Beer & Wine

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Brew at the Zoo, Kentucky Derby, and Mother's Day

Happy Friday!  This weekend is a big one with so many major events colliding. 

May is National Hamburger Month, and Miami's own Burger Beast is celebrating by hosting his very own Hamburger House Party. 

Mother's Day is Sunday. Whether you've got a mom or are a mom, brunch with lots of bubbly is in order. If your kids have four paws and tails, there's a special sundown happy hour celebrating your furkids. 

Saturday is Brew at the Zoo, Miami's biggest and best beer festival, featuring 100 delicious beers for you to sample and the ability to get up close and personal with wild creatures.

Finally, Saturday is also the Kentucky Derby, so break out your best hats and sip some bourbon while you cheer your favorite 3-year-old to victory!

Weekend starts now!
Martini Shake Off With Chamucos Tequila at the Raleigh Miami Beach Hotel
If you didn't get your fill of tequila at last evening's Cinco de Mayo party, head to the Raleigh Hotel's Martini Bar tonight, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. for its monthly cocktail competition. This time, bartenders will make drinks with Chamucos tequila. Four cocktails and their creators will battle it out, with the winning drink named the Raleigh's cocktail of the month. You'll be able to sample all cocktails (on a first-come-first-served basis), and full-size versions cost $10 each. 
Hamburger House Party
May is National Hamburger Month, so you know Miami's own Burger Beast has to throw a blowout party in honor of the occasion. Tonight, May 6, from 7 to 10 p.m., the Beast will throw Hamburger House Party, complete with music, drinks, and the opportunity to sample 20 burgers from South Florida's best beef palaces. Try burgers wrapped in bacon, stuffed with mofongo, and slathered with secret sauces. Tickets for this 21-and-over event cost $45 and include unlimited sampling of all 20 burgers, along with desserts and cocktail sampling from Jim Bean and Tito's Vodka, soft drinks, and water. Purchase tickets at
Yappy Hour at Lique 
Sunday is Mother's Day, but if you're a mom to the furry, four-legged kind of kid, head to Lique Miami Waterfront Restaurant & Lounge (3957 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach) Friday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. for a special Yappy Hour to celebrate dog and cat moms. Donate $30 to the Humane Society of Greater Miami and you'll get two drink tickets and hors d'oeuvres. Plus, the patio is dog-friendly, so you can even celebrate with Fido!  
Kentucky Derby 
This Saturday, May 7, the world's fastest 3-year-olds will race in what's called the fastest two minutes in sports. If you can't get to Churchill Downs, get to Wynwood Diner ( 2601 NW Second Ave.) at 4 p.m. for a Kentucky Derby Garden Party, where you'll chow down on traditional Southern fare such as deviled eggs, bourbon-glazed brisket sliders, and mini crawfish po'boys while sipping Woodford Reserve mint juleps. The big race will be shown in the backyard, along with live entertainment by the French Horn and DJ Self Born. Wear your best Derby attire — hats, seersucker suits, and bow ties — for a chance to win prizes in the best-dressed contest.
Brew at the Zoo
New Times' Brew at the Zoo (BATZ), the seventh-annual celebration of suds, returns to Zoo Miami Saturday, May 7, with more beer, more food, and more entertainment than ever before. Miami's largest beer festival (and the only one that features guest appearances by zoo creatures) offers unlimited samplings of 100 of the best local and international brews. More than 4,000 beer lovers from across South Florida are expected to attend the festivities, which run from 8 to 11 p.m. and include a concert by Arrested Development. General-admission tickets allow entry to the event at 8 p.m. for unlimited beer samplings and cost $40 through May 6 (or $50 at the gate). Brewmaster tickets allow earlier entry, at 7 p.m., and offer access to special Brewmaster-only exclusive craft beer pours from 7 to 8 p.m. Brewmaster tickets cost $70 through May 6 (or $80 at the gate). Buy tickets here
Mother's Day
Your mom gave birth to you, changed your dirty diapers, made you lunch, and loaned you money. She's the first woman who ever loved your sorry ass, so the least you can do is take her out to a fabulous brunch this Sunday. Luckily, we've curated a list of about 60 choices. That means whether your mom likes a boozy brunch, a casual meal, or a fancy affair fit for the Queen of England, you'll find the perfect brunch for her.