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.
As one would expect of a place named one of the best hair salons in the country by Elle, Roberto Giordano's eponymous salon and spa is the product of decades of hard work. Roberto himself divides his time between the styling station and the runway, where he organizes fashion shows.
Bumble and bumble, Kérastase, and Goldwell products beautify locks in the open-design salon, where mirrors float above tawny stylists' tables between sprays of purple orchids. Aestheticians rule over a separate spa suite to deliver facials, massages, and waxing with yonka products.
Caruna Spa & Wellness Center features a slew of services for the beauty-conscious to preen and revivify. Microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, eyelash extensions, and facials smooth skin and instill a healthy glow; body treatments such as wraps, VelaShape laser body contouring, and vibrotherapy help firm and tone physiques. The staff also administers Botox and Juvederm injections, which smooth and plump facial creases for an appearance as young and dewy as a freshly hatched daisy. The spa's interior boasts an airy modern design by Pepe Calderin, with white spaces accented by splashes of color, and tranquil wall-size murals and soft candlelight in private treatment rooms.
This NY-style manstitution harkens back to the barbershop heyday of the '40s, with intricate gold-trimmed walls, classy chandeliers, and a team of friendly hair whisperers that's armed and legged to whip follicles into shape. A tenure spent nestled in the shop's plush fur-fighting chairs can take two forms. Stylishly eradicate facial fuzz with a luxurious hot-lather shave, employing heated shaving cream and a pristine straight-blade to render a clean-cut appearance matched only by Library of Congress cadets and Ken dolls. Or, opt for the all-encompassing haircut service, having your strands styled to your liking as well as lovingly shampooed and conditioned. A shirt-flattering neck-shave is also included, preventing shady back-neck tendril trades.
Lauded in New York magazine for its quick service and impeccably honest staff, Personal Touch spiffs sullied wardrobes with its professional dry cleaning services. Prepare winter wear for seasonal retirement by letting the experts cleanse sweaters ($6), vests ($5.50), outer jackets ($12), and full coats ($18). Fine fabric-ed everyday wear including shirts ($6), pants ($6), skirts ($6), and ties ($5) also earns cleaning candidacy, and raincoats ($18) can lose all evidence of April’s rainstorms and May’s Gallagher shows. Personal Touch Cleaners is even well primed to spruce up precious garments, such as three-piece suits ($17), gowns ($14+), and baby's first prom-dress.
As Miami natives, the three founders of WaxMee Spa are lifelong beach-goers who understand the importance of a smooth body. In that spirit, they offer more than 40 different face and body waxing services administered with a European wax. To keep skin smooth, aestheticians also perform Yon-ka Paris facials that nourish faces with botanicals and exfoliating AHAs and BHAs. Guests can round out their visit with a trip to the salon, where stylists cut and color hair and nail technicians polish digits with Essie and OPI polishes.