It’s All Music and Ales

This Weekend

Stage Jam: Eagle Chief at Blackbird Ordinary Miami rock in a concert venue that’s totally Miami. Soaring tunes: The local rock trioburns up the stage while DJ’sContra and Damion Yancy,above, spin. Tonight 10p. Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW 1 Ave., Brickell (305-671-3307). No cover. Nearby: OTC; Burger & Beer Joint; Fado Irish Pub… Continue reading

Popping Corks

Miami’s Top Five Ways to Start ’14 Right

Leave 2013 in the dust with fancy eats, open bars, and your first hangover of 2014.

And by hangover, we mean ringing in your ears from world-class DJs and enough blinged-out bashers to make even LeBron do a double-take.

On that note, a sweatband might not be the worst idea.

Lounge Into the New Year:… Continue reading

It’s a Penthouse Christmas

This Weekend

Sexy Christmas: Penthouse 50 X-Mas Stay on the naughty list watching sultry dancers saunter from lounge to sky deck. Cozy Up: In a secluded cabana with bottle service and beats by DJ’s Nikolas and Lazardi. Fri 10p. Fifty Ultra Lounge at the Viceroy, 485 Brickell Ave., Downtown (305-503-4417). No cover. Nearby: Truluck’s; Novecento; Balans

Jolly Bar Hop: Santacon… Continue reading

Gourmet Christmas

Miami’s top five high-end dinners out for the holidays

You know the Christmas scene ahead: ugly ties, bad socks, lame egg nog, and dry ham.

Step up Santa’s big night by going all gourmet at these five elegant restaurants — and leave the chestnut roasting for next year.

5. A Spicy X-Mas: Toro Toro At Toro Toro… Continue reading

Holiday Jams Are Back. So Is Dave Chappelle

This Weekend

Holiday Jam: Jingle Bell Rock Winter Music Festival DJs and 25 bands rock all night on four stages with a holiday song by each thrown in for good measure. Santa’s buzzed: The St. Nick costume contest goes down easy with $2 drinks for 102 minutes. Fri 6p. Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave., Downtown (305-374-1198). $10 cover after 9p. Nearby:… Continue reading

Basel Brings Beer and Bacon

This Weekend

Basel, Bacon, Beer: Basel Biergarten Down a secret alleyway are tents and taps of beers from local brewers Brown Distributing. Piggy art: Sample candied and jerky bacon from Miami Smokers while painters Krave and Atomiko work. Tonight-Sat 4p-3a. Mitrani Warehouse, 2600 NW 2 Ave., Wynwood. Nearby: Wood Tavern; SuViche; Wynwood Brewing Co.

Basel Poolside: Art4Water Art Auction… Continue reading

This Holiday Weekend: You want to get on this Short Bus

This Weekend

Foodie Heaven: Wynwood, Midtown & Design District Food Tour A multi-colored Chiva school bus is your ride to five food spots around the artsy neighborhoods. Stuff your piehole: Fill up on mouth-watering duck confit arepas and Coban fries while checking out the artists latest graffiti wall tags. Sat 5p. Meeting location revealed with reservation (786-942-8845). $69 and up here. Nearby: Cafeina… Continue reading

Try not to get beer in your Santa Beard

South Beach Santa

Hit the Sauce for a good Claus

Cookies and milk? Yeah, right.

If modern-day St. Nick is gonna kick back with Rudolph and co, it’s gonna be with a cold one, and include bar-hopping in search of a few gals to joyfully add to his naughty list.

So break out your red plush Santa hat, ’cause you’re gonna need it.… Continue reading

Your Trippy Techno Nighttime Run on a Racetrack

This Weekend

Mystery Dinner: P.I.G. 4 Pork is Good gastroPod’s Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog’s pork-obsessed courses rock with local Gravity beers and specialty cocktails. Stellar line-up: Eating House’s Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and The Dutch’s Chef Conor Hanlon battle it out. Sun 3p. GAB Studio, 225 NW 26 St., Wynwood (305-200-5349). Tickets $50 here. Nearby: Wynwood Brewing Co.; Wynwood Walls; The Butcher Shop Beer Garden… Continue reading

Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Topless New Models

This Weekend

Speed Demon: South Florida International Auto Show Stroll through Million Dollar Alley, then get behind the wheel at the Ride & Drive area. Off road: Test drive a new Caddy or ride in a 4×4 Jeep along steep grades, rocky trails, and log crossing. Tonight-Sun. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach (305-981-1448). Tickets $12 here. Nearby: Huahua’s… Continue reading