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.
Whitelaw Hotel
The Whitelaw has the most electric 'we know we're here to party' feel of any hotel on SoBe...
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.
Versailles
Cuban classics abound on the menu at Versailles (ignore the French name), which is always packed out with locals. A good sign, if ever there was one.
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.
Tootsies Cabaret
Not the kind of place you would tell your family about, Tootsies leaves very little to the imagination. 
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 Victor Hotel
Jaques Garcia's jellyfish-themed boutique hotel draws in the celebs and their followers...
The Townhouse
The Townhouse pulls off the homely feel with chic aplomb...
The Stage
Some of the best live music in Florida served with a chilled Southern vibe. 
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 Mercury South Beach
Mercury rising! Despite its hotness, The Mercury has remained unpretentious; its no-frills approach to accommodation has ensured a consistent crowd of cool, couldn't-care-less types...
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.
Tequila Chicas
Tequila Chicas has that Caribbean straw hut feel to it, and the mojitos to match.
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.
St. Augustine
Hotel St. Augustine may look like a spa, but it's not (the clue's in the name); it is, in fact, a hedonistic hotel with clean, comfortable rooms, spa treatments galore, and a quiet location that's perfectly positioned for a little R&R.
Spiga
No attitude, just good Italian food in a smart setting.
Space
Get your glow sticks swinging at this so-late-you-can-watch-the-sunrise club in Downtown; Space cranks out music by the 'Royal Family of DJs', giving you opportunity to literally dance the night away.
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.
Pelican Café
The Pelican Hotel is as hedonistic as they come. Trust us, we know.
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.

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