Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Olympic Celebrations, Oysters, Beer, and a Grove Cleanup

Happy Friday, folks! Although Wynwood's Zika outbreak may have dampened some festivities, there's still plenty to do elsewhere. So bust out the Off! and enjoy some good times in the Magic City.

Today serves double duty in the realm of made-up yet still-cool holidays. It's both International Beer Day and National Oyster Day, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate both. Today also marks the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, so toast to Team USA. 

Weekend starts now!
International Beer Day
Coming right on the heels of National IPA Day is International Beer Day. What better way to celebrate this beverage that's been around since time immemorial than to have a free pint? Batch Gastropub is offering a free pint of brew to everyone who comes in from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, August 5. Even better, the offer stands for the good stuff, including Green Flash West Coast IPA, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Batch Black Barrel, Cigar City Maduro, Guinness, and J. Wakefield Brewing El Jefe. There's no cover, and no purchase is necessary (though you might want to stay for lunch). 
Olympics Opening Ceremony at SushiSamba
Celebrate Team USA with a bit of Brazil at SushiSamba. The Japanese/Brazilian fusion restaurant is embracing the spirit of Brazil with a collection of specialty caipirinhas that take inspiration from different countries. Go Australian with the kiwi caipirinha, or try the strawberry sake caipirinha that celebrates Japan. Pair your cocktails with some Brazilian street food such as coxinha de pato of duck confit and mini bolinhos de bacalhau.
National Oyster Day
Eating a freshly shucked oyster is probably like getting a kiss from a mermaid. The briny bivalves have come into fashion in Miami, with restaurants offering rare varieties on chalkboards. Of course, such rarities come with a price, so take advantage of the National Oyster Day specials at Mignonette, Izzy's Fish & Oyster, Midtown Oyster Bar, and others. For details, read our coverage of National Oyster Day
Grove Bay Grill Hosts Coconut Grove Island Cleanup Day
Coconut Grove is one of Miami's most beautiful neighborhoods. If you want to help keep it that way, help clean up part of it this Saturday, August 5. Shake-a-Leg will provide boat transportation to three of Coconut Grove's islands, where you'll help bag waste, bring it back to the mainland, and deposit it in dumpsters. As a reward for your hard work, you'll enjoy free barbecue and Bud Light on draft while you're serenaded by live music, compliments of Grove Bay Grill. The cleanup happens rain or shin (unless there's lightning). Registration and departure will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 6, from Shake-A-Leg, located at 2620 S. Bayshore Dr. at Grove Harbour Marina. The island cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a barbecue from 2 to 4 p.m. A minimum donation of $15 is required. All participants are expected to fill out a waiver beforehand. For more information, contact Cynthia Harshaw at
Bagatelle Brunch Celebrates the Olympics
Bagatelle's Sunday brunch is like no other brunch you've experienced: DJs, lighted drinks, and flowing champagne bring the French Riviera to South Beach. This Sunday, Bagatelle will celebrate the Summer Games with a special brunch complete with Olympic-themed decor, music, costumes, entertainment, and a live show. Brunch is served from noon to 6 p.m. For reservations, email
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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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