Embrace the holiday spirit at themed pop-ups and speciality events happening all weekend at Redbar, Sweet Caroline, Grails Sports Bar, and other bars. Plus, chef Brad Kilgore will serve late-night grub at Minnie's Disco, and Candytopia will continue at Aventura Mall.
Puerto Rican Parranda at Grails Sports Bar
This Friday, celebrate the holidays Puerto Rican-style at Grails Sports Bar. Enjoy an evening of food, cocktails, and parranderos (the Puerto Rican version of Christmas carols). Plus, expect $3 coquito shots and $9 piña coladas. 8 p.m. Friday, December 20, at Grails Sports Bar, 2800 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-870-4313; grailsmiami.com.
The Naughty and Nice Christmas Popup at RedBar and Sweet Caroline
RedBar and Sweet Caroline in Brickell have teamed up to host the Naughty and Nice Christmas Popup through the end of the month. Sweet Caroline, considered "The Nice One," and RedBar, "The Naughty One," are offering several themed cocktails as well as festive decor and specials. Admission to both pop-up bars is free, but $20 tickets include one $10 Christmas cocktail at each bar. Through December 31 at Redbar, 52 SW Tenth St., Miami; redbarbrickell.com; and Sweet Caroline, 1111 SW First Ave., Miami; sweetcarolinebar.com.
Candytopia at Aventura Mall
What do Prince, Frank Sinatra, a unicorn, and the Sphinx have in common? They're all on display — in candy form — at Candytopia, the sugar-centric pop-up at Aventura Mall. The "experiential adventure," which runs through the holiday season, features sculptures and framed art made from real candy. The mini theme park also has an interactive app that can send pictures from various displays right to your email. And, of course, like every theme park, your Candytopia journey ends at a gift shop where you can buy branded T-shirts, pens, and, of course, candy. 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through January 26 at Treats Food Hall at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; candytopia.com. Tickets cost $20 to $28 via candytopia.com.
Minnie's Disco at Bar Alter
Bar Alter in Wynwood will transport guests back in time via Minnie's Disco, a pop-up café and club. Dreamed up by Miami nightlife veterans the Baum brothers (Sam and Max), Minnie's is inspired by their nights out in France, Spain, Japan, and cities across the United States, as well as the infamous Mancuso loft parties. Chef Brad Kilgore will offer light bites and classic cocktails while funky dance tunes play into the night. 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday through Saturday at Bar Alter, 223 NW 23rd St., Miami; instagram.com.
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Where to Get Bottles of Coquito in Miami
The Magic City celebrates the holidays with coquito. Sometimes called Puerto Rican eggnog, the recipe varies by household, but traditionally it's made with coconut cream, condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and a healthy helping of rum. Though no Puerto Rican holiday gathering is complete without a few bottles of this delightfully sweet beverage, Miami has adopted it as its own. Find coquito at local restaurants, bakeries, and bars, from La Cocina to La Placita. Here are the best places to buy it.