It's Friday, the weather is gorgeous, and there's lots to do in Miami.
Why not have a romantic dinner under the stars..or try a tiki drink at Miami Beach's newest bar? From outdoor dining festivals to a smooth jazz brunch, here's the lowdown on the best things to eat and drink.
Weekend starts now!
Giralda Under The Stars
Tonight, November 7, the 100 block of Giralda Ave. closes to street traffic and transforms into a pedestrian mall filled with live music, impromptu bars, and art. From 7 p.m. to midnight, the over one dozen restaurants that line the block will set up outdoor tables and chairs so patrons can take advantage of the incredible weather. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit shopcoralgables.com.
In addition, Giralda Under the Stars will be an official drop-off site for Coral Gables' Be a Santa to a Senior holiday gift drive. Be sure to drop off a new, unwrapped gift (like a picture frame, slippers, or toiletries) to help brighten a senior's Christmas.
OTC Celebrates Birthday: You Get The Goodies
OTC is officially a toddler today and the popular Brickell gastropub is celebrating by offering $5 burgers all day. Choose from eight different burgers including the signature OTC, made with tempura beef cheeks, fontina, curry-tomato jam, and dijonnaise, or the truffle monster topped with black truffle cheese and truffle mayo. Wash it down with some rare craft beer selections like Cigar City's Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Funky Buddha's Banana Split, and Wynwood Brewing Company's Arroz con Leche.
Tongue & Cheek's Jukebox & Gin Brunch
Tongue & Cheek's Jukebox & Gin brunch is the antidote to the typical DJ-driven weekend pool party. Every Saturday, starting November 8, enjoy some smooth vocals while you sip a cool gin and tonic and chow down on eggs and stone crabs. Brunch starts at 11 a.m. and there's a revolving roster of talent, starting with Christina Sichta on November 8 and 15. If your week left you frazzled, this is the best way we know to calm your nerves that doesn't involve a yoga mat.
Put a Monkey in It at the Rum Line
While there are quite a few places in Miami that make a solid drink, few actually offer such cocktail with a monkey floater or in a skull. Intrigued? Then you should meet the Rum Line, a not-quite-tiki bar. Located at the patio adjacent to Lure Fishbar, the Rum Line offers classic daiquiris and a selection of rare rums. But go for the tiki cocktails. Served in tiki gods and cute skulls with adorable names like tug boat and donkey kong, you might think this place is too cute. Watch yourself, because that monkey floating in your drink can bite. And that's what makes him so much fun!
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Flavors of North Miami
On Sunday, November 9, North Miami's diverse food scene is showcased at the Flavors of North Miami festival. From 4 -to9 p.m., the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts this outdoor event where great restaurants like Fish Fish and Macaluso's will serve up bites. FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management will tap some rare kegs, and Uvaggio Wine Bar, Kobrand Wine & Spirits, Billy's Pub Too, and Caribbean Export Supply will pour great wines. There's also a Krispy Kreme doughnut eating contest, music, and crafts. Admission is $12 for adults; $5 for students and seniors with ID. Visit flavorsofnorthmiami.com for more details or to buy tickets online.