Down a dark alley off 14th Court, a stark red light barely illuminates an innocuous looking doorway. But it's not just the perfect hiding spot for tomato ninjas, it's the entrance to the Foxhole Bar, the first stop on a whirlwind tour of Miami bars and breweries. Past that dark entry waits a speakeasy-style lounge and a complimentary brew to start the night. Up next is Wynwood Brewing Company, which fits right into the arts district with three anchor craft brews, one of which will be set before tour members for sampling. The final stop on the tour is the Titanic Restaurant and Brewery, a gastropub that crafts its own beer behind the bar. The Hops Tour is also making plans to incorporate M.I.A. Brewing into their explorations.
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.
"Imagine a perfect showcase of local culinary artistry paired with premium wines and spirits, minus the velvet rope." For the producers of Eats & Beats, this is their vision. For the participants of Eats & Beats, this will be their experience.
The food, drink, and music event, which is part of the Food and Wine Week, takes over four floors of The Moore Building in the heart of the Design District. Here, ticket-holders drift from floor to floor and table to table sampling signature dishes including barbecue, tacos, and sushi from local restaurants such as Pride and Joy, Red: The Steakhouse, Meat Market, City Hall: The Restaurant, and Nikki Beach. They can pair bites with libations courtesy of Jack Daniels Honey, Chambord Vodka, and Hierbas Ibicencas, and end their meals with cake, cookies, chocolate cake, and other delicacies from the dessert lounge.
As evidenced by the name of the event, the culinary experience will be enhanced with live beats curated by DJ Irie, the official DJ of the Miami Heat.
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.
Like its imaginative cocktails, Ricochet Bar & Lounge's décor mixes a wide variety of distinct elements to create an alluring final product. Tufted walls, purple marble accents, and reclaimed wood swirls around a 90-foot triangular bar that serves as the lounge's centerpiece. Rotating installations of video art flash across TV screens, and curated drink coasters designed by local artists offer a hip place to rest glasses or elbows during arm wrestling contests. Ricochet's food menu adds to the artistic ambiance, mollifying pangs of hunger with mini paninis, guava and lime lollipop ribs, and other innovative small plates.
Tens of thousands of art aficionados flock to Florida for December’s Miami Art Week each year; and after 35 years hosting a leading fine art fair in NYC, Artexpo is enjoying its second year in Miami. Culled from artists and galleries around the world, a juried array of vibrant pieces decorates the expo, expanding viewers’ aesthetic horizons without just teaching them that fingerpainting with your toes counts, too.