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where to go out on Thursday and Friday in South Beach?

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where to go out on Thursday and Friday in South Beach?

30 something girls coming to Miami for a week. Any suggestions on where to go for nightlife? One of us is a big 80's fan:-) And I love salsa. Are there usually lineups? Dress codes? Staying in South Beach.

Also looking for great breakfast place in the area.

Thanks so much!

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1. Re: where to go out on Thursday and Friday in South Beach?


OK you two will have to cooperate on this one. Thursday, the 80's fan will want to hit "FreezeFrame" at Pearl on the Southern TIp of Ocean Drive. Enjoy 80’s pop, new wave, rock, and Hip Hop by DJ Mark Leventhal, Bruno, J.Felix, and Shawn Rudnick.

Recover afterwards at Automatic Slims on Washington - Ladies night, ladies drink free all night! No cover, no VIP no bull! Rock n Roll, 80's, and old school hip-hop.

Friday Nikki has Vengo - International mix of music from all parts of the world. Including Mambo, Samba, Bachata, Zouk, Salsa, Flamenco, Merengue, Reggae, and Arabian music. But you're going to want to start early at SALSA FRIDAYS at YUCA LOUNGE 501 Lincoln Rd. (NW corner of Lincoln & Drexel) for salsa classes 8:00 - 10:00 pm (Cuban Style Casino Rueda) to warm up for the salsa nightclub at 10:00 pm with "DJ Alex V" & percussionist Hector Gomez playing timbales, conga, bongos LIVE

There are so many great and reasonably-priced places to dine on South Beach.

You can start the day at any of the little walk up Cuban bodegas and have a strong cafe Cubano and a pan Cubano. This is a super strength espresso fortified with a lot of sugar and served in a thimble (trust me - a little goes a long way) with a raft of crispy toasted extra light grill-pressed bread. Miami runs on this breakfast of champions. Most places serve right out on the sidewalk through a little window, but some have a counter inside offering just squeezed juices too. Check this out one morning...

If you are more a bacon and eggs type, the Front Porch Cafe on 14/Ocean Drive has a lovely menu to start the day. The News Cafe is further South at 9/Ocean but is a go-to spot for visitors and locals alike.

You can also do what every red-blooded American does and walk 10 steps in any direction and find a Starbucks to customize a cup of something... with a low fat muffin to go. You want them - we have them. There are 3 separate Starbuck's on Lincoln Mall. Plus, Denny's 29/Collins and McMuffins @ Lincoln/Washington and all the greatest hits too.

There are lovely brunches as well. On Sunday - Spend a little extra at Nemo (100 Collins) and you can eat all you want and you will want to eat PLENTY. The food is spectacular and not the usual sweaty chafing dishes most places fill with stale eggs and dry ham. The kitchen has an open counter top and the dishes they refresh all morning are filled with unusual treats you're not soon to forget. Meanwhile, along the horseshoe-shaped bar, the pastry chefs set out cakes and cobblers and cookies and pie - oh - my!

Just across the street at 2/Collins is the all day and all night diner Big Pink which serves huge plates of breakfast standards (including my favorite breakfast burrito) and a host of giant salads, juicy burgers, wrap sandwiches and hefty desserts too. Be sure to substitute sweet potato fries for the regular ones on someone's order - they are wonderful! Oh - did I mention the fries come in a BUCKET? So do the beers...

Around Lincoln Road, the other breakfast and brunchy-lunchy places worth mentioning are

Cafeteria 546 Lincoln,

Ice Box Cafe 1657 Michigan, Oprah said this place was #1

Balans 1022 Lincoln (which is actually cheaper on weekdays and has a lovely eggs benedict),

Nexxt 700 Lincoln (giant portions),

Van Dyke (live jazz every night on the 2nd floor), and

Paninoteca Sandwich Shop 809 Lincoln.

Just north of the mall on Meridian is David's Cafe, the Cuban storefront to visit for that jet fuel cafe and a super reasonable breakfast menu (all locals, you'll see!!)

Also near by is A la Folie Cafe on Espanola for a French pastry and a latte.

Enjoy your trip!


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2. Re: where to go out on Thursday and Friday in South Beach?

Thanks so much for all the info!

What is the dress code like...am coming from Toronto area. Nice to be able to pull out the flip lops again!

Do most places have cover?


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