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miami july 2009

miami july 2009

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Trip Plan Tags: 
beach + island
Destinations: 
Florida,
Greater Miami,
North America,
United States

WHO: THE CANDY GIRLS THY, SAM, SAOMORN, SANDY, AERIA, DIANA, PLUS 2 RACHELLE, ROZ WHAT:JULY 09 CELEBRATION WHEN: JULY 22-26,09 WHERE: MIAMI WHY: GIRLS WEEKEND WHERE ARE STAYING IN SOUTH BEACH IN A GUEST HOUSE. PLANNING ON GOING TO Food: Chef from the Ritz carlton: his own resturant called Bin#18 Clubs: Mansion

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See + Do

Little Havana, Florida

Miami, Florida

Just west of the downtown business district is this several-block bastion of the city's Cuban community. Calle Ocho, or S.W. Eighth Street, is the heart of the area, and on it you'll find shops with women rolling cigars, salsa music emanating from old record shops, art galleries, coffee shops for a shot of bracing café cubano, and the restaurant Versailles. In March, the neighborhood hosts a two-week street festival of art, music, and food (www.carnavalmiami.com/calle8).

Eating

Enriqueta's, Florida

2830 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33137
Tel: 305 573 4681

Ask your hotel concierge where to go for authentic Cuban food in Miami and you'll be sent to the venerable (and worthy) Versailles. Ask a local, however, and they'll point you to Enriqueta's, a greasy spoon that sits next to an auto repair shop on a nondescript road in Wynwood. It's a low-ceilinged shoebox of a space with bars on the windows, an open kitchen, and a small take-out window for cortaditos (tiny cups of sweet café con leche) on the run. The regulars in guayaberas prefer the red vinyl stools at the bar, while the small tables with plastic swing-around chairs (reminiscent of a 1980s Burger King) are filled with doctors in scrubs, office workers, and creative types from the nearby Design District. They all come here for the same reason: cheap, authentic Cuban food. Daily lunch specials include vaca frita (shredded beef) with beans and rice, lechón asado (roast pork), and bistec à la milanesa (breaded steak with cheese). And there's always the Cubano, Cuba's classic pressed sandwich with ham, cheese, and pork. The side of shoestring fries is not exactly an old family recipe, so instead opt for the tostones—plantains pounded and fried golden yellow and served with a zingy lime-and-garlic mojo sauce.

Open Mondays through Fridays 6 am to 4 pm and Saturdays 6 am to 2 pm.

Eating

Bin #18, Florida

1800 Biscayne Boulevard, Midtown
Miami, Florida 33132
Tel: 786 235 7575
Website: www.bin18miami.com

Alfredo Patiño, the onetime wunderkind chef from the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, struck out on his own and opened this neighborhood hangout in December 2006. Patiño's deceptively simple menu consists of sandwiches and salads, plus platters piled high with Italian, French, or Spanish cheese and meats. He griddles figs and pairs them with blue cheese, piles a sandwich with Manchego and Serrano ham, and wraps yet more delicious Serrano ham around a ropelike pile of creamy burrata mozzarella. The space, a few blocks from the new Adrienne Arsht Center, and dressed with vintage wine barrels, crystal chandeliers, and a rotating art gallery, is the best place to grab a casual meal before a show. Plus, there's free parking in the lot out back.

Closed Sundays.

Nightlife

Skybar, Florida

Shore Club, 1901 Collins Avenue
South Beach
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Tel: 786 276 6772
Website: www.shoreclub.com

If you have the magic open-sesame black card, this playland at the Shore Club hotel is all yours; otherwise, prepare to dress up and posture at the velvet ropes. Once inside, you have your choice of settings: lounging by the pool on Moroccan cushions with a glass of one of 75 rums from the Rumbar; on a rattan chair in the Sandbar (the sand is brought in from the beach); or in the Redroom, the inner sanctum with its all-ruby interior and lighting, punctuated by candles.

Nightlife

SET, Florida

320 Lincoln Road, South Beach
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Tel: 305 531 2800
Website: www.setmiami.com

Sister to megaclub Mansion, SET is located on a grimy, bus-choked block of Lincoln Road, but inside, it's fun and glitzy with refreshingly loud music—reviving a party-like-it's-1992 scene, when South Beach was first emerging. (The bank-breaking bottle service is the only difference.) The main floor, with its four enormous handmade Swarovski chandeliers, is usually pumping with house; upstairs at the front is another bar in a smaller room that plays to a hip-hop crowd. Of course, the best place to be is with owners Roman Jones, Francis Milon, and brother Eric Milon, a former GQ cover model, in the VIP room: The 20-person hideaway behind a two-way mirror above the bar is like a clubby lodge, with overstuffed leather chairs and hunting trophies.

Open Thursdays through Saturdays.

Nightlife

Purdy Lounge, Florida

1811 Purdy Avenue, South Beach
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Tel: 305 531 4622
Website: www.purdylounge.com

Escape the modelizers and $15 cocktails at this locals' lounge on the west side of the island. It's a groovy, laid-back, late-night (till 5 a.m. daily) spot with a pool table, board games, and plenty of comfortable chairs. The decor is an industrial riff on a comfy parlor, with metal wall sconces and overstuffed armchairs. There's free, live Reggae music on Monday nights and DJ-spun Indie rock on Tuesday.

Open 3 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Nightlife

Mansion, Florida

1235 Washington Avenue, South Beach
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Tel: 305 531 5535
Website: www.mansionmiami.com

Sure, it opened in February 2004—a generation ago in nightlife years—but this movie theater-turned-nightclub is still packing in upscale clubbers each weekend. In part, it's due to the setting: a 40,000-square-foot superclub with six VIP areas, six bars, and a very large dance floor that allows it to cater to different tastes and crowds simultaneously. (You may have known its previous incarnations as Level, Glam Slam, Club Z, Paragon, and 1235.) The other reason the A-list crowd is still dancing here? Its music policy is as selective as the velvet rope, which lures producers like Pharrell Williams and Scott Storch to decompress here after a long day in local studios; they often bring with them the artists, such as Paris Hilton, for whom they've been knob-twiddling.

Open Wednesday through Saturday 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Nightlife

Glass, Florida

432 41st Street, South Beach
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Tel: 305 604 9798
Website: www.theforge.com

Eurotrashy, big-boobed lovelies adore the been-there-forever Forge restaurant and the permatanned locals who fill it. The club space next door is equally jet-set glam: Once the site of Jimmy'z, run by Parisian nightlife guru Regine, it has morphed into a slick lounge/club called Glass. The renovation was helmed by local designer Alison Spear, who doused the place in white and added overstuffed leather sofas and contemporary art as an upscale distraction. Best nights: Wednesdays, when one of the Beach's longest running promoters, Michael Capponi, lures in his posse of multilingual millionaire types, and Saturdays, a lively house-heavy night.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.