With a Zika scare in effect, the number of tourists visiting Wynwood has dropped. Walk down any street and you'll notice a dearth of wide-eyed people posing for selfies in front of the neighborhood's colorful murals or sipping craft beers and coffee.
There is some good news, however. Wynwood businesses are proactively fighting Zika by spraying insecticide, supplying customers with repellent, and disposing of any standing water. In turn, local residents still support their favorite bars and breweries by putting on long-sleeved shirts and heading out to their preferred places.
As a result, life is returning to the neighborhood. The Wynwood Yard, closed for a week, reopens today, and the Butcher Shop's Arts & Kegs Series starts tomorrow. To show appreciation for Miamians' show of support for Wynwood, local business owners have implemented the campaign Love for Locals.
Wood Tavern's Cesar Morales explains that Love for Locals came from the idea that, no matter what happens, locals are the people who keep Wynwood going. "Locals have always been here, and they continue to support us on rainy days and slow times."
Though the bar owner says he has taken every precaution to ensure his customers are protected from Zika — including fumigating once a week, misting the perimeter twice a day with a natural spray, getting rid of any standing water, and providing bug spray — he wants to focus more on the future. "We've slowed down, sure, but let's get positive. When times get tough, we come together and we decided as a group to stand by our locals and provide them with a thank you."
The Love for Locals campaign runs through this Sunday, with Wynwood's participating bars, restaurants, and breweries offering perks for residents. Check the list carefully for details and participation days/times:
The Bar Next Door
Now through this Friday, the Bar Next Door (2519 NW Second Ave.) is offering its 50 percent off during happy hour from 4 to 9 p.m.
Beaker & Gray
Enjoy lunch at Beaker & Gray, mention Love for Locals, and take 10% off your meal. At dinner, choose from a free drink, bite, or dessert with your meal. These offers re good through the end of September.
Boxelder Craft Beer Market
Boxelder is extending its happy hour. Enjoy half off all draft beer from 4 to 8 p.m. now through Saturday.
The Butcher Shop
The Butcher Shop is extending happy hour until 8 p.m. today through Friday and offering 20% off the entire check if patrons are supporting other businesses in the area. Just show the receipt from any Wynwood area business, restaurant, or bar to get the discount.
At the Wynwood location this weekend, margaritas will be half-priced in the restaurant and the back bar for those who present a local ID.
Della Test Kitchen at the Wynwood Yard
This Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., enjoy a customer-appreciation party featuring complimentary samples of new menu items such as the dalé bowl, mamey custard, and a spiced cacao frappé. There will also be family activities and staff-led demos. Guests can register for this free event on Facebook.
GKB Wynwood is offering 20% off the entire check for anyone who comes into the restaurant with a receipt for another Wynwood business.
Today through Friday, Gramps is offering happy hour from 4 to 9 p.m., with 50 percent off most items at the bar. Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m., featured cocktails and several draft and well options will be half off.
Jimmy'z Kitchen Wynwood
From 3- 4 p.m., take 50% off your check (including beer and wine purchases). The offer is good through Friday and is for dine in service only. To take advantage of the offer, mention "Love For Locals" to your server and check in on the Jimmy'z Kitchen Wynwood Facebook page with hashtags #loveforlocals and #Wynwood. In addition, Jimmy'z Kitchen offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 - 7 p.m. with two beers $5 and under for the price of one. Jimmy'z is also offering 20% off all bottles of wine from Sunday through Thursday all day. Offer good only at Wynwood location.
Thisi Saturday, every table showing a receipt from another Wynwood establishment will receive a complimentaray order of bruschetta. Joey's will also offer happy hour on Tuesday and Wednesdays (currently offered only Thursday and Fridays) and will be extended an extra hour until 8:30 now through August 31.
Enjoy half-priced mimosas ($4.50 regularly $9) with brunch this Saturday and Sunday.
Mortar and Pistil at The Wynwood Yard
Enjoy $5 well drinks and #LoveforLocals punch Friday and Saturday all day and during Art Walk, as well as $2 Imperial canned beer and $10 buckets of beer (6 cans). Saturday evening's Second Saturday events include a III Points takeover and The Art of Food and Music Latin edition with live bands.
Now through Sunday, buy one beer, wine, or single-origin brewed coffee and get a second for half off at the Wynwood location.
Beat the Clock happy hour is extended until 9 p.m., with drinks and bites $3 from 3 to 4 p.m., $4 drinks and bites from 4 to 5 p.m.; and drinks and bites for $5 from 5 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is also offering a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine to each group having dinner Friday or Saturday evening.
The Salty Donut
50% off Spiked Donut Holes for locals to get the party started this weekend! The offer is good at the Wynwood location only from Friday - Sunday while supplies last.
Shots is offering happy hour pricing all night on Wednesdays and Thursdays until September as well as 20% off your bar tab this Saturday if you bring a receipt from any other Wynwood business.
J. Wakefield Brewing
Today through Friday, enjoy extended happy hour from opening until 8 p.m., with $1 off each draft beer.
Now through Friday, Wood is extending its 50-percent-off happy hour daily until 10 p.m. In addition, the tavern is distributing 100 Love to Locals T-shirts to customers while supplies last.
Wynwood Brewing Company
It's happy weekend! Happy hour pricing all day Saturday and Sunday
The diner is offering a "Receipt and Receive" deal. Through Sunday, anyone who presents any receipt from a Wynwood business (retail, bar, etc.) will automatically receive 20 percent off their bill.
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The Wynwood Walls GoShop
The shop is offering 20% off all Wynwood Walls products this Saturday and Sunday for people with receipts from other Wynwood establishments.
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
This Saturday, every table showing a receipt from another Wynwood establishment will have a choice of a complimentary order of charred tomato salsa or white chocolate bread pudding for the table with your meal. Additionally, Happy Hour will be extended an extra hour until 8:30 p.m. now through August 31.
Zak the Baker
Beginning Thursday, enjoy a coffee on the house with any purchase.
Other restaurants and bars will be added to this list as New Times is notified. If you are a Wynwood business participating in Love for Locals and would like to be added, email firstname.lastname@example.org.