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LIVe IT Miami - Super Bowl Parties to Suit Every Mood

Whether you’re seeking a down-home tailgate vibe or a cosmopolitan night-on-the-town, here’s where (and when) to go this Super Bowl weekend

1. The Deck at Island Gardens, for the High rollers

No tickets to the game?  You can still cheer on a live Super Bowl parade specially decked out in colors representing the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.  Exclusively for Big Game Sunday, the Deck will be supplying a relatively affordable menu curated by Michelin-starred chef Alfio Longo consisting of Chicken Lollipops ($12), Guacamole and Tortilla Chips ($10), Baby Back Ribs ($16), Wagyu Beef Sliders ($14) and Lobster Rolls ($18).  Groups can also spring for a Tailgate Platter sporting all of the above ($49).  Delight in their drinks specials on their Cocktails and Champagne parades. The stunning waterfront ambiance won’t distract from serious viewing as well, with 4K UHD TVs installed in all 10 waterfront cabanas as well as at the bars, so there’s no need to miss a play.

Book your table here:  The Deck Big Game Sunday and Parade

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Clevelander South Beach

2. Clevelander, for a high-energy party scene.

A South Beach favorite for sports fans is stepping up its game with a series of marquee events throughout the week.  From the PEPSI NEON PARTY (with live performances by Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, and Lil Jon) to ESPN First Take Live debate to a pool party hosted by Adriana Lima, Clevelander will make your New Year’s revelries seem tame in retrospect.

Visit: Clevelander Pepsi Neon Party

3. Riverside, for Brickellistas

Brickell’s new backyard opens its doors to present the ultimate big game watch party. This beautiful waterfront setting includes 7 restaurants, a taproom, large screen TVs and a 60-foot Projection TV docked boat side.  Includes a live DJ set with Game Sounds.

Tickets: Riverside Big Game Watch Party

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The Sylvester

4. The Sylvester. for fun with friends

In an unprecedented move, the Sylvester will open its doors on Sunday at 6 pm and feature extra TVs, an 85-foot projector display and a special guest DJ set following the game.  Exclusive game day punch bowls will be available for large groups as well as beer bucket specials.  Open bar packages include all house spirits, specialty cocktails by Moet Hennessy (Belvedere, Volcan Tequila, Woodinville Whiskey, and Hennessy), and wine, All table reservations include a bottle of champagne for every two people, bring your gang and sit back.

Tickets: The Sylvester Big Game Watch Party

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Ember Miami

5. Ember, For a deluxe experience

This Miami Design District gem features a cocktail program known for turning out modern, creative twists on the classics.  The wine list consists of about 100 wines of diverse origins, 15 of which are available by the glass. Starting at noon on Sunday, guests can enjoy quality LG HD projector and surround sound viewing as well as an exclusive Super Bowl menu designed by Chef Brad Kilgore.  If football is not your thing, take in the cocktail-serving theatrics at one of two bars or keep it fancy and festive at the champagne bar.  Drink specials apply at all three, all night long: $10 shots, $10 glasses of Champagne, $12 Grey Goose cocktails and $35 beer buckets. 

For reservations, Call 786.334.6494.

6. Mama tried, for a low-key night in

Watch the big game in the heart of downtown Miami while noshing on complimentary wings and a happy hour menu until 8 pm.  Added incentive: the on-point drink specials and the “Disco Sinferno” Sunday Party with sounds by Jenni Fox.

Walk-ins are welcome

 

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Hailing from Argentina, Juan Sosa has been a celebrated Cantinero for 30 years—20 of which were spent as head bartender of the iconic Mango’s on Ocean Drive. His crowd-pleasing concoctions and excellent customer service have earned him a spot as a Finalist in Bacardi’s Legacy Cocktail Competition 2020, representing Miami, with his brainchild: The Opportunity.
“The Opportunity cocktail is an expression of Cuban culture and its influence on Miami. When I visited El Floridita on my last trip to Cuba, I was inspired by the 200-year-old drink, Daiquiri. I then came up with an idea for reflecting this hybrid atmosphere and added a
tropical twist, using pineapple and sage.”
Sosa also favors pineapple as a symbol of hospitality, with the goal of promoting excellent customer service every time his drink is served.

He chose to donate $1 of every drink sold to The Lighthouse Central Florida Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The cause is very dear to his heart since his son has overcome congenital visual impairment. “The Opportunity is a reminder to myself that there are endless opportunities for growth, transformation, and productivity if one has the will to recognize it,” says Sosa, when asked about how he came up with the name. 

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Juan will be competing among the world’s leading bartenders for the title of Bacardi Legacy Champion on January 26th in Puerto Rico.
You can support him by following @Theopportunity20 on Instagram. The competition is open to the public. For more information, visit 
https://legacy.bacardi.com/us/en/

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Planas Martini - Diplomatico Rum

Photo and Recipe by Diplomatico Rum

50 ml Diplomático Planas
10 ml White Vermouth
2,5 ml Palo Cortado sherry

Glass: Coupe

Ice: Served straight up

Method: Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and refresh using a spoon. Filter and serve.

Garnish: an olive.

The Martini came on to the scene in the 1860s, although its exact origins are still unclear. In 1863, an Italian vermouth maker began using the brand name Martini for its product, after its director Alessandro Martini. That same brand name may be the source of the famous cocktail’s name.

Another version is that it was an evolution of the earlier, sweeter, Fancy Gin cocktail. Originally made with gin and vermouth, it presents an intriguing concoction when prepared with Planas.

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Santiago Vásquez Cuberos - The Antimixologist

Santiago Vásquez Cuberos is a true “Apasionado” for bartending. Originally from Colombia, his approach is unpretentious and focused on delivering excellent customer service by creating a full drinking experience for his clientele. As the creator of the Antimixologist brand, Santiago designs cocktail menus, develops new recipes and it’s also an instructor at Elite Bartending School. He also sells his cool merchandise online.

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What do you love the most about being a bartender?

SVC: What I love the most is the possibility of delivering an experience to my guests, It’s my pleasure to see them enjoy my creations.

How did the Antimixologist start?

SVC: It started as a rebellious way against places looking for a stereotype such a hipster’s, pretentious kids calling themself Mixologists, and not letting me have my own style. They forget we own our profession to the guests and the happiness we bring them with a Top service experience. That’s how the Antimixologist was born.

How do you get inspired to create drinks?

SVC: By recreating sensations. I use my joyful memories and go back to those happy moments such as my mother’s cooking or a Special Trip, I try to use similar flavors or senses as inspiration to create drinks that will take you to a special moment in your memories.

What would you say is your best Cocktail made so far?

SVC: To create a new cocktail that you can be satisfied can be very challenging, and time-consuming. You need to think out of the box. I like to make some classics with a twist like the Pineapple Gin Fizz. I’ve some other secret recipes that I’m saving for my own bar.

We heard about your eco-friendly approach in your bar, tell us what are you currently doing?

SVC: I’m currently adding different products like agave and pasta straws, always looking for different eco-friendly options for the to-go containers, bags, and utensils. Personally, I’m a big supporter of non-profits like Green Peace, Oceana and Ecosia, which I promote on my social media. Not only that is about being healthy as well, at the bar we have sugar cane sodas and fresh-made detox juices. You can enjoy our very own Bloody Mary (Red or Green) made out of fresh vegetables.

Where do you go for a drink?

SVC: I love to visit my friends on their amazing bars like Casa Florida, Le Sirenuse, Swizzle Rum Bar and last but not least, my kids (my team) at the Wynwood Diner & Cocktails.

What’s the Antimixologist is doing next?

SVC: A book. I have this idea in mind for a while now. I’m planning to start this year and it will include some of the best bartenders I’ve met and their cocktails, also some classics drinks, technical information, and some personal history.

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Pineapple Gin Fizz by Antimixologist
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The Bolivian Cocktail Experience

The Sylvester Bar invites you to have drinks with Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh as we officially launch his Singani 63 in South Florida, Monday Januar y 13th at 7 PM.

While filming the movie Che, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh discovered and fell in love with Bolivia’s 500-year-old national spirits made from the Muscat of Alexandria grape grown only at an extremely high altitude in the Bolivian Andes.   Before Soderbergh decided to import it to the US, it had never been out of land-locked Bolivia.  Singani 63 is now in over 25 markets across the US, as well as the UK, where it is loved by some of the country’s top mixologists for its versatility and unique taste profile.

Please join us for cocktails & conversation with Steven about the brand and some amazing cocktails created exclusively with Singani63 by the talented bartenders at The Sylvester to complement the flavor profiles of Singani63.

Where: The Sylvester (3456 N. Miami Ave.)

When: January 13th, 7-9 pm

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