Miami’s Ten Most Spectacular Rooftop Bars, Restaurants, and Lounges

When you’re in the mood for an exciting nightcap, a dinner with a view, or a party in the clouds, try out one of these urban hotspots in Miami. These are Miami’s ten most spectacular rooftop bars, restaurants, and lounges.

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Will Downtown Miami’s Bay Walk Ever be Completed?

Miami’s bay walk, extending along the edge of Biscayne Bay from Edgewater to Brickell, through the heart of the city has been in the planning stages for decades. Yet, with plenty of false starts, this great civic amenity designed to ensure public access to the waterfront is still nowhere near completion. At times, the city’s dream of a completely interconnected bay walk connecting and opening Miami’s urban core to the waterfront appears tantalizingly close to completion and, at others, completely dead in its tracks.

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The History of Brickell: Miami’s Manhattan

Bordered by the Miami River to the north, Biscayne Bay to east, the Rickenbacker Causeway to the South, and I-95 to the west, Brickell is one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods. Constantly evolving, Brickell has changed radically over the years, including an incredible development boom in the last twenty years. Brickell is a hub of the Latin American financial industry, and home to many of Miami’s foreign consulates, as well as thousands of condo-dwelling urbanites. Beginning as a neighborhood of luxurious mansions over a hundred years ago, Brickell has become the densest neighborhood south of Manhattan.

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El Tucán, Brickell’s High-Kicking Cabaret, is Now a Nightclub Too

El Tucán, that magnificent cabaret in Brickell, with its elaborate live floor shows, has had a renovation to allow it to become a nightclub with dancing later in the evening. Of course, the cabaret shows will continue, and now they have a dance floor for those shows to spill out on too. This is what is called a ‘floor show.’ And floor shows are incredible. Let’s hope for a few numbers with ladies in very big headdresses.

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Instagramer Menchee Creates Immersive Abstractions Out of Miami’s Architecture

Instagram user Michael Menchero, who goes by the tag Menchee, has shot many of Miami’s best and lesser known works architecture to create incredibly immersive abstract stills and videos. Not always easily recognizable as buildings in Miami, or even buildings at all, trying to identify which condo tower, hotel, or office building each one is can be pretty entertaining. Menchero never identifies the structures, but he does at least say what city they’re in (which is helpful because his work goes beyond Miami). And sometimes he throws a subtle little joke in, like making one particularly luxurious condo blast off into space. Below is a selection of really just a few of his best works, while many, many more are on Instagram.

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