When you plan a trip to the Magic City you don’t typically think about doing anything other than hitting the beach (or pool), experiencing authentic Latin-American cuisine and taking part in the rich nightlife scene that may include, but is not limited to, bottle service, bodycon dresses and a possible after-hours party. But there’s an unlocked door with a world of possibilities behind it when it comes to having a fun night in Miami. Opt for something interesting and off-the-beaten path. Whether it’s one night or a few, your Miami Beach vacation will be one for the books when you take the road less traveled here.
See a Live Performance in an Art Deco Establishment
Catch a band or a comedy show inside the (more than) 50-year-old Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. What started as a place to film shows like the Dick Clark Show, Ed Sullivan Show and Miss Universe pageants in the 1960s has evolved into an intimate concert hall where renowned artists from all over the world come to perform. Past acts have included John Legend, the Roots, Willy Chirino, Gypsy Kings, Phil Collins and many more musical geniuses.
Catch an Outdoor Movie (for free!)
Check the weather report before going all out. There may not be anything worse than the sky opening up just minutes after you’ve set up your blanket, wine and cheese plate. If there’s no chance of rain and you happen to be in Miami Beach on a Wednesday night, head to the New World Center’s ExoStage on the corner of 17th Street and Washington Avenue. The SoundScape Cinema Series screens movies, old and new, on a 7,000-square-foot outdoor projector weekly through the end of May. Make it a night of romance, followed by dinner at a local eatery, or a girls’ night with friends that includes a post-movie cocktail while you recap the film.
Burn Some Calories with an Unconventional Workout
Take a self-guided moonlight bike tour (always wear a helmet, of course) or book a neon tour, which means you’ll be on the water at sunset riding a paddleboard equipped with LED lights, which illuminate five feet under water and 15 feet around the board. Both options allow you to see Miami, literally, in a different light. Another fun option, when the mood — and the moon — is just right: a full moon kayak tour. These excursions take place once a month at the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center and include rowing through peaceful mangrove trails on Biscayne Bay with glow sticks in hand.
Go Bar/Restaurant Hopping without Leaving the Hotel
Did you know Eden Roc Miami Beach and the Nobu Hotel Miami Beach share a property? It’s pretty cool getting to have this two-in-one experience, especially when that means more options for eats and drinks, both indoor and outdoor. Grab breakfast, lunch or dinner inside Nobu Miami. With Chef Nobu Matsuhisa at the helm, Nobu brings Japanese and Peruvian flavors to life with a creative twist. Then, there’s Malibu Farm. This farm-to-table dining experience that overlooks the ocean speaks to those who seek out organic and locally-sourced meals. Even the cocktails have just two to three ingredients for the freshest, most delicious and health-conscious imbibing. Mingle with other guests at the Lobby Bar, where live music or DJs entertain on the regular. Take in the Morris Lapidus-designed and David Rockwell-updated lounge while sipping on a glass of white wine and noshing on some light bites. Yet another option is Aquatica Bar. This one closes at 7 pm daily, so if you’re more of a day drinker, you know where to go. By the Ocean Garden Pool, this isn’t any old beach bar. Breakfast options (like acai bowls or a breakfast burrito) are available for late risers, but you can get salads, sandwiches, pizzas and even dessert here. A bottle of sangria is perfect for sharing while a health-conscious vodka-infused coconut water is better sipped alone.