The best of what to do in and around Miami this week
Big events rule in Miami this week, like the Miami Open tennis tournament and the Winter Music Conference's hundreds of outside pool parties and shows. Chill out away from the crowds with a bike tour through Wynwood's past, or stop by the grand opening of the highly anticipated Glass & Vine restaurant.
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March 18 | Restaurant grand opening
Glass & Vine
Inside Peacock Park sits a dark wooden building—the former Coconut Grove Library—whose interior has been mostly unseen for years. Friday that space reopens as Glass & Vine, a restaurant concept by the local team behind the popular Eating House. Giorgio Rapicavoli—whose accomplishments include making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, winning Food Network’s Chopped, and becoming a semifinalist in the James Beard Awards—will helm the kitchen. Menu items will include things like locally caught fish tartare, grilled duck breast, and red-miso roasted broccoli, helpfully grouped into the categories of sea, land, and garden. Look out for the specialty cocktails, a much needed addition to the Grove bar scene.
2820 McFarlane Rd., Miami | (305) 200-5268 | website
March 19 | Art bike tour
Wynwood Art & Design District Bike Tour
The always-perfect Miami weather is a great excuse to go bicycling any day. Combine an easy ride with a lesson in the history of what is arguably Miami’s coolest district, Wynwood, for a truly blissful morning. Your guide from the HistoryMiami Museum will take you through how the former textile warehouse district became the world’s largest outdoor art gallery as you glide past gorgeous murals and outdoor art installations.
10 a.m.–2 p.m. | Panther Coffee, 2390 NW 2 Ave., Miami | $20 | website
March 21–April 3 | Sports
Rumor has it this premier tennis tournament might be moving out of Miami next year, so now’s the time to see it live in its original home. The best players in the world have been coming out to compete at the Miami Open on Key Biscayne for three decades now. Miami’s laid-back vibe shines through here, too: The Miami Open has the reputation of being the most unbuttoned of the tennis majors, with on-site drinks and casual restaurants ranging from sushi to Latin grill.
Times vary | Crandon Park, 7300 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne | From $9 | website
March 21–24 | Music conference & festival
Winter Music Conference
The Winter Music Conference is technically a gathering for the music industry to catch up on trends, mingle, and attend workshops—but it’s also a time when musicians from all genres and from all over the world are in town playing special gigs. The number of those satellite events has soared to 400 thanks to next week’s finale event, Ultra Music Festival. The giant three-day electronic dance music event routinely sells out (if you’re looking for last-minute tickets, we suggest Craigslist or Stubhub), and brings in over 1,900 DJs and producers playing every genre from house and techno to trance and hardstyle.
Times and locations vary | From $10 | website
Now open | Bar
Bar Lab’s Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi have opened a new bar and lounge, the Anderson, in the space that was formerly Magnum Lounge. The team who will oversee the elevated bar food (including Alex Chang of the Vagabond) will combine those eats with a killer cocktail list. Outside, the vibe will be decidedly Bahamian, frozen drinks and all.
709 NE 79th St., Miami | (305) 757-3368 | 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.