Once a no-man's-land after dusk, and the nine-to-fivers departed for rush hour, today Miami's downtown is a thriving dining and entertainment scene that promises, with the championships of the Miami Heat and the rise of the user-friendly Miami Marlins Stadium, to only keep developing.

In fact, the American Airlines Arena gets a ton of extra use in the basketball off-season, with everything from Barnum & Bailey's Circus events to Lady Gaga concerts taking place there. Next door, Bayside Marketplace, where visitors can catch everything from a live concert to a "Duck Tour" to a small ship setting sail on a sunset cruise of the islands in Biscayne Bay, continues to offer an assortment of shopping, drinking and tasting opportunities. The Port of Miami, where the cruise ships depart, often dock for a day or two, allowing guests time to explore the city; likewise, if you're staying in Miami for a time, a weekend cruise to the Bahamas is always an option.

Near Biscayne Bay, Mary Brickell Village provides similar services as Bayside in the business district, albeit more expansively and more expensively. Martini bars and oyster bars raise the bar here, giving those in the sector a place to take clients as well as meet after hours for cocktails. Another high-end option: high-rise hotels. Completed in the last couple of years, boutique-style lodgings such as the Epic and Viceroy—and their respective restaurants Area 31, Zuma and Eos—have brought more than a dash of eco-urban style to these formerly mean streets. At the catty-corner J.W. Marriott, über-chef Daniel Boulud moved in his superior db bistro, much to the delight of full-service foodies.

Another peer of the realm, Norman Van Aken, reigns over the working dining room at the Miami Culinary Institute, which is part of Miami Dade College, located on the Wolfson Campus. This campus is also the site of perhaps the largest book fair in the country, the Miami Book Fair International, attracting more than 350 authors to read and discuss their work every November.

If that's not enough culture, check into the museums in the Metro-Dade Cultural Center, particularly HistoryMiami. Formerly the Historical Museum of South Florida, this is worth a visit not only for its exhibits—as relevant as "The Guayabera: A Shirt's Story" to "Teen Miami," teen-related artifacts from the 1930s-1990s—but for its walking, biking, boat and coach tours. You can join historians on the Miami River, at the Miami Circle, in the Everglades, at the Tropical Fruit & Spice Park…the list, like Miami's many attractions, is endless.


13th And Ocean Drive
Club 1771
Club Life
Casino Princesa
Cristal Night Club
Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
Mia at Biscayne
I/O Lounge
Lyric Theater
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (The)
Ashe Auditorium at James L. Knight Center
Drake's Bar
The River Oyster Bar
Soya e Pomodoro
Mrs. Mendoza's
Bayfront Park Amphitheater
Ted's Hideaway
ECCO Pizzateca and Lounge
Zno Nightclub
White Room
Big Fish
Knight Concert Hall At The Adrienne Arsht Center
Club 90 Degree
Mekka Miami Nightclub
Post Restaurant & Lounge
Club 50 Miami
Bar at Level 25 (The)
Upper Eastside Garden
Karu& Y Ultralounge
Regatta Bar and Grill
River Lounge
Tobacco Road
American Airlines Arena
Los Ranchos Restaurant-Bayside
Duo Restaurant & Bar
Concert Association of Florida
James L. Knight Center
Morton's of Chicago
South Florida Youth Symphony
Noir Bar
Studio A
Parkwest Nightclub
Grass Restaurant and Lounge
Miami City Club
The District
Mac's Club Deuce
Piccadilly Garden Restaurant and Lounge
Florida Grand Opera
Manuel Artime Theater
Miami Arena
Blue Martini
Bricks Nightclub
Transit Lounge
Power Studios
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Bongo's Cuban Cafe
Area 51
Hardaway's Firehouse Four
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Carnival Center for the Performing Arts
Grand Central
Magic City Casino
Miami Light Project


The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Bayside Brushes
Upwind Surfing
Downtown Miami
Morays Jewelers
Passage to India
SeaDream Yacht Club
Royal Caribbean International
Art By God
Kirk Jewelers
Da Vinci
Margaret Pace Park
Richard's Gems & Jewelry
Miami Center for the Photographic Arts
Tin Man (The)
Miami Historic Tour
Degen Majka Furniture & Accessories
Miami Science Museum
Miami Art Central (MAC)
Bermuda Bay
Afro-In Books & Things
Bayside Logo Shop
Miami River Historical Jungle Tours
Silver Palace
Parkwest Studios
Island Queen Cruises
HistoryMiami - formerly Historical Museum of Southern Florida
Artisan Antiques Art Deco
Casino Princesa
Freedom Tower
Monster Fishing
Biscayne Boulevard
Taha Shoes
Spa 1111
Afternoon Delights
Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Miami
Spa at Mandarin Oriental (The)
Spa Chakra
Rubell Family Art Collection
Miami Golf Discount
Miami Arena
Port of Miami
Miami Art Museum at the Miami-Dade Cultural Center
Ten Museum Park
Rue de France
Bayfront Park
Tina Hills Pavillion
Bayside Marketplace
World Resources
Unity on the Bay
Miami Art Museum
Impact Zone
The Moore Space
Vintage Jules & Watches
Temple Israel
The Wallflower Gallery
Evelyn S. Poole Ltd. Antiques Gallery
Flagler Dog Track & Sports Entertainment Center
Bowtique (Le)
Aqua Tours/ El Loro Pirate Boat
Jungle Island
Bank Of America Tower At International Place
Bicentennial Park
Buchwald's Jewelers
Latin American Art Museum
Hat Attack
Miami Fantasias
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral


The People's Bar-B-Que
Katz Deli
Morton's, The Steakhouse - North Miami Beach
Botequim Carioca Brazilian Bar & Grill
Pasta Del Giorno
Raja's Indian Cuisine
Fratelli Lyon
Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita
Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill
Atrio Restaurant at Conrad Miami
Post Restaurant & Lounge
Fratello Ristorante
Crazy About You
Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab House - Miami
Brickell Irish Pub
Vino E Olio
Segafredo - Brickell
Los Ranchos - Bayside
Fuegovivo Churrascaria - Miami
Andiamo Brick Oven Pizza
The District
Charcuterie Restaurant
Graziano's - Brickell
Zucchero Ristorante-Bistro
Pacific Time
Zuperpollo Restaurant
Zuma Japanese Restaurant - Miami
Red Light Little River
El Gran Inka - Brickell
Il Gabbiano
Wynwood Kitchen and Bar
Indochine Bistro
Grill 305
Karu& Y Ultralounge
Duo Restaurant & Bar
Garcia's Seafood
Mambo Cafe
Urbanite Bistro
Mercadito Midtown
Tony Chan's Water Club
Nonna Maria Ristorante
Marinheiro Restaurant
STK Miami
Club 50 at Viceroy Miami
Mia at Biscayne
Park West Nightclub
SUGARCANE raw bar grill
Tobacco Road
Moonchine Asian Bistro
ECCO Pizzateca and Lounge
Puntino Downtown
La Loggia Restaurant
JB Kitchen & Bar
Cafe Sambal
Noir Bar
Texas de Brazil Churrascaria
Bar at Level 25 (The)
Baru Urbano
Indigo at the InterContinental Miami
Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill - The Standard Hotel
El Bodegon Gallego
db Bistro Moderne Miami
Transit Lounge
Devita's Restaurant
Sustain Restaurant
Lo de Lea Argentinian Grill
Kantauri Seafood Restaurant
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Rosa Mexicano
Islas Canarias
Kukaramakara Club
City Chef Catering
North One 10
Big Fish
Voyage Ultra Lounge Miami
Power Studios
Novecento - Brickell
Acqua at Four Seasons Miami
Piccadilly Garden
94th Aero Squadron
The River Oyster Bar
Blue Martini
Graziano's Miami
S & S Restaurant
Sra. Martinez
CineBistro @ Dolphin Mall
Manny's Steak House of Miami
Sci Sci at Brickell
Oceanaire Seafood Room
Capital Grille
Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
Balans - Brickell
Bali Café
Blu Moon Restaurant and Lounge
Soya e Pomodoro
Mrs. Mendoza's
Taste of Bombay
Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant
Bloom Restaurant
Hyde at SLS Miami - SBE
Grimpa Steakhouse
Anise Waterfront Taverna
Trapiche Room (The)
Kork Wine and Cheese Bar
Alhambra Restaurant
Uva 69
Miami City Club
Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
Cafe Le Glacier
Brasserie Brickell Key
Cane Fire Grille - Miami Airport Marriott
Area 31
Trattoria Dolce Vita
Patacon Pisa'o
Brickell Emporium
Provence Grill


Sheraton Biscayne
Island Club at Brickell Key
Radisson Hotel Miami
Mandarin Oriental

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