When you hear the words “girls weekend in Miami,” you’d be forgiven for thinking loud electronic beats, crazy party vibes under the beating sun, smug displays of social statues and a less than desirable crowd of gawking men. Not that we’re implying that’s a bad thing – everyone craves those party vibes from time to time. But when the Supper team recently visited Miami, we were pleasantly surprised at the cities’ beautiful design, cleanliness and one hell of a gentrified art district. Here are our recommendations for brunching, sleeping, eating, boozing and partying.
1. The Freehand – The Freehand ticks several boxes for a weekend in Miami. Comfy beds with a good hostel crowd, as well a popping bar and excellent restaurant. Make a reservation for the restaurant as it books out quickly, and definitely try the cocktails and the burger with bacon-jalapeño jam.
2. Panther Coffee – The place to get coffee when you’re strolling Wynwood’s art walls. Be prepared to line up, but you’ll walk away with an excellent brew. Don’t forget to buy some beans to take home too.
3. Michaels Genuine – Wash away the pains and gossip about last nights debauchery at Michaels Genuine in the fanciest part of Wynwood. Don’t let that statement deter you though; while Prada and Mui Mui surround the al fresco dining area, the prices are affordable and the vibes are chill. Savor your oysters and small plates of Kimchi Benedict and Duck Hash to the soft jazz tunes and perfect brunch cocktails.
4. The Shore Club – If a crazy, fashionable pool party at the likes of the SLS isn’t your scene, try out the Shore Club on the beach for decent prices, a relaxed but really fun crowd, chill DJs by day and a welcoming atmosphere. No ‘you don’t belong’ stare downs here. The pool is big and beautifully designed too.
5. Lagniappe – For a more chill start to your evening, grab a bottle of wine and a selection of cheese out of the fridge and take it out back to the giant garden with a plethora of seats. Live jazz bands or old school tunes will set the tone perfectly for a good night out.
6. Bardot – For late nightclub dancing without the big cover fees and different floors, head to Bardot. There is a pool table, lounges, a dance floor, and a decent rotation of House DJs.
7. The Electric Pickle Co. – Fun late night dancing to a variety of DJs playing electronic & house beats under a trippy disco ball, all inside a log-cabin interior feel with creepy artwork on the walls.
8. The Purdy Lounge – Good for a quick stop on your way home; reggae beats keep the late night crowd popping til the early hours.