MISO Symphony performing as part of the Palm Court Performance Series in the Miami Design District


On Friday at  5:30 Palm Court, the principal outdoor courtyard in the Design District, was standing room only. People of all ages, and a local and international crowd, were seated around a stage with the full complement of The Miami Symphony Orchestra that abutted the iconic Fly’s Eye dome by Buckminster Fuller. Others looked over from the two story balcony through sea green glass, beside shops from the biggest names in luxury.And still others were just listening to the music from the café that’s part of the new Estefan restaurant. Everyone was loving it, this different Miami happy hour. And The Palm Court Performance Series is free. Plus, thanks to the new restaurant and to bars strategically placed around the courtyard, you can enjoy a mojito, glass of wine, or other beverage while listening to the musical sounds.

It was the weekly live musical performance that’s held every Friday at 5 p.m. this month and next until May 19. Produced by Emilio Estefan, performances feature a different style of music every week. April 14 is 80’s and 90’s retro night followed by Afro Caribbean jazz the following week, and others coming up including Emily Estefan and Cachao Mambo all star orchestra.

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Happy hour at Estefan in the Miami Design District

Even better yet, Estefan offers a  happy hour menu from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with special cocktails like a Grand Margarita and raspberry ginger Collins, mojitos, sangria, a house white and red wine, and local craft beers. Prices range from $5 to $8. There are also special Cuban bites including empanadas, mini Cuban sandwiches, croquetas, bacon wrapped maduros and more. Prices range from $6 to $10.  And if you need a shot of Cuban coffee and a pastry, there’s a counter for that, too. If you do go to the bar, ask for the charmer and pro Wayne Wright and say MiamiCurated sent you.

Palm Court, 140 N.E. 39th Street. Valet parking is $5 and self parking, $3.

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