Things To Do

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

Lots to do in Miami this weekend.

First off, one of Miami's most-beloved chefs, Michelle Bernstein, reopens her iconic restaurant with a revamped look and menu (and a new name). If you're a fan of cocktails, you're already a fan of Zane Lamprey. This weekend, he's in town to launch his new rum. And beer fans need to check out Brew at the Zoo, New Times' annual celebration of all that's cold and frothy.  

Weekend starts now!

Cena by Michy Opens
When Michelle Bernstein closed Michy's last June, Miami foodies felt like a little piece of their souls died. But Bernstein promised to reopen with a new look and a new menu. Now, ten months later, Cena by Michy opens its doors today, May 8, at 6 p.m. The restaurant's decor is bright and rustic, and the menu is a mix of new items and favorite classics. No word yet on whether Chef Bernstein's famous fried chicken will make an appearance. Keep your fingers crossed.

Monkey Rum Launches
Zane Lamprey, host of the TV shows Three Sheets and Chug, is launching his very own rum right here in the Magic City. The spirit, which retails for less than $25, is a barrel-aged Caribbean rum available in coconut and spiced. Come out this weekend and have a drink with the man who has imbibed pretty much everywhere in the world. 

Today, Friday, May 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Lamprey will sign bottles of his rum at Vintage Liquors & Wine Bar in midtown Miami. Then he'll be at American Social in Brickell from 8:30 to 10 p.m., when you can drink Angry Monkey bombs (Angry Orchard cider and Monkey Rum shots) and Monkey Rum cocktails ($8). The cocktail specials begin at 7 p.m.

This Sunday, May 10, from noon to 4 p.m., enjoy cabanas, beasts, and Monkey drinks, including the toasted coconut banana colada at the Shore Club. To reserve a cabana, email [email protected]. Then, from 7 to 10 p.m., join Zane at the Rum Line for Shipwrecked Sundays, where you can enjoy discounted Monkey drinks. If you're in the biz, receive 20 percent off your entire check. 

Brew at the Zoo 
Brew at the Zoo will take over Zoo Miami this Saturday, May 9. From 8 to 11 p.m., enjoy unlimited samples of more than 100 beers, including local craft brews and rare imports. In addition to beer, Locos por Juana and tribute band U2 by UV will perform live. Plus, food (including items from Shake Shack) will be available for purchase, and VIPs can savor complimentary fare. General-admission tickets cost $40 in advance or $50 at the gate. Brewmaster tickets, which allow you early access at 7 p.m., cost $70 in advance or $80 at the gate. VIP tickets, which include early 7 p.m. entry and access to the VIP area, with free food, open bar, and premium special beers, cost $80 in advance or $90 at the gate. If you haven't purchased tickets, what are you waiting for? Visit

Mother's Day Brunches
She held your hand when you were afraid to cross the street, wiped chocolate off your face, and cleaned up your messes for at least 18 years (maybe 30 for some of you late bloomers). The least you can do is take her to brunch. Sunday, May 10, is Mother's Day, and there are a ton of restaurants offering Mom everything from complimentary champagne to special breakfast items. Best of all, there's a brunch in every price range, so you can take Mom for a simple omelet or a full buffet extravaganza. Just be sure to make reservations in advance — Mom is counting on you. We've compiled quite a list of Mother's Day brunches here. 

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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.
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