There’s been a beverage revolution brewing in this country for quite a few years. Craft beers are starting to become just as popular as many of the traditional beer companies, and there’s an ever-growing desire for tasty microbrews. The city of Miami has been no exception to this and is following along with the trend full throttle. The city of Miami has plenty of great bars, but here are five places you want to go for craft beer.
The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill
Not only does this bar in Miami’s Wynewood neighborhood offer 24 different beers on tap, but it also sells it in high volumes. The Butcher Shop features a beer tower that can hold up to three liters of your favorite brew. The beer list includes selections from many of South Florida’s craft breweries, and there’s plenty of great pub fair to eat while you drink. There’s also outdoor seating on the covered patio, so day or night and rain or shine, the Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill is a great place to visit.
Lou’s Beer Garden
Located on the north end of South Beach is Lou’s Beer Garden, which is filled with more than two-dozen microbrews from all over the country. Lou’s has a rather cozy outdoor seating area and a laid-back vibe, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a couple cold ones. It’s a small place and a little hidden, but if you can find it, you’ll be more than happy to sit down and stay awhile.
Abbey Brewing Company
This is another place that’s small in size but big on beer. Abbey has beers that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in Miami, including several European imports and a few house-made beers as well. If you have a beer bucket list, this is a great place to go to check off a few items. It’s also a nice place to relax and meet a few locals who have a shared interest when it comes to great-tasting craft beers.
The Local Craft Food & Drink
If you find yourself in Coral Gables, you have to check out The Local. Between bottles and tap, this place offers over three-dozen beers, and The Local is always putting in new taps and special releases, including beers that can be incredibly difficult to find. If you’re still not sold on this place, The Local also has special events in which they host local breweries. Oh, and everyone says the food is great, including the desserts.
If you want good beer selection, you want to visit The Mighty. This place has over 50 bottles for you to peruse, as well as 12 taps that are constantly changing. The owners have a great love for craft beer, and it shows, often finding taps of rare beers, as well as plenty from the South Florida area. It’s a fairly new place, but The Mighty is quickly gaining a good reputation for its beer selection, atmosphere, and menu, which is full of tasty options that complement its outstanding beer.
May has arrived, and spring is in full swing, although in Miami it’s starting to feel a lot more like summer. With the warm weather here, there’s a lot going on in Miami all month long, with so many shows, events, and concerts that there’s bound to be something for everyone. Here are five things happening in Miami in May that you can’t afford to miss.
Brew at the Zoo, May 7
Zoo lovers and beer lovers, unite! This event is perfect for anyone who has an interest in animals or for anyone who enjoys test tasting beer. A general admission ticket to Brew at the Zoo gives you unlimited beer samples, with more than 100 craft beers available. You’ll also have access to some of Miami’s top food vendors, who will also be present. There will also be live music, including a performance from hip-hop band Arrested Development. Finally, for those animal lovers, ticket holders will get a free admission to Zoo Miami any day the following week or the option to take $30 off a zoo membership. General admission tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door, a price that’s well worth it.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, May 10 – 22
This wonderful musical tells the story of singer-songwriter Carole King, whom you have to thank for writing 118 Billboard Top 100 songs between 1955 and 1999. The show is upbeat, flashy, and includes many of the songs King wrote herself, as well as several other contemporary songs you may recognize. Between May 10 and 22 there will be 16 shows at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. That’s plenty of opportunities to see it, so there’s no excuse for missing it.
Redland International Orchid Show, May 13 – 15
This is the largest orchid show in the country, so if you’re an orchid enthusiast or simply love seeing beautiful flowers, you have to check it out. For everyone else, it’s just a gorgeous setting to spend a day, taking place at Fruit & Spice Park down the road in Homestead. The park itself is a sight to see any day of the week, but on this particular weekend it will be filled with exotic flowers, expert speakers, and a raffle. If that’s not enough to get you out there, the Redland International Orchid Show will also have an international food court filled delicacies from all over the world. Oh, and tickets are only $10.
Miami Symphony Orchestra: Grand Season Finale, May 15
This will be the final show of the season for the Miami Symphony Orchestra, a musical ensemble you have to check out at least once. The show, led by conductor Eduardo Marturet, will feature a performance by famous pianist Lola Astanova, and is sure to include plenty of other memorable moments. The show is one night only; so don’t miss it! It’s at The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.
HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, May 20 – 25
Surely everyone is familiar with Hair, and if you’ve ever had the desire to experience or re-live the days of the 1960s, this is the perfect way to do it. The songs will be both infectious and familiar and are guaranteed to take you back to another time, even if it’s just for a couple hours. There will be several performances to attend between May 20 and 25 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, just a short drive from Miami. Tickets are $45, and the show will be well worth the trip.
Deep down, everyone has a deep fascination of wild animals; there’s just something about them that piques our interest and curiosity. It just so happens that the city of Miami is a great place for animal lovers. If you want to get a close look at wild animals, Miami has you covered. Here are places in Miami that every animal lover must visit.
Zoological Wildlife Foundation
Located on the outskirts of Miami, this is an amazing place that will blow most modern zoos out of the water. You won’t see as many animals as you would at a zoo, but the experience is essentially like getting a behind-the-scenes tour of a zoo. You have to make reservations more than a day ahead of time, but by doing so the Zoological Wildlife Foundation allows you incredible access to its animals and an up-close and personal experience you’ll never forget.
The General Wildlife Encounter tour takes you through the entire five-acre facility, where you will see reptiles, birds, primates and small mammals, as well as several other animals like lions or tigers depending on the day and the mood of the animals. During the tour, some animals may be taken out of their enclosures, or you may be put into their enclosures, something that would never happen at a zoo. The Zoological Wildlife Foundation also offers you the chance to get even closer to some of its animals, including cougars, lynx, tigers, hyenas, sloths, and more. A trip here can be a bit pricy depending on what package you want, but they offer an experience that can’t be duplicated or imitated anywhere else.
If your animal interests lay primarily with primates, it’s a no-brainer for you to visit Monkey Jungle. The park contains a 30-acre preserve where many of the 300 primates roam free as they would in the wild. Visitors have a number of ways to view and engage with the monkeys that call the park home. For instance, the rainforest jungle allows guests to view several different species of monkeys up close and personal in their natural habitat. Guests can also take the Rainforest Adventure Tour, during which they encounter smaller monkeys right in front of them and are even able to feed them. The experts at Monkey Jungle also put on interactive training shows with some of the bigger primates present like Orangutans and Gorillas, giving guests no shortage of fascinating things to see at Monkey Jungle.
Last, but certainly not least, there is Zoo Miami, a 300-acre zoo south of downtown Miami that has no shortage of things to see for any animal lover. The zoo features dozens upon dozens of different animal species from all corners of the globe. There are too many to name, but all the key players (lions, tigers, elephants, etc.) can be found. Zoo Miami also offers some amazing attractions, including camel rides, giraffe feedings, as well as playgrounds and water play areas for kids. There’s so much to do at Zoo Miami that you’ll be lucky if you can fit everything into one day.
If you’re looking for a place in Miami where you can shop, eat, or just hang out for the day, look no further than Lincoln Road Mall. Located in the heart of South Beach, Lincoln Road Mall is an outdoor wall with blocks and blocks of shops, restaurants, bars, and other enjoyable ways to spend your time. You can walk up and down Lincoln Road all day and never run out of fun places to go, but here are places you must check out while at the Lincoln Road Mall.
Located on top of a parking garage, Juvia is a great place to relax after a day of walking up and down Lincoln Road. You’ll come for the view, but you’ll stay for the fine food and drink, as well as the ambiance. The open-air setting makes the vibe there fun and relaxing, just as one would expect on South Beach. The food combines influences from French, Japanese, and Peruvian cuisine, so the dishes and appetizers are much different from what you’ll find at any other place, and with a full bar, you’ll also be treated to some delicious cocktails.
HaVen is undoubtedly one of Miami’s top social hot spots. It’s part restaurant and part lounge, and features some of the best mixologists on South Beach, making it a perfect place to spend happy hour. However, it’s also part nightclub, with neon lights, a video wall, and great music, making it a place where you can hang out long into the night. Whether you want to sip a high-end cocktail, get your groove on dancing, or taste one of their many incredible appetizers, HaVen is a great place to check out, day or night.
The Colony Theater is one of Miami’s amazing Art Deco buildings, and not only is it an historic location that you have to see for yourself, but it’s also a great place to catch a show. The Colony Theater offers musical performances, operas, dance performances, and films, all taking place in a small, intimate venue that brings you up close and personal with some amazing performers and shows. You’ll have to do some planning, as the Colony doesn’t offer shows every day, but if there’s an intriguing show coming up, planning a day at the Lincoln Road Mall around a show at the Colony Theater sounds like a great idea.
If you want to grab a bite on Lincoln Road at a place that’s both casual and unbelievably delicious, you’ll want to stop at Huahua’s Taqueria. It’s located right on the edge of Lincoln Road, so there aren’t large crowds to fight, and you have the choice of eating either inside or outside. The service is usually quick, and whether you get a taco, burrito, or nachos, the food is incredible and will leave you wanting more. If you want lunch, dinner, or some late-night eating while on Lincoln Road, Huahua’s Taqueria is one of the best options available.
As we head into the month of April, the weather in Miami is starting to heat up, and with that, residents and visitors can really start to experience all that the city has to offer. Warm weather in the spring and summer creates endless possibilities for fun and interesting events in the city of Miami. April is just the beginning of what should be an exciting summer in South Florida. Here are five events that you need to check out if you’re in Miami during the month of April.
Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival, April 8 – 10
Since 2009, the first year of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival, the event has grown leaps and bounds and is now one of the biggest annual events celebrating the LGBTQ community in the world. There are events held throughout the week leading up to the festival, including parties, musical performances, and appearances by celebrities. The main event is the parade, which starts Sunday, April 10th at noon, taking place on Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th street. Anyone who loves a parade, or simply wants to have fun, is encouraged to attend the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival. More information on the event can be found at the festival’s official website.
Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park, April 10
For the ultimate family fun day that’s free of cost, come out to Biscayne National Park the afternoon of April 10. The event takes place the second Sunday of every month from December to April, so this is your last chance to attend until next winter. This month, the park is highlighting the variety of ways in which families can have fun in national parks, from rock climbing to bird watching, and everything in between. If you bring your family to Biscayne National Park for Family Fun Fest, there’s bound to be something everyone in your family will enjoy.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage, April 12 – 24
Anyone who loved the classic 1987 film Dirty Dancing has to check out the stage version. Many of the unforgettable songs from the movie that starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey are performed during the stage show, as well as a few extra scenes audiences are sure to enjoy. Between April 12 and 24, there will be 16 performances at the Au Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, so there will be plenty of opportunities to see it and no excuse for missing it if you’re in Miami during that time.
The Acrobats of Cirque-Tacular, April 24
You won’t believe your eyes when you get a look at the Acrobats of Cirque-tacular. It’s a family-friendly show that will having you watching in utter amazement, as the performers fly through the air and contort their bodies in ways you didn’t know were possible. The Acrobats are sure to impress you, and there’s no way you’ll go home disappointed. It’s also a one-night only show, taking place April 24 at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center just north of Miami; don’t miss out.
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.
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.
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.
On a list of the best cities in the world for art lovers, places like New York, Paris, and Rome immediately come to mind. But just a little ways down the list is Miami, a city with a great art scene that encompasses artistic influence from all over the world. Miami is a great destination for any art lover, and here are a few of the places any person with an interest in art needs to visit should they ever find themselves in South Florida.
Perez Art Museum
With a gorgeous waterfront location that has amazing views of Biscayne Bay, the Perez Art Museum is popular with tourists and locals alike, even those without a keen interest in art. Inside the museum are a wide array of collections and exhibitions that are as diverse as the culture and population of Miami itself. Perez Art Museum does a great job of displaying unique art from the 20th and 21st centuries, and does a great deal for art education in the Miami area.
Museum of Contemporary Art
This is one of the top art museums in Miami and the first place most art lovers go when they visit South Beach. That being said, the museum itself is rather small, with a mere 600 permanent pieces on display. However, the Museum of Contemporary Art is constantly rotating different exhibits and collections, giving guests something new and different to see every time they visit, and always with something that will pique the interest of visitors.
World Erotic Art Museum
This place isn’t for the faint of heart, nor is it for anyone who doesn’t hold a passion for art, but it is the most important museum in the world for this genre of artwork. The World Erotic Art Museum holds more than 4,000 pieces, some dating all the way back to 300 B.C., as the museum helps tell the history of erotic art, making it an important contributor to the art scene in Miami and the art world as a whole.
This is one of Miami’s smaller art museums, but true art lovers must find time to stop by while in the city’s Art-Deco District. The Wolfsonian covers the 100-year period from the 1850s to the 1950s, displaying furniture, rare books, paintings, textiles, and a many works of art in glass, ceramics, and metal. For such a small museum, the Wolfsonian offers a diverse array of exhibits that make it a most-stop spot on any art lover’s tour of Miami.
This is not a museum; rather it is a spontaneous outburst of artists creating beautiful artwork in a public space. Artists from all over the world have contributed to the Wynwood Walls, and if you pay a visit at night, you may see artists at work. The murals give life to the walls and to the surrounding neighborhood, and they are a testament to what is possible to achieve when a city like Miami supports its artists and wants to cultivate a progressive and meaningful art scene.