This weekend, Taurus presents its inaugural whiskey happy hour, boasting more than 100 kinds of the spirit, while American Social hosts a Miami Heat Road Rally watch party. Plus, Dessert Wars returns to Soho Studios, Eating House offers its "Miami Munchies" menu, and Boulud Sud hosts a Sunday barbecue brunch.
Whiskey Happy Hour to Benefit Women in Hospitality United at Taurus
Friday, the Coconut Grove watering hole will debut its whiskey happy hour. Sample more than 100 expressions of whiskey, including 1792, Glenfiddich, Maker's Mark, and Woodford Reserve. General admission includes access to the whiskey lounge with unlimited sampling, as well as access to a cigar and live entertainment area and unlimited bites from Ariete, Navé, and Chug's. Step it up with VIP admission, which includes all the perks of general plus with two cigars from Avo & Camacho and three beer chasers. In support of National Women’s Day this Sunday, Taurus will donate 25 percent of ticket sales to Women in Hospitality United (WiHU), which works to revolutionize the hospitality industry by building safer spaces to inspire discourse and take action. 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Taurus Beer & Whiskey House, 3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-529-6523; taurusbeerandwhiskey.com. Purchase tickets via eventbrite.com.
Miami Heat Road Rally Watch Party at American Social
This Friday, American Social will be the official watch-party destination for the Miami Heat Road Rally presented by Bacardi. American Social will root for the home team via a number of specials inspired by the Miami Heat, including $3.05 Bacardi cocktails, 3 by Wade Frosé ($6), and the Miami (Heat)er Burger ($13.05) — two beef patties, Boursin cheese, bacon, pesto aioli, and grilled jalapeños on a toasted bun — served with a side of fries. The restaurant will offer specials during every Heat game for the rest of the season. 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at American Social, 690 SW First Ct., Miami; 305-223-7005; americansocialbar.com.
Story Time With Ms. Amanda at Dasher & Crank
This Saturday, Dasher & Crank will host the second Story Time With Ms. Amanda. The local teacher volunteers her time at the ice-cream shop to read to children while their parents hang back and enjoy ice cream, coffee, or matcha. 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Dasher & Crank, 2211 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-213-1569; dasherandcrank.com. Admission is free.
Sip & Stroll at Zoo Miami
What says Mardi Gras better than drinking alcohol in places you probably shouldn't? Zoo Miami will channel some New Orleans vibes this Saturday with the booze-infused after-hours shindig Sip & Stroll. Your limbs will (probably) be safe because most of the animals will be fast asleep, apart from some adorable ambassador animals. There will be plenty to feast your eyes on, though. An impressive lineup of entertainment includes stilt walkers, unlimited bayou boat rides, live-band-accompanied karaoke, food vendors, and other fun. The event is for adults only, so be sure to leave the kids at home and bring your ID. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; zoomiami.org. Tickets cost $20 presale online and $25 at the gate.
Dessert Wars Returns to Miami
The sweetest day of the year is here: The eighth edition of Miami's Dessert Wars will return to Wynwood this Saturday with more than 20,000 baked goods and confections ready to be devoured. The event, which will take place at Soho Studios, will be similar to last year's, presenting more than 50 local food vendors. Thousands of samplings will be on offer, and organizers expect a turnout of a thousand attendees. As with previous editions of Dessert Wars, guests will receive a ballot to rank every vendor on a scale of one to three. The vendor with the highest score will be crowned this year's champion. 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Soho Studios, 2136 NW First Ave., Miami; dessertwarsmiami.com. Tickets cost $35 to $60 via eventbrite.com.
White Anniversary Party at Villa Azur
To commemorate its eighth year, Villa Azur will throw a White Party with light bites and cocktails. Guests can also sip espresso martinis made with Grey Goose vodka, coffee liqueur, freshly brewed espresso, and a splash of Bailey's. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Villa Azur, 309 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-763-8688; villaazurmiami.com.
"Miami Munchies" at Eating House
Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli collaborated with food influencer George Arango (AKA @Mr.Eats305) to offer a tasting menu that nods to the city's quintessential eateries. The "Miami Munchies" menu offers innovative twists on classic local fare, such as Frankie's Pizza-style queso frito bites with tomato-basil sauce, and Wagon's West — breakfast mac 'n' cheese festooned with black truffle and bacon. The prix fixe costs $39 per person and is available daily through April 16. Eating House, 804 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-448-6524; eatinghousemiami.com.
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Sunday Barbecue Brunch at Boulud Sud
Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant Boulud Sud Miami adds a twist to its Sunday brunch with a family-style Mediterranean barbecue. Hosted on the terrace, the special meal, created by executive chef Luis Polanco, includes various meat and seafood dishes, such as skirt steak, lamb chops, octopus, and Faroe Islands salmon, along with a selection of sides. The prix fixe costs $28 per person and a minimum party of two. For an additional $25, sip bottomless beverages such as bloody marys, frosé, mimosas, and spritzes. Boulud Sud, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-421-8800; bouludsud.com/miami.