Miami is usually known for its clear beaches, raging club scene and beautiful people, but this Sunday, it was unusually cold. Anything under 70 degrees is freezing to the typical Miamian, so at 66 degrees, the world was clearly ending. While it may have been a bit chilly outside, it doesn’t stop your average Sunday partier, and with that in mind, I planned my day.
On Sundays, we wake up late from drinking in Wynwood all night and stumble into brunch. After a quick meal at The Bazaar followed by a BACARDÍ Ocho, my drink of choice, the girls and I headed further into South Beach. I know what you’re thinking, “When do you ever hang out in South Beach?” Well today, we switched it up, just like the weather.
We parked near the coveted Fontainebleau Hotel and joined a group walking towards the hotel. The crisp weather forced the locals to wear the one coat they owned from high school and the tourists to freeze their asses off in shorts and sandals. Tucked in the lobby, we decided on Pizza and Burger, which you should know, serves much more than pizzas and burgers.
The vintage green leather seats wrapped around the bar that posed an “classic theme.” I was joined at the bar a few of the same kinds of people: everyone that had a wild last night and the best way to keep going is to keep drinking. The room was filled with the sounds of Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” echoing off a fairly empty restaurant. Greeted by the bartender with a smile, I ordered a Batida De Coco. The cocktail effortlessly reminded me of summer on this cold day. It was garnished with a pineapple and housed one large ice cube, similar to an Old Fashion. Made with BACARDÍ Ocho, I finally got what I wanted.
The 1 Hotel is known for its ambiance and amazing pools and views. Of course we didn’t plan on swimming, but the bar was open. The pool area was full of fully dressed tourists wrapped in towels, a guy with an apple watch overloading on notifications as he watched a soccer game and kids enjoying the heated pool.
At the bar, I ordered the CBB. Mixed with BACARDÍ Ocho, coconut, Bailey’s and banana. Made as a frozen drink and a shot of BACARDÍ Ocho poured in to mix, I wasn’t sure if I should show it off or drink it. Garnished with pineapple and coconut shavings, became the life of the party. My cocktail was beautiful.The drink was literally the ray of sunshine as the evening quickly moved into overcast. But in Miami, overcast doesn’t stop the party. As dance music boomed in the background, the pool filled up, it proved that the fall weather wouldn’t stop the party.
After a few drinks and of course, a nap, we got dressed for clubbing. If you’re looking for a good place to club on South Beach and not interested in liquidating your savings account for entry and drinks, the Miami Beach Edition hotel should be on your radar.
Their club Basement is known for three things: their indoor ice skating rink that your favorite influencer always takes Instagram photos at, their mini bowling alley, and their bar being stacked. To keep it simple after a day of drinks with pineapples in it, I opted for a BACARDÍ Ocho and ginger ale with a lime because everything tastes better with lime. Saschi, the DJ could be found at the booth playing a mix of hip hop and reggae as guests started to pour in. The BACARDÍ Ocho balanced better with the ginger than I did on the ice skating rink, making it a perfect simple mix to end the night.
In Miami, switching up your usual “night out” is needed. We often get caught up in the same crowds, experiencing the same adventures, but with a group of friends and bit of BACARDÍ Ocho, the night leads itself.