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Miami Monkey: The Best Bar in Miami

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Whether you’re a fan of Big Ang from Mob Wives or not, her new bar, “Miami Monkey,” is quite the experience. Ang’s Ocean Drive endeavor is home to uniforms of black bikinis and pink lipstick (black tanktops for the male employees, lipstick optional) and high-priced drinks.

The prices might me high, but don’t feel the need to get too dressed up. Differing from Ang’s original bar, Staten Island’s, “Drunken Monkey,” this location has more of a club feel.

With a gay night, a hip hop night, a Latin night, and happy hour everyday from 4 PM- 9 PM, the Miami Monkey is sure to attract a wide variety of guests.

However, due to its second-floor location, it is a hard locale to spot. To take care of this, Ang assigns female employees walk around outside handing out stickers for free shots at the bar. Make your way upstairs, and you might even get a chance to see Ang herself!

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The key to happiness comes in different forms and flavors. For many, it&rsquos circular in shape, delightfully sweet in taste, but tart enough to make you pucker. It&rsquos a major key DJ Khaled has yet to mention: key lime pie.

As Florida&rsquos official state pie, the heavenly dessert uses the tiny, tangy marble-shaped citrus fruit of the key lime tree, famously grown in the Florida Keys and even in our own backyards. Good news is we don&rsquot always need to take a trek down Overseas Highway to get our hands on some of the best.

Those craving key lime pie can find various pleasant versions at restaurants throughout the 305. But the following ten spots know exactly how to make this always-sunny dish shine.
1. Joe&rsquos Stone Crab
At Miami Beach&rsquos beloved institution known for its savory namesake, you&rsquoll also find Joe&rsquos famous key lime pie, arguably the benchmark for Florida&rsquos favorite dessert. A perfect graham cracker crust sets the foundation for this classic version that&rsquos equal parts sweet and sour with just the right amount of zest. A slice sets you back $8.95, but call to order ahead for a whole pie &mdash it&rsquoll last longer.
2. Fireman Derek&rsquos Bake Shop & Cafe
Wynwood&rsquos best pie shop offers a huge range of pies, from the legendary crack pie to chocolate pecan and apple variations. Although all of firefighter Derek Kaplan&rsquos pies are showstoppers, his key lime pie ($5) &mdash the one that started it all &mdash remains the star. The recipe is entirely his own, using condensed milk, freshly squeezed key lime juice, a buttery graham crust, and other, undisclosed ingredients. The result: a slice of heaven.

A Miami hangout since 1951, this log-cabin-style restaurant is our go-to when we&rsquore craving pulled pork sliders and coleslaw. P.S.: Double up on napkins before you dig in. Now doing take-out.

No matter how old we get, there&rsquos nothing like a really, really good grilled cheese. We can&rsquot get enough of the Mackin Melt (with creamy Gouda mac &rsquon&rsquo cheese and house-cured bacon) or the fried chicken and waffle melt (crispy chicken and cheddar on house-made buttermilk waffles with country gravy and maple syrup). Available for take-out and delivery.

Miami to Key West Day Trip with Optional Activities

Stop packing this bus full of people. You want people to social distance due to covid 19 but that's not possible if you have a fully paid led bus with half broken seats. Some of the seats lean back on the other persons lap! That's unacceptable .
Fix the seats and stop packing the bus to capacity!

The Keys were beautiful but I don't think the time Allred of enough. We were picked up at Bayside Marketplace and it wool aboit 3.5-3 hrs to get there. We get 6 hrs on the island. So basically you have time to do about 2-3 activities and then you need to meet your group at the bus again.

If or when I visit the Keys, I'd like to stay more than 6 hrs to get the full experience of the island and all its activities and food.

Overall I think it was reasonable. Be prepared to walk. Or rent a scooter/bike,etc.
The beaches were not very satisfactory .

Never one to be underestimated, Barton G sets the standard in grandiose presentation with everything on the menu. While there are many to choose from, like the Instagram famous Marie Antionette, the elaborate dessert that has captured our attention is the Dolla' Dolla' Bills, Yo with chocolate ganache and dulce de leche tart, under a gold brick shell plus graham cracker crust, soft meringue, chocolate feuilletine golden nuggets with a jumbo size $100 bill backdrop.

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Super Bowl 2020: Where to pregame at South Florida’s 10 coolest bars and clubs

Super Bowl 2020 is so close you can almost smell the celebrities, beers and booze flowing into Hard Rock Stadium.

But your drinking selection is hardly limited to the mostly domestic draft taps at Hard Rock, hosting the big NFL showdown on Feb. 2. South Florida is home to 50-plus craft breweries, scads of sports bars and countless cocktail dens catering to the overflowing crowds of the trendy and well-heeled.

Craving a cocktail and dancing before the big game? Want your drink paired with stunning rooftop views of Miami’s skylines? Aiming for a zero-frills sports bar near the airport hotel? Whether you’re a tourist or local, big-spender or thrifty carouser, or you’re simply throwing a watch party, here are 10 of the coolest bars and clubs to suit your pre-Super Bowl partying.

When you need a world-class cocktail

Sweet Liberty Drinks and Supply Company

237 20th St., Suite B, Miami Beach 305-763-8217 or

Consistently ranked the best cocktail bar in South Florida alongside nearby Broken Shaker, this Miami Beach libation haven avoids the overpriced trappings of most Ocean Drive hotspots thanks to its impressive Happy Hour (4-7 p.m. daily $6-8 cocktails and 95-cent oysters). Try the expanded menu from chef Michelle Bernstein and 14 new tiki drinks, both unveiled in November. There’s even a uniquely Miami concoction: Tiki Pastelito ($16), made with rum, Redland guava marmalade, spiced butter and cream-cheese syrup.

When you’re craving breathtaking Miami skyline views

788 Brickell Plaza, Miami 305-532-5650 or

Being dubbed one of Condé Nast’s 10 Best Rooftop Bars in the United States ought to be convincing enough for a sports fan, but there’s one caveat: That clout brings big crowds, too. Still, Sugar rewards with 360-degree views of the Brickell skyline hullabaloo from 40 stories high, with drinks served in a garden oasis the size of a basketball court, gray lounge sofas framed by lush trees. We recommend the Asian tapas and mouth-puckering cocktails such as the Sweet Life with lemon, whiskey and Thai iced tea.

When you want to support a local brewery

120 NW 24th St., Miami 786-254-7779 or

Not only is J. Wakefield arguably the hands-down coolest brewery in Miami-Dade – peep the taproom’s “Star Wars”-inspired murals for evidence – it’s also Wynwood’s last surviving independent brewhouse. The 5,600-square-foot brewery’s Dragon Fruit Passion Fruit Florida Weisse, released every February, always commands lines around the block, but you can get an early taste of J. Wakefield’s core brews El Jefe coconut hefeweizen and Hops 4 Teacher IPA, both already on tap at Hard Rock Stadium.

When you also can’t wait for baseball season to arrive

Nightlife Brewing Company

1588 NW Seventh St., Miami 786-787-2337 or

Yes, we’re also ticking down the months until baseball season. A baseball-themed brewery in the shadow of Miami Marlins stadium, this 1,500-square-foot taproom pays homage to Miami’s sports legacy with a huge mural of the old Orange Bowl stadium along with black-and-white photos of city architecture. Flat-screen TVs routinely air sports games, and we like the 90 Mile Pale Ale, a reference to the rise of Miami’s Cuban population over the past 50 years.

When you’re a refined drinker who enjoys classy speakeasies

Hotsy-Totsy Bar and Grill and The Sidecar Speakeasy

2032 Harrison St., Hollywood 954-544-2383 or

Are we in the right Roaring Twenties? The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary since the start of Prohibition but speakeasy-style bars are everywhere. Worth the schlep to Hollywood is this tapas-inspired hangout from local restaurant veterans Valeria and Clayton Chelley. To access the bar, you’ll need a secret door code (of course), but once inside you’ll have access to classy cocktails such as the Bee’s Knees with Hayman’s London Dry Gin, honey and lavender and the Boulevardier with three-barrel rye, sweet vermouth and cappelletti. For more authenticity, swap out your NFL jersey for a double-breasted vest.

When you want to commune with local sports fans

5001 NW 36th St., Miami Springs 305-888-6022

Decent for happy-hour specials and nightcaps, Old Tom’s is the Switzerland of sports bars, where all walks of life and sports factions are welcome. Beer pitchers are $7 during daily happy hour (3-7 p.m.), and the dive features 25 TVs constantly tuned to sporting events. And Old Tom’s is a field-goal kick from Miami International Airport for those staying at a nearby hotel for the Super Bowl.

When you want to people-watch and snap selfies for the ‘gram

114 SW North River Drive, Miami 305-906-4000 or

The pop-up dining and entertainment space along the Miami River recently added a Fort Lauderdale counterpart, but the OG Wharf is perfect for people-watching. With long communal tables, Astroturf, five food vendors and megayachts always docking nearby, it’s also a perfect selfie paradise.

When you want to go dancing, drinking and … ice-skating

2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 786-257-4600 or

How exclusive is this Miami club inside the Miami Beach Edition hotel? Answer: Drake once rented out the venue to ice-skate with Rihanna during Miami Music Week. This subterranean disco, created by Ian Schrager of Studio 54 fame, features drink specials, a four-lane bowling alley and a 2,000-square-foot ice-skating rink, because why shouldn’t it?

Banana Monkey Recipe

  • 1 ½ oz coffee liqueur
  • ½ oz liquid chocolate
  • 1 oz coconut cream
  • 2 oz Carnation milk
  • Half a banana

Note: Instead of liquid chocolate you can also use crème de cacao
Blend and serve in a large cocktail glass previously decorated with chocolate and that’s it!

In the video: Our friend David give us full instructions on how to prepare an authentic Banana Monkey. It looks so delicious! So, maybe for your next homecation it will feel easing the homesickness of being not in your home away from home. Whenever you get a beverage with a tiny umbrella on it: it does count as a vacation, doesn’t it?

A few years ago we made a survey and this drink was voted as the favorite for all of our Royal Resorts members and guests. And we’re pretty sure that it is still your favorite! Isn’t it? Other beverages in the countdown were Bushwacker, Margarita, Miami Vice and Mojito. Which one is your favorite? You can find the rest of the videos in Royal Resort’s Facebook page

Is there any other Royal Resorts Cocktail’s recipe you would like to learn? If it’s so: take a moment and write it down in the comments section and we will make sure to post it right away!

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Wynwood, Miami neighborhood guide

By Time Out Miami editors Posted: Friday August 21 2020

What&rsquos the deal with Wynwood?

Some might say that Wynwood dethroned South Beach as Miami&rsquos top tourist destination. The trendy arts district steadily lures folks off the sand with its massive galleries, colorful museums and miles of Instagrammable murals. It&rsquos a concrete jungle covered in graffiti and crawling with cool-looking locals and curious out-of-towners in search of a good time&mdashspecifically in December when the annual Art Basel Miami Beach descends on the city. It&rsquos also ground zero for influencers and photographers, though can you blame them? Every inch of Wynwood is a work of art. In a little over a decade, this former industrial hub home to warehouses and auto shops now boasts the hottest galleries, trendiest bars and best restaurants in Miami. Though some might argue the recent spate of breweries is an even bigger draw&mdashthe Wynwood Miami arts district continues to thrive as the city&rsquos epicenter of all things beautiful and expressive.

If you only do one thing

Check out the Wynwood Walls. Launched in 2009 by Tony Goldman, Miami&rsquos first and only outdoor museum showcases street art from artists around the world. The walls are painted over for a new exhibition every year during Art Basel and feature international artists tackling topical themes. Shepard Fairey, who designed Barack Obama&rsquos &ldquoHope&rdquo poster and Tony Goldman&rsquos posthumous portrait, and Peter Tunney are among some of the most recognizable muralists in the collection.

The Wynwood Walls remain closed temporarily, but the shop is open to browse in person and online. You&rsquoll find one-of-a-kind artist collabs like water bottles, keychains, collectible books and more.

Go off the beaten track

Wynwood is a place to party, eat and drink, but it&rsquos also a great neighborhood for kids. Once you&rsquove bored them with walking tours of the murals, take them to FunDimension. It&rsquos an old-school arcade meets futuristic game room with everything from skee-ball and pinball to laser tag and virtual reality and a bungee dome. Players win tickets they can redeem on things like candy and finger traps (Remember those?) and parents get to enjoy a beer while the kiddos safely zip around.

On a sunny day

It&rsquos not a skyrise but the rooftop at Astra is the perfect place to soak up some rays. The breezy terrace is fashioned after the beach clubs of Greece and the vibe is truly transportive.

On a rainy day

An afternoon shower is a perfect time to head inside for a cocktail and a bite. Award-winning KYU, one of the neighborhood&rsquos long-standing restaurants, offers a spacious bar area and a generous weekday happy hour

Get cultured

Tired of the roaming the streets? Head inside to the Museum of Graffiti, where you&rsquoll get to experience more street art (and air-conditioning) and learn the history of tagging dating back decades. The venue comprises indoor exhibitions, 11 outdoor murals and a gift shop that sells limited-edition items from some of the creative minds you&rsquoll meet inside.

The first breweries in Miami sprouted in Wynwood, including Latin-inspired Veza Sur. It celebrates three years this August and its brews and bites are fresher than ever. It&rsquos one of the few taprooms with ample seating and a sizeable food menu for folks interested in doing more than sampling.

There&rsquos art around you but also below you. The sidewalks are etched with all kinds of clever quotes and drawings for your enjoyment.

Get an insider&rsquos perspective

There are more tours than we can count going on at any given time in Wynwood but there&rsquos only one that&rsquos owned and operated by artists. Known as Miami&rsquos Best Graffiti Guide, this independent company will show you the real-deal Wynwood.

What else is nearby?

Wynwood is bordered by the Miami Design District, Edgewater and Downtown. It&rsquos easily accessed from South Beach via the Venetian and Julia Tuttle Causeways.

Editor&rsquos note: Some businesses remain temporarily closed in accordance with the county guidelines. Please check their website and call them directly for the latest information.

10. Islamorada Fish Company (Islamorada, Mile Marker 81.5)

Feel the sea breeze and marvel at the see-through waters from your shaded table or bar stool at the Islamorada Fish Compay. Located right on the main road, this cool Florida Keys Bar is built out over the water with a wide pier jutting out towards sunset.

Showing off beautiful open water views during the day and in the evenings they light up the Tiki torches on the beach giving the ambiance of an exotic tropical island.

The food is a hit or miss and the best way to enjoy the unique vibe of the Islamorada Fish Company is with a few cocktails. I&rsquove always ordered a fruity frozen drink here because it just feels right. The Pina Colads with a floater is fantastic.

Lots of Tarpon to watch and once in a while a Manatee comes by for a visit. Of course, the Bass Pro Shop is right next door.

Islamorada Fish Company
81532 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036

Take your pick of the best Florida Keys Bars and spend the day or bar crawl through the islands checking them all out (with a designated driver, of course!).

You can&rsquot go wrong with any of these top bars in the Florida Keys!

(If you&rsquore looking for Key West bars, click here for the Top Key West Bars as voted on by our readers and surprisingly, none of them were on Duval Street!)

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