Different languages, customs, and traditions separate one country from the next. But there's one thing places around the globe share a passion for: booze. On January 25, Miami's historic Moore Building transforms into a melting pot of spirits, showcasing hooch from a dozen countries.
Here, attendees don't need plane tickets or jetpacks to cross borders—they simply stroll from one station to the next, sipping more than 100 vodkas, tequilas, sakes, beers, whiskeys, and other alcohols along the way. At each stop, staffers stamp the attendees' provided passports, which they can use to claim a gift bag at the end of the night or to take a trip to Canada. But the evening's drinking serves a higher purpose than just getting schnookered, as proceeds from the event will be poured back into Ronald McDonald House Charities.
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.
Brownes' 75-minute signature manicure and pedicure (a $70 value) will pamper your finger shingles and toe shells. Surrender your appendages to the care of experts as they undergo a salt soak, scrub, and massage. Nails will be buffed, rebuffed, filed, and given an extremely French 'do. You will also receive your choice of eyebrow treatment—give your brows some time apart with a wax (a $19 value) or a tweeze (a $24 value). The massages at Brownes & Co. soothe the work-weary body and soul. A therapeutic rescue massage (a $105 value) utilizes deep-kneading tissue techniques to undo knots and built-up tension, whereas the Well Being massage (a $105 value) synthesizes aromatherapy oils with a multitude of refreshing massage techniques. The combination Swedish and shiatsu massage (a $95 value) ends the longstanding feud between Sweden and Asia by conducting relaxing peace talks on your back. Relight your internal furnace and felxibilify your tense muscles with a Rock Your Kasbah hot-stone massage (a $105 value). Go online to schedule your appointment.
There are two approaches to ordering at miniBAR. You could poll your tablemates for a consensus on passable edibles, allowing everyone to try a bit everything, or just order one of everything, allowing everyone to truly try everything. The menu consists of small servings of sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, salads, sweets, and more. There are mini sandwiches, such as the roasted tomato, olive spread, feta, and spinach ($4), and sliders such as the beef, bleu cheese, and arugula ($5). Choose from a variety of inherently sharable pizzas such as the hummus, kalamata olive, and red onion ($6), or snack on bite-sized tortellini bites ($4), papas rellenas ($5), or truffle fries with parmesan ($5). Accompany your lightly filling meal with a few stimulating beverages from the bar. Sip on red and white wine by the glass ($6–$8), local and micro-brews by the pint ($5–$12), and sake by the bottle ($36), as well as a variety of other beverages, both alcoholic and non.
Inside a meticulously decorated vintage cabaret tent, Orchid serves a veritable feast for the senses with a visual and musical spectacle melding burlesque, daring acrobatics, and circus acts. Amidst the production’s flirtatious costumes, hip-shaking choreography, and playful reimagining of pop songs, transfixed audiences witness the story of a reclusive gardener who creates the entrancing, anthropomorphic titular character. When Orchid comes to life, her beauty and sensuality mesmerize everyone she encounters as she meets the garden’s eclectic inhabitants, including Venus Mantrap and Honeysuckle Rose. Meanwhile, the devious Bee Keeper, a rabid collector of items that begin with the second letter of the alphabet, attempts to foil the gardener’s quest for happiness by destroying his perfect landscape. The production reaches electrifying heights with direction from William Baker, who previously worked with pop superstars Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, and Britney Spears.
Cuisine Type: Greek-Mediterranean
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Cheese Saganaki, Moussaka, Baklava
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Yes. We have a large outdoor garden area, which is decorated to create an inviting place to dine. You can view it through Google Maps. The indoor dining room brings back memories of the Greek Islands, and we also have a small Greek market.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Authentic and traditional Greek cuisine. The menu is simple, light, and healthy.