Mocha Caf? and Lounge is more than an authentic Haitian restaurant. Diners can certainly order entrees of fried pork with red beans, rice and fried plantains, or grilled lobster tail with macaroni. However, visitors can also stop by for special events, ranging from poetry readings to DJed nights of dancing, with cocktails as tropical as a glass with a whole coconut in it.
Though flat and polished to a brilliant gleam, the floor at Miami Beach Ballroom is as much a springboard as it is a dancing surface. Students from the school have taken the steps learned in the ballroom and gone on to compete on some of the biggest stages possible, from the US Grand National finals to the sets of So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. Instructors take students step-by-step through the tango, rhumba, salsa, and other popular styles.
Calling on experience gleaned on stages from Broadway to Istanbul, the multicultural staff of CooLAM Dance Studio powers a diverse selection of dance and fitness classes. Like the secret ninth Ivy League school, CooLAM is literally open to anyone—its name is a derivative of the Hebrew word for "everybody." Whether dabbling in dance for fun or seeking intense pre-professional training, adults and children aged 3 and older can register for group or private classes covering 18 disciplines. Depending on which class they choose, students might entrust their feet with such instructors as Sonic, an Israeli-born hip-hop and break dancer who has worked with Rihanna and Kanye West, or SusiQ, a salsa instructor who discovered the dance style in Cuba and eventually taught it all over Europe. CooLAM also boasts an eclectic array of event services, which equip parties with basic DJ and décor services and extra entertainment that ranges from face-painting and pony rides to a mechanical bull and auctioneer karaoke.
Beer 360's beer selection encompasses more than 300 specialty beers, including 40 on tap and 320 by the bottle. This encyclopedic menu spotlights both domestic and international beers, ranging from Funky Buddha Floridian on draft to Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from England. Beers here hail from Germany, Belgium, Haiti, and the Czech Republic, imported from afar but served as cold as the day they fell from the magical tap in the sky.
Beer is only part of the draw here. Also contributing to Beer 360's appeal is an extensive international food menu with a hot twist: servers carry cooked-to-order sirloin, pork ribs, and pan-seared shrimp to diners' tables in Brazilian personal brick ovens. The sizzling, tender meats come with sides such as fried polenta and boiled yucca. Beer 360 regularly hosts live bands and outside seating is available.
Florida Comedy Club releases trapped guffaws with weekly shows featuring veteran comics and newbie-friendly open mics. Upcoming laughmeisters include Tom Segura, a veteran of late-night TV, Comedy Central, and a slew of international comedy festivals who chucks chuckles on October 27 to benefit breast-cancer research. After each show, the club invites performers of all stripes to regale audiences with standup, music, and poetry. The Playwright Irish Pub ensconces guests in Celtic elegance, with drink specials and a full menu to restore energy burned while riotously laughing or performing between-set medicine-ball tosses.
Ps23’s stylists and makeup techs customize their signature hairstyles and makeup looks to each client’s desires, treating tresses with products from brands such as Moroccanoil, Pravana, and KeraCare. Aestheticians employ Medusa cosmetics and cuts come with soothing scalp massages. They specialize in color, extensions, and relaxers, and also expertly apply skin-nourishing facials as well as wax during hair-removal treatments.