I’m feeling…beachy…and a touch flighty. Time to show you some local favorites and a newcomer to the list of the best places to go this weekend.
Whether you’re near SoFlo, directly in Miami or not, take note of these places, as they’re something you don’t wanna pass up. Enjoy, and welcome to the 305.
Let’s sort out the flighty bit – ever just wanted to fly round the city but already done it in a helicopter? Yeah…we’ve all been there. Even if you haven’t, I highly recommend checking out Overseas Aero Tours, a Florida Keys Biplane Tour that’s (conveniently) suited for two.
…and an older plane. Like, 73 years old. War time era. If you’re gonna be flying in anything that old, let it be the Waco UPF-7. Yeah – shit just got real. It seriously beats a movie. Or dinner. Or drinks. Any day. So instead of doing the same old same old and sitting picking from a boring menu, how about get out of the A/C and hit the skies instead. It’s refreshing. It’s new. It’s partially original….and the best part is, they break down the pricing so it’s affordable, too.
Don’t just think this is for the single dating world – if you’ve managed to be hunted and captured (…married.) it’s a great activity to add to the list of “new things I did with my spouse.” If you’re into that. Go for a run across the sky and check out Pigeon Key, or get a little more adventurous and spend more time overlooking the epic sights of Sombrero Light. Pick a day where the weather’s fine and make reservations, right around this time of the year they can get pretty busy. 1940’s style aviators and pilot caps encouraged…add the jacket if you’re feeling particularly “authentic.”
…but let’s say you wanna go for drinks after a long afternoon of flying – well, I know just the place to wind down…recently opened if you’re into things like Colombian food, drinks, and nightlife, then you’ll wanna check out Barú Urbano…it’s like, the go-to for all things aesthetic and, well Colombian.
Now with three locations in Doral, Miami, and MidTown, there’s no excuse why you can’t check this place out. I highly recommend booking reservations, whether you’re going there with a date or just casually with friends. The place has various events depending on which bar you decide to hit up (check out Double Cross Thursdays tonight if you can make it), and a menu that’ll leave you coming back for more. If you’ve been hitting up the gym a lot lately I recommend the Barru Parilla – if you weren’t getting your protein before, you will with that dish.
Don’t forget to wash it all down with some quality spirits, and if you feel like being adventurous order up some refajo for a history lesson with your date, or one big toast with your best buds – as for exactly what refajo is well, I’d love to tell you but for now – I’ll let you figure out what it is when you get there (hint: it has to do with beer) 😉
Alright last stop…but listen – we’re heading north this time. More specifically, Ft. Lauderdale. I know – “Broward county? Wtf Why?” you’re probably asking…and I know, it’s not even remotely close to Miami – but hear me out, it’s not that bad actually. Besides – would I ever send you anywhere bad? Of course not – after all, I’ve got my reputation to uphold.
Besides it’s right by the beach – and if you’ve ever been to Ft. Lauderdale, the beach there is their strong point.
That and Hooters.
Hooters by the water is just…grand.
Can’t beat a good wing.
But when you want something a little less shady than Hooters, and wanna grab a bite to eat in your swimwear, have a go at Atlantic Surf Club.
While my favorite thing about this place is the insane view you get while eating…the menu really takes the cake – pun intended. With selections like massive tuna steak burgers, Chicago Dogs, and mouth watering Snapper Filet, you have every right to stuff your face and feel guiltless after.
For dessert, it’s a good idea to load up on their “Adult” shakes & floats – think TGIF but waaaay better service and a wider selection. It’s a nice change up from your standard alcoholic beverage (though I do recommend the Snake Bite), too. While my favorites pretty much consist of above and beyond 50% of the 9 flavors they have, you absolutely cannot afford to pass up these:
- Root Beer Float – Fueling my love of bourbon even more, this shakes blends vanilla ice cream, root beer, and bourbon all into one sinfully delicious combo that’s awesome for Root Beer lovers like myself.
- Malted Milkshake – What can I say? I’m a fan of the classics…and this is a classic with a twist. Vanilla ice cream, Ovaltine classic malt, amaretto, kahlua, frangelico, and toasted almonds – I’ll take two.
- Adult Mudslide – Reminds me of a favorite flavor of mine from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream lineup, Dublin Mudslide. Comes with a swirl of vanilla & chocolate ice cream, Bailey’s and Godiva chocolate, and of course, vodka.
Milkshakes never looked so good.