Indulge in Miami this week. First, toast summer at a cocktail party for a good cause hosted by Izzy’s Fish & Oyster. Enjoy discounted prices on the city’s dreamiest spa treatments, and find authentic Americana in Coconut Grove for the Fourth of July. Then, stop by Seagrape for the restaurant’s new lunch and dinner tasting menus, available in the summer months only.
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June 30 | Food
Drinks Ahoy Party
Izzy’s Fish & Oyster is hosting a summer soiree with cocktails, a fish fry, and bar snacks courtesy of James Beard Award–winning chef Allen Susser. Notable bites will include Chef Susser’s devils on horseback—bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese and Sriracha—and lobster rolls with mango and pickled fresno peppers. Miami’s own DJ YSL will provide the tunes, and, as if all this weren’t enough, the whole event benefits a good cause. Proceeds go to Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” campaign to end childhood hunger in the United States.
6–8 p.m. | Izzy’s Fish & Oyster, 423 Washington Ave., Miami Beach | $35 | website
July 1–August 31 | Spa
Miami Spa Month
Now is the time to work out that kink in your neck, have that seaweed wrap you’ve been eager to try, or get that oxygen facial you saw on TV. More than 40 of the finest spas in Miami participate in Miami Spa Month, a two-month program during July and August in which low prices are offered in response to the high temperatures. One participant of note is the new Tierra Santa Healing House at Faena Hotel Miami Beach, where they’re combining traditional South American healing ingredients with modern techniques to give you the most of your 80-minute massage.
Times, locations & prices vary | website
July 2 | Concert
Sublime with Rome
An outdoor Sublime concert is the perfect way to kick off your Fourth of July weekend. Sublime with Rome is the collaborative project of Eric Wilson, a former member of the band Sublime, and singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez. Together they’ll take over Bayfront Park, Miami’s amphitheater with a view of the water, for a show that pays tribute to Sublime before the death of frontman Bradley Nowell. The Dirty Heads and Tribal Seeds will open the night with groovy reggae performances.
6:30 p.m. | Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | From $35 | website
Fourth of July in Coconut Grove
Classic Americana is hard to find in trend-driven Miami, but you can still have a good old-fashioned July 4th in Coconut Grove. Celebrate America’s birthday with a picnic at The Barnacle, and then make your way to the hot dog–eating competition at CocoWalk at 6 p.m. From there, head to Peacock Park to get a good spot for the 9 p.m. fireworks show. Celebrate the Miami way and pop a bottle of champagne in time with the first crackling display.
Times and locations vary | Free | website
New menu | Restaurant
Seagrape Summer Tasting Menu
Seagrape at The Confidante (formerly The Thompson Miami Beach) is catering to the local crowd this summer with a tasting menu that precedes the official tasting event of the season, Miami Spice, which kicks off in August. The Florida- and Caribbean-inspired restaurant focuses on local ingredients, and its new menu will showcase the best of the best when it comes to fish, meat, and produce. The three-course lunch tasting menu will only run you $20, while dinner comes in at $35—although we recommend you splurge on the wine pairing add-on for $15 more.
Seagrape at The Confidante | 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | 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.