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Night Clubs
Dining
  • Alcazaba
    Hyatt de Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza. (305) 569-4614 Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Free salsa lessons by Salsa Racing Dance Studios starting at 11:30 p.m. every Saturday!

  • Banana Joe's Night Club! Free Salsa Lessons by Salsa Racing Dance Studios at 7:00 p.m. in Banana Joe's Night Club (where St. Croix used to be)! Come check out the best Salsa Club with live broadcats on 98.3FM, with DJ's Alex Gutierrez, Gabriel Ramirez and Gregorio! Doors Open at 5pm til. 5am. Come join us for the Hottest Happy Hour in town! We will be looking for The Miami's Hottest Salseras for the 2004 Calendar! Free Food & Drinks specials all nite.
    Wednesdays Upcoming events:

    July 2nd- Eddie Santiago, July 9th - Jay Lozada
    July 16th - Gran Combo
    Location: 3rd & 4th Levels at CocoWalk
    3015 Grand Avenue. (305) 461-1118
  • Bermuda Bar & Grill
    Thursdays Latin Nights with a live radio broadcast. 3525 N.E. 163rd Street, in the Inter-coastal Mall in North Miami Beach,(305) 945-0196.
          

  • Bongos
    601 Biscayne Blvd.  786-777-2100, Miami. American Airlines Arena.  This is the new club owned by Gloria and Emilio Estéfan.  It is a spacious, modern restaurant that turns into a nightclub on Fridays and Saturdays.  Around 11 they remove the tables to create a dance floor under the lights and speakers.  Mixed techno-pop, rock and Latin sets.  Live Salsa band on the outside terrace, but the surface is concrete, which isn't good for dancing.  Inside is very crowded and you will most likely wait to get in.  Arrive early, have dinner and stay for the dancing to avoid the crowds.  has a free class on Friday at 10:30pm!

  • Café Iguana
    Wednesday Latin Nights with a live radio broadcast Inside the Kendall Town and Country shopping center, 8505 Mills Dr, Kendall, (305)274-4948 

  • Café Nostalgia
    432 41st.street, Miami Beach 305-604-9895 Wednesday thru Sunday Live Salsa Band- 9pm till 5am, serving tapas all night! Cover $10 (Wed & Thur) , $15 (Fri,Sat & Sun)

  • Casa Salsa
    524 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. (305) 604-5959.  This is Ricky Martin's restaurant, with live music on Fridays and Saturdays (the house band is called Piña Colada).  There is a small dance floor that can get rather lively.  Best for a bite of Puerto Rican style food while listening to some great music. 

  • The Spirit of Mystique
    Live Latin band and DJ Thursday thru Sunday. Spirit Night Club!

  • Gabriel's
    Fridays DJ music, Salsa and Merengue.  1000 N.W. LeJeune Road, in the Airport Regency Hotel. Mostly a younger crowd.

  • Iguana Cantina   Babalu Bar, Salsa Nights Fridays and Saturdays, Live band & DJ. 3390 Mary Street, inside the Mayfair, 3rd floor, Coconut Grove, 305.444.8081.

  • Kaffe Krystal   Thursday Latin Nights with a live radio broadcast. free salsa class at 9pm. SW 108th Ave & Sunset Drive (305)274-1112.

  • La Covacha 
    One of the most varied musical venues in Miami, where you can hear salsa, merengue, soca, songo, samba and even gaitas and techno. Good happy hour on Fridays. Open air, under a thatched roof.   10730 N.W. 25th Street, Miami. (305) 594-3717 $6 parking, $10 at the door

  • La Rumba
    Latin music nights Friday and Saturday starting at 10 p.m. Latin Rock nights on Thursday. DJ Alejandro. 14505 SW 42 St.

  • Macarena

    Saturdays. 1334 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. (305) 531-3440.

  • Mango's Tropical Café
    A neon jungle with salsa, samba and merengue, right on the beach. Lots of tourists who haven't a clue, but love the beat!. Live Latin band Tuesday thru Sunday 900 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach (305) 673-4422

  • Miami Concorde Supper Club
    Piano bar, 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays; dance music with orchestra and DJ, 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, older crowd; 2301 SW 32nd Ave,. Miami; 305-441-6974.

  • Miami Plaza Cafe
    Saturdays at 7707 NW 103rd St. Hialeah (305) 825-1000. Free salsa lessons starting at 11:30 p.m.  Jammin Johnny spinning the best salsa, merengue, bachata, and hip-hop!

  • Millenium Nightclub 

    Fridays & Saturdays. 7335 NW 36 St  (305) 591-3000.

  • Power Studios - Babalú Room
    3701 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District.  This is a great new club with different venues in different rooms.  A happening place, so get there early and avoid the long lines! Club is being renovated, stay tuned for grand opening...

  • Rancho Gaspar 
    16480 NW 117th Street, Hialeah Gardens. 305-827-1659 

  • Confetti Nightclub
    A lively Latin dance club Fridays and Saturdays in the Miami Plaza Hotel, 7707 NW 103rd St,. Miami; 305-825-1000, ext. 3102.

  • Señor Frog
    Thursday nights this restaurant packs in a college crowd looking for Latin music.   3048 Main Hwy,. Coconut Grove, 305-448-0999.

  • Stefano's Restaurant
    DJ music, Thursday through Sunday, beginning at 10:30 p.m. until 1 a.m,. 24 Crandon Blvd,. Key Biscayne. (305) 361-7007

  • Studio 60
    Live and DJ music, Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8 p.m.
    57 Ave. & 8 St. SW. (305) 260-0025

  • Sundays on the Bay
    5420 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. (305) 361-6777. Fridays and Saturdays!

  • Union Lounge
    Friday Latin Nights with free Salsa lessons by Salsa Racing Dance Studios and Salsa Contests coming soon! Located at 637 Washington Avenue, South Beach. (786)276-1210

  • Yuca
    Live Salsa music on Saturday nights starting at 10:30 p.m. 501 Lincoln Rd,. Miami Beach; 305-532-9822

  • Zanzibar
    Don't be put off by the Rock en español in the front part, you will find salsa and merengue in the back every Friday at 11 p.m. 615 Washington Ave, Miami Beach.

  • Zarabanda 

    550 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. (305) 774-1199  Fri & Sat Live Band

  • Alligator Alley - Saturday Latin Night
    Salsa, Merengue and Bachata with International DJ Luis Mario
    2079 N. University Drive, Sunrise 954-742-6874 
    (NW Corner of University and Sunrise)

  • Club Gemini 
    2100 Hollywood Blvd,. Hollywood., a predominantly Colombian crowd mixes it up with salsa and merengue, and Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican and other Latin American bands bring in a varied crowd. A flashy mirrored-and-sunburst decor, linen tablecloths and candlelight attract a mix of young and old, singles and couples. Gemini's partner club, Casas Viejas, at the same address, offers a restaurant-type atmosphere that draws an older crowd. Plenty of live music, including mariachis and old-style salsa, make dancing a must. Both are open Thursday through Sunday. Call 954-923-9255.

  • Coco Loco's Night Club
    Located at 2101 S. University Drive in Davie, just one block south of I-595, this used to be Vinnie's. Fridays and Saturdays you can dance to Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Merengue and Bachata although mostly Colombian, from 9pm to 4am. Call 954-475-2006. 
     

  • Cafe Iguana Beach Place
    598 Atlantic Blvd.  (954) 463-7222.  Latin night on Wednesday at the Beach 

  • Latin Q Nightclub 
    Saturdays:  1661 South Congress Ave.  

  • The Paladium
    Located in the Peppertree Plaza, entrance off Sample Road, behind Publix, facing 441 (State Rd. 7).  Beautiful room, 3 bars and 2 wonderful WOODEN DANCE FLOORS!  Hustle classes on Wednesdays and Salsa on Thursdays;  Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 4 a.m., admission $10.00.  954-977-0565. 5688 W. Sample Road, Margate. 




  • Joe Allen - 1787 Purdy Ave. Miami, FL 33139
    305-531-7007. A Broadway mainstay in the Big Apple, Miami's Joe Allen may not be as showy, but it's certainly a major draw for those seeking a helping of comfort food with a side of local flavor. In addition to the local politicians who come here, regulars include sometime Miamian Rosie O'Donnell, Janet Reno and fashion photog Bruce Weber.
  • Jack's Old Fashion Hamburger House - 4201 N. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
    954-565-9960. If you've got a hankering for a third or half-pound hunk of meat, Jack's is the place to go. And while the basket of fries is top-notch and in its own category when it comes to the fast-food fry wars, there's something even cooler about Jack's that puts the other fast-food burger joints to shame -- they serve root beer here.
  • New Chinatown 5958 - S. Dixie Highway South Miami, FL 33143 305-662-5649. Always bustling with locals and University of Miami students, especially on Sunday nights, this nondescript Chinese restaurant is pretty standard as far as cuisine is concerned.

  • Christine Lee's - 17082 Collins Ave. Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 305-947-1717. This landmark restaurant satisfies the need for a reputable Chinese restaurant in the North Miami Beach area. A bit on the pricey side, Christine Lee's is a favorite of those seeking above-average Szechuan and Mandarin specialties.

  • Tropical Chinese - 7991 SW 40th St. Miami, FL 33155 305-262-1552. Carts brimming with all kinds of dumplings, steamed chicken feet, steamed chicken buns and much more pass by tables in a palatable parade of Asian delicacies.

  • Sergio's - 9330 Southwest 40th St. Miami, FL 33156 305-552-9626. To make your decision easier, the Cuban sandwich, a simple staple of roast pork, Swiss cheese and pickles, is a must-eat, as is the Palomilla grilled steak -- a bargain and enough to serve several people.

  • Sundays on the Bay - 5420 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne, FL 33149 305-361-6777. With dockside seating and a full menu of Florida favorites crafted out of oysters, grouper, shrimp and lobster, Sundays is a great spot to stop for a few drinks and a snack, but make sure it's on the weekend, when the restaurant is packed with an amusing conglomeration of salty locals and scantily clad bathing beauties just off the boat.

  • Biscayne Cafeteria - 147 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL 33134 305-444-9005. With dishes like buttery mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, crispy fried chicken, fresh collard greens, cornbread, matzoh ball soup, and hearty chicken and dumplings, how could anyone still be cranky after tucking into this kind of soothing cuisine?
  • Henry's - 16850 Jog Road Delray Beach, FL 33446
    561-638-1949. The menu here consists of hearty American favorites, such as clam chowder, braised short ribs and giant salads. The oversized burger and fries platter will have you licking your fingers.

  • The Cheesecake Factory - 3015 Grand Ave. CocoWalk Miami, FL 33133 305-447-9898. This is upscale chain food, with class as well as sass, and the more than 258 menu items are innovative enough to keep you coming back. Dessert may reign here, but Factory meatloaf, Caribbean steak, heavenly mashed potatoes, and pad Thai with chicken or shrimp please everyone.

  • Hard Rock Cafe - 401 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132 305-377-3110. Miami's Hard Rock Cafe, located in Miami's Bayside Marketplace (a shopping and dining mecca) offers traditional cafe fare in a casual atmosphere. Be sure to try the Santa Fe spring rolls and hickory-smoked chicken and spinach dip for starters.

  • Chuck E. Cheese - 20335 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami, FL 33180 305-936-0011. There's pizza, cheeseburgers, salads and other goodies. And did we mention the huge game room? Here you'll find everything from modern video machines to old-time skeet ball (there are prizes, too).

  • Rainforest Cafe - 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd. Sunrise, FL 33323 954-851-1015. There's a child's menu that includes pizza, burgers and hot dogs, while the adult menu has ribs, shrimp, steaks and other offerings for more sophisitcated tastes. And don't miss the Volcano for dessert: Three chunks of fudge brownie topped with two large scoops of vanilla ice cream served with a lit sparkler that provides that "eruption" effect.

  • Shorty's - 9200 S. Dixie Highway Miami, FL 33156 305-670-7732. Shorty's, a Miami tradition since 1951, has people lining up on a nightly basis for some of the city's best BBQ. Hardly fancy and nothing like its neon-lit neighbors, this BBQ shack is known for succulent ribs and chicken, smoke flavored, slow cooked and soaked in a delicious sauce.
  • Bugatti: The Art of Pasta - 2504 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coral Gables, FL 33134 305-441-2545. You can choose from a plethora of pastas, including pesto- and ricotta-stuffed ravioli, tortelloni with rich porcini sauce and chicken-filled ravioli crowned with curry sauce and sprinkled with apples and raisins.

  • Oggi Caffe - 7921 NW Second St. Palm Plaza Shopping Center Miami, FL 33126 305-269-1022. The pasta e fagiola, a hearty soup brimming with beans and vegetables, is a meal in itself and puts Campbell's to shame. Small and slightly harried, Oggi is a family favorite with regulars who come here often enough that they become part of the decor, adding to the overall charm of the place.
  • El Rancho Grande - 1626 Pennsylvania Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305-673-0480. A local favorite, El Rancho Grande is blissfully located on a side street off the well-trod path of Lincoln Road, providing a much-needed Mexican sanctuary from the pedestrian mayhem. Many people find themselves escaping in El Rancho Grande's massive portions of well-prepared, flavorful food, starting with a mongo margarita and heaping basket of chips dipped into zesty homemade salsa.

  • Paquito's - 16265 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33160 305-947-5027. Portions here are large and often enough to share, but for the best deal around, order the burrito, taco or enchilada combo plates. For the more adventurous, the steak with chocolate sauce is outstanding and not what you'd expect from Hershey's.

  • San Loco - 235 14th St. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305-538-3009. Fast food in concept but fancier in taste, San Loco is open until the sun comes up, satisfying the craving for fresh, fast Mexican at almost all hours of the day and night. The guacamole is homemade, and the tacos, burritos and enchiladas slinging from the counter are all guaranteed to please.
  • Cisco's Cafe - 5911 NW 36th St. Virginia Gardens, FL 33166 305-871-2764. An unabridged list boasts delicious burros, including the Cancun burro, a soft flour tortilla filled with shrimp, crab and rice topped with white cream sauce and Monterey Jack cheese. Chimichangas, tacos, burritos and full dinner plates are also available.

  • Casola's Pizza - 2437 SW 17th Ave. Miami, FL 33145 305-858-0090. In addition to being one of Miami's best pizza places, Casola's is also one of the cheapest, making a budget diner feel as if he or she is splurging on a fabulously decadent, pricey meal.

  • The Big Cheese - 8080 SW 67th Ave. Miami, FL 33143 305-662-6855. Always bustling thanks to its low prices and massive portions, the Big Cheese is a traditional Staten Island-style Italian joint. There's nothing fancy about the place, which is why everyone seems to, er, fancy it.

  • Atlantic's Edge at Cheeca Lodge - 81801 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 82.5 PO Box 527 Islamorada, FL 33036 305-664-4651. Although the restaurant's original star chef Dawn Sieber is long gone, the tradition she inspired is alive and well. Onion-crusted snapper with roma tomatoes and braised artichokes flavored with balsamic vinegar and olive oil is inspiring.
  • Zorbas The Greek Restaurant 
    425 North Federal Highway, Hallandale. (Just south of Hollywood Dog Track) 954-454-1085. Wednesday nights will resume November 7th from 9:30pm to 2am. $5 cover
Shopping
Sports & Recreation
  • Uncle Sam's Music - 1141 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139. You'll find a large selection of new and used domestic and import 12-inch vinyl, LPs, CDs and CD singles. Despite the heavy focus on dance, you'll be presently surprised to find a rather comprehensive selection of R&B and Jazz titles too.

  • Spec's Music - 501 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 Main Phone: 305-276-9055 Fax: 305-534-3316 Toll Free: 305-534-3316. Latin music is obviously a big seller, as is bubblegum pop, but Spec's also carries artists like Sarah Brightman, Kelly Price and A Perfect Circle, plus a wide selection of videos and DVDs.

  • Casual Corner - 7211 N Kendall Dr Miami, FL 33156 Main Phone: 305-666-2875. Stylish and affordable women's clothing, plus personalized service are Casual Corner's hallmarks. As one of the nation's largest and oldest specialty retail chains, it has more than 200 stores nationwide.

  • Nine West - 7553 N Kendall Dr Miami, FL 33156 Main Phone: 305-665-3103 Fax: 305-665-9728 Toll Free: 800-267-2227. Because of its wide-range appeal, Nine West has become a footwear staple for women of all ages and tastes. Accordingly, these smallish stores can get crowded with shoe-waving masses who are trying to flag down the staff. And while accessories are stationed around the floor, the shoes are really the stars of the show.

  • Sawgrass Mills - 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd. Sunrise, FL 33323 954-846-2350. The big-name chains are represented (Brandsmart, Bed, Bath and Beyond), as are the upscale boutiques and outlets (Kenneth Cole, J. Crew) and the less-pricey Claire's and $9.99 Stockroom. The traditional food-court selections of Burger King and Nathan's are accompanied by the tourist-requisite Hard Rock Cafe, as well as fine dining choices the likes of The Wolfgang Puck Cafe and The Cheesecake Factory.

  • Enigma Corp - 927 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 Main Phone: 305-538-6222. Looking for inexpensive but cool clubwear? You've just splurged on a great pair of pants from Agnes B. and now you're looking for the perfect shirt to match? Chances are you'll find it at Enigma.

  • Bloomingdale's - 8778 SW 136th St Miami, FL 33176 Main Phone: 305-252-6300. You'll find lots of blissful brides and gracious grooms checking out the renowned bridal department. In the furniture section, affluent Yuppies contemplating how to redo the condo, while the apparel departments are rich with style hounds looking for the latest fashions. In cosmetics, there's always a team of perfume-toting sales folk who are eager to atomize the crook of your arm.

  • Bikini Jungle - 865 Collins Ave # 739 Miami Beach, FL 33139 Main Phone: 305-534-3660 Fax: 305-534-3660. For the vacationer, there are touristy towels and sweatshirts printed with the Bikini Jungle name. After all, there is a jungle theme going on here, with swimsuits racks that resemble wooden huts and palm trees that seem to be growing out of the store's floor.

  • Enzo Angiolini - 3390 Mary Street #133 Coconut Grove, FL 33133 Main Phone: 305-442-9422. Enzo Angiolini shoes incorporate the two most important elements of shoe design: comfort and style. Stuff your tired old shoes into the darkened back of your closet to make way for some show-stopping Enzos.

  • Parade of Shoes - 125 E Flagler St Miami, FL 33131 Main Phone: 305-374-7222. Shoe mavens rejoice: Parade of Shoes wants women to have a different pair of shoes for every outfit. With prices well below the designer brands they imitate, this may be possible.

  • Kenneth Cole - 190 8th St Miami Beach, FL 33139 Main Phone: 305-673-5151 Fax: 305-673-3848 Toll Free: 800-KEN-COLE. Though Kenneth Cole seems to have made his name hawking fabulous shoes, his offerings have expanded to include menswear, women's wear and an array of deliciously sleek accessories. The Reaction apparel line offers classics with a modern bent. Men's sweaters and shirts are mostly cotton and rayon, and are suitable for the office or a night on the town.



  • Ocean Drive Beaches - Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139. The Ocean Drive beach scene from Sixth to 14th streets is why sun worshippers (and the merely curious) flock to South Beach: so many beautiful people, nearly nude, all on one patch of sand.

  • Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area
    1200 S. Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne, FL 33149 305-361-5811. For a relaxing day at the beach, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area on Key Biscayne is a good bet. The park offers more than a mile of beach for sunbathing, swimming, roller blading, bicycling, fishing and scuba diving.


  • Matheson Hammock Park - 9610 Old Cutler Road Miami, FL 33156 305-665-5475. Matheson Hammock Park may have been the first public beach introduced in the county, but its age doesn't keep it from being one of the best. Locals rave about the park's wonderful beachside area. The enclosed, man-made lagoon is perfect for the little tykes to splash in, while the older generations enjoy the warm (and safe) waters off the beach.

  • Haulover Park Beach - 10800 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33154 305-944-3040. In Sunny Isles Beach, midway between Miami Beach and Hollywood, is Haulover Park Beach, the only clothing-optional beach in the Miami-Dade area. As part of a regional Dade County park, this beach comes with all the usual amenities.

  • Crandon Park - 4000 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne, FL 33149 305-361-7385. If the soft white sand and calm waters don't entice you to journey to Key Biscayne's Crandon Park, then the many activities available at the Family Amusement Center will. Most of the attractions are free, such as the outdoor, old- fashioned roller rink and the seahorse-shaped splash fountain.

  • Miami Seaquarium - 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway Key Biscayne, FL 33149 305-361-5705. If you're mesmerized by marine life, then the Miami Seaquarium should satisfy your aquatic appetite. With a variety of splashy shows, nautical presentations and fishy exhibits, this venue has been delighting Sunshine State residents and tourists since 1955.

  • Fairchild Tropical Garden - 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Coral Gables, FL 33156 305-667-1651. With its collections of palms, cycads, flowering trees, vines and other rare tropical plants, the Fairchild Tropical Garden has made a name for itself as one of the world's premier botanical gardens. Founded in 1938 and named for one of the greatest plant explorers of all time, David Fairchild, the garden encompasses 83 acres of land just south of Miami.

  • Bill Graham Farm Village at Amelia Earhart Park 401 E. 65th St. Hialeah, FL 33013 305-769-2693. Most kids in Miami-Dade County are used to living in the urban environment that the area has become, but the Bill Graham Farm Village at Amelia Earhart Park offers them the opportunity to experience the agricultural living that once covered three-quarters of the region.

  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center - 6767 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne, FL 33149 305-361-6767. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center truly puts the fun in learning. Don't expect to simply browse through an exhibit or stand back and listen to a guide discuss ecology. Here, you'll jump right into a subject -- literally.

  • Arch Creek Park - 1855 NE 135th St. North Miami Beach, FL 33181 305-944-6111. Arch Creek Park may not be the biggest park around, but it packs a big punch in terms of natural history. Ancient Indian tribes provided the inspiration for the park, which was created around a natural limestone bridge formation that was once part of an important Indian trail.