Puttin’ on the Ritz
Leading South Florida’s hottest hospitality news for season is the reopening of the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in January. The iconic hotel has been closed for years due to a multi-million-dollar makeover. Though its 1950s’ bones remain, the vibe and décor are entirely modern and hip. Dining concept Fuego Y Mar debuts among new over-the-top amenities.
One Lincoln Road; 786.276.4000; ritzcarlton.com
The Vino Vine
Despite New Year’s resolutions, the party never ceases at Wine Watch. In fact, Fort Lauderdale’s nearly 40-year-old oenophile institution—a hybrid wine shop and wine bar—is gearing up for its most important event of 2020. Reserve tickets for its continuously sold-out Best of 2019: The Biggest Wine Tasting of the Year on January 24 soon.
837 NE Third Avenue; 954.523.9463; winewatch.com
Yet another reason to visit Miami’s happening hood of Allapattah, El Espacio 23 joins Rubell Museum. The 28,000-square-foot warehouse holds the private art collection of Jorge M. Pérez, whose name also graces the city’s main art museum. Colombian curator José Roca chose nearly 100 works by 80 artists for its inaugural exhibition, “Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest.”
2270 NW 23rd Street; elespacio23.com
Speaking of art, one of our favorite annual galas and causes is coming up. The YoungArts Backyard Ball returns to the nonprofit’s campus on January 11 to honor artist Teresita Fernández, who has a concurrent exhibit at PAMM, and Terence Blanchard, a Grammy-winning composer and musician. Miami-bred actress and YoungArts Winner/Theater Natalie Gold serves as emcee.
2100 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.377.1140; youngarts.com