Art Basel Miami Beach

Miami Art Week 2016: Pop-Up Restaurants, Bars, and Parties During Art Basel

It's that time of year again: Art Basel and Miami Art Week are happening, turning Miami and Miami Beach into a playground for celebrities, gallerinas, the ultrawealthy, and people who want to look at art and score a free drink or two.

Miami restaurants, chefs, and bars don't disappoint — opening new locations, popping up bars, and hosting menu collaborations. Here are the best food-and-drink-related Art Basel and Miami Art Week happenings this week.

Wynwood's best-known restaurant will expand its dinner service to include Sundays and will open at 6:30 p.m. daily rather than 7. In addition, chef Brad Kilgore will introduce a winter menu in time for Art Basel week, including four- and seven-course tasting menus with additional options to customize and expand dinner.

Bar Alter
Alter's terrace bar will introduce a food menu that will include more casual and bar-driven options. Bar Alter is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight. In addition, the venue will host James Beard Award winner Will Elliott from Maison Premiere and Sauvage in Brooklyn. Wednesday, November 30, through Friday, December 2, Elliott will showcase eight of his signature cocktails.

Basel House at Bitter Truth

Bitter Truth (3252 NE First Ave.) turns into Basel House during Miami Art Week November 30 through December 4. The pop-up, open noon to 5 a.m. daily, features live hip-hop, live art, and great cocktails.

Coppertail Brewing at Boxelder, Mignonette, Wynwood Yard, and the Anderson
Tampa's Coppertail Brewing hosts Evan B. Harris. The artist, who has created artwork for the beer, will paint a mural near Boxelder as part of the Smashed Canvas event. Harris will also paint a mural at the Eneida M. Hartner Elementary School in Wynwood for the RAW Project, (Re-imagining the Arts in Wynwood). In addition, Harris' art will be available to purchase at a show Thursday, December 1, at 7 p.m. at Boxelder. The brewpub will also host a Coppertail tap takeover. Thursday, December 1, from 5 to 7 p.m., meet Coppertail brewmaster Casey Hughes at Mignonette. Saturday, December 3, Coppertail will take over the taps at the Wynwood Yard from 4 to 6 p.m., and beginning at 7 p.m. the same day, the Coppertail team will head to the Anderson for a "beertails" mixology contest.

Coyo Taco
Block Party
Tonight, November 29, Coyo Taco will host a block party in its parking lot. The party starts at 7 p.m. and features DJ, performer, and producer Walshy Fire, along with Major Lazer and Diplo. Tickets cost $40 and are available through

Diamonds Unleashed at Mandarin Oriental
Thursday, December 1, at 8 p.m., the Mandarin ORiental will host a fashion-inspired exhibit in partnership with Kara Ross. Chef Diego Oka, of La Mar by Gaston Acurio, will feature some of his dishes.

Employees Only Pop-Up
Employees Only is opening later this winter, but the NYC cocktail bar is popping up at the Washington Park Hotel (1050 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) for Art Basel. Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2, the bar will open from 5 to 10 p.m. with a curated cocktail list, DJs, and a fortuneteller.

Hive Art Village & Lounge at Mana Wynwood
All week long, Hive Art Village & Lounge will feature live DJs, craft cocktails, art vendors, a food truck garden, and an experiential skateboarding environment curated by artist Andrew Schoultz. Hendrick's Gin will host a section with cocktails, games, and other diversions. Hive is open through Sunday, December 4.

Luke's Lobster Pop-Up and Food Trucks at Wynwood Arcade

Thursday, December 1, through Sunday, December 4, Wynwood Arcade will host several pop-ups, including Luke's Lobster. The NYC favorite, set to open in Brickell City Centre later this year, will pop up with a "sneak eat" of its traditional New England fare. In addition, food truck B.C. Tacos will be on hand Saturday, and Local Boy Poke will roll by all weekend. Art lovers can make mural art in virtual reality at the pop-up shop Aureal Immersive Experiences or watch artist Tristan Eaton at work all week. Shoppers can purchase Bryan Samuel Footwear’s sneakers and locally hand-crafted women’s clothing at Makers Collective. The pop-ups are open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Michelle Bernstein's Michy's and Garden Cafe to Pop Up in Miami Beach
The James Beard Award winner returns to Miami Beach this week to launch two pop-up restaurants during Art Basel. Beginning Monday, November 28, Bernstein's Garden Cafe will be open at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden with an assortment of sandwiches, salads, soups, and baked goods, similar to the fare offered at Bernstein’s Crumb on Parchment in the Design District. The chef will also open a Michy's pop-up at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Note: It's located in the Art Basel Collectors' Lounge, which means you need VIP credentials to dine. Both pop-ups are available through Sunday, December 4.

Night Market at Pao by Paul Qui at Faena
From November 29 through December 3, the terrace at Pao by Paul Qui is transformed into an Asian night market, featuring hand-held street market-inspired bites by chefs Paul Qui, Edward Lee (610 Magnolia), Christopher Haatuft (Lysverket in Norway), and Erik Bruner-Yang (Toki Underground). Bites are paired with specialty Bombay Sapphire craft cocktails and live music. In addition, a four-course chef collective dinner will be offered nightly at 8 p.m. at Pao by Paul Qui.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss