Time Out Love Miami Awards 2018: the winners

Hundreds of Miamians picked their favorite places in our citywide vote—and these are the local spots they loved the most
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What makes Miami such an incredible place to live? To what do we owe the nickname Magic City—food, culture, nightlife? If the winners of the Time Out Love Miami Awards are any indication, it’s all of these plus our amazing public spaces, Miami museums and the rooftop bars in Miami, which do more than get us tipsy. Thousands of votes were cast in this year’s Love Miami Awards, with loads of people nominating their favorite places in a dozen categories. (If you were one of the many who voted—thanks! We couldn’t have done it without you.) Now, without further ado, we reveal the winners of the 2018 Love Miami Awards!

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Time Out Love Miami Awards 2018: the winners

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Photograph: World Red Eye
Things to do, Exhibitions

Most Loved Local Culture Spot

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Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science 

Frank Steslow, President of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

“As South Florida’s planetarium, aquarium and science museum, Frost Science offers all members of our community—no matter background or ability—an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in exploring science and various aspects of STEM learning. We’re incredibly proud to be recognized as one of Miami’s most loved cultural institutions, as it speaks to the indelible impact we’ve made on the city in the short time we’ve been open.”

Runner-up: Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami

Latteria Italiana
Photograph: Courtesy Latteria Italiana
Restaurants

Most Loved Coffee Place

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Latteria Italiana  

How does a gelato store next door to an actual coffee shop win over caffeine-loving locals? It boils down to its traditional Italian espresso, which the homey latteria serves in Americanos and cappuccinos but also in unique combinations like its signature Nutella latte. Not one for gelato? Latteria Italiana’s deliciously sweet coffee drinks won’t leave you pining for dessert.

Runner-up: Vice City Bean

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O Cinema Wynwood
Photograph: Courtesy O Cinema
Movie theaters, Independent

Most Loved Movie Theater

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O Cinema Wynwood

O Cinema cofounder and codirector Kareem Tabsch on why the Wynwood theater has struck a chord with local film fans

“O Cinema is more than a movie theater—it’s a gathering place for our unique and diverse community to come together and celebrate the magic of the movies. We believe in the power of the cinema to change communities and change lives. With each film we show we hope to educate, inspire and entertain our neighbors. Miami has connected with O Cinema cause O Cinema is a reflection of the city itself: eclectic, smart, funny, irreverent and passionate.”

Runner-up: iPic North Miami Beach

R House Wynwood, Miami
Photograph: Wei Shi
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Best Brunch Spot

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R House Wynwood

It’s not the bottomless mimosas nor the unlimited homestyle breakfast that makes R House a favorite with the brunch crowd. You’re there for the bodacious babes who sing, twerk and perform their hearts out during R House’s biweekly drag brunch. It’s sassy divas with a side of brunch—and we’re here for it.

Runner-up: Zucca

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Bowling at Basement
Photograph: Courtesy of The Edition
Nightlife, Clubs

Most Loved Local Club or Party

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Basement

Ben Pundole, vice president of brand experience for EDITION Hotels, on his commitment to locals

From the opening day, we’ve had a strong focus on the local Miami nightlife community and really appreciate and admire the support of our locals. We work hard to program the club, bowling lanes and ice skating rink to offer really compelling and exciting events throughout the year and have always had a really inclusive door policy, even at high-pressure times like Art Basel and Miami Music Week...we worship the Miami locals! 

Runner-up: LIV

No. 3 Social
Photograph: @open_i_studios
Bars, Cocktail bars

Most Loved Local Music Venue

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No. 3 Social

Program director Doreen Fuentes on No. 3 Social’s arty atmosphere

“Feeding off the Wynwood neighborhood, we see music as an artful experience—from the aesthetics of the space and the sound system to the DJ booth design and the carefully curated playlists and talent. No. 3 is a magical rooftop for sure. Our weekend vibe is open format, heavily influenced by soulful vocals, upbeat house and old-school funk with some pop, Latin and Afro mixed in. Whether our DJs are local, emerging or internationally known, they all understand the vibe, and that our guests’ music experience is paramount. We are humbled and thankful for all the support. Stay tuned: we got a lot more coming.”

Runner-up: Ball & Chain

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Most Loved Local Landmark

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Freedom Tower

This National Historic Landmark has housed celebrities, refugees and iconic art over its 93-year history. It was a beacon of hope for Cuban exiles in the ’60s and today—as the home of the Miami Made College Museum of Art + Design—it’s a place where their legacy lives on. Just as its walls honor those who sought refuge, the Freedom Tower’s facade is illuminated regularly (e.g., red for World AIDS Day) for causes that match the institution’s philanthropic and democratic values.

Runner-up: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Her Royal Household
Photograph: CeCe Espeut
Shopping, Design and interiors

Most Loved Shop

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Her Royal Household

Chief Executive Officer Bera Kalhan on why shopping at Her Royal Household is like unlike other retail experiences 

“We’ve spent 10 years curating bespoke home decor pieces in the hope that clients would resonate with a particular piece that they’d covet for their home. We share our stories with clients on the heritage of each piece, giving them a unique and authentic insight into history and traditions, bringing the energy of each piece to life.”

Runner-up: Brickell City Centre

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Zucca Restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy Zucca/Moris Moreno
Restaurants, Italian

Most Loved Restaurant

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ZUCCA

Coowner of ZUCCA and Vice President of Da Silva Hospitality Group Keiny Da Silva on what really keeps locals coming back

“Since opening, we’ve strived to deliver a sincere and guest-focused experience, in addition to maintaining quality, authentic Italian food. Our team has created a destination where you feel at home instantaneously, whether you’re here for a casual lunch, or celebrating an event—that’s what has kept locals coming back time and time again.”

Runner-up: NQC Craft Beer & Grub

Twist
Photography: Courtesy Twist
LGBT

Most Loved Local LGBTQ+ Hangout

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Twist

A staple of the Miami gay scene since 1993, Twist has maintained its reputation as South Beach’s go-to gay spot for good reason. The sexy, multi-floor club is up to something seven days a week, with high-energy DJs, amateur strip contests and enough abs to crunch the state of Florida in half.

Runner-up: R House Wynwood

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