Parties, cocktails, concerts and shoes to celebrate Art Basel

De La Soul

Room for Drinking
Giorgio Rapicavoli, whose pop up Eating House has turned into one of Coral Gables’ most permanent must eats, is launching the Drinking Room, a pop-up bar at the Hotel Astor (956 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) Tuesday, December 3 and will be open daily through New Year’s Eve. On the menu: Tenth & Washington made with tequila, guanabana, lime, jalapeno and cilantro; Grow A Pear featuring spiced scotch, velvet flanerum and roasted pear; Daniel San prepared using ‘jojo green tea’ vodka, yuzu, shizo and rambutan;  and small plates including Carbonara Croquetas with Arborio rice, black truffle, bacon and parmigiano among other things. During Art Basel (Dec. 5-8), chef Janice Wong of Singapore will partner with Rapicavoli to create edible art installations that will hang on the walls. Off the wall, no?

Even More Booze
Speaking of rooms for drinking, open to the Baseling and non-Baseling public as of the expected opening date of November 25, is Cipriani Downtown Miami’s new lower level Cipriani Bar, 465 Brickell Ave. We confirmed with a rep and, thus far, the Cipriani Bar is a Basel-free zone (BFZ) when it comes to events.

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An Art Basel Party Open to the Public
Miami-based footwear and accessory brand Del Toro will host a block party from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 5 at its headquarters in The Wynwood Building (2750 NW 3rd Ave, Suite 22, Miami) featuring custom 1/1 original hand-painted shoes in a variety of Del Toro silhouettes by approximately 50 artists from around the world. Full mural walls by six famed artists – including Stash, Evoca1, Michael Vasquez, Johnny Robles and Magnus – will be unveiled to commemorate the debut of Del Toro’s Art Basel collection. To top it off, barbecue bites will be prepared by Henry Hane, former chef of Eating House, as well as a live musical performance by an undisclosed special guest. Undisclosed guests are the best kind. Even better, this one’s open to the public.

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Bourbon & Blues
Route 66 heads to Swine Southern Table & Bar (2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables) which hosts the Jay Valor Band from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Monday for their popular Bourbon & Blues nights featuring bourbon specials all night long with a live soundtrack with which to wash it down.

Music for All People
Not just for gallerists, artists, and the general Baseling public but for anyone with discerning taste in music, The Stage Miami, (170 NE 38th St.) will be presenting a gallery of the best of old school hip-hop and new urban sounds during the height of Art Basel, featuring De La Soul on Thursday, Dec. 5, the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah on Dec. 6 during Beats & Rhymes Fridays and Black Violin on Saturday, Dec. 7,Three-day passes to all events are priced at $70 and are available online at Enjoy $100 bottle specials and food by the This Is It food truck, the newly-permanent culinary option at the venue. For more information, go to or call 305-576-9577. Doors open at 10 p.m. each night.