Weekly Nibble: Whiskey Tastings, Full Moon Parties, Ladies Night Offerings, and More

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It looks like 2019 is shaping up to be a busy year in the Magic City. The month of January brings back some favorites like Matador Bar’s Pizza and Pineapple nights, new happy hours at Root & Bone, Azabu, and El Cielo, and whiskey tastings with some of our favorite brands.

Read below to see some of what’s going on around town over the next couple of weeks:

Pineapples, pizza, and a beer launch party at Matador Room on January 31st ( NEW DATE)

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Get an early reservation to Ad Lib

Reservations to the highly anticipated Coral Gables-based restaurant, Ad Lib -- led by Executive Chef and Partner Jamie DeRosa and two-time James Beard finalist Executive Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith -- are now live as of this afternoon via Tock, Ad Lib’s exclusive reservation system.  

The direct link to make reservations is here.

 Reservations can be made for Ad Lib’s opening dayFebruary 1, and beyond for the regular a la carte menu or the Chef’s Tasting Menu options. For a sneak peek at the menu, below are several dishes that guests can look forward to experiencing including:

 From the Lounge Menu:

  • Mini Lobster Roll – toasted brioche, lemon aioli, fresh chives

From the Lunch Menu

  • Teena’s Pride Tomatoes – labneh, Florida-cured olives, nasturtium & tarragon flowers

From the Dinner Menu

  • Crispy Skin Branzino – matsutake mushrooms, little neck clams, cerignola olives, Vidalia onion soubise

From the Dessert Menu

  • Strawberry Pavlova – olive oil cake, lightly pickled strawberries, meringue, lemon curd

Dry Aged Meat Dinners at Josh’s Deli Surfside Friday January 18th and 25th.

Join Josh Marcus as he converts his popular deli into a cozy intimate spot featuring his dry aged ribeye and porterhouse ( As featured on MIAbites here ). The 3 course dinner is priced at $65 and offers a delicious dinner option including tableside wedge salad service. DM for reservations to @JoshsDeli.

Josh's Deli Surfside Special Friday Night Dinners

Party with the full moon

On Friday, January 18th make this full moon the most special yet as thedeck brings energy to Wynwood with cocktails, live entertainment, tarot card readings and much more. With RSVP, guests will receive a complimentary Effen Vodka Blueberry Moonshine welcome cocktail to help get the night started.


Check out happy hour at Root & Bone

The new Miami outpost of Root & Bone is bringing some joy to the work week! Beginning Monday, January 14th guests can partake in Happy Hour specials from 4-7PM including: Half-off Well Spirits and Wines by the Glass; $5 Draft Beers; and $8 Specialty Cocktails like the sassy Julia Sugarbaker –Wild Turkey, peach, honey lavender, and fresh lemon or the smoky Heavens to Betsy – Vida Mezcal, Luxardo Maraschino, mint, and fresh lime. Along with libations, southern-inspired bites on the new menu are a bargain: $4 for Deviled Eggs/Bacon Bites/Smashed Sunchokes (no caviar)/Angel Biscuits or $7 for Warm Pimento Dip/Root Tartare. 

Sip Whiskey at Rusty Pelican

One of South Florida’s most iconic dining destinations, the Rusty Pelican, will serve as the host venue for a very special pairing dinner on Thursday, January 17thfor an equally renowned brand, The Macallan – distillers of Highland single malt scotch whisky. Priced at $198pp++ the menu, created by Rusty Pelican’s Executive Chef Jimmy Pastor, will pair several of The Macallan’s most coveted releases, including the Rare Cask and Reflexion, with dishes designed to complement the flavors of the selected accompaniments.


The intimate evening gets underway at 7PM with a reception featuring passed bites and a cocktail with The Macallan 12yr Sherry Oak crafted by Rusty Pelican’s Mixologist, Oscar Amaya; guests will be seated for the five-course dinner at 7:30PM. Dinner menu with pairings as followsFirst Course (Macallan 12yr Double Cask): Seared Kurobuta Pork, Cauliflower Cream, Roasted Cauliflower with Hazelnut and Raisins; Second Course (Macallan 15yr Triple Cask): Duck Ravioli, Sliced Duck Breast, Sherry Reduction, Toasted Hazelnut; Third Course (Macallan 18yr Sherry Cask): Prime Beef Carpaccio, Shaved Foie Gras, Fennel, Parmesan, Arugula; Entrée (Macallan Rare Cask): 6oz Mishima Wagyu NY, Pommes Puree, Roasted Carrots, Périgueux Sauce; Dessert (Macallan Reflexion): “Apple Pie”. Seating is limited; RSVP required at (305) 361-1818 or srcmail@rustypelican.com.

Sake Monday's AZABU Miami Beach


Mondays just got better with the launch of Azabu Miami Beach’s ‘Sake Mondays’. Guests can enjoy bottles of sake at half price all night long starting at 6 p.m.! With a selection sake ranging from the traditional to sparkling, there are endless possibilities to choose from.

Lolo's Surf Cantina  hosts ladies night

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Lolo’s Surf Cantina is launching their weekly Ladies Night. There’s no better way to brush off the stress of work than by getting together with your girls and sipping on some margaritas. Every Thursday, all ladies can enjoy $3 margaritas from 7 p.m. - close. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your girl’s night out.

Take advantage of ladies night every Thursday at Elcielo Miami

Elcielo Miami kicks off Thursdays with 'Ladies Night' from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ladies can enjoy $1 Bellinis and special happy hour prices on cocktails and bites. Indulge in the Tree of Life, Salmon Tartar, and Elcielo Croquettes!

Enjoy bottomless brunch at Seaspice with Whispering Angel

This new year, take a trip to the Miami river each Saturday and Sunday for the ultimate brunch fix at Seaspice’s new bottomless Whispering Angel Rosé brunch from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

For $75 per person, enjoy a three-course nautical brunch, which includes new dishes such as the house-cured Faroe Island Salmon Gravlax to brunch favorites like theSeaspice Lobster Benedict or the best Wagyu Burger in town, and stay refreshed with unlimited glasses of the world renowned chilled rosé.

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The first Harpke Family Farm “farm table” feast of 2019 is one NOT to be missed!

Perhaps the most highly anticipated event thus far, on Sunday, January 27th , 2 pm -5 pm, James Beard nominee, Chef Niven Patel (Ghee Indian Kitchen, Erba), will treat guests to a farmer's feast of authentic Gujarat-inspired dishes, reimagined with a modern twist.

Guests can look forward to a welcome cocktail, passed canapés, wine pairings and a plated 4-5 course Sunday lunch, highlighting peak-season Florida produce. Although this thoughtful menu will be vegetable-centric, it will not be vegetarian. (No substitutions or refunds possible.)

$150/pp. Doors open at 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. Street parking available. Restroom facility on-site (not-ADA accessible). Please drink responsibly!

Tickets on Eventbrite link here

Chef Niven Patel Harpke Family Farm