The blend of shopping/drinking seems to be trending in Miami now. Downtown just got Thrift Shop, a space with thrifting in the front and drinking in the back. Now, Wynwood is getting in on things with Barter (55 NW 27th Terrace), which celebrates its grand opening this Friday, December 21. Barter is an interesting mix of consignment and bar. You’ll be able to buy certain items that catch your eye and you can trade your own personal items in too—but the transactions have a twist. Each trade-in deal at Barter will be different. Got an old record player collecting dust in your apartment? Bring it in—maybe the Barter team will look at it and say: this is worth three months of BOGO drinks. That creepy old painting grandma gave to you? It could be a $200 bar tab. Every deal will be created on the spot, unique for each customer and item. It’s sort of like a boozy Antiques Roadshow (if you’re listening, Hollywood, please make that happen). Doors open this Friday at 5pm. On Saturday, the bar is hosting a special “trade show” from 5 to 10pm, where you can see just how many drinks your clutter can get you. After this weekend, the bar will be open Wednesday through Thursday from 5pm to 1am, Friday through Saturday from 5pm to 3am and Sunday from 5pm to 1am. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Ain’t it a shame that these big ol’ baseball stadiums have to sit largely empty when the MLB season is over? There’s just so much space and room—surely we can come up with some creative uses for them during the offseason? Kickball? Water balloon wars? A ferocious mass pillow fight? Well, the folks at Stadiumlinks have come with an idea (sadly it’s not the pillow fight). They are turning stadiums across the country into pop-up golf courses—because why not? And from January 18 through January 20, Stadiumlinks is taking over our very own Marlins Park and transforming the space into a pretty rad nine-hole golf course, where golfers can smack some balls from the stands onto greens landscaped right into the field. You can book your tee time starting on Wednesday, December 19, at 11am. And you should probably move quickly once the booking goes live because space is very, very limited (and Marlins Members get first dibs). Tee times will run from the morning until the evening. At night, the ballpark lights will help you see what you’re hitting. Groups of two to four start at $84 per person and there are VIP packages that’ll give you access to a private practice range and golf simulator. Ten points if you hit Billy the Marlin in the head. (Just kidding. Be nice to Billy, please.) Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
We’re suckers for a good Little Havana concept. Just a few weeks ago, we were fawning over Michelle Bernstein and Julio Cabrera’s upcoming Café La Trova. And today, it’s Life House Little Havana that has our attention. The new boutique hotel is set to open in Little Havana some time this month with some bells and whistles that should appeal to locals. Life House will debut both a casual new restaurant and very dope-looking rooftop bar. The restaurant, called Parcela, will be a café with a garden courtyard. The menu will be pretty simple and straightforward: coffee from Per’La, local JoJo tea and breakfast in the morning. Lunch and dinner will feature a menu heavy on the veggies. The rooftop bar should be opening to the public next spring. The food and beverage department is run by the talented Broken Shaker veteran Brian Griffiths, who is also behind the forthcoming Downtown cocktail bar and restaurant Over Under. Details–including specific drinks and programming–are sparse as of now, but renderings of the planned rooftop bar show a breezy, casual space with plenty of intimate seating. It all looks very promising and already has us counting down the days until spring. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lorenzopizzas (@lorenzo_pizzas) on Dec 12, 2018 at 7:53am PST The Umbrella Sky Project may have left us and our Instagram feeds back in September but there’s a new installation in Coral Gables here to replace it: the nearly 12,000-square-foot Sunlit Sky. This flashy golden piece will occupy Giralda Plaza–the same street that housed those colorful umbrellas a few months ago. Sunlit Sky will be a similar concept, minus the umbrellas. The installation consists of over 25,000 gold and silver strips that hang overhead on a mesh net, waving in the wind and creating a beautiful (and very Christmas-appropriate) scene. View this post on Instagram A post shared by City of Coral Gables (@cityofcoralgables) on Dec 12, 2018 at 10:38am PST Sunlit Sky officially opens to the public this Friday, December 14, with a party from 4:30pm to 8:30pm. The city will say a few words, photos will be snapped and there will be live music courtesy of Jackie Mendez. Can’t make it tomorrow? It’s okay. We know you’re busy. It‘s the holidays. Take a deep breath. Thankfully, you’ll have until March 10 to make it to Giralda Plaza and see the piece yourself. And if you forget to tag us at @timeoutmiami we’re going to be very upset. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
It was sad news when Miami found out the Coral Gables pork-centric restaurant Swine was closing its doors. Their mac and cheese was the bomb, the burgers were dope and they’d put bacon on pretty much anything if you asked nicely. Heck—they’d put bacon on top of your head and cover you in maple syrup if you left a nice tip. But they’re gone now. Sigh. However, before you let bacon withdrawal ruin your mood, there’s some good news for Gables foodies. The old Swine space is getting new life thanks to a couple big local names. A new restaurant called Ad Lib will be taking over the space in early 2019, and it’ll be run by executive chef and partner Jamie DeRosa and executive pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith. DeRosa has been behind Miami concepts such as Tongue & Cheek and Izzy's Fish & Oyster. Hedy Goldsmith is a two-time James Beard finalist. Not too shabby. And though details about the food are still forthcoming, the restaurant promises responsibly sourced meats, local produce, and wild-caught fish and seafood. There will be cocktails too thanks to Sam Ross, owner of New York City’s Attaboy. This is one to add to your food calendar for sure. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
So you’re not on the list to any art fairs or parties and simply don’t have the tolerance for long lines. We get it Truly. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still check out some art on your art terms. There are a whole bunch of great public pieces scattered around this city that require absolutely no fee to check out. So if you want to get a taste of Basel for the sweet price of $0, check out some of these public pieces this weekend. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rainbow Bridge (@rainbow_bridge_2018) on Dec 6, 2018 at 7:08pm PST The Red Bull Rainbow Bridge, (2250 NW Second Ave) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Miami (@timeoutmiami) on Dec 4, 2018 at 11:22am PST Sora Versailles, (3425 Collins Ave) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Miami (@timeoutmiami) on Dec 5, 2018 at 11:10am PST Jokester (95 NE 40th St) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pérez Art Museum Miami (@pamm) on Dec 6, 2018 at 8:36am PST PAMM Portal (1103 Biscayne Blvd) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alys Williams (@alys_williams) on Dec 7, 2018 at 7:13am PST When I Look into Your Eyes I See the Sun (3201 Collins Ave) View this post on Instagram A post shared by meg (@megterilli) on Dec 7, 2018 at 9:07am PST We Belong Here (On the b
The public art taking Miami by storm this week is starting to roll out and there sure are some stunners. There’s plenty to look at in the Design District, there’s a 30-foot tall rainbow bridge coming to Wynwood and the Faena Festival is chock-full of installations that are free and open to the public. One that’s certainly hard to miss is Miya Ando’s “Sora Versailles.” Commissioned for the Faena Festival, “Sora Versailles” sees the old Versailles Hotel wrapped in a 133 by 103-foot printed mesh cover that features realistic designs of clouds, a sunrise and a sunset on each side. We could describe it all day but, really, you just got to take a look at it. It’s mesmerizing. You don’t need a ticket to appreciate this one thankfully—just a high tolerance for traffic. If you can zen out long enough to cross that bridge, though, this is certainly one to add to your list. We have a feeling it’ll be worth the traffic. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Miami’s spate of Mexican restaurants continues to grow. The latest on the scene? PEZ (20 W Flagler St; 305-570-3440), chef Javier Plascencia’s new Baja California spot opening in Downtown next Thursday. PEZ won’t be for purists. The fusion concept pioneered by Plascencia combines Mediterranean flavors and ingredients with Tijuana-style cooking, focusing largely on regional seafood. At PEZ, chef de cuisine Miguel Angelo Gomez Navarro (whose nickname happens to be "Fish") will put forth surf-and-turf specialties such as atún and chicharrón tostada (yellowfin tuna with pork crackling, yuzu coconut cream and avocado) and the Tijuanero taco that’s stuffed with grilled octopus, spicy shrimp and beef cecina. Entrées will feature more elaborate preparations like a butterflied branzino grilled over charcoal and the catch-of-the-day cooked in hoja santa. The drink menu will similarly focus on local flavors, showcasing little-known vintages from Mexico’s Baja California region plus non-alcoholic staples like fresh-pressed flor de jamaica juice and tangy tamarind juice. As for spirits, tequila and mescal will be front and center, naturally. PEZ’s dessert menu will be helmed by Sofia Muñoz—formerly the pastry chef at Mexico City’s Máximo Bistrot (a favorite of Anthony Bourdain)—who’s making decadent French custard from dulce de leche and wielding corn into something called the Taco de Elote Dulce with charred-corn ice cream. Still a stickler for traditional Mexican? Now might be a
Brad Kilgore has set himself up for quite a busy Art Basel week. In addition to running the super-buzzy Alter and BRAVA, Kilgore is debuting his newest restaurant tomorrow, December 4. We’ve known about Kaido for a few months now. The cozy, Tokyo-inspired lounge includes both indoor and outdoor seating and will specialize in Japanese cocktails and food. From the kitchen, Kilgore shall produce the sort of ambitious dishes he’s known for. A whirlwind Floridian Fugu will include lionfish sashimi, yuzukosho, caviar, basil seeds, crispy tapioca and ponzu. The Asparagus and Apple will be wrapped in a thin smoked pork belly and the wahoo comes in a smokey ponzu broth. The drink list, created by Nico de Soto, sounds delightful as well. The Hakkaido Sour is made with soy washed Japanese whiskey, Kuritsu licorice syrup, lemon juice and kombu. The Hato is a combination of umeboshi tequila, grapefruit, soda and takesumi bamboo. There’ll be some rare Japanese whiskey options behind the bar too. The restaurant is officially open for dinner service on Tuesday, December 4. Kaido is open daily: Sunday through Thursday from 4pm to midnight and Friday through Saturday from 4pm to 2am. If you can manage to snag a reservation this week, we are sincerely impressed. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
You know what you’ll never hear us complain about? A new bar and restaurant in Little Havana. You know what you’ll really, really never hear us complain about? A new bar and restaurant from Michelle Bernstein and Julio Cabrera in Little Havana. And that’s exactly what we have to look forward to next month when Café La Trova opens its doors. The new Calle Ocho concept is a venture between Bernstein (who’s creating the food) and Cabrera (who’ll be taking on the drinks) and takes its inspiration from the music and nightlife Cabrera himself remembers from Cuba. Expect a crash course in all things Cuban and delicious: coffee, cigars, live music, croquetas (there will be a paella croqueta, people) and plenty of cocktails. The drinks are set to be the star of the show and the restaurant will have two separate bars. One will showcase some nostalgic favorites like the daiquiri and old fashioned. The other shall pay homage to the infamous cocktails of cheesy ’80s Miami like the cosmopolitan and grasshopper. If anyone can make it delicious, it’s Cabrera, who was once named Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender in the United States. A specific date has yet to be set but the bar is slated to open soon—in December 2018. And you won’t hear any complaints from us. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.