak in the water and paddle your way through spectacular scenery for hours on end. Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or someone who wants to give it a try, here are some of the best spots in Miami to go kayaking.
Key Biscayne is a barrier island south of the city of Miami and an incredible place to go kayaking. The whole island is full of beachfront parks that you can see and explore while paddling your kayak right off the coast. The water is relatively calm so you don’t have to be an expert kayaker to handle it and you don’t have to worry about drifting out to sea. If you like kayaking with freedom and without being confined to trails, the coast of Key Biscayne is the place to go. At the same time, the island does have plenty of beautiful harbors and picturesque estuaries to explore if you want to play it safe but still enjoy yourself.
Oleta River State Park
On the north side of Miami is Oleta River State Park, a haven for those who love kayaking and beautiful scenery. The park is on the shores of Biscayne Bay and is full of estuaries that are perfect for exploring via kayak, canoe, or any other type of self-propelled water vehicle. While you kayak your way around, you’ll be privy to the delightful sights of mangrove roots, small fish, and a wide variety of birds. If you’re a novice, it’s easy to rent kayaks inside the park, and once you’ve taken in all the scenery and tired yourself out from kayaking all day, you can relax at the Blue Marlin Fish House, a watering hole with fine food and drink located inside Oleta River State Park and the perfect place to finish off a day of kayaking.
Everglades National park
Finally, if you’re a kayaking enthusiast who’s up for a little road trip, you have to visit Everglades National Park. The Everglades has no shortage of trails for kayaks and canoes, and while not all of them are easy, they are a great way to see all the amazing scenery and wildlife that can be found in the Everglades. If you’re not a seasoned and serious kayaker, this may not be for you, but kayaking your way through the Everglades is a truly unique experience, and if you’re a kayaker in the city of Miami, it’s definitely worth the trip.
Admittedly, Miami isn’t the most Irish city in the country. It’s incredibly multicultural, but much of that culture comes from the Caribbean and Latin America, not from our Irish friends across the pond. Nevertheless, Miami is known for its nightlife, making it a great place to party 365 days out of the year. Of course, this includes one of the year’s ultimate party days: St. Patrick’s Day. So while Miami may not be all that Irish, here are some great places in Miami to party on St. Patrick’s Day.
37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival
A great way to get your St. Patrick’s Day celebration underway is attending the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Coral Gables. Taking place at the plush Ponce Circle Park on Saturday, March 12th from 12 PM to 6 PM, the festival is free to attend is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. There will be Irish music galore, Irish dancers, Irish arts & crafts, and plenty of Irish delicacies for you to enjoy, including corned beef & cabbage, shepherd’s pie, soda bread, and authentic Irish coffee. For the kids, there will be a merry-go-round, bounce house, rock climbing, and a giant slide. Finally, for those who want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the old-fashioned way, there will also be a full service bar.
John Martin’s is one of South Florida’s most popular Irish pubs and restaurants, and this year it will be hosting its 27th annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. Starting at noon on St. Patrick’s Day, St. Martin’s will have a host of Irish musical performances, including everything from bagpipes to the Irish fiddle. Then at 9 PM, the musical keys get handed over to a DJ, who will take partiers well into the night. Of course, being a much-celebrated Irish bar, John Martin’s will have plenty of Guinness flowing to go along with fantastic appetizers that will ensure your taste buds are more than satisfied all St. Patrick’s Day long.
Fado Irish Pub Miami in Mary Brickell Village
Located right in downtown Miami, Fado Irish Pub has become one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day destinations in South Florida over the past few years. At this Irish bar in Mary Brickell Village, the party starts on Saturday March 12th and lasts all week. On Saturday the 12th, Fado is hosting the largest outdoor St. Patrick’s Day party in Miami, featuring a duel between DJs, as DJ BL Stylz battles DJ LS from Miami’s Battle 96 radio station. Fado will keep the party going all week long, including pub trivia on Tuesday the 15th that includes a grand prize of $1,000 and a happy hour from 6 to 9 PM on Wednesday the 16th that includes a raffle benefiting the non-profit organization Alfalit International. Then on St. Patrick’s Day, Fado will be opening early for brunch from 10 AM to 12 PM, followed by a party on the patio, with the outdoor festival at Mary Brickell Village kicking off at 5 PM and St. Patty’s Day celebrations lasting well into the night.
After being closed for much of the winter while undergoing renovations, one of South Florida’s most beautiful and enjoyable attractions is getting ready to re-open this March to the delight of many. Of course, we are talking about the spectacular Venetian Pool in the city of Coral Gables, just outside the heart of Miami. If you’ve never enjoyed a day at the Venetian Pool, you don’t know what you’re missing, and whether you’ve been there or not, you’ll want to visit one of the quintessential Miami hotspots when he re-opens this month. So what makes Venetian Pool such a special place?
Large, Freshwater Pool
Even if you have your own pool, it’s not as nice as a trip to the Venetian Pool. In fact, even some of the best pools at Miami’s many five-star hotels can’t compare to the Venetian Pool. It is the largest freshwater pool in the country, with fresh water being supplied daily from artesian wells. Swimming in freshwater is simply a different experience than swimming anywhere else. The water is cool, crystal clear, and chemical free, and swimming in an ordinary pool, or even the ocean, just can’t compare to the feeling of a freshwater pool. Both kids and adults alike will have plenty of room to roam and use the pool for their favorite water activity, whether it be swimming laps, playing games, or just relaxing and enjoying the feeling of the water on your skin.
In addition to providing a unique swimming experience, Venetian Pool also has magnificent surroundings. There is a waterfall that will make you feel like you’re swimming out in nature, miles from civilization. Venetian Pool also features a beautiful grotto with all-natural caves that guests are free to explore at their leisure. Even if you tire out from too much swimming, you’ll be more than happy to sit and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery provided by the Venetian Pool.
Perfect for Special Events
Whether you’re having a birthday party, family reunion, or just need an excuse to have a pool party, Venetian Pool provides the perfect location and can accommodate a party of up to 35 people. The pool is so big that there is plenty of space for both large parties and guests who have come in off the street without the pool becoming too crowded. Pre-arranged parties at Venetian Pool get their own area either on the patio or beach, a decent meal, and free range to enjoy the pool. Venetian Pool can even be rented after hours for a wedding or private event. Between the pool, the waterfalls, and the palm trees, Venetian Pool is a beautiful setting for whatever special occasion you want to celebrate.
The city of Miami has a lot to offer, but it’s not just beaches and bars, food and fun. Tourists, as well as residents, who are looking for a little more in terms of culture will absolutely love the city’s Art-Deco district. One side of South Beach may offer warm ocean water, cool breezes, and beautiful beaches, but all you have to do is turn around and you’ll see vibrant colors, iconic architecture, and some of the most amazing Art-Deco buildings you’ll ever see. In total, Miami has hundreds of Art-Deco buildings, and while it’d be great to get a look at all of them, here are five that you simply must see.
This building has been around since 1941 and is a perfect example of the Art Deco style rule of third, with three vertical sections that divide the building. Its color scheme of white and sea green is unique for the area, and make it a perfect fit for the building’s home on Ocean Drive, mere feet from South Beach. It’s quite possible you’ve seen the façade of The Carlyle previously, as it’s been used in a few movies such as Scarface and Bad Boys 2, and actually acted as the setting for the 1996 film The Birdcage, which stars Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, and Nathan Lane. It’s also not a bad place to stay, with plenty of modern amenities and spectacular views.
Seeing this building in person will make you think you’ve gone back in time to 1935, when the Colony Theatre was built. The theatre’s marquee and façade have been perfectly maintained throughout the years, while the ticket box and entryway have also been restored to produce a genuine 1930’s look and feel. Located at the corner of Lincoln Road and Lenox Avenue, Colony Theatre is one of the most beloved and treasured Art Deco buildings in Miami, and it still functions as a 430-seat performing arts center, making it an important part of the surrounding neighborhood.
With its great height, glowing neon lights, and strong emphasis on symmetry, the Breakwater stands out, literally and figuratively, as one of Miami’s pre-eminent Art Deco buildings. Built in 1936, the Breakwater was renovated in 1999 to give it modern hotel amenities, but the façade of the building remains intact and is one of the most recognizable spots on Ocean Drive. With its neon lights, nighttime is the best time to take a good, long look at the beauty of the Breakwater.
This is another picture-perfect example of Art Deco style, as the McAlpin follows the rule of third perfectly and has incredible symmetry. With pastel colors of pink and turquoise, the McAlpin is one of the most awe-inspiring buildings on Ocean Drive, and has been since it was built in 1940. Take one look and you’ll understand why the McAlpin remains one of the most photographed buildings on South Beach.
Art on the inside and a work of art on the outside is the best way to describe the Bass Museum. Built in 1930 and located on Collins Avenue, the Bass Museum is arguably the pre-eminent Art Deco building in Miami. The outside of the building has incredible texture because it’s covered with fossilized Paleolithic coral, a feature that’s hard to find elsewhere and gives the building a natural aged look. The outside is also decorated with bas-reliefs that depict everything from cruise ships to pelicans to Spanish conquistadors. No other building may define Miami’s Art Deco district and the city in general than the Bass Museum.
One of the highlights of the calendar year for those who are visiting or live in Miami is the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, taking place from February 24 – 28. Over those five days, there is a smorgasbord of meals, tastings, seminars, and events for lovers of fine food and drink. The festival would be over by the time we run through everything it has to offer, but here are a few of the highlights food and wine lovers may be most interested in checking out.
Seaside Eats, Wednesday February 24, 7:00 p.m.
Be there with chef Robert Irvine for the start of the festival, which is taking place at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, representing an expansion of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. This will be a casual, walk-around tasting in a beautiful setting featuring some of the best restaurants in the Fort Lauderdale area: the perfect way to begin an amazing weekend of food and drink.
Paella & Tapas by the Pool, Thursday February 25, 7:00 p.m.
For the second straight year at South Beach Wine and Food Festival, chef Jose Andres will be hosting this event that brings together some of the best food creators in South Florida. Taking place at the SLS Hotel, Andres will be preparing his special brand of paella, while the chefs he invites will be creating a unique variety of tapas dishes. If you enjoy eating Spanish food in a beautiful setting, this is an event worth checking out.
Amstel Light Burger Bash, Friday February 26, 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Rachel Ray, this is the 10th anniversary of the Burger Bash presented by Amstel Light. Celebrity judges will be on hand on the beach behind the Ritz Carlton to hand out this year’s Very Best Burger Award. While they judge, you can walk around tasting the latest creations from some of the world’s best burger chefs, while also sipping on Amstel beers and Florida wines courtesy of Southern Wines & Spirits. If you enjoy burgers, beer, and beaches, this event has everything you could ever want.
Croquetas and Champagne, Saturday February 27, 10:00 p.m.
For some late-night fun at Palm Court Miami’s Design District, check out Croquetas and Champagne, hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In addition to the iconic Vongerichten, some of the best chefs from South Florida will be present, creating some delectable variations of croqueta and flan, the perfect dessert options after a day at the festival. If that’s not enough, the champagne will be flowing and Latin rock band Suenalo will be setting the mood and giving guests some music they can dance to with their dessert.
Southern Kitchen Brunch, Sunday February 28, 11:30 a.m.
If you can handle getting up relatively early after a night of partying, the Southern Kitchen Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood is a great event. The Grammy Award-winning Yearwood is coming to the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and bringing with her an array of chefs that will be cooking up Southern delicacies for what should be an unforgettable brunch. For a fine mix of food and music on a Sunday morning, be sure to attend the Southern Kitchen Brunch.
For information on all of the events of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and how to sign up, visit www.sobefest.com.
Miami may not be Paris, or Florence, or even New York, but it’s a romantic city, and there are far worse places for you and your significant other to spend Valentine’s Day this year. With beautiful beaches, elegant restaurants, and plenty of special events and shows, there are a lot of options for couples to spend their special day. Here are four great ideas for couples looking to make Valentine’s Day plans in Miami.
An Evening with Andrea Bocelli
If you and your significant other like music, what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than to treat your date to a concert put on by one of the world’s most renowned singers? Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is coming to South Florida on Valentine’s Day for the sixth straight year, and this is becoming a tradition that is not to be missed. Bocelli is performing on both Saturday the 13th and Valentine’s Day night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino up the road in Hollywood, FL, so you can go Sunday night to cap off a romantic Valentine’s Day or go Saturday night as a preamble to your V-Day celebration. Either way, spending an evening with Andrea Bocelli is one of the most romantic ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Broadway Love Songs
Andrea Bocelli isn’t the only musical option on Valentine’s Day; you can also take in a performance from members of Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artists program. These are some of the best young musicians in the world playing a wide range of romantic songs. The concert is being held at Steinway Piano Gallery in Coral Gables, and tickets are free. The best part is that the concert starts at 3 in the afternoon, so you can take in the matinee show and still have plenty of time to go to your favorite restaurant and take a romantic walk on the beach before your Valentine’s Day comes to an end.
Turnberry Isle Resort
Up in Aventura, Turnberry Isle Resort has everything you need for a memorable Valentine’s Day. It starts at the club’s Spa & Fitness Center, which is offering a Couples Fijian Body Butter Massage all weekend long, as well as a Fijian Ritual featuring a milk bath soak and body exfoliation using Fijian sugar scrub. You and your beau can be pampered while also enjoying complimentary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Afterwards, you don’t have to go anywhere, because both the Bourbon Steak and Corsair restaurants at the Turnberry are offering three-course meals that will have your mouth watering, not to mention the romantic setting. You could spend your entire Valentine’s Day at Turnberry Isle Resort and not regret it one bit.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
If all else fails, it’s never a bad idea to spend Valentine’s Day at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, the spot that many consider to be the most romantic in Miami. Aside from a house full of spectacular rooms and incredible artwork, the grounds of Vizcaya are full of breathtaking gardens, sculptures, and grottos, not to mention a great view of Biscayne Bay. You and your date could walk around all day and not grow tired of the astonishing scenery at Vizcaya Museums & Gardens, making it the perfect romantic spot to visit on Valentine’s Day.
For young and middle-aged couples, planning a trip to Miami can be a bit like being stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, Miami can be a wonderful place for a romantic getaway, while on the other hand when you bring your whole family along for the trip it becomes necessary to find places that are kid-friendly. However, Miami may actually be the perfect vacation destination for parents in such a scenario. South Florida offers plenty of restaurants that are classy, stylish, and romantic, but at the same time are good places to bring your kids. Here are just a few of the Miami restaurants that are both romantic and kid-friendly.
If you’d like your kids to get a taste for Japanese food, Makoto is a great place to go. There’s comfortable, Japanese-style seating and dim (but not too dim) lighting that creates a great mood and ambiance in the restaurant. There’s also outdoor seating available, and because Makoto is located the fishponds at Bal Harbour, there’s something there for the kids to enjoy. If you’re looking to get some sushi, there are few places in Miami better, but if your kids aren’t ready to stomach anything raw, there are plenty of great chicken dishes on the menu for them to enjoy.
Located inside the Palms Hotel & Spa, Essensia is a beautiful restaurant where a couple can enjoy an intimate, candlelit meal. The restaurant has its own organic garden, which guests can tour and see first hand where the restaurant gets many of its farm-fresh ingredients. At Essensia, there’s no rush, so you can relax and enjoy yourself while they prepare a delicious meal with fresh and organic ingredients. For such an upscale restaurant that puts so much emphasis on sustainability, Essensia does not skimp when it comes to the kid’s menu, so you don’t have to be afraid to bring the kids with you to such a romantic setting.
Tongue & Cheek
With a relaxed atmosphere and a unique kids’ menu that includes delicious milkshakes, Tongue & Cheek is the perfect place to have an adult meal with your kids alongside you. The décor inside the restaurant is beautiful, and it’s not too loud to have a conversation, but with background music emanating throughout the dining room, no one will notice if your child has a minor outburst. Of course, the food is outstanding as well, as Tongue & Cheek has a tasty and upscale menu, whether you come for dinner or brunch.
If your kids insist on being close to the beach, La Cote is the perfect outdoor setting for a romantic meal. In case you need to get the kids to bed early, La Cote is the perfect setting for a late lunch or early dinner. Located in the Fontainebleau Hotel, there’s plenty to see in and around the hotel that your kids will enjoy, including the nearby beach and the hotel’s five pools. Of course, you won’t mind the late afternoon breeze, the ocean view, or the Mediterranean cuisine you’ll find at La Cote.
Among many other things, Miami is well known for its exciting nightlife. Almost every night of the week, bars and nightclubs on South Beach are packed with people enjoying themselves late into the night. As a way to balance out that incredible nightlife, it’s only natural for Miami to also have a number of great breakfast restaurants to give the party people of Miami a place to get a good meal and recharge their batteries the morning after a night out. Here are some of the best places to eat breakfast in Miami.
Green Street Café
Located in Coconut Grove, the Green Street Café is a great spot if you want to refuel after a crazy adventure the night before or if you want to fuel up for a long day of sightseeing in Miami. Visitors can sit outdoors and enjoy the Miami sun early in the day before it gets too hot. While sitting outside, there is a wide variety of French toast, pancakes, and omelets, as well as smaller options like bagels, egg, and fruit. Perhaps best of all, if you require a little hair of the dog or would like to enjoy an A.M. cocktail, Green Street Café offers Sangria, Bloody Mary’s, and a nice selection of beverages to go with your breakfast.
Located in the sophisticated Biltmore Hotel, Fontana is one of the best breakfast places in the area south of downtown Miami. In addition to being so elegantly decorated, the restaurant offers plenty of fresh fruit and pastries for those looking for a small breakfast. For anyone in search of something more substantial, there are pancakes, Belgian waffles, and an endless variety of omelets and frittatas, both of which can be made just the way you like it. If you’re fortunate enough to stop by Fontana on a Sunday, you can check out the restaurant’s champagne brunch buffet, which is guaranteed to overwhelm you with options, including a chocolate fountain in case you want to eat your first dessert earlier in the day than usual.
Front Porch Café
If you don’t want to leave South Beach for your breakfast, you don’t have to, just visit the Front Porch Café. This is a casual, laid-back restaurant with an oceanfront view, so the vibe and location are ideal for a relaxing breakfast. The food isn’t bad either. In addition to traditional favorites like pancakes, French toast, and breakfast pastries, the Front Porch Café offers more than a dozen different types of omelets, three types of eggs Benedict, and several delectable scrambled egg dishes. There is also a breakfast pizza, breakfast burritos, and even breakfast tacos, giving you far more options than you could ever need to have a delicious breakfast.
Eleventh Street Diner
This diner is a great place to start your day when visiting South Beach, and because breakfast is served all day you can stop in for your first meal of the day no matter what time you wake up. The Eleventh Street Diner may not blow you away with elaborate breakfast dishes, but all the basics are here, including steak & eggs, salmon & eggs, waffles, pancakes, and a dozen different types of omelets. If you want to take your chances with something fancy, there are other options, but if you want a guarantee of a hearty and tasty breakfast, Eleventh Street Diner is the place to go.
If you consider yourself a social butterfly, then Miami may be the place for you. Even if you can’t live there and soak up all that South Beach has to offer year round, paying a visit to Miami should be on the agenda of anyone who likes to get out there and have a good time. The nightlife and social scene in Miami are second to none, and they’re available to you 365 days a year. The possibilities are almost endless, but here are a few of the most top social hotspots in Miami.
Located on the former site of the club Vagabond, Steam combines the laid back vibe that Vagabond was known for with a more up-tempo and high-energy type of club. This club features a dance floor, state-of-the-art sound system, and top-notch DJs on the inside, as well as a spacious and relaxed outdoor space that’s perfect for a low-key hangout or a planned party. On top of giving you the choice between dance floor and outdoor lounge, Steam is also known for having friendly and professional personnel, reasonably priced drinks, and being free of a cover charge most nights. It’s a casual club that makes you feel welcome and allows you to be yourself and have fun. Come once and there’s a good chance you’ll want to come back.
Haven is a unique blend of restaurant, lounge, and nightclub, making it one of Miami’s most popular venues night after night. The food Haven serves is organic but of the utmost quality, making it a great place to grab a bite to eat. However, the drinks may be even better, as Haven is home to some of the best mixologists in Miami who do nothing but make high-end cocktails. With food and drink well covered, Haven also creates a fantastic atmosphere with neon lights, a video wall, and great music. Whether you want to dance, drink, and have fun or relax with a nice meal, Haven has you covered, and because the club spares no expense when it comes to décor, you’ll be entranced at the beautiful setting around you no matter what your reason is for visiting this South Beach hot spot.
The latest twist on the traditional nightclub can be found on the bottom floor of the Miami Beach EDITION hotel. The club that’s appropriately called Basement offers hotel guests and other visitors a nightclub and a whole lot more. First and foremost, Basement is a nightclub very much in the style of Studio 54, welcoming top-flight DJs who crank out tunes amidst a fantastic light show that gives guests the energy and motivation they need to dance the night away. But that’s not all Basement offers; the club is also home to a bowling alley and an ice skating rink. The bowling alley features luminescent bowling balls, lighting effects, and massive LED screens, blowing away any bowling alley you’ve ever visited before. Meanwhile, the skating rink is 2,000 square feet, providing plenty of space for guests to skate while enjoying the type of music and light display often reserved for nightclubs. With so much to do beyond the average nightclub, Basement has quickly become a popular hangout spot on South Beach.