Best of Miami 2011: The Rising

Don't be a deadbeat. Miami is rising up again after some rough times, and there's plenty to do in the Magic City. We've dug up 345 of the best restaurants, hottest clubs, most delightful diversions, and top places to eat, dance, and shop till you drop dead as a zombie, which happens to be our theme this year.

Need a weekend getaway? Go ghost hunting in Key West, where you'll meet plenty of spirits, such as Robert the Doll, that refuse to leave our earthly plane. Or if you hunger for a tasty bit of dead flesh, find Dim Ssäm à GoGo — our pick for best food truck — roaming the city streets.

Want to help keep the Best Endangered Venue to Beat the Extinct List alive? Head to Transit Lounge, which is still up and running after reports of its demise were greatly exaggerated. Then, after all those brushes with death, visit Botanica Yemaya & Chango, where you can pick up some rompe saragüey for a good despojo before hitting the streets again. You never know when you might hit a dead end.

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Max Lida
Max Lida

THE STUPIDITY OF MIAMI.. NO CURE, YES WE ARE RISING.... IN THE GARBAGE..ONLY MORE AND MORE CORRUPTION Yes on October 05, 2011 we have lost a very important and rich (7 billion and never help the poor ???) person who delivered wonderful quality products.(Not a Generous or Humanist person, Like OBAMA a great ORATOR and SALESMAN).

It has been reported that when Steve Jobs died 1 MILLION +++ people cries.When 1 MILLION people die in Africa nobody cries ???

Mhd59
Mhd59

BEST OF MIAMI ????? Or DADE COUNTY , most of this places on your "Magazine" does not belong in MIAMI ??????? here from the moron ?????

READ......I like to THINK that I’M A creative and artistic person, Detail oriented, Meticulous PROfessional, thinking out of this big box... Working with People FROM AROUND THE WORLD, WITH DIFFERENT ETHNICITY and BACKGROUND, TRYING my BEST in a modest Way to “propel” THE old idea of making this world A BETTER WORLD.lots of efforts for the past decades that result in a FAIR (let’s be honest here) A POOR achievement, indeed let’s keep on trying to make this world NOW a better place. (of course, REMEMBER, there will always be many CLOWNS or BOZOS around to be in the way...I WILL STILL not give up to corruption, greed and Stupidity...I LIKE COFFEE not the American coffee or the mediocre starbuck’s garbage, I like as well sushi, ORIENTAL “Cuisine” beautiful COLORS, Butterflies, Gerbera FLOWERS and almost everything else my little partner PATRICIA, THE PALM TREE, THE BEACH and a SKY VERY BLUE, Traveling when I have enough money OF COURSE YES Money, or Green.I do not like RACIST PEOPLE, INJUSTICE OR CORRUPTION... but you already known this by nowI do not speak my MIND so frequently ANYMORE, (Wondering why?) Still I have a big mouth...YES and YES and YES, I do not believe in any GOD, I rather believe IN YOU... yes you

May be sometimes I must type more slowly..................

Kathy
Kathy

Umm, you guys really need to get out more and do some REAL research! I put your best of to the test and went to the "best after-hours" If you were trying to PUNK us then good job!! Otherwise, please do not ever recommend El Palenque to anyone. First of all, "after-hours" usually means after 4am. We got there at 4 and it was CLOSING. Moreover, we saw the crowd of ppl coming out and it was some classless, low-life garbabe! Within 5 min of getting off the cab checking the place out and getting back in the cab, a fight broke out. Dude seriously? Please work on your research before getting someone killed!

Gerald
Gerald

Whoever does these things doesn't get out much it seems. 90% of the "best" places are concentrated in an 8 mile radius around downtown. The couple of places they mentioned that are south of Coral Gables - Rumors and Peg's Pocket - are basically crap. I went to Rumors a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday night, and left around 11pm when I got bored of the 5 other people that were there. Peg's Pocket is okay. It's dirty, stinks of cigarette smoke, and is mostly populated by annoying high-school and college-aged kids that never thought of going to college. While it's a decent place to shoot some cheap pool, there are at least 4 other bars within a 2 mile radius of Peg's Pocket that would fit the bill of best neighborhood bar better than Pegs.

You might want to hire some people that actually live in the southern half of Miami to help you find the best places down here ;)

Peterpeterson88
Peterpeterson88

In this article, I saw reviews for best band, singer, percusionist, songwriter, but I couldn't see any for guitarists, bassists, keyboardists or drummers. It would be great to see reviews for those too!

Mhmichel2002
Mhmichel2002

must be a jock here? I leave in miami for so long to see that you you will do not find a city so DUMB, CORRUPTED and STUPID - THIS CITY must be the number 1 in America filled with the most clowns and bozos you ever can imagine.............. so RISNG WHERE ???????? TO MORE GARBAGE in a deeper hole, Probably due to this high corruption of this city and best of the best now this state have a billionaire clown for governor the WORST EVER PRODUCED, ........... MIAMI or MIAMICOCAINE ?????? the same

Grok
Grok

You don't know how to write, spell, speak, or think!! How can you possibly critique The Magic City?? A moron can live here "for so long" and still remain the same moron.

Mhd59
Mhd59

you should go there www.mhd59.com

and PLEASE About the "Magic city" OPEN YOUR EYES

Michael B
Michael B

Dude, you seriously just drank too much and posted whatever you posted and gave English speakers a bad rap. Way to go!

Xkathyx
Xkathyx

Then get the hello out of here weirdo! ...and learn to write.

Ana Aguilar
Ana Aguilar

LOL. he does nor speak Spanish..poor frustrated AH..LMAO..MOVE!!!!!!!!!

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Michael B
Michael B

The picture of the zombie reminded me at first of all the non English speaking Cubans when I'm out and about. They just stand in your way and stare at you with no smile or emotion. If you say thank you or excuse me, they just stare at you lifeless. Next time I'm out, if I hear the word brains, or cerebros I think in Spanish (had to google it), I'm runnin!

Mydick
Mydick

i recall a comercial of many years ago:i left the farm in boise,pitsburg was to noisy,miami is for me...i hope u got your stupid wish you stupid bufoons is operation green palm still working?itshould and cesar odio still collects his his pension even after accepting a gold rolex and some money .all of this on videotape and only did a year's stint in jail.lousy bastard.i could go on andon...

nestor v
nestor v

fuck miami the lousiest city in usa

Acarlo
Acarlo

"Miami is rising up again after some rough times".

Really? Who told the author of the article that this was the case? If you look at all of the key economic indicators like unemployment, household debt, inflation and the housing market how could anyone say with a straight face that Miami is rising up again?

nestor v
nestor v

the rising of the prices,the rising of corrupt politico bastards i live in this blasted city and i hope the sea swallows it some day soon,very soon would be better

nestor v
nestor v

the only thing miami needs if for the the sea to swallow it.fuck this place...

Oscar in Miami Beach
Oscar in Miami Beach

Miami is a cr*p city.It is a Banana Republic with corrupt politicians,senile millionaires on a power trip,arrogant and pedantic basketball players and afraid of blacks since the Mandela bruhaha.The homeless,and there are many,stink and when they ask for money if you do not give them something they insult you.Disgusting.What Miami needs is another Hurricane Andrew.The city is homophobic,gang wars go on everytime there is a 3 day weekend.Their fear of blacks paralizes doing something about it.Every year when gun battles explote,like this year that even a cop was killed in Miami Beach,the politicians blab and blab about not giving permits for the gun-totting black gangs events but their fear of blacks freezes them on their tracks.Shameful.The city needs a complete overhaul from politics to events,family and peaceful gay ones should be encouraged and black rap gun battle events should be ban.Anyway do not expect any changes in the near or far future.It is all so pitiful for a city that can be enjoyable for its weather,etc...and it is made by some elemets that come from outside into a disgusting mess.

guest
guest

princcess red.miami florida screw your racist comments about the blacks.whites,smells like horse shit especially when you get sweaty.you stink as far as violence thats every culture you moran.....

MHD59
MHD59

best of miami DRUG COCAINE CORRUPTION GREED STUPIDITY AND THE LIST GO ON ................................... THIS CITY HAS BECOME SUCH A DISASTER NO CURE............

Irent4u
Irent4u

Miami is the centger of the univers...

 
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