The long, wooden bar is lit by ornate stained-glass lamps illuminating hand-painted scenes of Cuba inlaid on its sides. It's a fitting display for the Cuba Ocho Art and Research Center, where social interaction and art are the main draws. At its heart, the center is a cultural hub for artists, actors, yodelers, and musicians to display their talents. But that doesn't mean history takes a back seat, either. Many artists' from 1850 to 1958 are on display as well, and the center regularly sponsors art auctions and fairs with a focus on promoting Cuban artists.
On Friday and Saturday nights, live bands fill the air with sultry and energetic music from a variety of local groups such as Orquesta Seleccion Latina, Fiera Mia, and Main Street. A light tapas menu entices diners to taste a variety of the kitchen's small plates that might feature marinated olives, mango salsa, mixed cheeses, or cured meats.
As far as cocktails go, the Fruity Flower martini feels like a pretty good representation of MOVA Lounge Brickell: it's elegant, mixed with raspberry vodka and St. Germain liqueur, and it's colorful, adorned with fresh slices of apple, cucumber, and strawberry. MOVA, too, is elegant and colorful, as it's an LGBT-friendly lounge outfitted with a sleek red bar, high-backed white banquettes, and, on the patio, minimalist outdoor seating. Beyond the chic decor, the bar often switches up its appearance each night with various themed events, at which guests can sip one of the 11 other specialty cocktails, or take advantage of bottle service with nearly 30 options of liquor and wine. Those reserving the bar for a private event can enjoy modern features such as colorful lighting, wall projection, computer and sound systems, and running water.
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.
Owners Horacio Oliveria and Jennifer Porciello painstakingly plan every detail of their restaurant's decor, including the frescoes and dramatic arches, and their menu to give guests the impression that they've stumbled into a little corner of Italy. As musicians tap their feet on the hand-cut mosaic floors, servers float from table to table, delivering authentic Italian meals and housemade desserts.
Transit Lounge, one of Miami's favorite bars and live music venues, is located in Brickell just a block away from Mary Brickell Village. Transit features live music and entertainment all week long on its main and patio stages, including showcases by local and national bands. Come sing Karaoke with a LIVE BAND every Tuesday
Global Liquors stocks waiting wet bars and larders with a spectrum of spirits and gourmet noshes. A specialty cellar keeps an array of international wines at their ideal temperature, ensuring that the 2008 Tabali Reserve chardonnay ($17.99) and peppery Argentinean Navarro Correas Alegoria malbec ($19.50) age gracefully and don't catch colds. Invest in a sleek black bottle of Ty Ku sake ($17.99), or craft sophisticated cocktails out of spirits such as Tito's Handmade Vodka ($19.99). A feast of refined spreads and snacks awaits its perfect cocktail pairing in a delicatessen featuring notable noshes including Woolrich Dairy's triple-créme goat brie ($6.89) and the smoky lemon zing of Icelandic Stromluga herring caviar ($4.99). Global Liquors hosts weekly tastings during which patrons may wander amid wooden shelves teeming with bottles as they sip spirits, taste new noshes, and play Pin the Cork on the Bottle.