4 fab Miami happenings plus one swanky dinner in Fort Lauderdale

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The 9th Annual Miami Take Over Experience brings an estimated 5,000 urban professionals to South Beach from now through July 11.  Get ready for this line-up of activities: From 11 p.m. till 5 a.m. Friday, July 8, a white party at Nikki Beach Club, 1 Ocean Dr.; from noon until 9 p.m. A Sexy on Beach pool party at The National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave., featuring an all-female roster of DJs including Kyra, Chaos and Tamera James plus Matthew (Beyoncé’s dad) Knowles’ newest girl group, Blushhh; a beach clean-up behind the Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins, from 10 a.m. until noon Sunday, followed by a pool party at The National until 8 p.m.; and the grand finale, the 4th Annual Cirque de Wylie, at Icon, 1235 Washington Ave. from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. For ticket information please check out their website http://www.miamitakeover2015.com or you call 954- 609-0566. 

Comfortably Shucked

Keep your New England clam bakes and get a load of Mignonette’s (210 NE 18th St.) Summer Get Happy Hour, every day from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring all of the marvelous mollusk spot’s eight oyster varieties for $2 plus other specials such as $1 raw clams, $2 lobster deviled eggs and, for the ballers – because you know there’s always one in the crowd – a bottle of Ouidonot Champagne and an ounce of Siberian Baerii caviar for $90. “We want to lighten up the hot, hot summer of Miami,” explains Danny Serfer, Chef/Owner of Mignonette as well as MiMo favorite, Blue Collar. “This Get Happy Hour gives our guests a chance to try a few different types of oysters from each coast.”  Patrons will receive a Chinese-menu-style raw bar checklist to pencil in which varieties they would like to order. And that’s not all. There are drink deals, too. “It’s our job to get you appropriately buzzed before 8 p.m.,” General Manager Matt Dinkel says with a smirk.  Dinkel will curate a rotating selection of beers, wines and some bubbles (of course) to feature on this special menu (beer $5, wine $7).  Mignonette will continue to offer 25 percent off all bottles of wine during Get Happy Hour. Dinkel’s Pro Tip: You can reserve tables for Get Happy Hour too! For more information, go to  www.MignonetteMiami.com.

High Rolling

Ok, we know it’s not often you cross the county line and head to—gasp–Broward often, but sometimes it’s worth it just for the story – or, perhaps, in this case, the dinner. FLL hot spots Pizza Craft and Apothecary 330, 330 Himmarshee St., are hosting an haute, hip and happening Chef’s Table dinner at 7 p.m. Monday, July 11. The night starts at Apothecary 330 with amuse bouche and molecular cocktail demos. Then you’ll go next door for a six-course dinner featuring a “guided course-by-course experience where the restaurant’s culinary experts and mixologists delve into each pairing in detail with tableside presentations throughout.” Among the edibles at this soiree: Pacific Gigamoto oysters with pomegranate migonette; sweet breads with hazelnut tograshi and banana dressing; a “menage a trois” of duck featuring foie gras croquette, duck breast, plum gelee, duck confit and Chicharróns; and a dry aged tomahawk ribeye. There will be dessert and constant cocktailing. Tickets are – wait for it – $225 per person. Seating is limited. We asked a rep for the restaurant if that cost includes an Uber and hotel room. The response from Matt Walsh, Director of Marketing for JEY Hospitality Group was this: With having the Spinalis Dorsi Steak, which is the tastiest of all meat and usually highly prized by top chefs, also a Tomahawk Ribeye, Maine lobster, bone marrow, Foie Gras Croquette, the list of quality ingredients and dishes goes on.  This will be the first of many extremely high profile dinners for us.  It is also an all-inclusive dinner at $225 that includes dinner, drinks, tax and tip.” Still in? For reservations, email events@apothecary330.com

Free Movie!

The AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., isn’t empty or sad without a Miami Heat championship or apologetic after a Justin Bieber concert. In fact, at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, the Arena will screen “Zootopia” on a 16-foot, ultra-high def LED screen and 70,000-watt sound system on the XFINITY East Plaza. It’s free, but you need to bring your own chairs or seating. Though it is free, you need to pre-register by downloading the Miami HEAT mobile app. Free parking is on a first come, first served basis at the P2 parking garage on the south side of the arena, and free popcorn is available to all while supplies last. Concession stands will also sell food and drink. A pre-show starts at 7 p.m. and the movie, screens at 8 p.m. www.nba.com/heat

Free Concert!

Craft beer is hip and goes with your Duck Dynasty-esque beard and all, but it doesn’t give you free tickets to a concert at The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., like Miller Lite is doing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. That’s right, the beer that bills itself as “The Original Light Pilsner” is back in Miami with its Conciertos Originales free concert series featuring some o
f the best Latin music out there. Performing at this free show is reggaeton artist and Latin Grammy nominee Farruko. Tickets are free of charge, and available on a first come, first served basis through Mega 94.9 or at the door.  

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