Big Things Little Havana
Watch out Wynwood. Little Havana is emerging as a very happening spot, first with Ball & Chain, the ongoing renovation of the Tower Theater and now Sidebar, 337 SW 8th Street, opening to the public on Friday, Nov. 7. The brainchild of Miamian Jason Odio in collaboration with Rauel Sanchez of the arty yet simply titled Bar and Nick Katz, Sidebar aspires to “bring a modern and eclectic nightlife and live music to this historic area.” Expected to perform amidst a backdrop of “smoky and sultry decor,” are Austin Paul, Jacuzzi Boys, Steven Clark, Ketchy Shuby, Problem Kids and surprise performances from leading emerging and indie artists. A courtyard will feature traditional beer garden décor with unfinished benches, string lights, and “comfortable cushions for casual conversation.” “I’m honored to open Sidebar on Calle Ocho, which holds such tremendous history for my family. I look forward to bringing a modern take on music, nightlife and ambiance to this street, and being part of Calle Ocho’s renaissance.” Says Sanchez, “We’ll be bringing a lot of the elements from Bar that people loved, as well as a new brand of art and culture to this emerging neighborhood.” Sidebar will be open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. – 5 a.m.. For more information, please visit www sidebarmiami.com and facebook.com/sidebarmiami.
Coral Gables Royale
A little bit of James Bondian glitz and glam comes to Coral Gables at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 when the Coral Gables Museum’s (285 Aragon Ave.) Young Associates Committee hosts their 4th annual Party on the Plaza. This year’s theme: A Night in Monte Carlo. You’ll get to channel your inner jet setter with casino games including roulette, craps, poker and blackjack. Winners get chips that go towards the purchase of the art on display that night. This year’s exhibit is curated by Brooklyn-based company Create Collect. Included in your $50 admission is Bacardi cocktails and snacks from Books and Books, BrickTops, El Novillo, SushiSamba, Swine, Tarpon Bend The Filling Station & Garage Bar and more. For tickets, click here.
While Joel Gray and Liza Minnelli have yet to make an appearance at The Cabaret South Beach, 233 12th St., at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, Bette Midler, who just announced she’s kicking off her new tour on May 8 and 9 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood (tix on sale December 8), will be there – sort of. Paying homage to the Divine Miss M is the lounge’s Legends Tuesdays party featuring performances by drag diva Electra channeling her best Bette joined by the talented cast of the tuneful hot spot. Those who recall Midler’s performance many moons ago at the long gone, beloved Salvation can reminisce about the halcyon days and seek solace in the fact that The Cabaret exists and that there’s no cover.
Full moons are always worth celebrating unless they are the kind emerging from your plumber’s jeans and then, well, that’s another story. Celebrating a full crack, er, lunar fullness is Wynwood’s TSL Lounge, 167 NW 23rd St., where, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7 there’s free admission before 11 p.m. for all drummers, musicians and performers with “proper instruments and spinning props/gears.” If not, you’ll pay $10 to $15 cover for a night of music, interactive art, body and face painting, tarot readings, dancers, fire performances, massages, holistic vendors and more. Suggested dress code is “bright sunfire attire in honor of the Phoenix.” For more information and tickets click here.