Art Basel is in town this weekend, and with it comes an array of parties, special events and glossy pop-up art fairs. With the daily browsing of fine art, it’s certain one will acquire an appetite. Here’s a look at three of Miami's top spots at which to nibble and sip during the area’s most important and artsy weekend.
WYNWOOD KITCHEN AND BAR
Located in the edgy and Art Basel-friendly arts and design district known as Wynwood, this colorful bar/restaurant keeps the artistic spirit alive with unique art on the walls and a number of colorful murals meant to be perused while dining on casual and contemporary food. World-renowned graffiti artists such as Shepard Fairey and Kenny Scharf brighten up the walls with original artworks, while bites such as wood-grilled skewers keep the hunger pangs at bay and perfectly chilled beer and wine from an extensive list cure anyone’s thirst after a day spent browsing fairs.
2550 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.722.8959, www.wynwoodkitchenandbar.com
Also located in art-heavy Wynwood is this Italian hideaway. Tucked away in an otherwise busy street of the district and decorated in tones of black and white, the restaurant features an inviting dining-hall area with concrete floors, a glass-mosaic mural and marble tables, making it an elegant choice for a pre or post-Basel hangout. The outdoor area is perfect for those seeking to make an evening of it by sipping on their selected wine while nibbling on a wood-fired, classic pizza as they people-watch and experience the district coming alive for Art Basel weekend.
2506 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.438.0488, www.joeyswynwood.com
Art revelers can’t go wrong with a visit to Sushi Samba on bustling Lincoln Road. Located just a few blocks away from main-fair Art Basel and glossy Design Miami, Sushi Samba is a classic stop for those seeking experimental rolls and bites meant to tantalize the taste buds in an upscale and lively environment. Stop by for a unique roll, such as its Tokyo Roll, or enjoy a taste from its fusion-inspired menu, which was recently revamped and features a selection of warm dishes and inventive cocktails.
600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.673.5337, www.sushisamba.com