Fort Lauderdale is about to get a taste of Miami nightlife. This fall, the popular Miami River bar The Wharf opens a second location alongside Fort Lauderdale’s New River, forming part of the fresh spate of businesses setting up shop in the historic Las Olas district. The Wharf Fort Lauderdale will be marked by the same whitewash fencing and casual atmosphere, featuring dog-friendly Astroturf and communal seating that encourage mingling. Boat parking will be available for the nautical Broward folks, too, but anyone is welcome to enjoy some champagne during the day or liquor and dancing at night. Also within the expansive 1.25-acre space are two upgraded bars, five food pop-ups by area restaurants and seafaring elements designed for photo opps—not that we think the crowd needs the motivation to snap rosé selfies for the ’gram. The Wharf Fort Lauderdale will be located at 20 West Las Olas Boulevard (wharfftl.com) and is scheduled to open sometime this fall. In the meantime, you can follow them on Instagram, @wharfftl, and watch the impending chaos unfold. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte season is officially upon us, folks. We know what you’re thinking: this milky, super-sweet cup of pre-holiday cheer (c’mon, is it really even caffeinated?) pretty much singlehandedly spawned the concept of “basic.” We’re totally with you! But that doesn’t change the fact that the classic blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice known as “pumpkin pie spice,” when added to beverages, sweets, scented candles and most anything else has the ability to warm even the most frigid of hearts. Plus, it’s just delicious. So how can you indulge in this ubiquitous seasonal treat without giving in to our corporate overlords or conforming to yet another blatantly manufactured consumerist trend? Easy! Go local. Stalwart Cuban bakery Gilbert’s off of Coral Way has devised a shot-sized solution for when your inevitable annual pumpkin spice craving hits: the Pumpkin Pie Cortadito. “Since you can’t see the change of leaves in Miami, we wanted the city to experience autumn in their favorite Cuban hot beverage,” says Gilbert’s Maria Peris. “That’s how the pumpkin pie cortadito was born.” If you’re not already familiar with the cortadito, it’s basically the Cuban version of an espresso shot, brewed with lots of sugar and topped with steamed milk. For Gilbert’s pumpkin pie rendition, expect “an explosion of spices in a thicker and creamier cortadito,” Peril says. If Gilbert’s super-popular Pecan Pie Cortadito from last year serves as any indic
Enjoy Miami museums but would rather pay for a $15 cocktail than spring for admission? We have fantastic news for you. September 21 is Museum Day, when thousands of cultural institutions across the country provide free entry—including a handful of attractions in Miami. Tickets are available online at the Smithsonian Magazine website, and all you have to do to claim a pair is register your name and email address. Admission is available to one institution per email address provided, so you’ll need to invent an alias or get your plus one to sign up if you’re interested in museum hopping. Local options up for grabs include the Frost Art Museum at FIU, Coral Gables Museum and the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. You’ll need to show your digital ticket to gain admission, and regular rules and hours of operation apply. As for the extra cash you’ve got burning a hole in your pocket, nearly every one of these places neighbors a bar. Go get yourself that overpriced cocktail—it’s Saturday, you’ve earned it. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
When it comes to travel, there’s so much information literally at your fingertips. Type a few keywords into Google and, just like that, you have your pick of things to do in a foreign city. But sometimes, it’s nice to go analog—flip pages, highlight sections, dogear chapters. Making the process of planning your vacation the old-school way all that more exciting is Time Out London’s new print city guide, which is on sale now. The London City Guides have been in circulation since 1968, are written by true local experts and are filled with all kinds of insider knowledge. Compact but comprehensive, this pocket-sized guide features hundreds of restaurant reviews, bar recommendations and tips on the best things to see and do in London—from the art exhibits actually worth your time and the landmarks you can’t miss to the greatest shops in the city. It’s a no-BS, curated approach to experiencing one of the largest, most exciting cities in the world. Traveling to London without a guide book would be like coming to Miami and forgetting your Spanish translator. Sure, you’ll get by but imagine all that you’ll miss without it. Pick up your copy online today. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
It’s that time of year again, folks. Often described as the best meteor shower of the year, the Perseids are officially upon us, and Miami is among a handful of northern hemisphere cities being graced with fair visibility. That means it’s time to roll out your lawn blanket, borrow your dad’s old binoculars and snuggle up with a mug of hot tea. Here’s what else you need to know to catch the Perseids in Miami. This year’s meteor shower began streaking across the skies in late July and is expected to peak overnight Monday into Tuesday, according to NASA.com. For optimal celestial viewing, plan to stay up past your usual weeknight bedtime or set an extra early alarm ‘cause the zooming fireballs will shine brightest between 2am and dawn. Perseid meteors, caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, normally fly by at a rate of over 60 per hour. Unfortunately, this year’s peak coincides with a full moon, meaning we’ll only be able to spot around 15 to 20 per hour. Still, “the Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs,” NASA says, making it a cosmic show stargazers won’t want to miss. You don’t need any special gear to enjoy nature’s fireworks. Just scope out a spot where it’s dark, preferably far from city lights (may we suggest one of Miami’s best beaches or parks?), and lookup. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
If you don’t know of chef Michael Lewis, there’s a high chance you do know his food. His cooking has made smashing successes of Wynwood restaurants KYU and LAID Fresh, he’s cooked at the James Beard House in New York and single-handedly introduced Miami to the Asian barbecue trend that’s swept the country. And this month, he teams up with Michael Pirolo of Macchialina to host two culinary mash-up events. On Monday, August 12, the two will convene in South Beach for $10 cocktails, from Asian piña coladas and classic Negronis to playful punches, and complimentary bites—think short rib and stuffed ravioli. Then on August 26, the two will cook a multi-course feast celebrating both their culinary styles. “The ideas we’ve come up with are going to be tasty AF and a true collaboration of ideas, flavors and techniques,” shares Lewis of the menu he and Pirolo have put together. Ahead of what’s set up to be a busy month for Lewis, we caught up with the chef to find out where he goes on his ever so fleeting downtime. From making pasta runs with the family and exploring his neighborhood to going on sandwich pilgrimages to Broward, here’s where you’ll find him. On what he’d rather buy than make himself: Fresh pasta. Though I love making fresh pasta and gnocchi at home with my family around, listening to some good music and probably a glass a wine in hand; the clean up after is never fun. We love Macchialina for their pasta. Mike Pirolo has a deft hand and a perfect balance of Italy
Who makes up Miami’s latest set of influencers? Elderly Latin men, it seems. The adorable abuelitos known to spend their afternoons shuffling ivory game pieces at Domino Park are shaping evening programming at Miami’s best bars and restaurants. This summer, we’ve seen the domino trend spread to the Upper Eastside, Little Havana (naturally) and Coconut Grove. Typically, games are open to all and feature some sort of drink special (booze makes you a better player) and a big fat prize for the winner. Looking to flex your domino skills? Here’s where to go. La Placita Every Tuesday, chef José Mendin challenges his friends to compete in a spirited game of dominos. Teams from local restaurants and bars square off against Mendin and his crew while crowds gather to watch, drink La Placita’s signature cocktails and cheer on their favorites. Upcoming Domino Nights see Mendin and co. going up against Café La Trova’s Michelle Bernstein and Julio Cabrera on August 13. Tue at 7pm Chug’s The domino tournaments at Chug’s are scheduled around special events, so they don’t happen regularly but when they do, these game nights are a blast. Coming up on August 15, chef Michael Beltran celebrates his birthday with a game night, featuring a pastelito-eating contest, a Cuban Happy Meal special ($7 for a frita and a beer) and rounds of cornhole and dominos. Aug 15 6–11pm Ball & Chain The Little Havana spot hosts Noche de Domino on Tuesdays, a weekly tournament that pits pros from nearby Máximo
Hannibal Buress is known for many things. Perhaps most controversially, his 2014 stand-up set about then-underreported rape allegations against Bill Cosby went viral, leading to a media firestorm and, eventually, guilty sentencing for the comedian in 2018 (which he recently appealed). Buress also cohosts on Cartoon Network’s cult-hit The Eric Andre Show and plays Ilana’s long term boyfriend Lincoln on the popular Comedy Central series Broad City. That show wrapped earlier this year after a successful five-season run. But the multi-hyphenate comic, actor, writer and producer hasn’t slowed down a bit. Apart from his Handsome Rambler podcast and a few big-screen roles, Buress bops around on stand-up tours, surprising fans with the occasional pop-up DJ set or intimate show (which the Chicago native has brought to the cozy back-room bar at Gramps in Wynwood). Now, he’s filming a brand new comedy special, and the live-taping is happening right here in Miami this Saturday, August 10. While this city has provided Buress with a wealth of material for his stand-up routines (“I got arrested in Miami and it’s a long story that’s pretty funny,” he shares), he also happens to actually enjoy a thing or two about the 305. Ahead of his back-to-back performances at Downtown’s historic Olympia Theater, we caught up with the comedian on some of his all-time Miami favorites, plus his thoughts on the end of Broad City. [Edited for brevity and clarity.] On Gramps: “I like doing experimental, s
Finding yourself suddenly single (or forever alone) in a big city like Miami can be scary, especially when you consider that most opportunities to meet new people either involve going to a Miami bar or signing up for a dating app. It’s no wonder most locals are unhappy with the city’s dating scene. If looking for love in the Magic City has left you feeling desperate, we have an old but fresh approach that might work: a blind date. We want to set you up on a free blind date at Time Out Market Miami. We’ll do the matchmaking, cover the bill and feature your date online. After your romantic night out, we find out what went well on the date, what went just okay and what went horribly wrong. Ready to meet someone new? Enter your info below and we’ll get in touch. Loading… Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Nowadays, being a chef can seem awfully glamorous. But even fabulous careers have their pitfalls. For some Time Out Market Miami toques, these not-so-great moments were also some of the most embarrassing things to ever happen to them in a kitchen. Fortunately, they all lived to tell the tale and, in nearly all cases, the stories themselves made for a good laugh. Here, the truth behind being a chef—sometimes it burns your crotch, other times it makes you get naked and in numerous instances, it’s so damn messy. Cesar Zapata, Pho Mo“In culinary school, I was cutting jalapeños and took a break to go to the bathroom. When I came back, my privates started to burn and I had to run back to the bathroom. My instructor saw me and started laughing. He finally stopped laughing and asked, ‘Were you cutting hot chilis? Because if you were, you don’t touch yourself or wipe your eyes after.’ I learned my lesson. Depending on the chili, sometimes washing your hands doesn’t even help.” Michael Beltran, Leña“My god, I have so many embarrassing stories… It was like my third day working the fry station and I was 18 years old. I hadn’t bought myself a pair of non-slip shoes and I wanted to prove a point that I could work without them. While I was carrying a massive tray of things, I slipped and totally crashed and burn—feet up and everything. It was a whole tray of broccoli and cheese soup, and it went everywhere.” Shuji Hiyakawa, Wabi Sabi by Shuji“I was brining when it happened. I was makin