This week in Miami, have a drink straight from New York at the Matador Room, which is hosting mixologists from some of the best bars in the Big Apple. Then check out Festidan, a block party featuring local musicians, or drink up at Wynwood Brewing Company’s third-anniversary party. Enjoy a show put on by Cuba’s preeminent hip-hop group, and attend a lecture on the dark history of Miami—and what that means for the city’s future.
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August 18 | Mixology
Dante and The NoMad Bar Take Over Matador Room
Matador Bar at The Miami Beach EDITION, one of the best-designed hotels on Miami Beach, is bringing in designers of another kind. Every third Thursday of the month, they recruit bartenders from some of New York’s most popular watering holes to work the bar. This month, mixologists from Dante and The NoMad Bar will bring their signature classic aperitifs, mixed drinks, reserved cocktails, and large-format drinks. Stay and take advantage of the ongoing Miami Spice specials at the hotel’s restaurant, Market at EDITION.
9 p.m. | 2901 Collins Ave., Miami | website
August 20 | Street fair
This is the 10th anniversary of Festidan, a free block party in Coconut Grove highlighting local bands, including Spam All Stars, Problem Kids, and more. The event is based at Barracuda’s Taphouse and Grill and will shut down Fuller Street between Grand Avenue and Main Highway for a good old-fashioned block party. Proceeds go to Castaways Against Cancer, a group of kayakers who raise money for cancer research with annual relays.
3–11 p.m. | Barracuda’s Taphouse and Grill, 3035 Fuller St., Miami | Donations recommended | website
August 20 | Drinks
Wynwood Brewing Company’s Third Anniversary
It’s the third birthday of Wynwood Brewing Company, and while that barely puts the place in its toddler years, it makes Wynwood Brewing a veteran of Miami’s uber-young craft beer scene. The brewery is shutting down the street it sits on for a block party to celebrate. There will be live music courtesy of the bands Magic City Hippies and the Grey 8s, as well as food trucks and plenty of beer.
12 p.m. | Wynwood Brewing Company, 565 N.W. 24th St., Miami | Free | website
August 20 | Concert
There are hundreds of orishas, or minor gods, in the Cuban Santería religion, but the term is more likely to call to mind a single force: the Havana-born hip-hop group and international music sensations of the same name. Orishas are a Grammy award–winning group that pioneered Cuban hip-hop, gaining fame on the island they called home, and beyond. One thing’s for sure: They’re bound to get the crowd dancing and moving to their mix of Afro-Cuban, Spanish, and hip-hop jams.
8 p.m. | The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave. | From $50 | website
August 23 | Lecture
White Sand Black Beach
There’s a cool literary event or reading nearly every day at one of the Books & Books locations. This week, head to the flagship store in Coral Gables and learn about the history of desegregation in Miami and the huge role the waterfront played in the process. Miami scholar, activist, and author Gregory W. Bush will lead the talk about his book White Sand Black Beach. It’s not all about the past, though: Bush will also discuss what he sees as necessary shifts in social politics and how this past should inform the future of Miami.
8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables | Free | website
Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.