The Guide: Miami

By Liana Lozada


Late-Night Revelry
Everyone’s new favorite after-hours spot, Ricky’s, has taken up shop on South Beach, keeping its doors open until 5 a.m. Arcade games line the room, while a cheeky cocktail menu keeps guests properly imbibed. Among the lively libations are It’s Always Sunny, a peach bourbon-based drink, and Don’t Mess With Peso, a single-malt Scotch tipple. Funnel cakes and deep-fried candy bars lead the carnival-inspired eats, while sliders, sandwiches and snacks round out the finger-food roster. Waffle mac and cheese, anyone? 1222 16th St., Miami Beach; 305.704.3602;

Island-Style Imbibing
Slide into the historic Washington Park Hotel’s lobby bar Swizzle for a liquefied tribute to the tropics. Envisioned by Danilo “Dacha” Bozovic (also head barkeep at the property’s restaurant, Employee’s Only), the bar’s menu reflects its namesake by pouring a variety of Caribbean cocktails stirred with a swizzle stick. The signature sip is fittingly called the South Beach Swizzle, served tall with pisco, fresh lime juice, white creme de cocoa and Old Fashioned bitters. To keep the theme going, patrons can take their orders outside for a bit of bocce, Ping-Pong or dominoes. 1050 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305.421.6265;

Serve Like a Pro
Tennis aficionados can practice their forehands on any of the four Grand Slam playing surfaces at Fisher Island Club Hotel & Resort’s 18-court tennis center, which recently unveiled two French Open-style red-clay courts. The crimson joins grass, green clay and DecoTurf cushioned surfaces, sure to attract the world’s elite athletes—even Serena Williams has been spotted on-site taking pre-tournament swings. 1 Fisher Island Drive, Miami Beach; 305.535.6000;

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Next Level Namaste
Ayama Yoga and Wellness is shaking things up with its integrated yoga + Rolfing classes—the only studio in Florida to combine these two healing modalities into one experience. Rolfing, named after creator Dr. Ida P. Rolf, emphasizes structural integration, a type of bodywork that uses gravity to improve posture, alignment and movement. Ayama founder Mariano Ardissone and seasoned Rolfing practitioner John Latz lead clients through a hands-on stretching session called the Dhara Lama Method, leaving even the most experienced yogis feeling a new level of limberness. 2250 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach; 305.944.0080;

Vinyasa with a Vibe
Miami’s rhythmic tones and sensorial celebrations are at the center of Tropical Vinyasa’s Sunset Harbour studio. Operated by teachers Amy Dannheim and Paul Toliuszis, the sunlit space flaunts floor-to-ceiling windows that brighten an all-white interior that feels more like an urban bungalow thanks to green palms and yellow accessories. Restorative classes are met with hourlong flows that embrace mood-boosting beats reverberating over a Sonos wireless sound system. Tropical Vinyasa is also big on melodic musings, hosting thematic events sounding musical genres such as rock, R&B and hip-hop. 1825 West Ave., #9, Miami Beach;

Neighborhood Newbie
Founded by Dawn B. Feinberg, the ongoing face of the Design District’s YogArt series, the new Ahana Yoga studio presents five distinct class types that speak to all levels of practice. Those seeking a spiritual reprieve can opt for Ahana Flow, which embraces chanting and meditation. Traditionalists can find solace in Mysore Ashtanga, a self-paced sequence that originated in southern India. A sweat-centric session and a class for kids round out the unique offerings. 3806 NE First Ave., Miami; 305.456.5339;

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Vignettes of Time
From Sugar Plum Fairy crowns designed by Haydée Morales to Titania’s tutu reimagined by Michele Oka Doner, the Miami City Ballet’s elegant costumes have romanced imaginations for over three decades. While worthy of museum stature, these delicate drapings are on display for the public at the Miami City Ballet Costume Exhibit on Lincoln Road. Running through February, the exhibition bridges craftsmanship, creativity and a nostalgic backstory: The company was founded in an empty Lincoln Road store in 1985. 530 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach;

Retail Therapy
Curvature and color are the focal points inside LOEWE’s new Design District store, which earned initial props for combining culture with consumerism via a statuesque 18th-century Iberian granary that doubles as a product display. For Art Week, the LOEWE Foundation commissioned two juxtaposing artists to add fresh layers to the store’s interior: British potter John Ward, who installed over 40 vessels throughout the space, and Irish watercolor artist William McKeown, who designed the wallpaper. The exhibit will run through the end of March. 110 NE 39th St., Miami; 305.576.7601;

A Cuban Re-emergence
Fresh off the heels of an intensive redirection, the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora (formally the Cuban Museum) has reopened to the public at a new location. Its first exhibit, Luis Cruz Azaceta: Dictators, Terrorism, War and Exiles, is as timely as it is tenacious. Curated by Dr. Alejandro Anreus, Azaceta’s 29-piece exhibit spans a 30-plus-year career that scrutinizes tyranny and exposes tragedy, while also celebrating triumphs of the human spirit. His work will remain on display until March 26. 1200 Coral Way, Miami; 305.529.5400;

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