Since its debut as the Miami New Times’s Best New Bar of 2010, Brickell Irish Pub has been dishing up hearty Black Angus burgers with porter-beer mustard and aged white cheese washed down with beer, whiskey, and cocktails, frequently to the tunes of live bands. Sports such as football, basketball, and thumb wrestling light up 20 HDTVs and a vast projection screen, and poker nights, sports nights with pool and darts, and other events keep crowds lively. The kitchen, meanwhile, infuses the air with the heady scent of glazed korean barbecue ribs, irish crab cakes, and chicken marinated in dijon mustard and topped with pecan-wood-smoked bacon and whole-grain avocado mustard.
The decor follows suit, traipsing along in the Irish trail that the beer and bites carve. Barrels of Guinness and Jameson lean against green walls in the mood-lit bar, and intricately carved dark woods and overstuffed booths lend the space a spirit soaked in heritage. Every year, Brickell lends its party-ready attitude to a rollicking St. Patrick's Day street festival, whose crowd toasts inside and in the streets.
At least when viewed through the lens of nostalgia, 1957 was something of a Golden Age. Hollywood stars were capturing America's imagination with their on-screen performances and jet-setting lifestyles. Ernest Hemingway had returned to Cuba to finish his memoir, A Moveable Feast, and Havana's rum bars were buzzing with talk of revolution. Built as an homage to that bygone era, Miami's Havana 1957 has all the prerequisite features one might expect: art-deco decor, stiff cocktails, and, of course, authentic Cuban cuisine.
Here, chef Juan Luis Rosales roasts whole chickens in thick Cuban gravy, plating each succulent bird with white rice, black beans, and a side of sweet plantains. He also charbroils flank steaks and other traditional dishes to pair with more than 70 varieties of rum from around the world. The bartenders mix these rums into mojitos or just serve them the classy way?on the rocks, with an accompanying silly straw.
On Saturday, October 25, Mary Brickell Village hosts Crafternoon Delight, a bottomless craft beer and whiskey festival. The lineup of distilleries showcasing their spirits includes Jameson, Bulleit, and Johnnie Walker. More than 20 different craft breweries?including Cigar City, Boulevard, Wynwood, Duvel Group, La Chouffe, and Ommegang, who talked to the Groupon Guide about its most recent Game of Thrones brew?also offer samples, and admission includes as many beers as one can drink. The festivities take place within Mary Brickell Village's open air plaza, beneath swaying tree branches, beside burbling fountains, and encased in a breathable atmosphere.
The first ever Bricktoberfest launches an annual celebration of live music and craft beer in the Brickell neighborhood. From afternoon until night, 10th Street reverberates with tunes from live bands, and fills with vendors serving food from local restaurants and pouring more than 75 craft beers. For an hour before the event, VIP visitors gather for an advance tasting of the festival's beers—which include brews from Shipyard, Magners, Cigar City, Due South, and Stella. At the end of the evening, a party at Fado Irish Pub keeps attendees grooving with DJ-provided beats and beer competitions, such as a race to see who can drink their beer the most carefully and responsibly.
After journeying through France and studying at Paris's Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, Gerardo Barrera returned to the United States still pining for French culture and cuisine. Rather than pass the time by reciting his favorite Camus passages in an empty kitchen, Gerardo pays homage to the country as the executive chef of Dominique Bistro. His authentic dishes include terrine, roasted duck breast in a honey-and-balsamic reduction, and an original crème brûlée recipe with vanilla seeds. Barkeepers complement Gerardo's edibles with craft cocktails and wines imported from France, Spain, and Italy. Late into the night, the bistro's romantic ambiance transforms into a lounge atmosphere as guests groove to European electro music.
Segafredo Brickell is a testament to the versatility of coffee. On weekend mornings, mugs of java steam alongside brunch plates of crab cakes and fried eggs. Come dinnertime, though, ristrettos and macchiatos mark a fitting punctuation to meals of pizza, chicken parmesan, and homemade pappardelle pasta with braised short ribs. And afterwards, specialty espresso drinks shift to fit the nightclub ambiance; coffee mingles with sambuca and mint cream in a Montecarlo, or with ice, sugar, and a liquor of your choice in custom Shakeratos, so named for the maracas in which they are mixed.
The adaptable espresso is but one signal of Segafredo Brickell's mutable nature. At once modern and classic, the café doesn't force its patrons to choose between a traditional Italian dinner and a dance party. The coffee bar shares the space with a standard bar, as well as with Spazio Nightclub, a boutique nightclub helmed by live DJs each evening.