Things to Do in Miami Food Events December 23 Through December 26, 2019
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Happy Holidays, Miami! This week, La Cocina Coctelería in Hialeah will have a celebration in front of Nochebuena with vodka shots with bacon and Cuban Santa Claus. On Christmas Day, Miami’s favorite restaurants and bars are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. So make your reservation as soon as possible.
Try them all out.
Photo courtesy Concrete Beach Brewery
12 days Cerveza at Concrete Beach
Concrete Beach hosts the popular 12 Days of Cerveza, which offers specials and gift deals every day until Christmas. In addition, $ 1 will be donated to Feeding South Florida with every six-pack purchased and 25 cents for every pint sold. 325 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-796-2727; cretebeachbrewery.com.
Noche Buena in the La Cocina Cocktail Bar
This Monday the Hialeah bar in Hialeah will open for Noche Noche Buena on the evening before Christmas, sponsored by Tito’s Vodka. The festive evening offers everything that makes Christmas in Miami unique. Snap photos with a Cuban Santa Claus, dance to live Mofongo de Plena music, and play dominoes for prizes, among other things. Instead of Elf on the Shelf there will be La Cocina’s mascot Hialeah Hector for 12 days. In a spirit of giving, the event will include a partnership with local non-profit Street Footwear that will collect new and used shoes for the homeless that evening. Everyone who donates will receive a free beer, glass of wine or a shot of Coquito. Expect free yuca, rice, and beans, and roast pork until they’re all gone. Beverage director Joel Garcia will be flinging vacation drinks like bacon-infused vodka shots. With the song “El Burrito Sabanero” (“The Little Donkey from Bethlehem”) playing every hour, grab a $ 5 Burrito Sabanero drink. Other specials include a free bottle of Coquito with the purchase of a $ 50 Gift Card and free Coquito shots at midnight. Monday, December 23rd, 5pm in La Cocina, 1000 E. 16th St., Hialeah; 305-887-8863; lacocinahialeah.com.
The buffet at Jaya.
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Where to enjoy Christmas Eve dinner in Miami
Merry Christmas! The best time of the year is here when the year-round festive Magic City becomes even more fun. This Tuesday, December 24th, is Christmas Eve, the traditional “good night” of family, food and drinks. With many holiday favorites, the city’s favorite restaurants offer something for every taste. Here you can enjoy a memorable Christmas dinner in Miami. Prices do not include taxes and tips. Reservations are strongly recommended.
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Where to dine on Christmas Day
Avoid the hard work of preparing a feast. Instead, sit back and relax with loved ones in one of the Miami restaurants open on Christmas, Wednesday December 25th, so you can enjoy the day to the fullest. Whether you want a celebratory buffet, a vacation-inspired a la carte menu, or something in between, here are the best options in town. The stated prices do not include taxes and duties. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Sip your Santa Claus.
Courtesy Minnow Bar
Sippin ‘Santa in the Minnow Bar
Christmas has come to the magical city and instead of giving socks, Santa Claus is delivering delicious cocktails. New this year is Sippin ‘Santa – think of Rudolph doing the reindeer tiki – who popped up at the Minnow Bar at the Kimpton Angler’s Hotel in South Beach. Enjoy eight unique cocktails, including standout cocktails like the Jingle Bowl, served in a shared rum punch bowl that resembles a hot tub. Santa Claus and a reindeer take a nice bath. and the Kris Kringle Colada, served in coconut and garnished with a vibrant orchid. In addition, guests can buy selected Christmas glasses as souvenirs or seasonal gifts for loved ones. Check out other vacation bars across South Florida this month. 5 p.m. to 2 p.m. daily at the Minnow Bar, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-9600; anglershotelmiami.com.
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Clarissa Buch is a reporter and food critic who has covered Miami for more than half a decade. Her work focuses on food and culture (and food culture).