Miami’s got soul baby, all sunshine smiles, swathes of golden beach and serious party times. But for one week of the year, hedonism dons a pair of specs and puts the arty in party, when the movers-and-shakers of the world’s art scene descend for a whirlwind of exhibitions, private shows and kick-ass parties. Miami Art Basel is the ultimate grown-ups’ playground, and here’s what not to miss.
Taking over the penthouse of just launched Miami Beach EDITION, Absolut’s vodka Elyx are hosting a pop-up private member’s bar on the 2000 square-foot rooftop terrace, with signature cocktails, spectacular views and fabulous folk over a week-long celebration of Latin American, programming courtesy of Crane.tv. This is a good escape from the chaos below... if you're on the list.
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Until Saturday 6th December – 3-11pm daily // Penthouse, Miami Beach Editon, 2901 Collins Avenue
Legendary Montauk pop-up hotel, the Surf Lodge, opens for the week at the Deauville Beach Club ahead of a more permanent opening, with pressed juices by day and live music sets from the likes of G Love, parties with Lana del Rey and jazz nights from Baby Le Grand, come dusk. Think eternal hipster hang-out.
Until Sunday 7th December // The Deauville, 6701 Collins Ave
This year's VH1 + SCOPE party combines live calligraphy art from Argentine artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic with a performance by the Danish singer-songwriter Nabiha and DJ sets from hip-hop producer Swizz. Arty, edgy and heaps of fun.
Friday 5th December 8-11pm // Mansion,1235 Washington Avenue, South Beach
Featuring a White-Cube opening party, a non-stop roster of parties by the fabulous pool, and a pop-up from Harper’s Bazaar, Soho Beach House makes you wonder why you ever go anywhere else. It’s members only, but stop by the lobby restaurant Cecconi’s for one of the best brunches in town and hope someone snaffles you up.
Until Sunday 7th December // 4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach)
Legendary Parisian night den Le Baron touches down to host the ultimate late night parties at FDR at the Delano. Expect chain-smoking and beret-snogging till dawn.
Until 7th December from 11pm // 1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach
Ready to touch down in the real world? Reconnect over cocktails, and reggae in the laid-back garden of this local favorite - where bartenders head after their shifts, there’s always the bubble of a party on the horizon.
Always ( 18:00 – 03:00) // 2727 Indian Creek Drive