Ryan Pfeffer is Time Out's former Miami Associate Editor.
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Miami beaches are a great refuge from the weather, but there are times when you'd rather skip the sand, the seaweed and the schlep and cool off another way. That's where Miami's best water parks come in. Among the best things to do with kids in Miami, especially in the hot summer months, water parks in these parts come in a variety of shapes, sizes and price points. Boasting slides, rapids, splash zones, lazy rivers and aquatic playgrounds, these family-friendly Miami water parks range from over-the-top attractions you can spend all day enjoying to smaller outfits tucked away in local Miami parks and community centers. Below, find our picks of the city’s must-visit water parks. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Miami
Once home to a rainbow of LGBTQ-friendly lounges, bars and clubs, many of Miami’s most dependable gay clubs like Magnum, Mova and Score are sadly no more. Despite this fact, the city is still home to an exceptionally diverse and welcoming queer community, as evidenced by our plethora of Miami drag brunches, the epic Miami Beach Pride and Wynwood Pride festivals and a new wave of inclusive queer parties popping up all around the city. Plus, a short drive up north will get you to Wilton Manors, one of the most highly concentrated communities of queer people in the U.S. We might be experiencing an extended drought of gay clubs and bars in Miami, but there’s plenty of action to be had if you know where to find it. So, without further adieu: Our roundup of the best gay clubs in Miami right now. RECOMMENDED: The best clubs in Miami
What exactly makes the ideal cocktail bar? First of all, it’s got to be sexy. No harsh lighting or blaring top-40 playlist accosting the senses. A great cocktail bar goes above and beyond your average drink selection and strives for creativity with every pour. When executed the right way, the result always leaves us wanting more. Sure, we’ll still hit up the best wine bars in Miami when date night rolls around. Or opt for a Miami rooftop bar when we’re craving a view. And you can catch us at one of the many Miami breweries when we’re feeling a bit hoppy. But can anything really compare to a freshly shaken or deftly swizzled cocktail? We think not. And when the day calls for something stiffer, these are the cocktail doctors we trust.
Wild daytime pool parties and over-the-top nightlife and have defined South Beach for years. These days, the famed neighborhood has been trying to rebrand itself, with a recent push from the mayor to dampen the party vibes and draw more focus to cultural institutions like Miami Beach’s best museums and the area’s flourishing culinary scene. That's all fine and well, but make no mistake, Mr. Mayor: Ain’t no party like a South Beach party. And as long as revelers are flocking to the shores of South Beach to bask in its sun and splash in its ocean, so too will they come to pop bottles and shake ass in its clubs. From massive venues that give Vegas a run for its money to underground dance dens where global talent takes the decks, these are the best clubs in South Beach right now. RECOMMENDED: Best things to do in South Beach
After a day at one of the best Miami beaches, we love nothing better than a long, hot soak in a hot tub. Get rid of your sandy toes, and your aching legs from all that walking, and relaaaax. What could be better than having this option available inside your own hotel room? Be rude to say no, right? The hotel room hot tub is a bit of a Miami hotel tradition. Ok, you won’t find it at the best cheap hotels in Miami or in the best boutique hotels in Miami, but you will find it at several of the city’s higher-end hotels. Go on, be a little boujee, and treat yourself. It's your vacation after all. Here are the best hotels in Miami where you can enjoy the bubbles. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
Your search for the right Airbnb Miami rental is important. Because after you’re done finding the best Cuban sandwich in Miami, and drinking your way through the best bars in Miami, and—finally—grabbing some of the best drunk food in Miami, you’ll need a comfortable spot to rest. But the right Miami Airbnb can be so much more than just a place to crash at night. Just look at some of the ridiculously awesome Airbnbs we’ve found. We have a treehouse with goats (seriously), private guesthouses with pools, and Wynwood warehouses with eye-popping visuals. So don’t settle for the first hotel that comes up on Google – see Miami like a local. RECOMMENDED: The best boat rentals in MiamiRECOMMENDED: The best hotels in Miami
The second most-asked question by people looking to dine in South Florida is which is the best waterfront restaurant in Miami? The first question: where can I find the best Cuban food in Miami? Luckily, we have answers to both. When it comes to Abuela-approved dishes, from the classic ropa vieja and the stick-to-your-ribs arroz con pollo to tasty on-the-go sandwiches, Miami has you covered—and then some. From Little Havana to Hialeah to South Beach, neighborhoods across the city boast a variety of places, including tourist favorites and mom-and-pop establishments we can’t get enough of. Check out the full list of Miami’s best Cuban restaurants and savor a meal that won’t disappoint. RECOMMENDED: The best restaurants in Miami
Your Miami Beach Airbnb needs to fulfill certain requirements. Is it close to the best South Beach clubs? Good. Is it within walking distance from one of the best Miami beaches? Even better. Is it surrounded by Art Deco Miami gems? Perfect. Now the only thing left to do is stock up on sunscreen and get ready to have a blast in one of the coolest cities in America – day or night. Got that bottle on ice? We sure hope so. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Miami BeachRECOMMENDED: The best boat rentals in Miami
Miami boutique hotels are perfect for those who feel a bit overwhelmed by the average Miami hotel. We get it: a small army of smiling employees at the concierge, long hallways straight out of The Shining, elevators that make your ears pop—it can be a bit much. That’s where the best Miami boutique hotels come in. These trendy, yet intimate lodgings (generally with 100 rooms or less) feel more like staying among friends than being a prisoner in a really, really nice prison. They are cozier and allows for more genuine human interactions. And it doesn’t hurt that these boutique properties put you within walking distance of the best Miami beaches, the best restaurants in Miami and the absolute best of Miami nightlife. RECOMMENDED: The best hotels in MiamiRECOMMENDED: The best hotels in South Beach
Let’s say it together: Miami is not South Beach. Don’t get us wrong, there’s a lot to love about the Magic City’s most famous neighborhood. But when it comes to choosing a place to stay for your next visit, Miami has so much more to explore. Whether you’re popping in for the weekend or lucky enough to find yourself on an extended stay, prefer waterfront views or walkability to the city’s best bars and restaurants, Miami’s coolest neighborhoods have something to offer every kind of traveler. So let’s get right to it: These are the best places to stay in Miami right now. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in MiamiRECOMMENDED: The best beachfront Airbnbs in MiamiRECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in South Beach RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in MiamiRECOMMENDED: The best spa hotels in Miami
The venerable New York Times recently dedicated some serious ink and online space to explain something we locals already know: Miami’s bakery scene is on fire. The headline accurately calls our bakeries “eclectic,” which we’re of course embracing as high praise. It goes on to note that “artisan bread-baking thrives” here in Miami. So true, NYT! You can find world-class bakers in all corners of Miami-Dade these days, from family-run Cuban spots that (almost) make us want to move to Doral, to pandemic pop-up success stories reinventing how we define sourdough and sweet treats. What Miami’s best coffee shops do for our productivity, these bakeries do for our souls—and there’s no calorie count too high to keep us from that satisfaction.
A holiday in Havana is meant to equal one thing: an experience in a place that’s truly unique. So why settle for an uninteresting hotel which doesn’t live up to the standard of the rest of your stay? Airbnb is thriving in the Cuban capital and offers a variety of Instagrammable options for any budget. We’re pretty taken with the white-on-white mansion, but we’ll settle for those panoramic rooftop views if pressed… And while you're here, check out the best things to do in Old Havana, arguably the city's coolest neighborhood. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
Launched during Art Basel, what began as a few commissioned murals to beautify the area has morphed into the city’s only outdoor street art park, featuring more than 40 murals from a roster of world-renowned artists, including Shepard Fairey, Ryan McGuinness, Kenny Scharf, How and Nosm, Faile, Retna, the Date Farmers and Liqen.In late 2012, a major installation was added to the park as a tribute to Tony Goldman—the legendary neighborhood redeveloper who sculpted the Wynwood Art District from nondescript and decaying storefronts in the mid-2000s, and who passed away in September 2012. The Kenny Scharf Garden (2219 NW 2nd Avenue, at NW 22nd Street) features a landscaped garden, fountain, large-scale mural and Scharf's own 1960s-style Airstream trailer, complete with Day-Glo interior. Fairey also reworked his mural outside Goldman's Wynwood Kitchen & Bar to incorporate an image of the man himself.Wynwood Walls is open to the public all year round. You can even take home a piece of Wynwood—the GO! Shop features a curated collection of limited edition prints from Wynwood artists.
This Design District food hall (formerly named St. Roch and then Politan Row) has choices ranging from Israeli spreads and sushi to fried chicken sandwiches. It’s a great lunch spot between shopping sprees and has plenty of seating for big groups.
Affectionately referred to as Bougie’s, Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern is the bar equivalent of Old Faithful. Because, as both locals and thirsty UM kids know, it’s always a safe bet for a good, boozy time. This unpretentious yet cozy dive bar sits just south of the sometimes pretentious neighborhood of Coral Gables. On the weekend, things can get a bit rowdy but never quite as hectic as South Beach. You can pop in any day of the week for reasonably priced beer and well drinks, and stay long enough to enjoy the entertainment, which ranges from karaoke to live music from local bands.
Since opening just shy of Art Basel week 2012, MC Kitchen has pioneered in its Design District home, specializing in fresh, modern Italian. Helmed by executive chef Victor Toro, who has been with the team since the beginning, the stylish, open-concept kitchen serves brunch, lunch and dinner. Pasta takes up the most real estate on the menu, but a handful of fresh additions include an ahi tuna crudo ($26) topped with fennel grapefruit, friseé, crispy quinoa and ginger citrus vinaigrette and the strozzapreti ($28), prepared with spicy Italian sausage (made in house), wild mushrooms, peppers, arugula and finished with black truffle pecorino.
If you are one of those people who insists on forgoing dessert only to grab a fork the minute the plate arrives at the table, we have something to tell you: we hate you. But we may have found the perfect antidote to such dessert thieves: this incredibly cute mini-pie in Wynwood. It goes by Pink Pie and it specializes in all things tiny. Not only is the shop a cozy 900-square-feet but its mini-pies measure only three inches in diameter—just big enough to enjoy without feeling obligated to share. The shop has some rotating, seasonal flavors as well as mainstay pies including Oreo Nutella, Key lime and more. And just in case all this isn’t enough to send your sweet tooth into hysteria, Pink Pie also serves little pie ice cream sandwiches (a scoop of ice cream between two pies) and pie milkshakes, which sound so deliriously sweet we can only assume they were created by three four-year-olds in a trench coat who snuck into Pink Pie’s kitchen.
Maybe you’re not a cat person. It’s fine. You’re wrong—but it’s fine. However, if you happen to be on the right side of history and believe—as the ancient and wise Egyptians did—that cats are graceful creatures deserving of our constant worship, then you’ll probably like The Cat Café. Part of the store is devoted to the café, where guests can order coffee and tea as well as menu items such as açaí bowls, avocado toast, salads, doughnuts, cookies and more. The cats are separated by a plexiglass wall. A donation of $12 to $15 is asked of patrons who wish to step into the cat section for some cuddle time. The good news is that if you do—and you will—fall in love with a particular feline, all animals are up for adoption. So whether you’re in the mood for a strong cup of coffee or a furry lifelong companion who is nocturnal and will hide in your underwear drawer and scare the bejesus out of you twice a week, the Cat Café is the place to go.
Tidal Cove Waterpark might just ruin all other hotel pools for you forever. The huge new addition to Aventura’s JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is less a pool and—as the name implies—more of a waterpark. Among thousands of square feet of space you’ll find a 60-foot tower with seven water slides, a lazy river, a 4,000-square-foot kids pool, a VIP adult pool area and what’s being called the first-ever FlowRider Triple surf simulation pool in the entire country. That sounds cool—even if we’re not totally sure what it is. (Apparently, it’s one of those surfing simulators but instead of just one wave, it has three.) Guests of the resort will have access to it all but locals can get in to with the purchase of a day pass, which will cost $75 Monday through Thursday and $105 Friday through Sunday. That also gets you access to the amenities available to hotel guests, like the spa, which you might need after an afternoon of going down all seven waterslides. Tidal Cove also boasts two restaurants: the casual Surf House Bar & Grill, a two-story, coastal-inspired restaurant; and the fast-casual Freestyle, featuring a wide variety of grab-and-go items, from fruit bowls and pastries to New York-style pizza and gelato.
This digital art gallery is a decidedly 21st century experience. All the art here is digital and a lot of it is interactive too. It’s perfect if you find yourself wanting to go up and touch everything at the typical modern art gallery. Here, you can (mostly) do just that. Installations move along with you. You can manipulate the work with your fingers. And there are surprises waiting to be discovered with a wave of your hand throughout the two-story space.
Formerly known as Boombox (and before that, Bardot), this new Midtown concept comes from Beaker & Gray’s Ben Potts. Like that popular Wynwood spot, Sylvester will focus on great cocktails with a side of coffee. The interior sports a vintage Miami vibe. In addition to drinks, the spot also has a food menu of sharable plates: barbecue mariquitas with spicy parmesan cheese dip, smoked fish dip and a lot more. A pool table, pinball and foosball will be available as well to help pass the time.
This South of Fifth lounge toes the line between cocktail bar and nightclub. Intimate and chic, the crowd here is young and hip. The venue itself draws inspiration from ’90s France, aiming for (and delivering) some sexy South Beach vibes.
It’s not the prettiest or most sprawling beach in Miami but people still come by this narrow strip of sand for the windsurfing, water sports and a perfectly lovely view of the Downtown Miami skyline. Another big draw for Hobie: dogs! This is one of Miami’s few dog beaches so expect some pups.
Find this dog-friendly slice of beach in North Shore Open Space Park. Humans can hit up this beach from sunrise to sunset seven days a week, but the dogs are only allowed on the sand Friday through Sunday from 1:30pm to 5:30pm. They should be plenty of time to get them tired and sandy.
Miami can be a tough city to understand on many levels. In addition to emotionally, philosophically and meteorologically—it’s occasionally hard to understand just what the hell we’re saying. Sure, some of this has to do with the multiple languages spoken in Miami, but even when we’re all on the same page linguistically, sometimes the things coming out of our mouth need a special kind of translation. Fear not, confused traveler. We’ve compiled some of the most common Miami slang so you can know if you should laugh, gasp or run during your next conversation. Bro. This word is a highly adaptable filler that can be literally stuffed anywhere in any sentence for emphasis. Example: Bro, I can't wait to make an omelet tomorrow. De pinga. This Cuban curse word has a pretty NSFW translation (which refers to a certain part of the male anatomy) but all you need to know is that it is used to convey frustration, anger or dissatisfaction. Example: Bro, do we not have any eggs? De pinga! I was looking forward to an omelet! Eating shit. This one makes a grand total of zero sense but Miami folks like to say it to articulate wasting time. Example: Did you spend all afternoon eating shit instead of buying a birthday present for your cousin like mom asked you to? De pinga! La Saguesera. This Spanish term is used to loosely define the southwest area of Miami-Dade, generally used to emphasize the less interesting neighborhoods you’re forced to visit for family engagements. Example: I can’t come to
Did you know that April and May are Miami Attraction & Museum Months? Think of it like Miami Spice, but for your brain, bro. As the name implies, over the next couple of months, quite a lot of local museums and attractions are banding together to lure you out of the house with some sweet deals. More than a dozen Miami museums and attractions are offering an array of different deals—everything from two-for-one admission to half-off ticket prices. You can get into the Artechouse for 25-percent off, get BOGO tickets at PAMM or score 15-percent off admission for up to six people to Zoo Miami. There are plenty more limited deals you can comb through over on the Miami Temptations website, which includes offers from newcomers like Dezerland Park. It’s a great time to take advantage of deals like these as the tourists and spring breakers finally start to flee and we can actually leave our house without waiting in 3,458,462 hours of traffic. So get moving! You’ve got until the end of May.
In Underrated Miami, we take a look at very cool Miami things that, for some strange reason, we don’t seem to appreciate as much as we should. I can count the number of times I’ve seen a picnic in Miami on zero fingers. I’ve been in parks from Coral Gables to North Beach on drop-dead gorgeous days and maybe—maybe—I’ll run into a barbecue or a wild toddler sprinting with a half-eaten banana. But no picnics. Like, ever. Why is that? If ever there was a more picnic-appropriate city, it’s Miami. We’ve got green space and clear skies. Last time I checked, we like food and being outside—but for some reason, very few of us bother to put those two things together in a public space. Have we forgotten the simple pleasures of the picnic or were we never introduced in the first place? Have you been hurt by a picnic? It is time to let go of the past, friend. Go to Central Park on a temperate day and you can barely see the grass underneath the sea of blankets holding thoughtfully curated artisanal this and that or organic whatever. Here, the closest thing you’ll find is a Publix sub being wolfed down by a sandy teen at the beach. Here’s your homework assignment, Magic City. Go home, find the biggest blanket you have, pack a cooler with food (and not just a handful of blueberries; really go for it) and pick a park. Morningside Park, Bayfront Park, South Pointe Park or David T. Kennedy Park are all picnic-appropriate. This is our non-legally binding guarantee: you will love your picnic—love
In Underrated Miami, we take a look at very cool Miami things that, for some strange reason, we don’t seem to appreciate as much as we should. Do you ever forget about the beach? You know—just, like, completely forget it’s there? It happens to me at least six times a year. My hopelessly lost Uber driver will take an ill-advised shortcut down Ocean Drive and then, all of a sudden, there it is. Sand. Water. Beach. It’s a moment of rediscovery that always induces a bit of guilt. This gorgeous thing right in our own backyard causes people from all over the world to stuff themselves into metal tubes and shoot through the sky at 500 miles per hour just to spread their towel on a small slice of its sand. And here we are, treating it like an aunt we don’t particularly like, visiting only a few times per year and spending the whole ride home spouting out trivial complaints. Sure, parking was a pain. Fine, it was a tad hot and overcrowded. And, okay, your aunt’s cat is terrifying and you’re pretty sure you heard it whisper a spell while carving a pentagram into its kitty litter. But, come on, you’ve got to take a moment to look at the big picture. We are lucky. For just a bit of effort, we have access to a glorious attraction only a tiny, tiny percentage of this country gets to enjoy. And even within that tiny percentage, not a lot of folks have a beach as pretty and accessible as ours. Maybe you’re a good Miamian. There are plenty of you out there, who lather up and hit the sand on a
There are few culinary honors more prestigious than a James Beard Award. The annual honors given out to chefs and restaurants around the country are a big deal, responsible for taking careers to the next level and filling reservation books for the foreseeable future. Past Miami nominees include Alter whiz kid Brad Kilgore, KYU, chef Deme Lomas and more. This year’s semifinalists were just announced and six Miami names made the list. Brad Kilgore is back again for Best Chef: South, along with beloved newcomer and head of Ghee Indian Kitchen, Niven Patel. The Biltmore’s French eatery Palme d’Or was nominated for Outstanding Service. Zak Stern (who has been nominated before) is in the running for Outstanding Baker. Stiltsville chef Janine Booth is nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year and the Forge is in the running for Outstanding Wine Program. The 2018 James Beard Awards Gala will take place on Monday, May 7. We recommend you stop by one of the aforementioned names before then because—if they win—good luck getting a reservation. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
By now, the category four Hurricane Dorian is on all of South Florida’s radar. And while the forecast is still unable to predict where the hurricane will land with any certainty, it is a good idea to prepare nonetheless. You can find no shortage of guides for basic preparedness online, but it’s also important to know whether or not you live within one of Miami’s many flood zones. The information could help you determine whether or not you should evacuate in the case of a direct hit. Flooding is always an issue with heavy rain in Miami. It’s not unusual to see the remnants of a Tropical Depression send Miami Beach—the city’s most vulnerable area—into chaos with severe flooding. Dorian, surely, promises to bring much more rain should it connect with Miami. Miami-Dade County has a very useful online map that shows you which neighborhoods sit within flood zones. You can type in a specific address or take a wide-angle look at the city’s highest-risk areas (which, obviously, includes just about all of Miami Beach). You can also already see a map of Miami's potential evacuation zones, which may be called in waves as the hurricane blows closer. In the meantime, stay up to date with the latest forecasts and grab supplies now. Once you’ve done all that, you may resort to Santería. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
If you still have not had the chance to experience Miami’s local drag scene, well, sucks for you. You’re missing out on what’s probably the most exciting artistic movement this city has had in a long time. Drag nights like Double Stubble at Gramps (every Thursday at 9pm) and Counter Corner at 1306 (every third Sunday) have hatched a crop of Miami drag performers who leave it all on stage night after night. The scene, through the hard work of locals like Queef Latina, has even grown strong enough to support its own festival, Wigwood. It’s a well-deserved and hard-earned boom. But there are still plenty of people out there who put drag in a box and see it through limiting parameters. As Miami’s own King Femme puts it, there are still plenty of people who have “this idea that drag is limited and done best by gay, cis men.” That’s just not the case. And in honor of the upcoming Miami Beach Pride week, we caught up with three local performers who are living proof. Andro Gin Photograph: Victoria Elizabeth Black I know you’ve performed in different spots around the country. What makes Miami’s drag scene special?Andro Gin: Miami has this come-as-you-are vibe that really allows people from all walks of life to perform all types of drag. I sometimes see in other cities the alternative performers fighting for basic respect and that’s just not something that happens here. We’re really receptive to whatever type of drag people wish to present. What’s your favorite drag night in Miami? Co
It’s been a tough run for the pair of Beaker & Gray-led concepts—Mason Eatery and Boombox—that recently moved in Midtown. Mason, despite being nothing but delicious and charming, shut its doors in March. And now Boombox, the music-focused cocktail bar, is gone. Sort of. It’s not all bad news. Because Boombox isn’t closing, but rebranding as the Sylvester. The concept will still be led by Beaker’s Ben Potts, but the Sylvester will focus on coffee and cocktails, with a vintage Miami vibe. In addition to drinks, the spot will also have a food menu of sharable plates: barbecue mariquitas with spicy parmesan cheese dip, smoked fish dip and a lot more. A pool table, pinball and foosball will be available as well to help pass the time. They haven’t announced an exact opening date yet but the Sylvester is expected to open this month. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
We know it’s tough to keep up with all the restaurant openings in Wynwood, but Hiyakawa is one you should definitely keep an eye on. It would be intriguing enough if Chef Shuji Hiyakawa were the only name attached to it. He—in case you didn’t know—is one of our favorite chefs in town and the creator of the very, very delicious Wabi Sabi (which you can find in Time Out Market Miami soon too). But, for this new concept, Chef Shuji teams up with Alvaro Perez Miranda, an art dealer and restaurateur whose resume includes launching Vagabond Restaurant & Bar. Hiyakawa will do what Chef Shuji does best: authentic Japanese cuisine and uncompromising quality. The menu will tackle agemono (deep-fried dishes), yakimono (grilled or pan-fried plates), shirumono (soups), zensai (appetizers), sushi and sake. A $100-per-person omakase menu will also be available. The interior renderings of this place look pretty sexy too, giving off some serious futuristic Ex Machina vibes. A slice of Hiyakawa will also house another outpost of Wabi Sabi, which specializes in donburi sushi bowls that we can not recommend more highly. Right now, the restaurant is slated to open in fall 2019. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Miami Beach Gay Pride week didn’t become official until 2009, but the celebration has become one of the year’s most anticipated events in the last decade. This year Miami Beach Gay Pride is as big as ever with seven days full of activities, parties and plenty to see and do both on and off Miami Beach. Here are a few of our personal highlights (the parade, obviously) to add to your Pride week itinerary. We’ll see you there, right? 1. Pride Kick-Off Party Start Pride the right way with a party at Basement. The trendy Mid-Beach spot welcomes Pride-goers from near and far for a night of dancing, bowling and ice skating. The night’s international rotation of DJs includes Anne Louise, De Felipe, DJ Theresa and more. 2. Pride Lights the Night Kicking off Pride for the third year in a row, buildings throughout Miami are illuminated in rainbow colors as a tribute to victims of the Pulse shooting. Join organizers on Lincoln Road and watch them flip the switch on the iconic parking garage, Miami Beach City Hall and more buildings throughout the city. 3. PAMM Pride Night Pride week invades PAMM’s waterfront terrace for a night of performances, installations and music from local favorites. Expect drag courtesy of Miss Toto, King Femme, Missy Meyakie LePaige and Kat Wilderness. Miami bass duo Basside performs the music and the film Happy Birthday, Marsha! will be playing on a loop in PAMM’s auditorium in memory of the Stonewall Riots’ 50th anniversary. 4. Beach Party Festival Village HQ fo
Ever go to Disney World when you were a kid? Do you remember that feeling of being at once insanely excited and absolutely crushed by the range of options? That’s what Miami Music Week can feel like. So much to do. So little time. We know. But fear not, lover of dance music. We collected a few expert opinions from MMW veterans who will be running around town this week for their own gigs. We asked Claude VonStroke for his tips on time management. All Day I Dream mastermind Lee Burridge gave us his favorite hangover food—and it’s a good one, too. Plus, superstar DJ pals David Guetta and Martin Garrix let us in on their preferred places to crash in Miami. Where do you like to stay when you’re in Miami?Claude VonStroke: I love staying at Soho Beach House but they are always booked up way in advance. It depends if my shows are more in downtown or South Beach. Since we are doing Space this year I’ll stay at the East Hotel.Martin Garrix: W Miami, the Edition or the Fontainebleau Hotel.David Guetta: The Edition. What’s the one Miami meal that’ll bring you back to life after a long night? CVS: My favorite place in Miami is a Peruvian restaurant called Ceviche 105. When you see it from the outside it almost looks like a nice chain restaurant but when you go inside it’s some of the most delicious food I’ve ever eaten.Lee Burridge: La Sandwicherie— a veggie sandwich with avocado, maybe a juice or smoothie, then across the road to Mac's Club Deuce to carry on. DG: I love chicken with ric
March might be the most popular time in Miami for ride-share apps. With spring break, Miami Music Week and the Miami Open all converging on the city, there are a ton of car-less folk in the 305 looking to bounce around town. Perhaps that’s why both Lyft and Uber are offering some special promotions right now. Lyft’s deal is centered around Women’s History Month. The app is offering free rides to three local women-owned businesses: Caja Caliente, Wynwood Yard and Stanzione. You can also ride to the Women’s History Gallery at Women’s Park for free. Just enter the code WHMMIA19 in the app and head to one of these destinations for $0. Not to be left behind, Uber is launching its in-car commerce provider in Miami just in time for Miami Music Week. The new feature, called Cargo, lets passengers use their app to buy a selection of snacks, cosmetics and personal care items. If you do happen to get an Uber with a Cargo box, you can also get a free Clear Complexion Purely Matte Peel Off Mask courtesy of Aveeno. This should all come in handy as thousands prepare to flood Miami and traffic reaches peak levels of infuriating. Might you still get stuck on the MacArthur for seven hours? Perhaps. But at least you’ll have a free face mask to keep you fresh and clean. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.