Halloween night on Lincoln Road is one of the most wildly over-the-top parties you'll ever find. With more than 50,000 participants expected to head to Miami Beach's iconic promenade Wednesday, October 31, this year's celebration might be the spookiest ever.
Revelers can choose from a bevy of restaurants, cafés, and bars to watch the parade of the ghoulish, glamorous, and everything in between, as well as get down and bump long into the night. Below is a list of ten of the best spots to join in the merriment and mayhem. You're bound to get goose bumps and then some.
All events listed occur October 31, and reservations are strongly suggested. Prices do not include tax and tip.
The Café at Books & Books. The café offers a special three-course Halloween dinner with guaranteed seating during the parade. You'll be in the heart of the action while you enjoy starters such as coconut tuna ceviche or a roasted pumpkin and caramelized onion soup; entrées of free-range chicken churrasco or spinach ravioli; and brownie à la mode or a pumpkin-spiced cheesecake for dessert. The $69 meal includes a glass of house wine, beer, or soda. Seating begins at 7 p.m. 927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-695-8898; thecafeatbooksandbooks.com.
La Cerveceria de Barrio. The restaurant offers more than 300 tequilas, 100 beers, and 100 mezcals, along with exciting Halloween cocktail specials such as the Bloody Maria ($12), made with Jimador tequila, bloody mary mix, and Tabasco sauce. 836 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-535-7400; lacerveceriadelbarrio.com.
Chotto Matte. Guests can imbibe Johnnie Walker-based drinks such as the Dr.Sullivan, served in a colored test tube inside a doctor's bag; and the sweet and salty popcorn-infused the Video. 1664 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; 305-690-0743; chotto-matte.com/miami.
Doraku. Celebrate Halloween with music by DJ Miguel Miguel and drink specials. Thrills and chills include a $5 Witch’s Brew, $5 margaritas, and $5 draft beers. 1104 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-695-8383; dorakusushi.com.
Havana 1957. Drink vampy cocktail specials like the Vampisol, made with cold beer, fresh lime juice, and Clamato juice ($8.50); the bloody mojito, a mix of red-infused rum, mint leaves, sugar, lime juice, and soda water; and the Dracucosmo, Dracula’s favorite cocktail with Bacardi Limón, peach schnapps, cranberry, and pineapple juice ($13.95 each). 819 Lincoln Rd., 305-397-8683; havana1957.com.
Meat Market. Meat Market will offer a $150 prix fixe menu after 8 p.m. at its outside area on Halloween night. Celebrate your front-row seats with appetizers like lobster ceviche and tuna tartare,
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Segafredo L'Originale. If you're looking to dance your heart out, head to this Lincoln Road hot spot where DJ Mark Brickman and DJ Aladdin will be taking over the Lenox stage. 1040 Lincoln Rd., 305-673-0047; sze-originale.com.
Sushi Samba. Celebrate Halloween with Sushi Samba's annual Cosplay, a Japanese pop-culture party inspired by manga and anime comic books. The festivities will take over the intersection of Lincoln Road and Pennsylvania Avenue, followed by an all-night party inside the restaurant with cosplay dancers, entertainers, and DJs. Full dinner service until midnight; $10 cocktails will also be on offer. 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. 600 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305.673.5337; sushisamba.com.
Suviche. Halloween deals include half-priced bottles of wine and sake all day, as well as $4 beers at night. A DJ will spin from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. 1119 16th St., Miami Beach; 305-777-3555; suviche.com.