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.
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!
Wednesday Latin Nights with a live radio broadcast Inside
the Kendall Town and Country shopping center, 8505 Mills Dr,
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)
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.
Live Latin band and DJ Thursday thru Sunday. Spirit Night
Fridays DJ music, Salsa and Merengue. 1000 N.W. LeJeune
Road, in the Airport Regency Hotel. Mostly a younger crowd.
Babalu Bar, Salsa Nights Fridays and Saturdays, Live band
& DJ. 3390 Mary Street, inside the Mayfair, 3rd floor,
Coconut Grove, 305.444.8081.
Thursday Latin Nights with a live radio broadcast. free salsa
class at 9pm. SW 108th Ave & Sunset Drive (305)274-1112.
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
Latin music nights Friday and Saturday starting at 10 p.m.
Latin Rock nights on Thursday. DJ Alejandro. 14505 SW 42 St.
1334 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. (305) 531-3440.
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
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.
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!
- 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...
16480 NW 117th Street, Hialeah Gardens.
A lively Latin dance club Fridays and Saturdays in the Miami
Plaza Hotel, 7707 NW 103rd St,. Miami; 305-825-1000, ext.
Thursday nights this restaurant packs in a college crowd looking
for Latin music. 3048 Main Hwy,. Coconut Grove,
DJ music, Thursday through Sunday, beginning at 10:30 p.m.
until 1 a.m,. 24 Crandon Blvd,. Key Biscayne. (305) 361-7007
Live and DJ music, Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at
57 Ave. & 8 St. SW. (305) 260-0025
on the Bay
5420 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. (305) 361-6777. Fridays
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
Live Salsa music on Saturday nights starting at 10:30 p.m.
501 Lincoln Rd,. Miami Beach; 305-532-9822
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.
Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. (305) 774-1199 Fri &
Sat Live Band
- Saturday Latin Night
Salsa, Merengue and Bachata with International DJ Luis
2079 N. University Drive, Sunrise 954-742-6874
(NW Corner of University and Sunrise)
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.
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
598 Atlantic Blvd. (954) 463-7222.
Latin night on Wednesday at the Beach
Latin Q Nightclub
Saturdays: 1661 South Congress Ave.
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.
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
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
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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.