Take a Breather
LILT Lounge at the EPIC, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, may be the most socially conscious cocktail spot in town thanks to its monthly series, Party for a Cause, benefiting things other than your liver damage and their bottom line. From 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, September 26, LILT is throwing a party to benefit the Lung Transplant Foundation. The event, including live music, snacks, a signature drink and silent auction to benefit the non profit, will include an extended happy hour until 9 p.m., specially priced champagnes, and dollar oysters. A portion of all proceeds will go to the foundation. For more information, go to www.liltlounge.com.
The Magic City
They don’t call Miami the Magic City for nothing, you know. Well, that’s debatable but not at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 26 when three major magicians perform at the Comedy Magic Dinner Show, a fundraiser at the Elks Lodge 1676, 6304 SW 78th St. in South Miami. The night starts with cocktails, appetizers and close-up magic, followed by a seated dinner, and an 8 p.m. stage show starring Geoff Williams, a magician slash comedian who has written Top Ten Lists for Letterman, among other things, and two award-winning Miami-based magic prodigies–Daniel Hernandez and Jolie Harley Dreiling aka The Princess of Magic. Following the show, there’s karaoke in the lounge. Admission is just $35 and includes all the aforementioned. Reservations only, no walk ins even if you insist you’re part of the acts. Call 305-668-1676 or email Elks1676@bellsouth.net.
Jet, SET, Go!
Although some say bottle service is as dead as Rick Perry’s presidential run, others say it’s more Trumpian and still inexplicably viable for those who can and those who pretend they can. Whatever school of consumption you belong to, SET, 320 Lincoln Road, has launched a new Sunday night soiree, Jet Set Sundays, presented by Dom Perignon and Belvedere Vodka. There, sometime after 11 p.m., “SET’s crew will offer premiere in-flight service, delivering bottles of Dom and Belvedere to first class passengers with tables. Main cabin passengers can order cocktails from the cockpit,” which is a nice way of saying that if this were the Titanic, the cockpit would be the lower class leaving last as the band played on. That band, incidentally, is a DJ spinning hip hop, of course. Planes will hang from the ceilings, they say, and leg room won’t be an issue because you should be dancing, yeah.
Wednesday in New England
Bostonians love their Boston. But they also love coming to South Florida and telling us how much they love Boston. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, Midtown Oyster Bar, 3301 NE 1st Ave., is teaming up with Wynwood Brewing Company to bring a little New England to us in the form of a 9-course tasting menu by Executive Chef Ralph Colon and “Missionary of Beer” David Rodriguez. The $75 per person, all inclusive ticket will ensure silence for at least 9-courses. “The idea for this event was to truly explore the potential in pairing our food in a casual way with excellent local beers,”explains Colon. “We are very excited to partner up with Midtown Oyster bar because our beers are meant to be eaten with a range of different foods,” said Rodriguez. For tickets click here.
Speaking of New England, there’s nothing more New Englandy than a clambake, even if it has absolutely nothing to do with mollusks. Debuting at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at Sunset Tavern, 7232 SW 59th Ave., Miami-based rock and blues trip Birdman’s Clambake (there’s the rub!) will perform three 45-minute sets of covers by the likes of the Rolling Stones, The Who and The Doors, and originals with highlights including Sean Birdman Gould “strolling wirelessly through the crowd playing beer bottle slide solos and posing for selfies mid-song.” Sounds like a rollicking time to us, especially with a full menu, liquor bar, outside seating and no cover. Insert get baked joke here. For more information go to sunsettavernmiami.com
Because one city can never have too many dinner series, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Swine Southern Table & Bar, 2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., 50 Eggs honcho John Kunkel wil “curate” the first ever Let’s Eat Dinner Series based on a new culinary monthly magazine “focused on the burgeoning Coral Gables culinary scene,” called, yep, Let’s Eat. At this dinner, guests will be privy to an open bar cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a three-course-dinner featuring an exclusive preview of Swine’s new fall menu. There, Kunkel will also make an announcement about his expanding empire’s newest venture — no, not another dinner series, but a new restaurant. Tickets are $70 per person excluding tax and tip and available here
We already know that most of the staff at E11Even Miami, 29 NE 11th St., can dance, but how about its regulars or irregulars? At 7 p.m. Saturday, September 26, couples are invited to hit the racy spot’s rooftop and tear up the dance floo
r in their U CAN SALSA dance competition. Grand prize is $1,000 and bragging rights, plus maybe a job offer. Just kidding. The event “aims to bring salsa to the heart of Miami, making it their mission to revive salsa culture in Miami,” says a rep. Providing the music, Miami On Beat, a 12-member salsa band. For those who don’t win the first time, try again every last Saturday of the month. For more information, tickets and reservations, go to www.ucansalsa.com.