New Miami nightclub Rockwell opened with a big bash Monday. The club, located at 743 Washington Ave., is the product of halcyon-era nightlife guy Chris Paciello and his brother Keith in partnership with Mio Danilovic. Promised is “the perfect storm of LA cool, New York music and Miami energy.” The place also “pays homage to Miami’s rich history in nightlife, a rebirth of the space that formerly held the exclusive South Beach hotspots including Les Bains and Chaos.”
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The Social Club at the Surfcomber, 1717 Collins Ave., makes arriving early fashionable or at least very spirited and fiscally responsible as their Punch the Clock happy hour offers their potent house made pisco punch at $4 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily, $5 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and $6 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nice deal if you can get your act together on time. If not, there’s always the regular 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour offering $5 microbrews and house wines and $7 classic cocktails along with $3-$7 bar bites. Like an alcoholic’s Mall of the Americas, there’s something for everyone.
There are stil some free Basel events you, too, can attend. Among them: Nakid Magazine’s Issue Release Party celebrating artist Jen Stark Friday, Dec. 4 at Libertine Miami which is open to the public, 10 p.m., $10 RSVP at www.libertinemiami.com/nakid. For music fans, the hip and edgy III Points Art Basel Concert Series is putting on a big show featuring A$AP Rocky, Kaytranada, and STWO at 9 p.m. Saturday at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23d St. Get tix here. For food fans, there’s Swig n’ Swine where Cali-based hospitality, design and creative group known as The Bon Vivants teams up with Esquire and Imbibe for their 6th annual philanthropy, pork and punch party at The Broken Shaker, 2727 Indian Creek Dr. from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. DJ Morse Code will spin and food will be provided by the likes of Michael Pirolo (Macchialina, Bazi), Jimmy Lebron (27), and Halid Quiroz (Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co.). All proceeds from the $40 per person ticket ($30 in advance) goes to Miami’s Overtown Youth Center. Get tickets here.
Those who can barely pay their rent for that ramshackle studio in Wynwood and frankly couldn’t be happier may be found milling around Miami Flea, a shopportunistic gathering of local artists and the like peddling their wares and showing off their skills from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 at CANVAS, 90 NE 17th St. There will also be “mind and body classes, arts and crafts, and live demos,” plus food trucks and a “chill nest” by Bookleggers Library. Free and open to the public with RSVP at aedistrictmiami.eventbrite.com.
Also on Sunday is Basel Tov 2015 at the Highbar at Dream South Beach, 1111 Collins Ave. Open to the public and “at the doorman’s discretion, this one is a pool party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with performance by “surprise celebrity guest who has sold out shows nationwide.” Just show up.
A Stella Basel Event
There are parties and then there’s the Visionaire 65 FREE art installation presented in partnership with Stella Artois. Not only is this one free, but once there, at the Faena Hotel, 3201 Collins Ave., art lovers and freeloaders alike will get to “experience, curate, and take home large-scale posters of the beautifully printed art” by the likes of Miley Cyrus (!), David Salle, Fyodor Pavlov-Adreevich and Fabien Cousteau. The whole thing is part of the Stella Artois Give Beautifully holiday campaign. Hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more info, http://www.visionaireworld.com/ or follow #GiveArtMiami on social media.