Yup, free. What’s the catch? Not a major one, really, just show up from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at The Raleigh’s Martini Bar, 1775 Collins Ave., where a monthly cocktail competition will feature samples of four cocktails created with Famous Grouse whiskey. All samples are available on a first come first serve basis, so it pays to be early, and for those looking to drink more than just samples, full sized portions of the four cocktails are $10. The cocktail that wins will become The Raleigh’s signature drink for the entire month of February and will be available throughout the property for $10, which, in these parts these days, is bargain basement.
Don’t Miss Cleo
Newish from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday at The Redbury South Beach, 1776 Collins Ave., is a lofty view from above at the hotel’s 12,000 square foot rooftop on which Cleo specials will appear on a special rooftop menu of dips and tidy foods fit for fabulous and finicky folk. If the views of the city don’t make you woozy to begin with, Cleo’s specialty cocktails will also be shaken and stirred up there including the Spiced Ginger Mojito and the Honey Citrus Sidecar.
Not so much into this whole Super Bowl hoopla? No sweat. Cafe Mambo Ibiza is a new Sunday party from noon to sunset at Soho Bay Restaurant, 520 West Ave. Hosted by nightlife vet Tommy Pooch, along with Karine Quiroz and Yani Kontos, the party features a revolving turntable of DJs, booze, food and exceptional people watching. For more information and or reservations call 786-618-2788.
And now for that game. That Super Bowl game. Every place with a liquor license and even those without are tuning in and luring in people with and without an interest thanks to all sorts of diversions including Thompson Miami Beach’s Super Sunday Swim Party, where, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. a $40 per person ticket includes choice of burger, chicken sandwich or 12 wings, fries and all you can eat domestic drafts. There will be live entertainment from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as an inflatable poolside screen, TVs in the 1930s House backyard bar and, of course, beer bucket, wing specials and a limited poolside menu. Admission is free and includes a $10 valet validation. Win win there! At The Miami Beach EDITION, 2901 Collins Ave., if deflated footballs aren’t your game, consider the sturdier, solid ones at Basement Bowl where four big screen TVs will show the football game in between strikes, spares and misses. Food and drink down there is business as usual and it’s open to all unless, of course, Leonardo DiCaprio or Drake decide to buy the place out for their friends and conquests.