We woke up Saturday morning feeling not-so-hot (no idea why!!) so we headed to the renowned Fontainebleau hotel for some recovery in the form of sun, food, and Bloody Mary’s.
Once we felt like we were in acceptable shape to be around other humans, we headed to Hyde Beach Club, which sits conveniently in the backyard of the SLS hotel (known for its modern and sometimes outrageous décor – more on that tomorrow). Hyde Beach is similar to the day clubs in Vegas where bottle service and smoke machines win out over lazy sunbathing… which was totally ok with us on this particular weekend.
Night two started off at the restaurant in the back of the Standard Hotel. The Standard – which I frequent in New York and LA – is always a good time, but this one was a serious adventure. We wound our way through jungle room after jungle room in a maze of fun lounge-y hangouts and finally landed at the restaurant on the water.
We met Martina and Matias (the ones with the wedding the night before) and their group of friends for a dinner full of fresh seafood, drinks, and laughs.
(It was fuh-reezing, for Miami)
Dress: BCBG | Kicks: Sam Edelman (sold out but love these) | Clutch: Forever 21
After we’d slurped up the last of the Mojitos, we headed for Wynwood, a neighborhood of bars and restaurants off the beaten path that reminds me strongly of the east side in Austin or Williamsburg (hip, cool, up-and-coming, and mostly free of tourists). This is where knowing the locals comes in handy. There is no way we would have stumbled upon Cafeina without M&M and it was one of our favorite places we went.
The rest of the early morning was spent hopping from LIV to another club called Mokai and a whole lot of moving and shaking. The Miami club culture might be the only city I know that’s more aggressive than NYC – leaving the bar before 5am is strictly frowned upon (which Matias reminded us when he showed up with another group of his guy friends at that exact time and insisted the best of the night was yet to come).
I’ll save the aftermath (I promise it’s prettier than it sounds and it involves 40,000 ping pong balls) for tomorrow.