The Hit List / Miami Beach Art Basel Miami Beach events to check out this week and hot spots to explore anytime.

If you aren’t in Miami right now for Art Basel, you’re probably wishing you were. In honor of the most-happening of contemporary art fairs, we’ve got a list of events going on this week and chill (or not!) spots for eating and drinking when you need a break from all the art.

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Trey Speegle's Book Signing

12/1, 6:30-8:30pm, Design Within Reach - DWR and Regan Arts are celebrating the launch of Twyla artist Trey Speegle's new book Yes: Transform Your Life with Color by Number. Trey will be there, people will be coloring, and the event’s signature cocktail, "Cocktail by Number,” will be served. Be there.


Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

Get a break from the art with some food or drink at the Wynwood. Oh, and see even more great contemporary art while you’re at it. This restaurant features a huge mural by Shepard Fairey, as well as work by other prominent street artists such as Faile, Bast, and Brazilian twins Os Gemeos.


Saxony Bar

Make a reservation at this bar in the Faena hotel if you want the chicest drink in town. They request “smart casual, well tailored attire,” but we think you can hang.


Larry Gagosian & Jeffrey Deitch present "Desire"

11/30-12/4, Moore Building, 191 NE 40th Street - Two powerhouses gallerists, Gagosian and Deitch, are putting on an exhibition featuring work by over 50 powerhouse artists including Ed Ruscha, Cecily Brown, Jeff Koons, and John Currin. The show is curated by Diana Widmaier-Picasso, an art historian who specializes in Picasso sculptures.

Diana Widmaier-Picasso
Diana Widmaier-Picasso

Do Not Sit on the Furniture

With a “magician on-duty,” this isn’t your average underground dance club. They have a special line-up of DJs for Art Basel week including several surprise guests.  

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There is an Airstream-style taco truck inside this restaurant, so you know you’re in for some fun. Grab authentic mexican street food and sip on their selection of rare tequilas.


Daniel Buren / Miami at Bortolami

11/30-12/3, The M Building, 194 NW 30th St - This New York-based gallery is at the end of its year-long, Miami-based special exhibition of Daniel Buren’s work, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the artist's iconic 8.7 cm stripe.


Mac's Club Deuce

It claims to be “the oldest bar in Miami” and Miami Vice had a cast party here. Need we say more? This Miami original is open every single day from 8am-5am. End your night here or start your day of art viewing off right.

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La Sandwicherie

Take a break from the champagne and have a sandwich. (Our personal fav is the SOBE club.) Grab one from the takeout window at this South Beach classic, conveniently located across the street from Club Deuce.

Madonna Concert for Raising Milawi

12/2, Faena Forum - This is probably the closest you’ll ever get to the Material Girl. Only 400 lucky people will be able to attend Madonna’s concert and fundraiser this week. The tickets are ultra spendy, but they support Raising Malawi, Madonna’s non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of impoverished children in the southeastern African nation.

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Three words: carnival-inspired menu. if you’re feeling nostalgic for some old-school arcade games, itching for some live music or just hungry for high-end carni food like fancy funnel cakes then this is your spot.

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My Ceviche

There’s a few outposts of this ceviche spot in town because it’s so damn tasty.  For the ultimate fast and easy beach picnic, swing by the Washington Ave location and grab some amazingly fresh ceviche and eat it with your toes in the sand.


Wynwood Diner

An updated version of a classic American diner, this spot has great indoor and outdoor spaces to imbibe and excellent great drinks from an ex-Broken Shaker bartender.