Miami Swim Week returns to the Magic City today, July 10, for a week of hopelessly tall models prancing on runways.
You wouldn't think an event like this one would host a bunch of food and drink events, but this is Miami, and anything is an excuse to party.
From models mixing drinks to dinner menus designed to be swimsuit-friendly, here are the best food-and-drink-related events during Miami Swim Week.
Mood Swim Pop-Up. Chefs ST and Micheal Kay will bring their interactive pop-up dinner experience to Miami at Mood Swim. The two chefs have created a sit-down multicourse dinner with unlimited cocktails. Also expect an art installation and live music. The site adds the event is "an environment for you to be free," but admission definitely isn't free. 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at a location to be announced. Tickets cost $200 via eventbrite.com.
Swimwear-Friendly Italian Food at Fi'lia South Beach. Enjoy a bikinii-friendly à la carte menu that includes burrata watermelon salad with prosciutto, arugula, and balsamic reduction; shrimp and melon carpaccio salad with fresh mozzarella, almonds, arugula, and lemon citrus dressing; and seared tuna salad with chickpeas, red onions, carrots, romaine, and lemon citrus dressing. Daily for lunch and dinner Thursday, July 11, through Tuesday, July 16, at Fi’lia South Beach at the Berkeley Shore Hotel, 1610 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-605-0819; sbe.com.
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Cabo Culture at Kiki on the River. Celebrate Miami Swim Week with a show by Cabo Couture during Kiki on the River's weekly Saturday brunch party, Return to Mykonos. 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Kiki on the River, 450 NW North River Dr., Miami; 786-502-3243; kikiontheriver.com.
Bikini-Ready Menu at Lobster Bar Sea Grille. Enjoy a special three-course meal that's meant to offer flavorful dishes without ruining your bikini bod. This $49 prix-fixe begins with appetizers such as jumbo blue gulf shrimp with fresh horseradish, cayenne pink brandy, and red cocktail sauces, and grilled Mediterranean octopus with pickled red onion, capers, and Greek olives. Entrées include wood-grilled branzino with Santorini capers, Tuscan kale, and golden quinoa, and sliced seared ahi tuna loin with steamed spinach and Hong Kong sauce. For a light dessert, select house-made sorbet or a mixed berry compote. Daily for dinner through Tuesday, July 16, at 404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-377-2675; buckheadrestaurants.com.
Nauti Bod Bash at Nautilus by Arlo. With Swim Week over, come indulge with Nautilus’ Nauti burgers ($10) and enjoy a poolside viewing of the movie “I Feel Pretty” to cap off the bikini-clad week. 8 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 14 at 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; arlohotels.com.
Nikki Beach Trend Walk Swim Event. Saturday afternoon, Nikki Beach's Lifestyle Boutique will host Trend Walk, a fashion vendor market including small shops, artists, musicians, and featured designers. After shopping, stay for Nikki Beach's weekly party Rosé Saturdays, where rosé costs $5 per glass and $25 per bottle. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-538-1111; nikkibeach.com.
Standard Spa Swim Week Sunday BBQ. Lounge poolside at the Standard Spa for a Swim Week and Bastille Day celebration. Enjoy tunes by Hottpants (2 to 5 p.m.) and Maurice Fulton (5 to 8:30 p.m.). A special rosé lounge will be open from 4 to 5 p.m. 2 p.m. to sunset Sunday, July 14, at Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717; standardhotels.com/spa-miami-beach.