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the field
June 16, 2008

the field

The Field Irish Pub and Eatery
3281 Griffin Rd.
Dania Beach, FL 33312
+954 964 5979
www.thefieldirishpubdania.com

Open hours: m-th & sun 11a-10p; f & sat 11a-midnight

See iconComing from the land of the Irish mob as I do, I never hold out high hopes when someone tells me about an Irish Pub—especially in Broward, the land of terrible neon-clad Mexican, Outdoor World, and the Fishing Hall of Fame. So imagine my delight last Friday when we pulled up to a twinkly honky-tonk tucked under a massive banyan with a packed parking lot and a hopping vibe. Right away I knew I’d stumbled onto a South Florida rarity—an establishment with real ambience. Full of warm wood, great Irish fare, and some well-pulled pints, The Field transcends the Disney dreck that plagues most ethnic eateries down here. The Guinness and the smoked fish would have sent me away happy, but then [the band] Celtic Bridge started. Whoa, Maggie. These players rival any I’ve heard at Boston’s famous seisiúns. The combo includes frontman Ade Peever, siblings Eamonn and Roisin Dillon, John Schreiber, and a rotating cast of other players. (Just to place the caliber in perspective, Roisin is often out on the road with her other project Cherish the Ladies, one of the US’s most famous women’s Celtic combos. The rest of these guys aren’t slouches either.) The music is a nice blend of traditional Irish and American roots tunes, and the crowd loved it. And, just in case you’re missing your dose of cheeze in all this authentic hoo-ha, on Wednesdays there’s a fantastic Rod Stewart impersonator (The Hot Rod Show) to even the bill. If you’re looking for a comforting meal and a warm fuzzy vibe, head up to Dania and you won’t be disappointed.

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on the roof of the dorsett
April 5, 2008

dorsett

The Dorsett Hotel
(part of the Catalina complex)
1720 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach FL 33139
+ 305 674 1160
www.catalinahotel.com

Open Hours: 4p-midnight daily

eyeSure. There are plenty of swank places on South Beach, but how many of them let you look at the sunset on one side and the ocean on the other, all while lounging like a pasha and drinking like a fish? Just one, my friends, just one. Very few people know that this hidden gem is actually open to the public. All you need to do is walk in the Dorsett lobby and catch the elevator to the top, and you too can be sipping something cool and frothy while getting a great view of the SoBe neon extravaganza. Although there’s no food service per se to cut your buzz, you can order ahead and bring some takeout along. Replete with spa style cushions, cabana goodness, and a charming postage-stamp sized pool, (no diving, please), this is a great place to lie around and cloud watch, or wet your whistle before heading out to dance or grab a dinner. Although the drinks are definitely SoBe expensive, the celestial décor makes it worth the splurge.

uva 69
March 13, 2008

Uva 69

6900 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
+305 754 9022
www.uva-69.com

Open hours: 10:30a-11p m-th; 8:30a-11p f-sun

eatIt’s somewhat rare to come across a Miami restaurant that serves up a neighborly nice-to-see-you-stay-awhile vibe and absolutely killer food at great prices. Uva 69 is just such a place, and it is a pretty good poster-child for the up and coming MiMo District on upper Biscayne. Featuring a tight menu of eclectic international fusion, a tasty wine list, and plenty of swank vibe, this is a great destination to impress a date or hang with the regulars. Unlike many of its happening brethren, it welcomes hipsters of all ages, right down to the tater-tots in strollers. Friday-Sun, put a civilized end to your hangover with a leisurely latte, and a Breakfast of Champions Burrito for less than your previous night’s cocktail on South Beach. Other lunch and dinner favs include the Fig Crostini appetizer ($6.00), Shaved Tomato Salad with Parmesan ($8.95), La Minuta grilled mahi-mahi sandwich ($8.95), and the superlative Salmon Fillet on a Bed of Bonito Mashed Potatoes with Crispy Spinach ($17.95). Seriously, nothing on the menu has ever been less than stellar, so no matter what your taste, you’ll tickle your tongue at Uva 69. My one complaint: I want the menu to either expand or change a little more frequently because this is the kind of place I’d like to visit even more frequently than I already do.