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Ryan Pfeffer

Ryan Pfeffer

Ryan Pfeffer is Time Out's former Miami Associate Editor.

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The best time to visit Miami for the perfect getaway

The best time to visit Miami for the perfect getaway

Most people think the seasons don’t change in Miami or that it’s just one long summer spell here. But that’s not entirely true. While our year-round sunshine makes going to one of the Miami beaches a thing you can do pretty much 365 days a year, what most people don’t account for is the rain. Miami can get pretty soggy, not to mention there’s a little something called hurricane season, which brings even bigger storms to these parts. Something else to keep in mind when you’re visiting Miami are the tourists. Maybe you’re one of those people—hi! We like you but at certain times of the year there seem to be way too many of you, and that can be problematic for things like traffic and finding a room at one of the best South Beach hotels. So if you’re the type who likes to avoid crowds, you might want to read on. Our guide to the best time to visit Miami isn’t comprehensive but the season-by-season breakdown should provide some needed guidance before you book. You’ll notice that while summer is oppressively hot and likely rain, it’s also less busy and, in turn, less expensive. Winter in Miami is glorious, and that’s when most of the snowbirds and out-of-towners descend on the city. Whether you’re looking to party it up at the best Miami clubs or keep it lowkey with a few days on the sand, this guide to the best time to visit Miami will help you nail your next vacation in paradise. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Miami

The best Cuban restaurants in Miami for Abuela-approved home cooking

The best Cuban restaurants in Miami for Abuela-approved home cooking

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

The best waterparks in Miami to stay cool all year long

The best waterparks in Miami to stay cool all year long

The best waterparks in Miami offer sweet, sweet relief from the heat, which—if you’ve spent any time in this city, you know sticks around about 11 months out of the year. Sure, the Miami beaches are also a refuge from the weather, but there’s nothing like plunging into an icy pool to really cool off. It also helps that South Florida waterparks double as great things to do with kids in Miami. Water slides, splash zones and lazy rivers—it’s practically a no-brainer when it comes to finding family-friendly fun. Inexpensive and accessible from most neighborhoods, these Miami waterparks 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, our picks of city’s must-visit waterparks. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Miami

The best dog-friendly beaches in Miami to cool off with your pooch

The best dog-friendly beaches in Miami to cool off with your pooch

Humans are at a distinct advantage when it comes to planning a day at one of the best Miami beaches (plus we have the option of taking a dip in one of the best Miami swimming pools any time we want). But this city is actually pretty accommodating to our four-legged companions, offering up plenty of dog-friendly Miami restaurants and, of course, a handful of idyllic options for hanging out by the water with our pups. Some are open all week and others only for select days and hours, so it’s wise to plan ahead and know the rules before you go. Ready for an awesome beach day with your doggo? Study up below and remember to pack plenty of water for your good boy/girl—plus, like, an extra 4,000 towels because they are going to get very sandy and smelly.

The best Miami attractions to check out while you’re in the Magic City

The best Miami attractions to check out while you’re in the Magic City

For those of us who don’t have the pleasure of calling Miami home year-round, it’s basically a known fact that the beach or pool beats out any other attraction about 90 percent of the time. The other ten percent is typically spared for dining at Miami’s best restaurants and hitting up the obligatory South Beach clubs. We’re not knocking the formula—there’s a reason the hits hit! But if you’re ready to venture off the sand, there are so many more things to do in Miami. Explore grand estates and gardens, historic neighborhoods, incredible shopping and fascinating Miami museums the whole family will appreciate. Our guide to the best Miami attractions has something for every type of curious traveler.

9 Secret gardens in Miami to explore right now

9 Secret gardens in Miami to explore right now

The Miami beaches aren’t the only place in the Magic City where you can go to escape urbanity. With its expanding skyline, tantalizing restaurant scene, and bustling social calendar, it’s easy to forget that South Florida is lush and tropical, green and marshy, and our entire ecosystem could just as well be a single-story rainforest if not an untouched swamp. This is a city where you really can be outside 365 days a year—sweating, sure, but still outside! Below, we've highlighted some of our favorite botanical hideaways when you need a respite from city life, whether you want to walk the trails of an ancient forest, sneak away to a Miami park or just enjoy a book under a banyan tree with a view of Biscayne Bay. These secret gardens in Miami take some searching and a bit of insider knowledge to find, but we promise you’ll be able to find the peace and quiet you crave. Now, can you promise not to tell?

The absolute best ways to eat cheap in Miami

The absolute best ways to eat cheap in Miami

First off, let’s make clear that this list isn’t about eating cheap in Miami for the sake of saving a few bucks. Yeah, everything on this list is under $10. But this list also includes many of our favorite things to eat in Miami. It includes classics that you just need to try if you live in or visit this city. We’ve also got some newcomers doing things that are entirely novel. Just to start, there are a few of the best sandwiches in Miami that, despite their reasonable price, would quite literally rival any sandwich anywhere. For under 10 bucks. Sure, yes, we write sometimes about tasting menus that’ll cost you a mortgage payment or Michelin-worthy restaurants in Miami with celebrity chefs where even the tip would cost more than every single thing on this list—combined. Those are special experiences no doubt, but dollar for dollar? These Miami cheap eats aren’t just inexpensive—they’re quite simply some of the best things you’ll eat. RECOMMENDED: The best restaurants in Miami

The best things to do in Miami when it rains—no umbrella required

The best things to do in Miami when it rains—no umbrella required

When the clouds come rolling in, we all immediately rack our brains for a list of things to do on a rainy day in Miami. Contrary to popular belief, that list includes more than just Netflix and ice cream, extending into best things to do in Miami territory. Sure, the best movie theaters in Miami or the best Miami museums will do the trick. And we won’t stop you if that’s your vibe. But it’s nice to spend a soggy day doing something a little less obvious, isn’t it? The crappy weather can provide an excuse to try something around the city that you’ve been putting off or procrastinating on. Check out some of the best rainy day options below and make the best of a wet day. 

Your Miami Beach parking cheat sheet

Your Miami Beach parking cheat sheet

There’s a lot to contend with when it comes to parking in Miami Beach. From king tide flooding to shady tow companies, elusive residential zones and blockaded sections of pedestrian-only roadway, the obstacles we mortals face before dipping a toe into the sand of Miami’s famed beaches are numerous and daunting. There are a few obvious rules to follow, of course: Arrive as early as possible, avoid the congested streets immediately adjacent to the ocean and always triple check for tow-away signs. Still, there are only so many spots to go around on this little strip of man-made heaven. Don’t spoil your relaxing visit to one of Miami’s best museums before you even get there. Finally scored that last-minute reservation at Carbone? You can’t afford to circle the block for three hours! First thing’s first: Get out your phone and download the ParkMe app (which helps you locate an open spot) and ParkMobile (which lets you pay remotely). Here’s our full guide to parking like a pro in Miami Beach. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Miami Beach

The best bars in Brickell for great drinks and big city vibes

The best bars in Brickell for great drinks and big city vibes

More than just a financial center, Brickell is Miami’s flourishing urban core, where bankers and business types rub shoulders with wealthy international co-eds and sight-seeing tourists on the same bustling sidewalks. A vibrant bayfront neighborhood whose glittering high-rises make up a large portion of Miami’s iconic skyline, Brickell boasts some of the city’s best shopping and dining, along with quick access to Miami’s famous beaches and Miami’s world-class museums. Unlike other neighborhoods in Miami, most of these things are all within walking distance of each other in Brickell, making it feel truly metropolitan. Of course, if you’re looking to have a night out in the big city, you’ll want a proper place to imbibe. And now more than ever, Brickell has plenty of that, too. Below, find our picks for the best bars in Brickell. RECOMMENDED: Guide to Brickell 

Dodge the tourist traps with our guide to the best bars in South Beach

Dodge the tourist traps with our guide to the best bars in South Beach

Instagram versus reality: South Beach bars. In the former, an entourage of model-slash-influencers breeze their way past a huddle of surly doormen as an endless line of wistful onlookers wait their turn behind velvet ropes. In reality, it’s that, but it’s also so much more. Mention a night out in South Beach to a local and you might be met with more than a wary glance. The bridge traffic! The tourists! The prices! There’s a lot to navigate (and frankly, avoid) in South Beach’s shifty nightlife scene. But if its numerous positive attributes are any indication (have you checked out any of South Beach’s best restaurants lately?), there’s a lot more to this famous party capital than its wild reputation lets on. Who knows? After wetting your beak at one of our favorite SoBe bars, you just might be inclined to dance the night away at one of South Beach’s best clubs. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves! Here’s our guide to the best bars in South Beach. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to South Beach, Miami

Where to find the best restaurants on Lincoln Road

Where to find the best restaurants on Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road restaurants often get a bad wrap due to the strip’s nature of being known as a bit of a tourist trap filled with pushy hostesses vying for your attention. But this pedestrian-only stretch of shops, galleries and restaurants is actually home to some pretty great places to eat. Whether it’s date night or you’re looking for a quick bite after spending the day on a Miami beach, there are a lot of options for restaurants on Lincoln Road, but you’re bound to find something great if you know what you’re looking for. It may seem shocking but, three of the best rooftop bars in Miami are located along this iconic strip. Stroll through during the day and you’ll be greeted with local vendors who set up shop on different days of the month, plus you never know when there will be live music playing making for a perfect playlist as you explore the area.

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South Beach Seafood Festival

South Beach Seafood Festival

Like seafood? If you’re in South Florida, you don’t have much of a choice. And even if your taste buds dwell more on land, South Beach Seafood weekend might convert you thanks to a week’s worth of showcases featuring dozens of our city’s tastiest seafood restaurants, such as Joe’s Stone Crab and RED South Beach. It all culminates with the giant ninth annual South Beach Seafood Festival’s main event on October 23. Bring an appetite and possibly a bib. Here’s what’s on tap this year. -Thursday, October 21, 7:30–10:30pm: Crabs, Slabs, and Cabs at the Shelborne South Beach -Friday, October 22, 7–11pm: VIP Chef Showdown at the Goya Culinary Pavilion

Zoo Boo 2021

Zoo Boo 2021

Combine a day at the zoo with an evening of trick-or-treating at Zoo Miami’s annual Zoo Boo. For two days, families with kids 12 or younger get access to Zoo Miami’s Halloween events, which range from costume contests to special performances and games.

MIA Market

MIA Market

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. 

Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern

Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern

4 out of 5 stars

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.

Seed Food and Wine Week

Seed Food and Wine Week

Love food festivals but wish they left you feeling a little less, uh, bloated? Well, health nuts will certainly appreciate Seed Food and Wine Week, a plant-based food and wine festival that won’t have you in a sodium coma for months to come. There are events spread throughout the week, everything from a grand tasting village to smaller workshops and panels featuring a whole bunch of vegan all-stars. Grab a ticket to one event—like Thursday’s plant-based burger battle—or snag an all-access pass to all of the above. Various locations

MC Kitchen

MC Kitchen

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.

Pink Pie

Pink Pie

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.

The Cat Café South Beach

The Cat Café South Beach

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

Tidal Cove

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. 

Artechouse

Artechouse

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.

The Sylvester

The Sylvester

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.

Sophie's

Sophie's

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.

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The best and weirdest Miami slang you need to know

The best and weirdest Miami slang you need to know

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

Check out all the sweet deals you can get for Miami Museum and Attractions Month

Check out all the sweet deals you can get for Miami Museum and Attractions Month

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. 

Underrated Miami: Picnics

Underrated Miami: Picnics

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

Underrated Miami: Actually going to the beach

Underrated Miami: Actually going to the beach

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

These six Miami restaurants just nabbed James Beard nominations

These six Miami restaurants just nabbed James Beard nominations

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.

Here’s how to tell if you live in a Miami flood zone

Here’s how to tell if you live in a Miami flood zone

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.

Meet three Miamians pushing the boundaries of our drag scene

Meet three Miamians pushing the boundaries of our drag scene

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

The Beaker & Gray team are launching a new cocktail concept in Midtown

The Beaker & Gray team are launching a new cocktail concept in Midtown

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.

The chef behind Wabi Sabi is opening a sleek new Wynwood restaurant

The chef behind Wabi Sabi is opening a sleek new Wynwood restaurant

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.

Five can’t-miss events during Miami Beach Gay Pride 2019

Five can’t-miss events during Miami Beach Gay Pride 2019

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

How to survive Miami Music Week according to four veteran DJs

How to survive Miami Music Week according to four veteran DJs

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

Uber and Lyft are both offering free specials in Miami right now

Uber and Lyft are both offering free specials in Miami right now

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.