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Where To Stay & Dine During Ultra Music Festival

Attention concert-goers! Check out our special guide of places to stay and dine during Ultra Music Festival to be held this March 24-26.

WHERE TO STAY The Elser Hotel Miami

Located just steps from Ultra Music Festival in Downtown Miami, The Elser Hotel is an all-new 49-story, 646-room hotel with accommodations ranging from studios to three-bedroom suites and direct proximity to world-class entertainment, arts and dining. It shares the same bustling locale and glimmering views of Biscayne Bay previously enjoyed at Elser Pier, an early 1900s tourist attraction that ultimately shaped the vision for Downtown Miami and the thriving bayfront metropolis we know today. Guests enjoy access to an abundance of well-appointed amenities, including a two-story state-of-the-art fitness center and a 19,000-square-foot sun deck offering sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, a 132-foot-long pool, a 16-foot LED screen and an expansive event lawn serving as the ultimate destination for outdoor celebrations. Address: 398 NE Fifth St., Miami, FL 33132 Phone: 833.228.1576

The Gabriel Miami

Within walking distance to Ultra Music Festival, The Gabriel Miami is a 129-key lifestyle hotel in Downtown Miami offering spacious rooms and suites and views of Biscayne Bay. Adjacent to the hotel’s palm tree-lined sun deck on the 14th floor is a rectangular pool with views of the Intracoastal waterway, Miami Beach, PortMiami and Biscayne Bay, providing guests with the ultimate venue for relaxation in the city’s cultural epicenter. Select rooms feature balconies with outdoor seating, perfect for watching the sunrise over the Miami skyline. Address: 1100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132 Phone: 786.577.9700

The Gabriel South Beach

What better way to keep the party going than to stay on the beach! The Gabriel South Beach is a boutique property centrally located on Ocean Drive in South Beach. The 132-room hotel has two pools, including a showstopping glass-bottom pool on the roof overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel blends art deco modernism with tropical allure. Guests will find a 30-foot-tall mural by the French-born, Los Angeles-based street artist Mr. Brainwash, known for his large-scale installations and prints of celebrities like Madonna, Kate Moss and Marilyn Monroe and his practice of subverting cultural iconography similar to Andy Warhol and Banksy. Address: 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: 305.685.2000

Sagamore South Beach

The Sagamore South Beach offers everything attendees want for the ultimate Miami Music Week experience - daily pool parties at the hotel’s iconic Art Deco Pool, spacious guest rooms, and museum-quality art exhibits the hotel has built a reputation for. The iconic hotel offers a unique glimpse into the art culture that embodies the very essence of the property with 101 rooms, suites boasting some of the largest standard rooms in the area and serene oceanfront views. The hotel’s 5-day pool party series, titled Epic Pool parties, includes live performances by three influential DJs and brands including Defected, DJ Mag and Nick Warren's The Soundgarden. Miami Music Week party goers can bask in the Miami heat as this luxury hotel becomes an adult playground. The oceanfront hotel is also centrally located within walking distance to Miami Beach’s main attractions, including world-famous shopping and dining destination Lincoln Road. Address: 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: 305.535.8088

Nautilus by Arlo

Nautilus by Arlo, the first Arlo Hotels property to open outside New York, is an eight-story, 250-room beachfront hotel that entered the South Beach market in 1951. The property is home to a 1,890-square-foot heated saltwater pool with an underwater sound system. Guests and locals alike are welcome to dine at the Mediterranean restaurant, Nautilus Cabana Club, which boasts a 2,000-square-foot outdoor dining terrace and 12,000 square feet of outdoor event space. This property has been an evolution of the Arlo experience, maintaining the same core brand identity while providing guests with more space, amenities and programming for a new take on Miami. Address: 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: 305.503.570

THesis Hotel Miami

THesis Hotel Miami, a modern property that serves as a cultural hub in Coral Gables, has 245 contemporary guest rooms and suites in a strikingly designed building. Amenities include a sun-filled rooftop pool with tropical views, a poolside bar perfect for soaking up the Florida sun and two on-site restaurants, Mamey and Orno, led by Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef of 2020” and James Beard nominee Niven Patel. With a robust year-round calendar of programming and events – all open to the public – THesis is not only a hotel but a destination where curious, like-minded individuals exchange ideas, celebrate art, discover new cultural experiences and engage with the community. Address: 1350 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146 Phone: 305.667.5611

Arlo Wynwood

Just opened in November 2022, Arlo Wynwood is the first-ever hotel in Miami’s preeminent creative and cultural district, which is home to the largest concentration of street art in the world. An experience-driven 217-room boutique hotel, Arlo Wynwood serves as the cultural hub for residents and visitors while offering savvy travelers prime access to the best of the region. Designed by Meyer Davis, an award-winning firm at the forefront of global, upscale commercial design, Arlo Wynwood draws on the neighborhood’s bold and curated artistic nature while embracing an eclectic industrial aesthetic where organic meets modern. Arlo Wynwood has an all-star culinary team led by award-winning Bar Lab and James Beard alum Chef Brad Kilgore. The hotel also has more than 250 works of art throughout the property and offers guests multiple complimentary wellness activities and live music programming. Address: 2217 NW Miami Court, Miami, FL 33127 Phone: 786.522.6600


Casa Bufala

The founder of Miami Beach’s first and oldest Neapolitan pizzeria Fratelli La Bufala recently opened Sunset Harbour’s Casa Bufala, a first-class Italian trattoria and pizzeria complete with a handcrafted cocktail bar. Designed to evoke the welcoming spirit of traditional Italian casas, the restaurant draws in guests with its warm, honey-toned woods, plush leather banquettes, industrial ambient lighting and hand-painted, contemporary Italian artwork by Neapolitan artist Antonio Montariello. Casa Bufala serves a selection of gourmet wood-fired pizzas freshly prepared in-house with buffalo mozzarella, as well as antipasti, pasta, calzones and more. A daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. pays tribute to Italy's cultural ritual of aperitivo.

Phone: 305.397.8264

The Drawing Room Sushi Pop-Up

Perfect for moments of relaxed luxury, The Drawing Room at Shelborne South Beach boasts the hotel’s legacy of sophistication. The locale’s new sushi pop-up serves traditional and contemporary sushi dishes, including raw, sashimi-style and tempura-fried rolls. Upon entry, guests are immediately welcomed into the restaurant’s speak-easy-style dining room featuring geometric statement chandeliers, eccentric zebra-print seating and wooden shelves stacked behind the bar. Just steps away, the bar’s lounge features walls lined with books and sexy red leather seating where guests can catch intimate musical performances.

Address: Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Phone: 305.341.1440

Kosushi Miami

Located in Miami Beach’s affluent South of Fifth neighborhood, Kosushi Miami is the first international location for the São Paulo Kosushi brand, known for its authentic yet contemporary take on traditional Japanese cuisine by five-time Michelin-starred Chef George Koshoji. For appetizers, guests can choose from small cold or hot dishes like the chilled King Crab Truffle and the steaming Wagyu Gyoza. Guests can watch their orders be delicately prepared at the interior’s centerpiece sushi bar, which sits below wooden Japanese carpentry. Kosushi also serves an exclusive cocktail selection created by the talented Brazilian mixologist Márcio Silva, featuring drinks like Shokobutsuen, with ginger-infused Roku Japanese gin, basil, cucumber and lemon, as well as a curated list of wine and sake showcasing flavor profiles for every palate.

Phone: 786.647.7272

Villa Azur

The chic French supper club Villa Azur is a classy culinary and lifestyle experience with a fresh and flirty vibe. Upon entering, guests are transported into a world of European elegance, where they can pair their dinner with a sophisticated and lavish evening of live music, entertainment and art that parallels the glamour of the French Riviera. The romantic environment offers an intimate setting in its private La Cave d’Azur wine cellar or its open and plush main dining room. Guests looking for a night under the stars can recline in the open-air courtyard with lush greenery and candlelit tables. Villa Azur assures an authentic array of dishes to please even the most refined palates. Menu highlights include the roasted Chateaubriand Au Poivre, 2 pounds of prime filet mignon paired with bordelaise and béarnaise sauces, and the Dover Sole Meunière, made with whole fish, caper, lemon and brown butter and prepared tableside for a stunning visual. Additional bites include the cognac-flamed Pâtes à la Meule pasta served tableside.

Address: 309 23rd St., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Phone: 305.763.8688


The Deck at Island Gardens

The Deck at Island Gardens is Miami’s most treasured waterfront restaurant. From innovative brunch bites to a weekday Sunset Happy Hour, private cabana service, special events and more, this unparalleled setting is the perfect space to dine and dance the day – or night – away. Guests can sit comfortably at reservable full-size dining tables or cabana lounges while enjoying a decadent menu of fresh seafood, brick-oven pizzetta, pastas, meats, large plates, desserts and more and taking in the mega views of Downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay.

Phone: 786,627.4949

Verde at PAMM

Located at Pérez Art Museum Miami, Verde offers sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and boasts an elevated menu of seasonal-inspired dishes with locally sourced produce. The modern-casual restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, featuring an expansive terrace with lush vegetation cascading from the canopy’s overhang. The patio, which leads to the entrance to the museum’s sculpture garden and Maurice A. Ferré park, is a scenic outdoor experience for diners looking to bask in the South Florida weather and immerse themselves in the city’s cultural offerings and views of Downtown Miami.

Address: Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Phone: 305.375.3000

Food@Science Café

At the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Come for the science; stay for the food. Visit Food@Science at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science for a science-inspired lunch while enjoying Downtown Miami’s Maurice A. Ferré Park. After exploring the showstopping oculus lens aquarium, watching an eye-opening show at the planetarium or digging for dinosaur bones at the Dino Explorers Mini-Camp, aspiring scientists can munch on some brain food to power through the day. The café elevates the Frost Science experience by offering themed menu items related to the museum exhibitions.

Address: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Phone: 305.434.9600

Accent Café at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Accent Café is a NEW full-service bistro at the Adrienne Arsht Center led by the food and beverage experts of Constellation Culinary Group. It welcomes theater-goers to grab a bite before their show with a selection of ready-to-go boxes, an artisanal sandwich selection, house-made pastries and a variety of snacks. The quick-service café will open two hours before all shows at the Ziff Ballet Opera House.

Address: Adrienne Arsht Center, Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132


Sushi by Bou

With an ever-growing list of locations, Sushi by Bou is changing the sushi scene across America, combining high-end omakase experiences with fun, speak-easy environments. At Sushi by Bou at SLS Brickell, the timed omakase (30- and 60-minute options) is served at intimate 4- to 12-seat counters and features the freshest fish, both locally sourced and brought in from all over the world. Seasoned sushi chefs serve guests directly, guiding them through the meal for a truly exclusive experience. The elegant cuisine is complemented by a selection of handmade cocktails, imported sake and rare Japanese whiskeys.

Phone: 305.874.0692


Italica Midtown

From the talented minds behind the global Negroni Bistro & Sushi Bar concept, Italica Midtown adds a modern and colorful twist to traditional Italian cuisine. The vibrant exterior features a pet-friendly patio and stunning views of the customized spritz bar, where dozens of bottles of Aperol line the walls. Helmed by Chef Pablo Latif, the flavor-forward menu features Mediterranean-inspired pastas, risottos, seafood, gourmet pizzas and more. Lunch specials are available weekdays from noon-4 p.m. with a selection of one-, two- and three-course options. Happy hour is daily from 4-7 p.m., while the Golden Hour experience, which includes an array of complimentary passed bites and select shots, takes place from 6-7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, brunch offerings include 2-for-1 cocktails, $25 bottomless Gambino Prosecco and a rotating schedule of live entertainment.

Phone: 786.688.8688

Negroni Bistro & Sushi Bar

Known as a favorite local hot spot in Midtown Miami, Negroni Bistro & Sushi Bar is the first and only Miami location of the renowned brand from Latin America. With a menu of fusion dishes from Peru to Tokyo, Negroni presents a Nikkei sushi bar that offers a special variety of rolls, nigiri, tiraditos and ceviches. The overarching menu also features an array of diverse comfort fare, such as antipasti, salads and burgers. Guests are welcome to bring their furry friends (ask a server for the doggie menu!) to relax on the outdoor patio. Otherwise, check out the elegant indoor bar, an urban choice in the high-ceiling dining room, which serves deliciously crafted cocktails and homemade negronis, spritzes and tonics.

Phone: 786.510.0075


Coco Miami

Take a trip to the Design District, Miami’s most luxurious dining and shopping destination, to visit Coco Miami, where chic, classy cuisine is served the European way. With 10 years of Michelin-star restaurant experience that spans worldwide, Chef Jose Diaz treats each ingredient with the utmost respect, creating a harmonious blend of Mediterranean and Asian-fusion dishes, including crudos, pastas, meats and shareables. Inspired by the timeless elegance of Coco Chanel, the intricate decor engulfs guests in a wave of opulence and pure sophistication with luxe finishes and a contrast of matte black and gold foil.

Phone: 305.603.9145


ASTRA Rooftop

ASTRA is the ideal open-air rooftop restaurant and lounge for spectacular sunsets, Greek-emphasized Mediterranean cuisine, live entertainment and more. The sky garden has been designed to create an open and vibrant place of leisure, showcasing overstuffed sofas, wooden accents and Mediterranean plant species such as olive and lemon citrus trees. Sip on fine wine and handcrafted cocktails while making new friends and taking in sweeping 360-degree views of Wynwood, the most Instagrammable spot in the area. Must-try dishes include the Paidakia, charcoal-grilled baby lamb chops, Swiss chard and gremolata, and Kotopoulo, marinated organic grilled chicken skewers on pita bread with homemade fries and tzatziki sauce. Come for Sunset Hour and Happy Hour to taste $10 cocktails and wines by the glass and $14 bar bites, including a Greek take on calamari and homemade lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce and pita.

Phone: 786.829.6115

The Moon

Curated by the creator of ASTRA, The Moon in Wynwood is an oasis of warm colors, eclectic furniture and a laid-back vibe with nightly themed live entertainment, shows and DJs. The Mediterranean menu offers fresh ingredients that exceed all expectations, including Musaka, Parmesan-crusted, oven-baked ground beef, potatoes and eggplant, and the signature The MOON cocktail, mixed with Organika, St-Germain, lemon juice, lychee and buttery pea syrup. The private room offers intimate and exclusive settings decorated by the world-famous artist Punkmetender. The European menu features $8 and $12 bar bites during the sophisticated happy hour from 6-8 p.m., as well as $7 beers, $12 cocktails and $10 wines by the glass. Or, visit during weekend brunch for the Phyllo Tart or Lobster Benedict. Lunch and dinner finds include Greek favorites, from Musaka to Grilled Lamb Chops.


Rosie’s: The Backyard

Rosie’s: The Backyard, located in Little River, was conceptualized by power couple Jamila and Akino West. The soul food concept is known for its Southern-inspired dishes, with a nod to the couple’s formal culinary training in award-winning kitchens across the globe. With a quaint and uniquely beautiful dining and patio area, Rosie’s: The Backyard has an array of traditional brunch and breakfast food dishes with an elevated touch for all to enjoy.

Address: 7127 NW Second Ave., Miami, FL 33150

Phone: 305.631.2496



Landing on the New York Times’ list of the “50 Best Restaurants in America for 2022,” Mamey is an island-inspired restaurant by James Beard Award nominee and Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef of 2020” Niven Patel. Located inside THesis Hotel Miami, Mamey reflects Chef Niven’s travels throughout Asia, French Polynesia and the Caribbean and showcases the exotic flavors and spices commonly found in the islands. Like all of Chef Niven’s endeavors, Mamey features locally grown produce, most of which is sourced from his own farm, Rancho Patel, in Homestead, Florida. Mamey’s seasonal offerings are complemented by fun, innovative cocktails that transport guests to the tropics. Draping leaves, rich textures, warm woods and tropical artwork create a relaxed yet exciting atmosphere.

Address: THesis Hotel Miami, 1350 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Phone: 305.266.2639

Mamey on 3rd

Mamey on 3rd is an island-minded oasis by Chef Niven Patel serving happy hour, flavorful bites and live music daily. This vibrant rooftop extension of Mamey is a tropical retreat on the third floor of THesis Hotel Miami and one of Coral Gables’ best hidden gems.

Address: THesis Hotel Miami, 1350 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Phone: 305.266.2639


Located inside THesis Hotel Miami in Coral Gables, Orno is a modern restaurant with an open-kitchen concept helmed by five-time James Beard Award nominee and Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef of 2020” Niven Patel. Also named “Best New Restaurant” by Miami New Times, Orno offers guests a true farm-to-table experience using locally sourced ingredients from Chef Patel’s very own farm, Rancho Patel. The menu consists of new-American cuisine featuring the finest selection of meats and seafood. Wood-fired culinary creations are complemented by specialty cocktails inspired by literary classics, which can be enjoyed in the main dining room or The Library, Orno’s hideaway lounge and private dining room.

Address: THesis Hotel Miami, 1350 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Phone: 305.667.6766


Beach Bar @ Newport Pier

Summer never ends at Beach Bar @ Newport Pier. Located in Sunny Isles Beach, the seaside spot is the only pier-top restaurant in Miami-Dade County. Beach Bar has meticulously planned its all-American menu to seamlessly mix with Eastern seafood flavors, from an ocean twist on Sunday brunch to visually stunning sushi boats. Overlooking the turquoise seashore, those dining atop the pier can enjoy South Florida’s “winter wonderland” of sun and warmth. Guests can sit on the outdoor patio for a more traditional experience or inside at one of the many bars, including the sushi-making station to watch skilled chefs at work. The refreshing fusion menu provides Florida-inspired dishes, such as the Floridian Benedict or the popular Florida Citrus and Crab Cobb Salad, and Asian-inspired fare like Bento Boxes (available for lunch until 4 p.m.) and an array of creative sushi rolls.

Address: 16501 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

Phone: 305.957.1110

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