Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Beer, Brunch, and the Best Manhattan

You've survived another long workweek, and the weekend is just around the corner. Better bundle up, because you won't want to stay indoors and watch movies with a can of soup. There are plenty of activities, from eating and drinking on camera to partaking in beer-related events (including South Florida Beer Week and a rousing game of competitive beer pong).

The weekend will end on a historical note with the celebration of Martin Luther King Day (followed, of course, by brunch).


Eat Street Filming at South Florida Breweries

Love food trucks and beer? It's time to share what you do best (eating and drinking) with the world -- by doing it on camera. Eat Street, the Cooking Channel series that celebrates truly "fast food," is back in South Florida to film at two breweries -- and producers are looking for people to eat on camera.

Tonight, Friday, January 17, Eat Street films Palate Party at Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, beginning at 7 p.m. (You're requested to get there at 6 p.m. if you want to be on camera.)

On Saturday, January 18, Eat Street films Il Fiorentino at J. Wakefield Brewing Company at 1 p.m. (If you want to be on camera, get there by noon.)

South Florida Beer Week

South Florida Beer Week officially begins Saturday, January 18, with celebrations, dinners, and tap takeovers all over South Florida. Locales from the Keys to Jupiter will be all about beer. There are hundreds of events, such as the South Florida beer tap takeover at Barley & Swine Gastropub, where you can sample 18 local brews all week long. Or take a South Florida road trip without even leaving your neighborhood. At LoKal in Cocount Grove, you'll receive a "Road Trip Card." Drink your way through Florida by enjoying offerings from Cigar City, Funky Buddha, and others. Fill the card and get a free pint glass at the end of the week!

Beer Pong Championships

You might have flunked nearly every subject in college, but there were a few things you learned. Take those skills to Democratic Republic of Beer Saturday, January 18, at 6 p.m. and score a few points. Teams of two enter for $25 per round (and includes all the beer you'll drink). There are prizes too, so those four years of higher education will finally pay off.

Drink the best Manhattan -- in Miami.

Have you heard? The best Manhattan is in Miami Beach. The Broken Shaker's Virginia King traveled to New York City for a mixology throwdown and was crowned "Master of the Manhattan." Try her version -- the Looking at Me Like You Don't Want Me to Go -- all this weekend at the Broken Shaker (which, ahem, happens not to be in Manhattan) for only $9. Cheaper than a plane ticket to the Big Apple.

Martin Luther King Day Brunch

If you're lucky enough to have the day off to celebrate this great leader, take in the parade and then enjoy a leisurely brunch.

Miami's annual Martin Luther King Day parade begins Monday, January 20, at 11 a.m. It'll start at Tenth Avenue in Liberty City, travel along NW 54th Street, and end at Martin Luther King Jr. Park (6101 NW 32nd Ct.), which will host a festival. Activities include a children's cultural area, food booths, and a vendor marketplace.

Afterward, head to OTC for brunch favorites such as Hong Kong duck 'n' waffles ($16); a Danish pancake topped with mixed citrus, berries, and mint chantilly ($12); and quinoa hash 'n' egg ($10). With bottomless mimosas, you can toast to changing the world.

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