My wife and I are coming to Miami Mar 1 thru Mar 10 and staying at the National. We love the sun, we love to drink and eat and live music of any kind is always part of our explorations. We prefer to walk in the general area. Do you have any \”must see/do\” recommendations? Thanks!
Most of the nightlife in the Beach is of the disco variety, post dinner. If you really want to stay in the neighborhood, walking distance, you might try Sweet Liberty which is a retro gastrobar with a live DJ certain nights of the week. They used to have Motown Mondays which was really fun. There’s also Baoli that has a dj and good food, it also comes with a party scene which might or might not be your thing. The brunch at Bagatelle (after 2 p.m.) is super fun, serious party scene where some people get up on the tables to dance. The National’s bar might still have a jazz group. You should check with the hotel concierge since everything in the Beach changes frequently. For dining, check my post on best restaurants in Miami 2018. Very close to you are Pied a Terre, a small, classic French spot; Byblos for Eastern Med cuisine; Juvia is lovely (sit on the outside terrace); chotto matte, Nikkei cuisine and fab, creative decor (go for drinks); Quality meats for steak; Blue Ribbon Sushi. If you want to walk further south, there are a lot of great choices South of Fifth — Milos, of course Joe’s Stone Crab, lobster bar sea grill, CAll Me Gaby (for lunch and outdoor cafe type seating) and many more. Walk to the Faena to see their art. Visit the Bass Museum and Wolfsonian. If you want the Miami experience you have to go to Little Havana. There are a number of places to have a drink and listen to music between 16th and 18th and Calle Ocho. To eat, go to new place La Trova (just opened). I could go on and on. I’ve written about all of the restaurants I’ve recommended here if you want to know more as well as places to dance and places for music. Love to hear your feedback when you return.