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Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami

Don’t bother driving, unless it’s a boat—that’s Kyle’s rule. Walk fast and you might catch this local proving, between legs and cruising around downtown in our Metromover. Here we don’t need cars. This arts aficionado and man about downtown will point you toward the new Pérez Art Museum Miami or the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Their offerings alone provide serious competition to the stellar views of Biscayne Bay. If more convincing is in order, wait until he introduces you to his favorite local mixologists.

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The beauty of the Perez Art Museum Miami is that it manages to wow everyone and for totally different reasons. Some spend most of the time in the plaza - staring at the hanging gardens, admiring giant zodiac sculptures designed by Ai Wei Wei and taking in the view of Biscayne Bay. Some just go for the crisp, clean lines of the architecture and its sophisticated blend of concrete, metal and wood. Others, of course, are in it for the growing collection of contemporary art. Talk about a love triangle. Whether you get there by foot, car, or Metromover (it’s free) be sure to bring the kids – as well as your appetite. There are hands on activities for the young ones and the meals at Verde are equally artistic.


Blackbird Ordinary

Let’s get this out of the way – there is nothing ordinary about this place. Zilch. There’s a bar inside. There’s a bar outside. Live bands perform on the patio. Celebrity DJs stop by to spin. You can chill out. You can dance. You can stare at the skyline. The mixologists make custom cocktails. And if drinks and great music aren’t your thing, pretend your eight years old, get your Milton Bradley on and grab one of the board games off the shelf. Yep, good old-fashioned board games. OK OK, there is something ordinary about this place – the prices.  There’s no cover and you can enjoy the bar without going bankrupt. Look for the neon Blackbird sign or you’ll miss it, and miss out.

Even though it’s located on the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel, you’ll find Area 31 filled with locals. Especially, during happy hour. And what keeps bringing people back, are delicacies prepared by Executive Chef Wolfgang Birk, expertly made cocktails, and the view. Oh, that panoramic view. Oh, that outdoor terrace. Take it all in during, breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch. And the dishes really do feed your soul – Area 31 sources locally and is certified by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch which is dedicated to sustainable seafood practices and supporting wild, diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems.

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