Memorial Weekend has arrived and this year it seems like it’s going to be bigger then last year! From parties on the sand to the clubs, this weekend it’s all about the biggest names in hip-hop taking over our city! Here are some of the top picks for the weekend.
THURSDAY, MAY 26 Felix De Housecat at Arkadia 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach www.ArkadiaMiami.com Everyone knows that South Beach goes exclusively hip-hop over the weekend, but before the madness starts head over to Arkadia Lounge to get Subliminal with special guest Felix Da Housecat as he serves up a fresh dose of electro, funk house with hits like “Thee Anthem”, “Kickdrum”, “La Ravers”, and more. It all kicks off at 11 p.m.
Dress to impress if you want to get through these doors. Tickets are available in advance at WantTickets.com
FABOLOUS In the Studio at Mansion 1435 Washington Ave., Miami Beach www.MansionMiami.com If you’re in the mood for hip-hop and can’t wait till the weekend, head over to Mansion to get In the Studio with hip-hop superstar, Fabolous alongside DJ Affect. His latest track, “You Be Killin Em’”, off his upcoming sixth studio album Loso’s Way 2: Rise to Power, has become one of the hottest anthems this year and will have all the ladies jamming in their stilettos. Kick off your weekend with Fabolous at Mansion.
Doors open at 11 p.m. and tickets are only $15 in advance on WantTickets.com
FRIDAY, MAY 27 Drake and Lil Wayne at LIV 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach www.LIVnightclub.com The main event for this evening will take place at LIV nightclub where international hip-hop superstars Drake and Lil Wayne will take over and do it up big with a live performance. This will be a star-studded event with a major VIP guest list. Both Drake and Lil Wayne have had an amazing year releasing hit after hit with tracks like Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot” and Drake’s hit “Miss Me” featuring Lil Wayne. These two are a dynamo and on stage they are on FIRE!
Doors open at 11 p.m. (Tip: get their early as this may very well be sold out.)
*** Bonus Event *** Havanna Nights GRAND OPENING Corner of 8th Street and Washington Ave., Miami Beach This week I added two bonus picks . Friday night there’s a new club in town opening it’s doors on South Beach. Welcome Havana Nights located on 8th and Washington (next to where Hot Tuna used to be). Havanna Nights will open its doors hoping to become the premier Latin Music dance club on South Beach. But not quite yet. In keeping with the theme of Memorial Weekend, DJ Low will be on the turntables rocking out with some of the best in hip-hop. Doors open at 10 p.m.
Young Jeezy Takeover at DREAM 1532 Washington Ave., Miami Beach www.dreammia.com Hip-hop weekend is in full effect and one of the biggest names in is taking over Dream Nightclub. Rock out with Young Jeezy alongside DJ Armageddon as he performs LIVE, to give you a preview of hits such as “Ballin” and “All White Everything” off his upcoming album Thug Motivation 103.
Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are currently $40 at WantTickets.com
SATURDAY, MAY 28 *** Bonus Pick*** “Fox Hole” Bash at Cafeina 297 NW 23rd St., Miami www.cafeinamiami.com Take a break from the beach and head over to Cafeina in Midtown to party for a cause as the chic resto-lounge hosts “Fox Hole”. This special event benefits the Armed Forces Foundation with music by DJ Bill Kelly along with beats by Stingray and DJ A-Train as well as a special garden performance by Indie-rock band Addax. Admission is $5 at the door with Military ID. All guests will enjoy complimentary “American Flag” shooters from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. and there will also be food and drink specials all night long with entertainment provided by sexy burlesque dancers and a fireworks display. It all starts at 8 p.m.
For more info and reservations, contact email@example.com or call 305-438-0792.
Robbie Rivera at LIV 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach www.LIVnightclub.com For all my house music lovers, if you didn’t leave town then head over to LIV Nightclub for Robbie Rivera as he takes over one of the hottest clubs on the beach for a special Memorial Weekend event. He’s keeping it sexy with hits such as “We Live for the Music”, “Rock the Disco”, and more.
Doors open at 11 p.m. Dress code strictly enforced (think trendy chic). Admission is currently $75 for advance tickets.
Chris Brown Up Close & Personal After Party at Cameo 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach www.CAMEOmiami.com In keeping with the hip-hop festivities, after you’ve spent an entire day in the sun rocking it out at the Spring Fest Up Close and Personal event on the sand, make your way over to CAMEO nightclub for the afterparty hosted by Chris Brown. This is going to be one of the biggest events of the night as all the superstars come out to play after Spring Fest. Ladies get ready to work it out on the dance floor to some of the best hip-hop and with all the hits. And you never know, Chris Brown may surprise you with a little performance.
It all starts at 11 p.m. For table reservations call 786-235-5800 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY, MAY 30 Jadakiss Birthday Bash at Cameo 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach www.CAMEOmiami.com At this point you’re probably beyond exhausted, but if you’re still in town, make sure to close out Memorial Weekend with a bang! Head back to Cameo for a celebration for one of hip-hop’s finest, Jadakiss. Preview hits off his “I Love You” mix-tape, help him blow out his candles at his birthday bash and say farewell to yet another fabulous holiday weekend on South Beach. It all starts at 11 p.m.
Get excited. We are in Miami and boy is it hot already. Now consider how a fresh sorbet will cleanse your palate and help you cool down. Behold the future of frozen cocktails that includes sorbet. The Real Sorbet cart has launched, offering boozy scoops of fruity refreshment on a street corner near you.
The cart is like an old-school ice-cream vendor that is giving you sorbet like Peach Iced Tea made with fruit from a farm in western Florida. There is also the Orange Espresso, made with fair trade organic coffee.
Lately, they have been found around the Design District or downtown, you should try the Watermelon (ginger, lime and vodka) or the Grapefruit Mint (splash of Barbadian silver rum). Not to mention, they also have a secret sorbet that will only be offered when asked for specifically. This week it’s Mimosa!
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Think about it like this…a marriage between a gastropub and a South Beach club, but minus the big bouncers, crazy amount of smoke and high-priced bottle service. This is what I call a haven.
You have a few options when you hit up this place. You can either reserve the four-seat white onyx bar that flanks the open kitchen. You will be able to observe the former sous-chef of Zuma churn out small plates like the Lobster-Scallop Ceviche with coconut and vanilla oil. You will also find the Duck Duck Quail Burgers with foie gras butter and poached quail egg.
Now if you aren’t on a date, but just going to hang out with some friends you will want to sit beneath the wraparound LCD screens displaying things like Indian temples and photos of the Beatles. There will also be rounds of Pop Drops, which are popsicles made with vodka, cucumber and basil. The end to a great night.
This voyage to the Cuba of yesteryear happens on May 20 at 4 p.m. at Alhambra Circle in Coral Gables, which will be closed down between Le Jeune and Salzedo. The air will be filled with the sounds popular recordings from the ’40s and ’50s courtesy of DJ El Russo as revelers stuff themselves with Cuban treats, swill their traditional Cuban cocktails and puff on hand-rolled tobaccos.
To transport you to the island, vendors will be stationed on the streets, there will be a domino tournament, street performers and participants are encouraged to wear their Cuban-chic finery and starch those guayaberas. Look out for giveaways and raffles at this event to benefit Regis House, a local mental health agency that provides behavioral health care and substance abuse services.
The live performances will begin at sundown with Miami’s own salsa/son songstress Albita to heat things up with her party favorites like ” Que Manera de Quererte” and “Una Mujer Como Yo.” The open–air concert will be followed by the Tremenda Descarga after-party inside The Globe Café.
Exxxotica Expo: So if you are into this kind of thing then you have to go to the Convention Center in Miami Beach this weekend. This whole weekend different pornstar favorites will be appearing. There will be entertainment including musical performances and bikini competitions.
Just in case you didn’t get enough on Cinco de Mayo, I introduce you to Cinco, the home of generously spiked margaritas and sizzling fajitas in Coral Gables. There is a lot to take in when you first enter this haven. First, you will notice that there are more than 300 seats inside and another 30 or so outside. There are also chopper-style bikes positioned over the booths.
You should start your journey at the bar, where you will be graciously greeted with a half a dozen types of ‘ritas. These range from your classic frozen version to a locally influenced mango ‘rita. Once you settle in one of the tables you will want to take a look at the rice-and-beans-con-everything menu, starting with Shrimp Empanadas and segueing to platters of enchiladas and the Tequila Mojo Marinated Skirt Steak. Holy yum.
Side Note: Cinco, (7860 239-0085, Check out menu HERE