DJs send heavy beats blasting through the darkened interior of Automatic Slim's sexy rock 'n' roll establishment, where waitresses in risqué garb keep drinks flowing until 5 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Neon lights set the bar aglow as patrons indulge in a wide selection of beer and cocktails, give the dance pole a workout, or claim a VIP table to discuss political science with their crew of new friends. Hosting theme nights and specials throughout the week, the bar promotes nights of revelry not seen since Bacchus's parents left the party meadow unlocked.
Each of the The Playwright Irish Pub’s three locations—two in Florida and one in Connecticut—embodies a warm atmosphere complemented by an Irish-inspired menu of food and drinks. Servers present tables and booths with bangers 'n' mash platters, 8-ounce burgers, or other hearty pub eats while bartenders pour steins of beer. The pub's two Florida locations feature expansive murals painted by Irish craftsmen to depict the glory of old-country Dublin and New Dublin on Mars.
During a trio of deftly danced works, Miami City Ballet's Program I captures the playful exuberance of Jerome Robbins' Fanfare, the provocative sensuality of George Balanchine's Bugaku, and the high-leaping grandeur of Theme and Variations—Balanchine's opulent ode to tippy-toes set in a dazzling 19th-century ballroom. Choose from the following options:
Beachfront dining and an expansive assortment of culinary delights create a commodious yet casual atmosphere as Nikki Beach sates eclectic appetites with a menu of fresh sushi, pizza, steaks, and more. An array of raw seafood, caviar, and succulent appetizer selections such as cornmeal-crusted calamari ($15) complement cocktails and sun-worshiping sessions, and gourmet pizzas created by Italian dough-diviner Enrico Sautto, such as the rocket and rocchetta pizza bubbling with rocchetta cheese and prosciutto crudo beneath fresh arugula, olive oil, and shaved parmesan ($16), satisfy followers of the latest circular-food diet craze.
Set apart somewhat from the most boisterous stretch of South Beach, Miami Beach is famed for its pristine beaches and unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. Sun worshippers flock to the area year-round to take advantage of temperatures that stay on the good side of 70 degrees, even in winter. The boardwalk, which runs the length of the hotel and down to South Beach, makes an ideal path for jogging, ambling, or reenacting moments from past games of Monopoly.Delicious restaurants boasting every type of cuisine—and every price point—abound on both sides of the causeway, but no trip to Miami Beach is complete without some authentic Cuban food, such as the medianoche sandwiches available at any local joint. Latin flavor seeps into the music scene, too, inspiring bouts of salsa dancing after a few rum-soaked mojitos. A morning-after swim in the calm Atlantic is a good way to restore equilibrium.
As rum collector and enthusiast Robert Burr sensed what he termed the "awakening of rum" in 2005, he decided to direct his passion toward educating the community. Drawing from an earlier career in magazine publishing, he compiled a list of 100 of his favorite rums each year into a free guide, which he gave to local liquor stores. As he developed connections with other enthusiasts and tasting judges, he formed the International Rum Expert Panel, an organization of 36 cane-spirit lovers from around the world. He gathers the majority of these experts in Miami Beach each year for the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, a celebration of the libation's international varieties. Through the festival's schedule of events, Robert aims to honor iconic spirits while also featuring lesser-known rum makers that guests might not otherwise find without finding and deciphering Blackbeard's long-lost treasure-map pajamas.
Held at the opulent DoubleTree by Hilton, the annual event has grown to include hundreds of rums hailing from countries such as Jamaica, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. As they mingle in spacious convention halls, visitors navigate a labyrinth of bartenders and brand ambassadors proffering island apparel, art, and books. Industry experts expound on the history, origins, and childhood fears of the libation during weekend seminars and bartender competitions. Attendees also revel at a two-day tasting exhibition, late-night parties, and VIP events at various Miami venues.