It's that wonderful time of the year in Miami where Art Basel comes to our Magic City and brings a slew of art, music, fashion, food, and parties with it. What has now become a week-long celebration of events and parties spanning from Miami Beach to Wynwood, Basel is a huge time of the year not to miss. Whether you're hibernating from all the artsy tourists and looking for an escape or in full social butterfly mode, here's a guide to some food and drink pop-ups you'll want to check out. It's not easy browsing art galleries on empty so these will help you refuel on essentials like caffeine, good food, and alcohol. With many of these already starting today and running through Sunday, December 9, there's no time to lose. So get started and add these to the Basel agenda for this week.
The Counter: Cooper Avenue's pop-up for Basel features late night eats like dumplings, curry chicken buns, short rib rice bowls, and a wonton shrimp broth, among other good items sure to cure the munchies and refuel your almost-empty tank throughout the week. The priciest item is $12 (sashimi).
Where: Cooper Avenue; 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue, Miami Beach
Basel Biergarten: Beer, bacon, street art, and music come together at the Wynwood Cigar Factory for the first annual pop-up, the Basel Biergarten. They'll have craft beers from local Florida breweries and candied bacon and other smoked meats from the Miami Smokers. It runs Thursday through Sunday.
Where: Wynwood Cigar Factory; 101 NW 24 Street, Wynwood
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink: The Schwartz empire expands its beloved MGFD for Basel-goers on the beach this year. The MGFD Café will be at the Design Miami pavilion across from the Miami Beach Convention Center. Expect Schwartz's staples on the menu, along with his home brew on draft, wine, cocktails, Panther Coffee, and Hedy Goldsmith's famous pastries. The pop-up will run during Design Miami hours, from Wednesday through Sunday.
Where: Design Miami; Meridian Avenue and 19 Street, Miami Beach
The Broken Shaker: This week the pop-up goes permanent but for invite-only events during Art Basel. It'll be officially open to the public after the Basel madness. So if you're one of the lucky ones invited to stop by this week, have a drink for those of us who have to wait.
Where: Freehand Miami Hostel; 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach
BLOOM: Due to the surge of artsy folks wandering around Wynwood this week, BLOOM is opening for a special Art Basel lunch every day from 11:30a.m. to 3p.m. with Latin American and Asian fare. Their $4 happy hour from 5 to 8p.m. will also be in full effect.
Where: 2751 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood
Pavan's Mobile Gallery: For the first time ever, there's a mobile gallery so that you don't miss a blink of art or alcohol when traveling between galleries. Whitewall magazine has curated the art and newly launched liqueur Pavan is providing the cocktails.
Where: Various locations include Soho Beach House, Scope Miami, NADA Art Fair and Art Basel Miami Beach
Cafécito Neptuno: The Lincoln Road Cuban coffee staple David's Cafe is back to refuel Basel-goers at The Standard in the form of Cafécito Neptuno by Miami native and artist José Parlá. It's open 24 hours Wednesday through Saturday with all the caffeinated beverages and pastelitos you need to get through the week. Don't fret- it'll still be open through January 3 from 7a.m. to 7p.m. for holiday pick-me-ups.
Where: The Standard Hotel; 40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach
Wood Tavern: Heineken is taking over Wood for a backyard Basel beer garden. Get ready to boogie with tunes, cheap drink specials and food like their Pancho's tacos for two bucks with different parties running each day and night from 1p.m. to 3a.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Where: 2531 NW 2 Avenue, Wynwood
SAMBAPOP: The pop-up from SUSHISAMBA is sprouting up in Midtown next to SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill. It'll have Samba favorites, bento boxes, small plates, and their signature rolls. Of course, they're serving up alcoholic beverages for your art-going pleasure and sweet desserts. It runs Tuesday to Sunday from noon to midnight.
Where: 3252 NE 1 Avenue, Midtown
Gale South Beach: The new hotel is having a limited preview of their restaurant Dolce available in the cafe all week long through Sunday. Their bar/lounge venues, Regent Cocktail Club and Rec Room, will also have their debut thanks to nightlife impresario Joshua Wagner heading the operations with pop-ups, of which include one of the locations for this year's traveling Le Baron. Each night the location is announced at 6p.m. via their website, Twitter, Facebook, or phone app.
Where: 1690 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Fratelli Lyon: The Design District Italian restaurant is making a comeback on South Beach for the UNTITLED art fair on the sand. From Thursday to Sunday, Ken Lyon will have a 100-seat cafe with antipasti, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, pastries, espresso and wine-prosecco bars.
Where: UNTITLED; The beach at Ocean Drive and 12 Street
Phuc Yea! and Phuc Mei!: Another pop-up being resuscitated for the week, the Vietnamese Phuc Yea! is going to be at SCOPE Miami in Midtown. Alongside it, a new offspring from the Pious Pig Restaurant Group, Phuc Mei!, will debut as their bar with drinks that wash down their Asian eats nicely.
Where: SCOPE Art Miami; 110 NE 36 Street, Midtown
Macchialina: The cozy Italian spot from the Pubbelly crew is doing a pop-up brunch on Sunday. From noon to 3p.m., fill up on items like breakfast stromboli, Panettone French toast and breakfast pizza.
Where: 820 Alton Road, Miami Beach
LIT Lounge: The NYC guys from go-to spot LIT are popping up at Cooper Avenue's lounge debuting this week: The Garage. On Saturday from 10p.m. until the early morning hours, get down with drinks and tunes from DJs Paul Sevigny and Prince Terrence of Hustle Club.
Where: The Garage; 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue, Miami Beach
Eating House: Tierra Nueva chocolate and the cool chefs from Eating House are combining forces for a closing event on Sunday at The Stage. Giorgio Rapicavoli and Henry Hané will perform a live cooking demo while you sip on chocolate-infused Caipirinhas. After, there will be screenings from the Brazilian Film Festival and you can help yourself to free coffee brewed on site and Tierra Nueva's coffee thins. It starts at 7 and all you need to do is RSVP.
Where: The Stage Miami; 170 NE 38 Street, Miami
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