The “Vibe Spot” Miami

Destination: Miami

The Ivy at the Grove

A skip and a mighty big hop, The Ivy at the Grove is melting peoples heart with its British influence and allure. The three story hub, houses casual dining/bar, a fine dinning experience (reservation required) and an exclusive private night club, named adequately “The Raffles”. Bringing some of Europe’s elite glamor with it, but without the membership.

The menu combines American and British cuisine in a delightful mix, but honestly you have to try the mouth-watering sticky toffee pudding and its bang bang chicken. The best times to come a enjoy what the Ivy has to offer is during the week. They host daily specials…which I’m sure one will catch your eye.

Last night Nicole from our office went to their hosted event  “Uncorked Wednesday!” . The event  started  at 6pm and lasted for two hours, she then enjoyed a truly “amazing” dinner , that she said reminded her of her travels through England. The Ivy at the Grove, is definitely a must stop and enjoy venue in one of Miami’s oldest Neighborhoods.

3159 Commodore Plaza

Coconut Grove,Fl  33133

(786) 552-9993

The Hotel Astor

I had the pleasure of  experiencing the Hotel Astor last week Thursday…and it was an amazing experience. A place that appears to be a little hole in the wall, but expands into an interior courtyard beaming with life, in every form. From the live performance on the stage, to the dancing on the floor and to the explosion of  flavor that comes in their mojitos.

It has a great happy hour special that goes until 8pm, $1.00 mojitos, though I have to admit I didn’t make it for that, but I did try all the flavors they had to offer  (original, passion fruit, and coconut with mango) and their mouth watering platters.

This would be a great spot for  a larger family dinner and/or birthday event.

Make sure that you guys make it out this Thursday night…and spice up your night with a little Cuban music , amazing food and great company.

Call and make your reservations for tonight! (305) 531-8081

Charcoal Studio

Charcoal Studio is in the Wynwood art district in Miami, Florida. Their 7,500-square-foot studio is the ideal location for any event. The venue is accompanied by an additional 7,500-square-foot lawn perfect for corporate dinners, cocktail parties, or full-blown bashes. Amenities include an indoor pool, a full kitchen, a projection screen, and a club sound system that is DJ-ready.

Charcoal Studios is a flexible space that can accommodate both small and large events. All furniture is mobile and dividers are available to customize the space for your individual preference.

unlike other photo/film studio because of the beautiful controllable natural lighting. There are over 22 sky lights that offer perfect natural indoor lighting. The indoor pool is also ideal for under water shots. The studio is fully equipped with collectible vintage props, and furniture.

2135 NW First Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
Telephone: (786) 942-2815

Private Residence

A new event space called Private Residence opened on the second floor of the building housing South Beach restaurant Barton G. The venue is the former home of its owner, local entrepreneur Debbie Ohanian, and has been redesigned to accommodate private parties.

The 2,000-square-foot apartment is comprised of four separate spaces that flow easily from one to another to host 10 to 50 in each or about 110 throughout the venue.

At the top of the stairs from the street into the building, the Library can seat 10 on a retro lime green sofa and velvet club chairs. The room is adorned with a round crystal vintage chandelier, leopard print curtains, and a vintage bookcase.

On the opposite side of the staircase, the 300-square-foot Velvet Underground Lounge is decorated with leopard print curtains, a large ottoman in the same fabric, a taupe sectional sofa, and dim lighting to create a Mad Men-style ambiance. The room can accommodate 20 people.

Just past the lounge, the 450-square-foot Cocktail Bar has a built-in DJ booth and dance floor outfitted with laser lights. The L-shape of the room can accommodate dinner for 40 at a single table.

The fourth space is a 600-square-foot terrace overlooking the tops of the palm trees. Cushioned wooden benches accented with lime green pillows and white metal deck chairs provide seating. The terrace can accommodate about 40 for receptions.

Open as an event space since November, the venue also has 14 ottomans for additional seating in any of the rooms. Catering is available from Barton G.; King Domino is the in-house DJ.

1427 West Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 439-1100

Community Events

Museum of Discovery and Science’s Wine and Culinary Celebration
Each April this wine and food fair to raises money for the museum’s programs. Thirty local restaurants participated in 2009, drawing nearly 1,000 attendees and raising $100,000.  The 15th Annual Wine and Culinary Celebration will take place at the Museum of Discovery and Science on Friday, April 16, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Named one of the “10 Best Annual Fort Lauderdale Events” in 2007 by Gold Coast Magazine, the Wine and Culinary Celebration will feature a progressive sequence of wine and food pairings, each bound to delight, educate and entertain guests. Over 30 of South Florida’s top restaurants and chefs will be represented, as well as wines from wineries around the world, courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits. The event also features a silent auction and a complimentary wine glass for every guest.

Stay tunes for next weeks “VIBE SPOT”


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