Its Super Bowl weekend, and South Florida is in a frenzy. Every little neighborhood bar is putting together some kind of shindig, but how does a discriminating reveler know where to go? It all depends on the size of your money clip. There are happenings for the high-end, the low-end, and those with no ends. Let us be your official party guide.
The good times begin Friday, February 2, at the Beach Bowl BBQ at Nikki Beach (1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; www.beachbowlweekend.com). The event will run from noon to 5:00 p.m. and will be hosted by Mr. Excess himself, Kanye West. Tickets cost $200. After the sun sets on the southern tip of SoBe, head north to Chakra Asian Cuisine and Lounge (1501 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; *CK: 972-381-2758, www.leatherandlaces.com) for the Leather and Laces blowout, where $275 will buy you a lounge pass, and $4500 will get you and your entourage a VIP table. Ballers on a budget should check out the Playboy/Cuervo Black/PlayStation 3 Bikini Bash at the South Seas Hotel (1751 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; TK). Tickets cost a mere $20. If youve got a deep-seated anti-Super Bowl agenda but you still want to have a good time, head to the Guerilla Art/Super Bowl Party at 9:00 p.m. at the Umoja Village tent city (6201 NW Seventeenth Ave., Miami; takebacktheland.blogspot.com). Youll be meeting socially active locals and helping to support the Week of Action Against Gentrification and for Low-Income Housing.
If your pockets are deep, you can befriend some major celebrities this weekend. Take, for example, John Travolta, whos hosting Saturday Night Spectacular at the Bank of America Tower (100 SE Second St., Miami; 305-347-4080). His cohost is Marcus Allen, and tickets start at $1950, which we think should only ever be a year, not a ticket price. Also on Saturday, for a cool grand you can get your C-walk on with Snoop Dogg and the Penthouse Pets at the Goin Deep Super Party at Mansion (1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-1525, www.thepenthousesuperparty.com). Some of the hottest bashes are also the least expensive, though the most exclusive. The notorious P.M. Playboy Miami After Dark party Saturday night at the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000) is an invitation-only affair, as is Michael Madds Select Few VIP Dinner Super Bowl Edition (510 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-317-7088, www.myspace.com/mrmichaelmadd).
For football fans who actually wanna, yknow, watch the game, there are fiestas to be found in every corner of the city. If you want to root for da Bears but you can't bear to leave the mall, pull up a chair at the Shops at Sunset Place (5701 Sunset Dr., South Miami; 306-665-1315). Beginning today at 3:00, you can futz around with the kiddies at GameWorks, which is offering 25-cent chicken wing specials and two-buck beers and shots. Or you can belly up to the bar at Dan Marinos and enjoy chefs specials and specially priced beer, as well as enter a raffle to win one of Marinos footballs. For The Cheapest Party in Town, head straight to the Boom Boom Room (423 16th St., Miami Beach; www.myspace.com/theboomboomroomsobe), for cheap drinks, pigskin pleasure, and utter debauchery. Visit www.miaminewtimes.com for a complete listing of Super Bowl events.
Sat., Feb. 3