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Weekend Cocktailian: Where to imbibe in Miami

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Season is on with new restaurant openings, Miami Arts Week and plenty of cocktail possibilities. This weekend, enjoy Miami drink culture in every part of town.

Black Friday Bargain

Today takes many of us to through every shopping mall in town. Ocean Prime at the Aventura Mall is offering sound relief from the maddening crowd with an all-day extension of its Prime Hour coupled with a special $15 pre-fixed lunch. Cocktail offerings vary from standards such as the Margarita and the Lychee Martini to more playful options like the Grand Smash, which incorporates lemon and mint into Grand Marnier, and the Whiskey Clover, which tempers Gentleman Jack and Hennessy with honey water, lemon and orange. Featuring options for every imbibing preference, the deal also includes reduced prices on select straight sippers (go for Zacapa or Crown Royal) as well as $7 glasses of wine and $2 off bottled beer.

Wind Down with H Y P E
Bar 721 on Lincoln Lane offers a Black Friday cool-down with its Friday weekly, H Y P E, featuring DJ Brian Zero and a one-time special performance by Stephanie Carcache. If you over-spent during the day, Bar 721's fairly-priced vintage cocktails, complimentary vodka cocktails from 10 p.m to 11 p.m. and vodka bottle service for $125 will de-stress your wallet. The event begins at 10 pm and runs with no cover charge all night.

The Anticipated Finally Arrives
The wait is over; Pubbelly has finally opened its doors this week and is serving up delicious pork options (like pork belly dumplings and mofongo) alongside carefully selected beer, sake and wine lists. Expect a warm tavern atmosphere and food that blends Asian and Latin (particularly Puerto Rican and Spanish) elements at very reasonable prices. Entrees top out at $25 and bottles of wine at $80. Pass by 1418 20th Street on South Beach between 6 p.m and 2 a.m for dinner, light bites, evenings warm-ups and nighttime cool-downs.

Hangover Helper
Sra. Martinez is serving up brunch in small plate sizes perfect for tender tummies that partied a wee bit too much. Pair dishes with gentle drink options such as the Velvet Underground featuring bubbly cava, bitters and Velvet Falernum and the Brazilian Ballerina with caraway-seed cachaça and lemon soda.

Art Basel Pre-Game
Art Basil may not officially begin until Wednesday but Miami Arts Week kicks off Sunday with the MiMo Art Boulevard Biscayne Art Fest. From noon until 8 p.m., meet, engage and participate with artists and their creative process at stations located between 65th and 77th on Biscayne Boulevard. The festival includes all-day music, a culinary station and an opportunity to explore the neighborhood's rich history with a guided walking tour. Stop by RedLight, Moonchine and Michy's to grab a fresh cocktail or a good glass of wine.

Weeknight Spillover
Gifted Rums cordially invites you to join them for a complimentary Botran Reserva Rum Tasting this Tuesday (Nov. 30th). Between 7 and 9 pm at Big Game Liquors in Coral Gables, sample this Guatemalan rum with 60 years of family experience behind it. With a balance of dried fruit, vanilla cream and warm spices, expect a spirit meant for cocktails and straight sipping. RSVP at Gifted Rums.

Pouring in soon...
Tuesday December 7th, Morton's on Miami Beach continues its ongoing Brown Bag Evening at 7 p.m. The monthly event is dedicated to sipping, celebrating and learning about wine one varietal at a time through blind tasting with expert sommelier Chad Lipson. For the next event, rsvp early and bring a bottle of syrah/shiraz from any region. Twenty dollars are all you need for a full evening of wine, lite bites and expert knowledge in a warm atmosphere. Call to reserve at 786-454-4022.

Drink, eat, play and just call the damn cab: 305-444-4444

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