by Jennifer Agress
A refined night out doesn’t have to begin or end with dinner—and here in Miami, we have plenty of ways you can stay entertained until late into the night. Don’t know where to go? Read below for our six new picks for Miami entertainment — for before, during and after dinner (or skip dinner!).
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Head to MO Bar + Lounge, at Brickell Key’s Mandarin Oriental, Miami, for lively weekend entertainment, like Cuban jazz by Renoir Rodriguez and sultry Spanish guitar by the Fox Brothers. On special nights, you’ll even be able to pair your cunning Havana Old Fashioned cocktail with MO Bar Acoustic: a series of intimate, high profile concerts by top Latin artists. In the pasts, these award-winning musicians have included: the Chilean rock band “LA LEY” and Spain’s “Rosana.” Mandarin Oriental, Miami is located at 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131. Live music runs every Thursday through Sunday night, from 5 p.m. to close, in the MO Bar + Lounge.
Part gastropub, part craft cocktail bar, this local Coral Way bar is known for its entertainment just as much as its too-good-to-be-true “bar food”—think: avocado-topped Tostones, Apple Braised Pork and elevated charcuterie boards. Created by its namesake owner Nemesio “Neme” Gonzalez, this dedicated place to unwind invites you to come enjoy a stiff drink in a dim, intimate setting, all while listening to live jazz music every night of the week. Neme Gastrobar is located at 1252 SW 22nd Street, Miami, FL 33145. Live jazz starts at different times nightly, as early as 8 p.m.
Shelborne South Beach
Now at The Drawing Room, Albert Trummer’s original lobby bar in the Shelborne South Beach, visitors can sip and sway as they drink handcrafted cocktails and watch live cabaret. Thanks to a partnership with The Cabaret South Beach, every weekend, guests can come be swept away as Florida’s top cabaret performers double as servers, bartenders, pianists and singers, creating an elevated cabaret experience like South Floridians have never had before. And to quench your appetite, don’t forget to order bespoke bites by the Sarsaparilla Club’s executive chefs, Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth. There will be a “happy hour beat the clock” menu from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., where select bites and drinks cost $6 at 6 p.m. and $7 at 7 p.m., like the celebrity chefs’ famous Fried Chicken, Chargrilled Beef Burger, Shrimp or Chicken Satays, Beet & Goat Cheese Dumplings, Pork Belly Bacon Steam Buns, and more. Shelborne South Beach is located at 1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139. This weekly cabaret takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the lobby bar, The Drawing Room. The “happy hour beat the clock” special includes live piano by Ricky Williams, and from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., you’ll get the live cabaret show with rotating pianists and singers.
National Hotel Cabaret
At this Art Deco icon, which currently boasts the longest pool in Miami Beach, guests can fuse their relaxation with Live! at the National, which includes rotating acts of live musical performances at the hotel’s iconic Blues Bar. Taking place Thursday through Sunday evening, these talented musicians—like Victor Valdez, Freddie Colloca, Rick Leonard and J Sweet—will perform jazz, blues, R&B, pop, rock, Spanish, and Broadway music, along with requests from the audience. The best part? You get to enjoy all this while sipping on handcrafted cocktails and munching on tapas or French American cuisine from the hotel’s Blues Bar or Tamara’s Bistro. The National Hotel is located at 1677 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Live! at The National takes place every Thursday through Sunday, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel
Every Thursday night, head to Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, for Botran-aged rum cocktails, meze plates and live Latin jazz. Called “Rhythm & Rum,” this weekly happening takes place in the lobby bar, and includes specialty cocktails for just $15, like the popular Botran Old Fashioned, a mix of Botran Reserva Rum, brown sugar, and Angostura and Orange bitters. Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel is located at 1825 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Rhythm & Rum runs every Thursday night, from 8 p.m. to Midnight.
Ricky’s South Beach
With its arcade games, impressive beer and craft cocktail collection, and carnival-inspired menu by Chef Bernie Matz—like Truffle Popcorn Chicken and Mac n’ Cheese waffles—Ricky’s South Beach has become an area staple. Every Friday, go there at 10:30 p.m. for Peace, Love & Music, a live reggae show by Jean Pjam, and on Mondays, get live-band karaoke. Ricky’s South Beach is located at 1222 16th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Live entertainment at Ricky’s South Beach runs until close.