Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Miami

Ziff Jewish Museum
A museum and former synagogue that represents the history of the large Jewish community in Miami.
Vue/Passage Bar
Flanking the pool at Hotel Victor, Vue/Passage Bar is made up of two connected areas that cater to all your eating and drinking needs. Great as your first port of call.
Van Dyke Café
Miami's only jazz bar, the Van Dyke is a popular tourist spot and perfect for a post-shopping bite. Tuck into a range of burgers, salads and pizzas with live jazz in the background.
Tongue and Cheek
Tongue & Cheek doesn't take itself too seriously but the relaxed vibe belies the genius in the kitchen. 
Tiramesu
Sit outside and soak up the sun alongside the locals in this no-nonsense restaurant with delicious Italian served simple, fast and at a decent price. Perfect for that authentic cappuccino to relax or recharge.
The Room
One of the best-hidden secrets that SoBe has to offer. Try a tipple from their international selection of beer and wine, but don't expect a cocktail anytime soon.
The River
You can always go Downtown, someone once said - and that's exactly what we recommend you do for The River, which serves up piled-high plates of sumptuous seafood.
The Electric Pickle
Ignore the pretentious air of their blurb but take their own words as a hedonists call to arms - an intimate, liquor fuelled love machine - need we say more? 
The Broken Shaker
An utterly charming outdoor garden filled with somnolescent sofas and armchairs glowing under strings of fairy lights provide a picture-perfect backdrop to sip what some say are the finest hand-crafted cocktails in Miami.
Tapas Y Tintos
Charge your glass full of vino tinto while listening to the Gypsy Kings.
Tantra
Things get feisty here after dinner, especially on Monday nights; expect the tables to be hopping with more than just cocktails as the night progresses.
Talavera
Waving the flag for authentic Mexcian cuisine in Miami is Talavera, which champions a menu of intense flavours. Be sure to wash everything down with a margarita or three.
Sushi Samba Dromo
Spot the celebrities between mouthfuls and then pretend you weren't looking.
Sugarcane
Spacious and sumptuous, Sugarcane draws on inspiration from Havana Nights with beamed ceilings and oversized fans; its menu, which combines a number of different cuisines, is a triumph.
Spiga
No attitude, just good Italian food in a smart setting.
Score
Score reminds SoBe that this is still gay-friendly town; follow the large black and red target logo and do as the name suggests.
Sanctuary
An oasis of calm style, the Sanctuary is a stroll away from the sexy fun of Collins Avenue...
Sagamore
Not even Hercule Poirot could find a stray finger print here. The Sagamore is immaculate...
Safari Bar
Whether it's people-watching outside on the terrace or cocktail-sipping inside at the bar, the Safari Bar is one of the coolest places to chillax in the city; happy-hour makes it even better.
Rose Bar
Lobby bars don't come much more luxurious than the Rose Bar at the Delano; expect an ultra-chic crowd of razor-thin models sipping overpriced cocktails. But that's half the appeal.
Purdy Lounge
Purdy Lounge is not a mantle-piece bar but it has a certain element of style.
Pubbelly
A critically acclaimed gastropub in Miami Beach, the small dishes at Pubbelly have an Asian twist and more than one nod from the James Beard Foundation.
Peter Lik Gallery
Find magnificent landscape photos for show and for sale at the Peter Lik Gallery on Lincoln Road.
Patagonia
South American flare abounds at Patagonia, which offers all the usual grilled meats expected of the region without a hefty price tag; wash everything down with a bottle from its well-stocked wine cellar.
Pasha’s
A mouthwatering Mediterranean menu awaits at Pasha's, which sits in prime position on the corner of Lincoln Road; vegetarians flock here here for its wide range of non-carnivorous offerings.
Osteria del Teatro
Top Italian in the heart of the South Beach freak show.
NIU Kitchen
A Catalan tapas restaurant, NIU Kitchen casts a gastronomic glow over its corner of Downtown Miami with its flavour-packed dishes.
News Café
Beginning life as a bookstore, News Café is now a fully-fledged lunch spot with a patio flanked by umbrellas and a menu that stretches way beyond simple sandwiches.
Mova
As is expected of Miami - and indeed, a gay lounge - Mova serves up multi-coloured cocktails amid fabulously flamboyant surroundings.
Monty’s
A pool-side watering hole that explodes on a Friday afternoon.
Miss Yip Café
Pop-in for challengingly-sized portions of Hong Kong cuisine and a delightfully shabby-chic interior. Always packed with regulars, which should tell you something.
Miami Hurricanes
As Florida's favourite sports team, the Hurricanes can do no wrong - unless they lost (which they don't do often).
Miami Dolphins
Go Dolphins! Take in a game at the Sun Life Stadium, complete with foam finger.
Mercadito
Mekka
As one of Downtown's most versatile spaces, Mekka is home to four (or five) clubs in one; indeed, even the most demanding dance floor divas are sure to find something to suit their fickle moods.
Meat Market
As the name suggests, Meat Market is where bloodthirsty carnivores come to indulge in doorstop-sized slabs of perfectly-cooked meat; vegetarians beware!
Maximo Gomez Park
Watching chess is not a fun experience, unless the Cuban dudes are playing.
Lords South Beach
The first truly gay hotel slap in the middle of South Beach...
LIV
Gloss has a home at LIV, where glitter balls and strobe lighting abounds.
La Provencal
Fabulous French fare is served up at La Provencal, where culinary superstar chefs Terrou and Antoniotti have crafted the perfect menu.

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