Miami is a 24-hour party town, when you can pop bottles next to David Beckham and Drake.
The new Nautilus hotel, in South Beach, has a heated saltwater pool and private cabanas on the teak deck.
Head south for the winter and dine in familiar New York haunts like Quality Meats (1501 Collins Ave., 305-340-3333), Cipriani (465 Brickell Ave., 786-329-4090), Hakkasan (4441 Collins Ave., 877-326-7412), and Il Mulino New York (840 First St., 305-372-1221), or hit Miami favorites like Joe’s Stone Crab (11 Washington Ave., 305-673-0365), Zuma (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577- 0277), or Prime 112 (112 Ocean Dr., 305-532-8112), but there are also new restaurants adding pizzazz to the already booming culinary scene. Michael Mina (Bourbon Steak, MM74) opened Stripsteak (4441 Collins Ave., 877-326-7412) at the Fontainebleau, and Stephen Starr (Makoto, Verde) brought a version of his Philadelphia hot spot The Continental (2360 Collins Ave., 305-604-2000) to Miami, where the notorious cheesesteak eggroll is a crowd favorite. Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio opened the farm-to-table Beachcraft (2395 Collins Ave., 305-604-6700), creating a seaside-grill vibe at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, while James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein opened Floridian brasserie Seagrape (4041 Collins Ave.,786-605-1043) at the Thompson Miami Beach. Executive Chef Stuart Cameron takes Mediterranean food to new levels this season at Byblos (1545 Collins Ave., 305-508-5041), and Red Ginger (736 First St., 305-433-6876) offers sushi, as well as dishes prepared on a binchotan charcoal robata grill, and omakase. Locals are also excited about the recently opened NaiYaRa (1854 Bay Road, 786-275-6005), which brings Thai street fare to Sunset Harbour and is great for late-night eats. Brickell got a recharge to its eat- and-party scene with the addition of both the modern Asian eatery Komodo (801 Brickell Ave.) from nightlife impresario David Grutman and London hot spot Coya (999 Brickell Ave., 305-415-9990) and its members-only lounge. On the beach, 27 Restaurant & Bar (2727 Indian Creek Dr., 305-531-2727) at the Freehand Miami and celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s Driftwood Room (1825 Collins Ave., 305-503-5700) at Nautilus are setting the scene.
...And Be Merry
Miami is a 24-hour party town where you can pop bottles next to a Beckham or Drake at the nation’s hottest nightclubs such as LIV (4441 Collins Ave., 305-674- 4680), Story (136 Collins Ave., 305-538-2424), and Wall (2201 Collins Ave., 305-938-3130) until the middle of the night and Uber over to show-club E11even (29 NE 11th St., 305-829-2911), where the doors literally never close (it’s open 24-7, 365). But a bar scene has surfaced as well with crowds flocking to Bodega Taqueria y Tequila (1220 16th St., 305-704-2145), The Broken Shaker (2727 Indian Creek Dr., 305-531-2727), and Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company (237 20th St., 305-763-8217) for Miami’s take on a New York vibe. There’s something to do every night in this town as per the world-famous LIV on Sundays (“like church”) party and Magnum Mondays at the recently revamped STK (2311 Collins Ave. 305-604-6988), but the best part of reveling Miami style this season is the fact that the fun is no lon- ger just on the beach. Blume Nightclub (1421 S. Miami Ave., 305-577-9811) and El Tucan (1111 SW First Ave., 305-535-0065), where Will Smith recently hopped on stage with the band, are bringing a high-energy crowd to Brickell, Ball & Chain (1513 SW Eighth St., 305- 643-7820) is a Calle Ocho favorite, and Libertine (34 NE 11th St., 305-363- 2120) is the cool-kids’ underground club downtown.