Get your game on – or take a pass

Just because the Super Bowl is taking place in a city other than ours doesn’t mean the big game isn’t a big deal. Or so hope the owners of Miami watering holes throwing a party to celebrate. Take Strike Miami at the Dolphin Mall, for instance, a place some would actually consider to be as remote a party place as, say, Pittsburgh or Green Bay. Forget location, however, and consider Strike’s game day specials beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday: $44 per person unlimited bowling, shoe rental and, better yet, unlimited draft beer and a gourmet buffet. Over at Strike’s sports bar, $5 beer and well drinks. Plus, you can always bowl if you’re not digging The Bowl.

Fairmont Turnberry Isle’s Willow Stream Spa has come up with its own version of NFL specials, NFL in this case meaning “Non Football Lovers,’’ who can take advantage of $50 half time treatments on Super Bowl Sunday or Saturday. To book that special, call 305-933-6930.

But back to those who care about the game. At Finnegan’s River, the third annual Tailin’ It party starts at noon Sunday and features $9 pitchers of Coors Light; $3.50 pints of Miller Lite; $2 stone crabs; $2 for a trio of oysters and a live performance by the Spam All-Stars and music by DJ Miguel G. Oh yeah, and the game, too.

But football isn’t the only game in town over the weekend. Taking place at 8 p.m. Saturday at Club 5 0 at The Viceroy Miami is Operation Smile’s second annual Little Black Dress fundraiser event and cocktail soiree featuring a performance by American Idol alum Syesha Mercado and appearances by former Atlanta Falcons player Gerald Riggs, his son, sportscaster Gerald Riggs, Jr., Stomp the Yard actor Alfred Thomas and Miss Latina International Esther Dollar. The event will feature a runway show of little black dresses designed by 10 Miami designers, food, drink, and more. Tickets are $30 and available at

Reopened in the South of Fifth ’hood is Cozy Piano Bar, whose new Sunday night karaoke night, Coco Bordello, will feature 1980s costumes, bottle specials and singers whose questionable talents (or lack thereof) make you yearn for the return of Simon Cowell. Screeching begins at 8 p.m. RSVP not necessary but it’s BYOA (Bring Your Own Auto Tune).

New and healthy is The Carillon Lounge opened at the Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa, which features a full selection of biodynamic and sustainable wines, spirits and beers and a bar menu of healthy light bites that won’t have you drunk texting 1-800-Call-Jenny anytime soon. That may change, however, after you stuff your face with paella at Maya Tapas & Grill’s new Friday Spanish night taking place at the restaurant’s 530 Ocean Drive location every week from 7 to 10 p.m. Luckily, following the fast, there’s rumba flamenco and live guitar by David Fernando so you can work off the calories right then and there.

For those who like to work it all off in the comfort of their own homes, there’s Sunday Coolout, the new radio show created by Miami based DJs Maneuvers and Sire Esq., resident spin doctors at the Champion Sound party Wednesdays at The Electric Pickle. Airing 3 to 5 p.m. every Sunday on 88.9 FM WDNA and streaming on the web at, Sunday Coolout, says Sire, is “based around music with jazz, funk, soul, both old and new, and other material that is rarely heard on the local radio dial.”

Finally, rarely heard and rarely seen are the well behaved kids over at the Fisher Island Day School, whose annual red carpet benefit gala takes place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the swanky island’s Palazzo del Mare and features cocktails by Grey Goose, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live and silent auction, fashion show, casino, acrobatic performances, dancing and comic Heather McDonald, a Chelsea Lately regular, who will perform and emcee the event. Tickets are limited and $350 a seat; available by calling 305-531-2350.


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