Oculto Manor takes over Soho, sunset cocktails at Seaspice, O, Miami circa 1981 & assorted earthiness

Joining the Oculto
Booze launches are so much cooler than condo ones because they’re not trying to get you drunk to buy real estate, but just to buy much more affordable booze. Kicking off in grand real estate style, however, is Oculto, whose Oculto Manor will celebrate the launch of the lager blended with beer aged in tequila barrel staves. From 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. April 24-26 and April 30-May 2 at Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Ave., the Oculto Manor is a funhouse of sorts where you’ll don a mask and explore a journey “filled with mischief, anonymity, and the promise of something incredible on the other side, including a surprise finale.” The words skinny dipping came up, too, and while it sounds like the way ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ should have been, it’s not quite Kubrikian. Or is it? There will be food and free booze plus nightly performances. You must be 21, of course.  Reserve your tickets now at rsvp.oculto.com. Arrive early. Attendance will be based on capacity. Hashtag?  #MakeSecrets.
 

Sundowning
You don’t need a boat to get to Seaspice’s (422 NW North River Drive) new Sunset Cocktail Hour, but it sure does make a dramatic, sometimes douchey Miami entrance, doesn’t it? However you arrive, make sure to do so from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday when oysters are $2 each, large stone crab $10, jumbo prawns for $3 and an assortment of bar bites are $7. And when in Seaspice, order a bottle, such as the ‘specially priced’ $75 bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial. You’ll fit right in even if you came by broken down, beat up Buick.     
 
 
Retro Not-So-Fab

1981 wasn’t a great year for much, especially Miami. The city had the highest murder rate in history landing itself in Time magazine as the subject of a not so glowing article, ‘Paradise Lost’. But beneath the mess and the constant rotation of Hall & Oates’s number one hit ‘Kiss On My List’, a group of writers were getting together at a tiny Coral Gables book store called Books & Books, putting together some pretty powerful poetry that will be re-read at the O, Miami event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, April 27 at The Kampong, 4013 S. Douglas Road. Michael Hettich will curate a reading while guests sip on 1981-themed food and cocktails by edible South Florida. 80s attire is encouraged, but not mandatory. Tickets are $15 and available at omiami.org.

Down to Earth
Although Earth Day was Wednesday, April 22, the First Annual La Tierra Miami Festival paying homage to our home planet is taking place from 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at Lot14/Railroad Blues, 30 NE 14th St.  The outdoor/indoor event will feature music by The Heavy Pets, Stokeswood, Ghost Owl, Crazy Fingers, 7 Below – A Tribute to Phish, Floyd is Dead and The Funky Nuggets, as well as live art, food, apparel and jewelry vendors and non-profit booths. Tickets are $20 for the 18 and over event, available at www.LaTierra.brownpapertickets.com. Hacky sack not included.

Slow and Steady
Benefiting Slow Food Miami’s Edible Garden Program, the 4th annual Snail of Approval Tasting Party hosted by Belkys Nerey from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Miami Beach Botanical Garden will contradict everything about itself by plowing you with unlimited Grey Goose cocktails, wines, beer and food from places like Edge Steak & Bar at The Four Seasons; Essensia Restaurant + Lounge at the Palms Hotel & Spa; Haven Lounge; The Dutch; jugofresh; 3030 Ocean; Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar; Chef David Schwadron Catering and Event Design; The Naked Bite; Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill at The Standard Hotel and Proper Sausage. It’s all fresh, mostly sustainable, especially in your stomachs, and all for a good cause. Tickets are $85 and available at freshestnightout.brownpapertickets.com.

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