Except this one happened to take place on Cinco de Mayo so it was a little bit of extra fun!
We started at Bodega for tacos (Al Pastor was the crowd favorite) and a listen to a mariachi band which put us in a good mood for the rest of the evening’s crawl (I mean, it’s Cinco de Mayo.) The club at Bodega was accessed by entering through a Port-a-Potty door, spilling into a lively club scene. Even if we weren’t drinking (much) tequila, we were happy by then.
From Bodega, we walked over to Yuca for wine (A Campo Viejo Rioja) and more food. Think plump calamari and bacon-wrapped dates and warm polenta balls.
But we didn’t linger too long as Meat Market was calling our name. We settled into a long, beautiful table next to a pond in the setting sun. As the bustle of Lincoln Road converged around us, the world seemed to melt away. Nothing else existed but the peppery conversation, the smoky meat, the warm, opening wine – a 2011 Ysios Rioja. While we enjoyed a bright and flavorful tuna tartare , ribs and other treats from Meat Market – the wine and the smoky meat were paired together for the guests in the crowning duo.
Finally, after the sun set, we somehow rose from the comfortable table and continued our trek over to Juvia and up to the roof. I gasped when we stepped onto the roof.
“It’s so romantic!” I cried.
And it was. Though we had been standing in that same spot a mere few hours earlier, at night with the twinkle of candles and the cityscape of Miami glittering below our feet, Juvia was transformed.
A DJ spinned softly in the corner and it was cool without being too pretentious. The living wall of plants merged with the chic tables. I was enthralled.
We rounded out the night and our wine crawl with one more glass of wine - a Brancott "Chosen Rows" Sauvignon Blanc and a few more bites of food – chicken skewers, small tacos and strawberry shortcake and a few more conversations before, regrettably, spilling out into the street below.