Thanks to Art Basel, this December, Miami and Miami Beach will again be the center of the art world as the annual cultural fête will attract thousands of art collectors and buyers, VIPs, art lovers and tourists from all around the world. Art Basel’s prestige and influence has led to the dubbing the first week of December as Miami Art Week.
While glamorous South Beach will get most of the attention, and crowds, in Miami’s hip Wynwood Art District as well as neighboring ‘hoods, Midtown and the Design District, will court its share of fashion, music and cultural events sprinkled with celebrities, parties and galas.
Along with art show and events recommendations, we have cocktail designations that will make your Miami Art Week experience extra special. When in Wynwood for Miami Art Week, here are THE places to be seen:
Red Dot & Spectrum Miami Fair
Red Dot Miami, together with its sister art fair, Spectrum Miami, is taking over the iconic Mana Wynwood event space to host a five-day fine art experience. Red Dot Miami is showcasing primary and secondary works, including paintings, sculpture, and photography. Spectrum Miami is featuring an international slate of contemporary artists and galleries. Together, they are presenting Art Labs, Art Talks, Meet the Artist sessions, music, entertainment, and other special events.
Red Dot & Spectrum Miami Details
Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5th Avenue (Wynwood Arts District), Miami
VIP Preview: Wednesday, December 5, from 6 – 10 pm.
Public Hours: Thursday December 6—Saturday, December 8, 1-9PM & Sun. December 9, from Noon-5 pm. Ticketed event open to public.
The Art of Banksy Miami
This art exhibit is not in Wynwood, but in its 2.0 version, the Magic City Innovation District. Located north of the Design District and west of Miami’s Upper Eastside, the district spans across the slowly gentrifying neighborhoods of Little Haiti and Little River. Although still rough around it the edges, it is the new designation for creators, budding artists, and cutting-edge hipsters.
On exhibit will be Banksy’s indoor pieces – original and unique works on canvas, wood and paper, which have so far been less exposed than his outdoor art. However, this exhibition is not authorized by Banksy and not curated in collaboration with the artist. The Art of Banksy exhibit will have all his iconic indoor works, on loan from collectors, on display, like Laugh Now, Girl with Balloon, Pulp Fiction, Flower Thrower, Monkey Queen, Flag Wall, Soup Can and many more.
The Art of Banksy Details
MAGIC CITY Studios, 6301 NE 4th Avenue (Little Haiti), Miami
Public Hours: Saturday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 9 from 12 pm – 8 pm
The Art of Banksy has 2 different ticket types available for sale, timed tickets and general admission tickets.
Tip: Afterwards, hit Churchill’s Pub, a no-frills spot is regarded as institution for live music, and a place to play a game of pool, in Miami. Located at 5501 NE Second Avenue (Little Haiti). Miami.
KYU Portrait Project
KYU Miami debuts their first ever gallery exhibition, Portrait Project, a yearlong project that captures the unique characteristics of the family behind the restaurant. Using talented individuals, (all of whom work at KYU), lots of imagination and some meticulous editing hours, the restaurant will present thirty-two creative portraits in a Wynwood art gallery, paired with behind-the-scenes video outtakes and interactive activations. The gallery is located one street over from the restaurant.
The gallery is located one street over from KYU, at 415 NW 26th Street (Wynwood), Miami
Hours: Sunday, December 2 from 11am – 7pm. Open and free to the public
KYU – Miami
KYU [Que] is an excellent modern Asian-style eatery offering wood-fire grilled meats and sashimi, plus, superb craft cocktails.
Fried Chicken Fat-Washed Altos Reposado Tequila, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal and Shichimi Spice.
Guatemalan Tradewinds 3.0
Tiki-inspired cocktail built with Plantation 5-Year Rum, Old Smuggler Blended Scotch, Batavia Arrach, Passionfruit, Coconut Water, Miso Mirin Honey and Island Spices.
251 NW 25th Street (Wynwood), Miami
This fun, yet intimate kitchen and bar, from the talented duo behind Beaker & Gray, stays open late into the night.
A Mason Grace
Rose, Elderflower, and Ale.
Sherry, Malbec, and Club Soda.
3470 N Miami Avenue (Midtown), Miami
Tip: Craving a functional beverage? Ask bartender for their ‘Off Menu’ Green Tea Iced Latte.
From the co-founders behind Beaker & Gray and nearby Mason Eatery, Boombox is a new nightlife concept with a low-key comfortable atmosphere. This cool but refined bar and lounge features curated cocktails and music.
Avion Reposado Tequila, Vida Mezcal, Raspberry Jam, and Orange Cordial.
The Blue Boss
Bacardi Añejo Cuatro Rum, Blue Curacao, Coconut Water, Orgeat, and Lime.
Hennessy Black Cognac, Green Chartreuse, and Basil-Green Tea Cordial.
3456 N. Miami Avenue (Midtown), Miami
Zenith Art & Fashion Exhibition + After-Parties
Zenith Art & Fashion, a Miami-based gallery, couture boutique and event space that is exhibiting the sculptures and paintings of 11 national and international artists at Red Dot Miami. Following exhibition hours, Zenith Art & Fashion will be hosting two free after parties on December 6th and 8th from 9 pm. to midnight at their gallery. Attendees can enjoy a cocktail reception and meet and greet artists, including sculptors Fernando Cid de Diego, Jesse Nusbaum and Ian Fichman, as well as painters Adam Lucey, Elena Kupreeva, Hector Salas, Raida Lopez, Kre8, Solczy, Hamid-Nicola Katrib and Tomasz Kucharski.
Red Dot Miami at Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5th Avenue (Wynwood), Miami
Art + Fashion Exhibit Hours: Thursday, December 6 and Saturday, December 8 from 1-9 pm
After Parties Location: Zenith Art & Fashion Gallery, 1440 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
After Parties Hours: Thursday, December 6 and Saturday, December 8 from 9 pm to midnight. Open and free to the public
Art Is Fashion Party by Planet Fashion at Red Dot Art Fair
Art Is Fashion, produced by Celia Evans Polhemus for Planet Fashion, is a private VIP event with an exciting mix of world premier art, dynamic entertainment and couture fashion at Red Dot Art Fair. Idarose, the Miami-based singer, songwriter, and producer, who had has written songs for the hit TV show Empire, will be performing her recently released song, Talk About Myself, live at Art IS Fashion. Attendees can enjoy sipping on liquid refreshments sponsored by Whispering Angel Rose, Titos Vodka and Lacroix Sparkling Water.
Red Dot Miami at Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5th Avenue (Wynwood), Miami. Ticketed event open to the public.
Hours: Friday, December 7 from 6 – 10pm. Open to the public via RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monkey Shoulder – Monkey Mixer at Beaker & Gray
The blended malt Scotch whisky brings the fun on the road with the Monkey Mixer, which draws inspiration from a cement truck design and mimics a traditional cocktail shaker upgraded and transformed into the ultimate cocktail machine. The Mixer, which can hold up to 2,400 gallons of liquid, will be in Miami until December 15 to serve up the “Mixed Up Monkey” cocktail that is poured directly out of the truck.
Beaker & Gray, 2637 N Miami Avenue (Wynwood), Miami
Hours: Thursday, December 6 – Saturday, December 15 from 4 – 6 pm. Open and free to the public. RSVP encouraged.
Bar Bevy x Venetian Pop-up
The Cocktail Collective will kick-off Miami Art Week celebrating the art of the cocktail with featured drinks from The Venetian’s Rosina, The Dorsey, and Electra. Featured cocktails include The Dorsey’s Penicillin –stirred with scotch, fresh lemon, ginger, honey and an Islay float, Electra’s Unicorn Tears –mixed with gin, fino sherry, fresh lime, pineapple, and absinthe, and Rosina’s Seasonal Fix –made with vodka, fresh lemon, muddled fruit.
Bar Bevy, a joint venture between music artist Pharrell Williams and local nightlife and hospitality entrepreneur, David Grutman, is a Moroccan-style cocktail lounge with an outdoor deck that overlooks the lush garden of its pink-hued, sister property, Swan.
Bar Bevy (upper level of Swan restaurant), 90 NE 39th Street, Miami
Hours: Thursday, December 6 from 9 pm-1 am. Invitation only; private event
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