Art Basel Hotel Party Guide

Miami is set to transform into a canvas for art, parties and happenings during Art Basel Miami Beach from Dec. 4-7. Here’s your guide to the hottest hotel parties of the week.

eBoy Art Collective at InterContinental Miami

The InterContinental Miami (100 Chopin Plaza, Miami; 305-577-1000) will feature a Miami “pixorama”—a pixelated, cartoon-like cityscape—by art collective eBoy (pictured at top) for Art Basel with a private unveiling and cocktail party, Wednesday, Dec. 3. The work will be on display on the hotel’s digital art screens, video walls and its 19-story exterior digital canvas through Dec. 31. Free and open to the public.

BaselBikes at Ritz-Carlton South Beach

In collaboration with the Diana Lowenstein Gallery, the Ritz-Carlton South Beach (One Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 786-276-4006) presents BaselBikes, a bike share program feautring custom Republic Bikes created by Miami-based artists Felice Grodin, Michael Loveland and Alex Trimino. The bikes will be a part of a 14-day online auction starting Dec. 4 benefiting Morningside K-8 Academy, University of Wynwood and La Liga Contra el Cancer center. A cocktail reception will be held Dec. 4, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

1980s Pop Art at Living Room at W Hotel South Beach

The W Hotel South Beach will present a new exhibition in its Living Room lobby bar featuring eclectic, museum-quality work by major artists from the pop art movement during the 1980s, including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring and George Condo. Dec. 2 – 7.

Markus&Koala’s Live Photo Shoot with Nina Agdal at National Hotel

PHOTO Magazine along with Markowicz Fine Art will host a live photo shoot at the National Hotel (1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-2311) for its December cover issue—The Supermodel Issue—featuring model Nina Agdal through the lens of renowned photography duo Markus&Koala. Invite only. Friday, Dec. 5, 6 – 8 p.m.

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series & PK Shop x MdM Present Light Shop at Soho Beach House

PK Shop and Maison de Mode will present Light Shop, a curated art and ethical fashion pop-up shop at Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-507-7900) from Dec. 3 -7 with an opening cocktail reception Dec. 3 from 3-5 p.m. PK Shop artists include FriendsWithYou, Jen Stark, Ivan Navarro, Saint Clair Cemin and more. Designers include Osklen, Edun, Suno, Studio 189, Oliver Peoples and more.

Thursday night promises to be a star-studded event wiht the 5th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series with a performance by Miguel. Expected celebs in attendance include Rosario Dawson, Leandra Medine, Jesse Metcalf and more. Invite only. Dec. 4.

MTV Re:Define Cocktail Party, Donald Robertson & More at Shelborne Wyndham Grand 

The lobby of the newly anointed Shelborne Wyndham Grand (1801 Collins Ave., 305-531-1271) will feature a site-specific installation of 300 teddy bears by artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian called “Poor Teddy MB,” as well as Lola Montes’ paintings exploring heaven in the café and lobby through Dec. 8.

MTV Re:Define will honor renowned British artist Michael Craig-Martin on the Shelborne’s Marine Deck with a private cocktail reception Friday, Dec. 5, 6 – 8 p.m.

Cult favorite illustrator Donald Robertson along with Smashbox cosmetics are pulling up to the Shelborne Wyndham Grand in a 1974 Cadillac El Dorado covered in one of the artist’s prints, while also launching Smashbox’s Legendary Lipstick in Bing. Follow the journey at #BingToBasel and look for the car throughout Miami Dec. 4-7.

David Guetta, Kaskade & More at LIV at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Party people unite at LIV at the Fontainebleau (4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; 305-538-2000) for an incredible lineup of DJs including David Guetta Dec. 5 and Kaskade Dec. 6. Tickets here.

1 OAK, Up & Down & More at Gale South Beach

New York City nightclubs 1 OAK and Up & Down are taking over Miami hotspot Rec Room at Gale South Beach (1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0199) from Dec. 4 – 7 in what’s sure to be one of the hottest parties of the week. 

Songstress Cat Shell will perform as Kitty Carmichael in her signature 1920s jazz remix-style at Regent Cocktail Club on Dec. 4, 10 p.m. – Midnight.

Architectural Digest Oasis Lounge & Blue Forest at The James Royal Palm

Follow designer Lucio Micheletti’s blue-wrapped palm trees to The James Royal Palm (1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-5700) during Art Basel for his “Blue Forest” installation in front of the hotel, drawing awareness to the environment in partnership with Architectural Digest.

The magazine will also host the AD Oasis Lounge at James Royal Palm as a relaxing retreat for VIPs throughout the week. Envisioned by interior designer Thom Filicia, the Oasis is part art and design gallery, part dining and cocktail experience and part boutique and lounge. The lounge will kickoff with a cocktail reception hosted by Filicia and Architectural Digest editor Margaret Russell Dec. 3, 6 – 8 p.m. The lounge is open daily, Dec. 4 – 6, 1 – 7 p.m. 

Gapingvoid and Dash of Art at Surfcomber

The Surfcomber (1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-7715) presents local cartoonist gapingvoid’s thought-provoking art and dynamic roundtable discussions exploring culture, design, technology and Miami with DO SOMETHING THAT MATTERS featuring 12 “ah ha” poolside installations. Daily panel discussions at 4 p.m., Dec. 4 – 6.

Surfcomber will also exhibit student art from Design Architecture Senior High (DASH) with an evening of cocktails, art and fundraising. Dec. 4, 7 –  9 p.m.

The Shoe featuring Jena Malone at Thompson Miami Beach

Swing by the newly opened Thompson Miami Beach Hotel (4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 877-793-8519) for a performance by The Shoe, a two-artist band featuring Jena Malone of Hunger Games fame. The duo will perform at 6 p.m. at Michelle Bernstein’s Seagrape Lounge and at the Crown Room at 9:30 p.m., both performances open to the public. Tuesday, Dec. 2.

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flodge Basel Babes with Joe Jonas at Deauville Beach Club

Galore Mag in collaboration with Suflodge will throw a star-studded party at Deauville Beach Club (6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-865-8511) with sounds by Joe Jonas, Mia Moretti and DJ Nick Knack, along with musical performances by Pia Mia, Maxine Ashley and a surprise guest. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Morrison Hotel Gallery at Dream Hotel 

Morrison Hotel Gallery and D’Angelico Guitars present a fine art music photography exhibition and sale featuring the work of iconic music industry photographer Danny Clinch and rock icon Stevie Nicks. The show opens Thursday, Dec. 4 with a party at Dream Hotel’s (1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-4747) High Bar featuring music by Clinch and Robert Randolph, as well as a DJ set by Alison Mosshart of The Kills. Exhibit open through Dec. 5.

Happy Hour with Duaiv at Viceroy Miami

Enjoy a meet and greet happy hour with French artist Duaiv at Viceroy Miami’s (485 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-503-4400) 15th & Vine. The artist’s work is on display throughout the restaurant and on the back of dinner menus. The evening will include a live art performance. Dec. 5, 6 – 8 p.m.

Paddle8 BBQ at Shore Club

Paddle8’s December Contemporary sale will be projected onto the walls of Shore Club’s (305-695-3100) lobby through Dec. 7. Come out Dec. 4 from 4 – 7 p.m. for Paddle8’s BBQ with Chris Blackwell and enjoy a relaxed afternoon of fresh fish, rum and reggae beats.

Brunch Preview Honoring Debora Aguiar at 1 Hotel & Homes

Starwood Capital group’s Barry Sternlicht and developer Richard LeFrak celebrate Brazilian interior designer and architect Deobra Aguiar with a private brunch and preview of the forthcoming 1 Hotel & Homes (2399 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-361-5100). Friday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Art + Yoga with Exhale Spa at Loews Miami Beach Hotel


Get your Basel weekend started on the right foot with a morning yoga practice poolside on the St. Moritz lawn at Loews Miami Beach Hotel (1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1601) with Exhale Spa and Jodi Carey. Enjoy an hourlong class to the beats of a live DJ, and afterwards unleash your inner artist by spray painting affirmations onto a canvas to take home. Enjoy snacks, sips, mini spa treatments, an acro-yoga demo by YOGiiZA and live graffiti art. Friday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – Noon. Free.

Pop-Up Alley, Dream Catcher Workshop & More at Freehand Miami




With a mix of private and public events, the Freehand Miami (2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727) will undoubtedly be a hotspot during Basel week. The lobby will function as a Pop-Up Alley to shop brands like Vida Kush, Lost Boy Dry Goods and Style Mafia, Dec. 4 -7.

Come out for the ATC/British Knights Basel After Party with art by Mwanel Pierre-Louis and music by DJ Daai Lo & DJ Aliyo as the Miami shoe store celebrates the relaunch of the New York-based streetwear company. Thursday, Dec. 4, 10 p.m. – Midnight.

Explore your artistic side with a dream catcher workshop with jewelry designer and artisan Britt McVicker of ByBritt. Sip on handcrafted cocktails as you craft your own creation. Proceeds go to Free Arts NYC, providing underserved children and their families with arts education and mentoring. Friday, Dec. 5 from 4 – 6 p.m. $25 minimum donation. Donate here:

Cap it off with Nah/No Magazine launch party. The new international art and culture publication will fete to music by DJ Hurron with complimentary Peroni’s until 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2 – 6 p.m.

Snarkitecture Installation, Le Baron 10 Year Anniversary Party & More at Delano South Beach


The already surreal Delano South Beach (1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; 305-672-2000) will transform into a multi-functional space filled with art installations and exhibitions, as well as one of Basel’s toughest velvet ropes. Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture will set the mood inside the lobby with a large scale, site-specific installation, Dec. 1-14.

A photo exhibition by Raphael Mazzucco will be on display Dec. 1 – 8, and Bally’s Triangle Walks will be installed in the Orchard, Nov. 28 – Dec. 9.

Le Baron will host its 10 Year Anniversary pop-up party at FDR from Tuesday to Sunday night, Dec. 2-7, Private. Other highly anticipated fetes include “Airball at Delano” Snarkitecture vs. Alchemist with performances by Theophilus London and Travis Scott (Friday, Dec. 5 from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m., RSVP Required and Del Toro’s Two Year Anniversary and Rumors Party (Saturday, Dec. 6 from 7 p.m. – Midnight, Open), both at Delano Beach Club.

The Tepee Project, Surface Avant Guardian Photography Exhibition & More at Mondrian South Beach


Baron Von Fancy will set the tone inside the whimsical lobby of Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500) with a custom “This Must Be The Place” mural in his signature style and typography, while The Tepee Project will debut their interpretation of historic teepee painting by the pool (Dec. 1 – 14) with an opening party Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 6 – 9 p.m, RSVP Required

Surface Magazine will display the photography of the 10 winners of its 14th Avant Guardian contest at the Sunset Lounge (Dec. 1 – 7). And the hotel will transform into a pop-up shop and nail salon by Art Markit and Vanity Projects throughout the week.

On Saturday and Sunday, hit the pool from 2 – 8 p.m. for the Poplife Deep End pool party featuring DJ Brodinski and the YesJulz + Vanity Projects pool party.

Live Painting & Cooking Demos at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa


A holistic retreat set just north of the Art Basel fray in Miami Beach, Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa (6801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; 305-514-7000) will welcome renowned French
contemporary artist Rémi Bertoche for a live painting show on the Ocean Terrace Thursday, Dec. 4 from 3 – 5 p.m. For guests of the hotel, his work will be on display in the Palm Court Saturday, Dec. 6 from 4 – 6 p.m. with complimentary cocktails and hors devours.

Palette to Palate healthy eating cooking demonstrations will be held with Executive Sous Chef Adriana Cruz and on-site nutritionist Larissa Alonso on Dec. 4 and 5 at 2:30 p.m. Sample the creations and take home recipes.

For those staying at the hotel (suites start at $805 per night), complimentary shuttles will run to the Miami Beach Convention Center and back for Art Basel throughout the week.

Discobox at Basement parties at Miami Beach EDITION Hotel

One of the hottest hotel openings for Art Basel, the Miami Beach EDITION (2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-641-7119) will host a slew of dance parties in The Basement—destined to be the next South Beach hotspot. Come out for DJ Harvey Dec. 2, Horsemeat Disco hosted by Yabu Pushelberg Dec. 3, James Murphy and Soul Clap Dec. 4, Lee Foss Dec. 5 and Louie Vega Dec. 6. Doors open at 11 p.m. For reservations

The Posters Pig Roast, Petra Collins Installation & More at The Standard Spa Miami Beach


Swing by the Standard Spa (40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717) for chilled out evening cocktail receptions hosted by Andre Saraiva from 7 – 9 p.m. each evening, Dec. 4-6 in the Terrace Café, and check out Petra Collins’ installation in Room 40.

Selling custom, limited edition posters through collaboration with emerging and established artists, e-commerce company The Posters will celebrate its launch with a pig roast at The Standard’s Mud Dock on Friday, Dec. 5 from 2- 4 p.m. Follow that up with a 6 p.m. screening of Phoenix is Rising with Rosario Dawson.

The Standard will be hosting a slew of private brunches, dinners, cocktail receptions and events throughout the week, including their always popular Lazy Sunday BBQ on Dec. 7.

Andy Warhol at Christie’s Pop-up Art Sale at JW Marriott Marquis


JW Marriott Marquis (255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-421-8600) will host an exhibition and sale of more than 20 Andy Warhol works, ranging in price from $3,000 – $50,000 in collaboration with Christie’s and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, including some pieces never before seen by the public. Dec. 3-4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

An invitation-only lunch and panel discussion, ‘Disruptors: Thinking Outside the Box’, will be held with Daniel Boulud, Eric Chang, Matthew Von Ertfelda, Amelia Manderscheid and Eric Shiner on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Artist Appreciation Program at JW Marriott Miami


In conjunction with its Artist Appreciation Program, the JW Marriott (1109 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-329-3500) will display Costa Rican sculptor Jorge Jiménez Martínez’s (Deredia) bronze sculptures as part of their Artist Appreciation Program, featuring a new artist every three months.

Hunter & Gatti at Katsuya at SLS South Beach


Creative duo Hunter & Gatti will display “I Will Make You a Star” featuring celebrity portraits, including Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars and Jamie Dornan, among others inside Katsuya at the SLS South Beach (1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1701). 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, open to the public.

Basel Happy Hour at LILT Lounge at EPIC Hotel


Swing by the newly opened LILT Lounge at the EPIC Hotel (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-424-5226) for a special Basel Happy Hour all week long with Champagne cocktails and charcuterie boards at $10. The jazz lounge features live jazz, blues and Bossa Nova with performances by Young Arts alumni. Dec. 2-6, 6 – 8 p.m.