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Romantic Miami

Sip the Night Away
Romantic Miami
Miami is one of the world’s sexiest cities, whether you’re poolside, beachside, or just soaking up the atmosphere. From the cool galleries to the white-hot restaurants, the excitement is nonstop, and it’s easy to get swept away.
By GiAnna Wyatt, AFAR Local Expert
Photo courtesy of Conrad Miami
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    Sip the Night Away
    Sip the Night Away
    Miami is home to some exceptional wine bars. Take the elevator up to the 25th floor of the Conrad Miami to Atrio Restaurant and Wine Room, with panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic night out. Also check out Cibo Wine Bar, a contemporary take on an Italian winery that offers 3,500 bottles of premium wines. Cibo is known for its “wine fairies”—women who are hoisted into the air in a kind of sling to grab your wine of choice from the towering and extensive racks of bottles.
    Photo courtesy of Conrad Miami
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    Romance on the Water
    Romance on the Water
    Charter one of the many boats along Ocean Drive and get out onto the water to enjoy some of downtown Miami’s and the beaches’ best sights. Cruising down the bay past Star Island with a company like Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Cruise is a fun way to see Millionaire’s Row and the gorgeous Miami skyline. You’ll also see the lovely islands of Brickell Key and Fisher Island, and the big cruise ships leaving the Port of Miami. Choose an evening cruise and you can enjoy a glass of champagne and a light meal while the cool breeze and sparkling ocean set the scene for a special date night.
    Photo courtesy of Island Queen Cruises
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    Movie Night in Miami
    Movie Night in Miami
    There’s nothing boring about an old-fashioned “movie and a dinner” date night when you’re in Miami. Head to the Miami Beach Cinematheque, a small boutique theater housed in a historic Art Deco building where every seat—there are only 50 of them—is close to the screen. There’s a cool, intimate vibe here and a quality food and beverage service that you won’t find at a commercial theater. Prefer to be outdoors? You can snuggle on the lawn of the New World Center and watch a film or live performance as it’s projected on the side of the building.
    Photo courtesy of Mike Butler/The Miami Beach Cinematheque
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    Sunday Is Brunch Day
    Sunday Is Brunch Day
    Alfresco brunch isn’t a trend in Miami Beach: It’s part of the locals’ lifestyle. Most good brunch spots offer bottomless mimosas, and if you’re looking for a particular type of food, you’ll have plenty of options. Yardbird serves good old Southern favorites and creative cocktails. A Sunday hot spot is Quinto La Huella, which offers a larger-than-life brunch in its outdoor gardens. The ultimate brunch buffet is at Zuma, for an izakaya-inspired meal, plus sushi, sashimi, and special maki.
    Photo courtesy of Zuma Miami
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    Rocking Love Ballads
    Rocking Love Ballads
    The Olympia Theater features cultural performances by world-renowned artists from a variety of genres. Apart from shows, the theater is an architectural and design gem, with a grand staircase, sculptures, and statues by local artists. The theater features hundreds of famous performers, especially Latin American musicians, each year. If you prefer mostly contemporary sounds, check out who's playing at The Fillmore Miami Beach, which hosts a variety of acts, including popular bands and classic entertainers.
    Photo by Johnny Louis/agefotostock
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    Gallery Hopping
    Gallery Hopping
    The art galleries in Midtown, Downtown, Wynwood, and South Beach feature contemporary art as well as traditional fine art, glass art, paintings, sculpture, fine art photography, prints, and other types of visual art. Notable museums include The Wolfsonian, at Florida International University, which displays art by local students, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, for abstract and modern art and sculpture. Regardless of whether you are a serious buyer, browsing the works of local artists with your loved one is a great way to spend an afternoon.
    Photo by Lynton Gardiner