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.
The therapists at Medical Massage Professionals don't simply point and push. Instead, they tailor their services to each client's needs—something they've been doing for the last decade. Founder Marian Sotelo-Paz has more than 20 years of industry experience under her fingers. At three locations around Miami, she's built a team of similarly seasoned professionals. All that experience is reflected in the team's versatility, which allows it to offer massage services for pain management, injury recovery, simple relaxation, and a variety of other ailments and issues.
It may seem strange to visit a tanning spa in the sun capital of the world, but Miamians who are looking for the perfect, lineless glow head to Boca Tanning Club in Brickell. Owner Zurami understands that people want to look their best, so the club offers a full suite of glamor-enhancing techniques, including traditional laydown tanning booths with built in-facial tanners and cooling misters. More advanced options include the Boca Super booth, a vertical tanning machine that provides a complete 360 degree tan in just ten minutes. Customized options are available inside the bamboo-studded, friendly space as well, including airbrush spray tanning, and a sunless spray that combines bronzing and anti-aging skin firming elements in one. Boca Tanning Club offers an array of products for take home use as well, though the shop’s funky faux-rock walls and jungle-themed interior are something that should absolutely be seen in person.
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.
Spray tans, massages, teeth whitening, and other beauty services are all available at Planet Beach Contempo Spa, but unlike at other day spas, each treatment is administered via machine. Automated massage tables relieve bodily tension, Mystic Tan nozzles dispense tanning formula, and LED lights switch on at the push of a button to brighten complexions with their therapeutic rays. For a monthly membership fee, patrons gain unlimited access to all of these services, which are also available a la carte.
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.