Chefs juggle sizzling morsels of seafood above roaring flames and toss dollops of house-made tartar sauce onto plates inside Pier 94's kitchen. Crafted using family recipes, Peruvian dishes use handpicked ingredients freshly delivered each day, including tender shreds of chicken, hearty chunks of beef, and fish lured into the restaurant with promises of Aquaman's autograph. Pier 94 also scintillates palates with flavors from around the globe, coupling Chinese rice or noodles with Peruvian seasoning and meats inside a wok.
At Elwoods Gastro Pub, bartenders dispense a rotating selection of craft and imported brews as chefs assemble a menu of hearty English pub-style fare. Tasting flights arrive with a quintet of 5-ounce samples culled from a constantly rotating lineup of libations. Patrons can opt for homegrown spirits such as Harpoon IPA and Boddingtons cream ale, or stamp their epicurean passports with foreign elixirs, including Fuller's London Pride from England, German Spaten Optimator, and lagers siphoned from Jupiter. Each swig pairs with classic, casual appetizers, such as the house-made hummus and pita platter or chicken or beef skewers with three sauces. Alternately, patrons equipped with an Elwoods Gastro Pub card can head in for one draft beer every day for all of the leap year's 366 days, allowing sippers to usher in new crops of seasonal ales while sporting each season's koozie trends.
CitySightSeeing Miami encourages tourists not just to see the sights around them, but also to explore them. Professional multilingual guides educate tourists on historical facts and fun city locations, leaving visitors with a deeper knowledge about Miami. When the urge strikes to linger at a tour stop, guests can hop off their double-decker buses and roam alone. Throughout the day, more buses arrive at each stop in intervals to pick up wandering customers and continue their tours while pairing them once again with the bus’s free WiFi and interior AC.
Popular globetrotting pop collective Architecture in Helsinki transforms Grand Central into a throbbing, futuristic discotheque as its latest tour storms American shores. Formed in Melbourne, the ambidextrous dance band stirs fans with a tornado of flamboyant sounds, infectious anthems, and commitment-free instrument swapping. With hits such as “Do the Whirlwind” and latest single “Contact High,” lead crooner Cameron Bird and his cakewalking team of tunesmiths tickle ear bones and rehabilitate ankles in support of its latest album, Moment Bends. During the kaleidoscopic performance, the band seduces dance floors with 10-foot hooks and sounds culled from hypnotic synths, romantic glockenspiels, and strummed chest hairs. Filling out the bill, Swedish dance wizards Lo-Fi-Fnk enchant with instant club hits and songs for strobe-light campfires, while pop enthusiasts Dom charm with stargazing Casios. Following the show, Grand Central invites Groupon holders backstage to meet the band, discuss musical influences, and take notes on how to hit the elusive high Z note.
Sporting Miami-Dade's oldest liquor license, Tobacco Road has been the city's quintessential bar for more than 100 years. A speakeasy where Al Capone reportedly once drank and gambled, Tobacco Road now specializes in what Frommer's lauds as "good and greasy bar fare." Bites range from houesmade empanadas and smoked baby-back ribs to the "death burger"—Angus beef crowned with grilled onions, jalapenos, and jack cheese.
As bartenders pour top-shelf liquors and beers, musicians rock out every night on the same stage once graced by blues luminaries, such as John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy. The party lasts until 5 a.m. every night, leaving just enough time for Tobacco Road's vampire maintenance crew to clean up before sunrise.
Waxy O’Connor’s crafts an authentic Irish dining experience, from the menu of classic pub eats to the interior décor—each piece, including Waxy’s warm-toned, ligneous bar, stools, chairs, and flooring, was built by Truwood Joinery Shop in County Monaghan and shipped to America on giant four-leaf clovers. Cheer on your favorite rugby team while gulping a meaty shepherd's pie ($9.95) or a plate of bangers and mash ($9.95), then sip one of the 14 beers on tap, which include Guinness, Smithwick's, Stella Artois, and Chimay, before your throat is forced to start shedding its own thirsty tears. While their Irish-fare-filled bellies simmer in anticipation of authentic Irish eructation, diners can listen to traditional tunes or live music and enjoy the waterside views provided free of charge by the Miami River.