Pérez Art Museum Miami
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There are perfectly fine reasons to pursue that guy you ran into who was totally hammered at 3 a.m. on a Tuesday — but don't kid yourself that there's anything intellectual about that attraction. You can't reliably expect to find your future date to next year's O, Miami poetry fest stumbling around drunk at a happy hour either. So if you want a man with good taste, even better timing, and a big brain, check out Pérez Art Museum's monthly shindig Third Thursday, which is free with a museum admission. It doesn't start too early and doesn't stay open too late. It's there, on romantic Biscayne Bay, where dolphins play at the foot of the museum's grand outdoor staircase, where you will gaze into the eyes of your new smarty-pants beau, still sober enough to remember your name but one drink away from going in for the kill. How do you know he's probably not a total drag on society? He has come to PAMM either to enjoy the modern art on display or to groove to the live music and DJs presented by Poplife, Miami's enduring party-throwing tastemaker. There are drinks and music, but in this case, you'll be straining your voice to talk to a guy who's actually worth your time.

The Wynwood Yard
Photo by Masson Liang

A good first date is casual but personable. You want to get to know the person better, but sitting across from each other in a thunderously loud restaurant or a too-intimate romantic spot can be boring or anxiety-ridden. Going to the movies is just bad form, and Netflix and chilling is not a date at all. Hitting the bars is a good social lubricant but also offers the danger of getting too messy. What if there were a place that was a bar, a restaurant, a garden, a dance floor, and a cool event space rolled into one? Wouldn't that be, like, the best place to take an adorable stranger? Good thing Miami has the Wynwood Yard, the latest outdoor, communal dining and entertainment hub that feels more like a small public oasis than an overly commercial plaza. You and your hopeful cuddle-partner-to-be can order from one of the Yard's gourmet food trucks and wash the bites down with some of the pop-up bar's local brews. You can walk the produce garden and enjoy some of the locally grown fare or take a cooking class and elevate your veggie game. Most nights offer an enjoyable event, whether it be performances from local bands or DJs ranging from reggae to dance and rock. There are yoga classes, pet powwows, and a healthy rotation of nutritional and spiritual wellness courses too. There's always something to do, it's free to walk in, and it's something different. Even if your date is lame, the evening will never be.

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