Oh What a Night
The swanky new SLS Hotel South Beach (1701 Collins Ave.) is a mecca for food fanatics, scene chasers and celebrities, but it's not cheap. To counter its costliness, all of the hotel's eating and drinking establishments are offering ladies' night specials every Thursday. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Bazaar/Bar Centro, women will get two free glasses of cava; from 6 p.m. to midnight at Katsuya, there's a $35 ladies' menu from which you can choose three from a list that includes: shishito peppers, rock shrimp tempura, baked crab hand rolls, crispy rice with spicy tuna and yellowtail jalapeno; and from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Hyde Beach, it's a full blown open bar.
Saturday's InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball isn't necessarily your daddy's charity affair, but catering to the young (and young at heart) charitable types is the ball's after party, the Make-A-Wish Nightclub, which began a few years ago under the guidance of ringleader Michael Capponi and has morphed into a monster (of the whimsical, festive Lady Gaga kind) of its own, taking place after the main event at 10:30 p.m. Included in the $100 ticket is open bar and entertainment of the musical and visual kind as you never know what sprightly socialite may be dancing on a table next to you. To buy tickets, call 305-695-4410.
Although Halloween is done and gone, Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, is throwing a big fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Masquerade in the Gardens will raise money for the conservation of the former Parrot Jungle property and its assorted educational and cultural initiatives and will feature a performance by Venezuelan singer Thania Sanz, jazz by Debby Orta, cocktails by Bacardi, all sorts of food, jugglers and fire eaters. Oh yes, fire eaters. The party will move into the garden's meadow, which will be transformed into an open air dance floor with tunes provided by the Continental Brass Band and DJ Mike Pileggi. Tickets are $150 per person and available by calling 305-669-6990.
Songs in the Key of Monday
South Beach’s new, swanky karaoke spot Jelsomino (247 23rd St., Miami Beach) has debuted a Monday night party, Out of the Box, hosted by Nicolas Coeur de Roy and Laurent Bourgade and featuring DJ John Cash making sure that not all the music is off key. Doors open at 10 p.m.
For a while it was looking as if the hamburger was Miami's unofficial official food. And from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Fred Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2810 Ponce de Leon Blvd., that very well may be the case thanks to the second annual Burgerliscious festival, featuring over 20 local restaurants competing for best burger as well as music, booze and did we mention burgers? Tickets start at $50, which includes six sliders and two Sam Adams beers. An unlimited burger ticket costs $100. For info, go to www.burgerliscious.com.