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This Week in Eats: December 19

Check out the latest dining news and events, all happening in Miami this week

Sangria at Bulla Gastrobar

Here is this week’s Miami food news:

South Pointe Tavern Opens in South of Fifth
Now open in the luxurious South of Fifth neighborhood, South Pointe Tavern is a casual and intimate tavern, fit for locals and tourists alike. It has the largest menu of whiskeys and tequilas in Miami Beach, a custom cocktail program created by Robert Ferrara of Distilled Hospitality, and serves artisanal food like ceviches, crudos, flatbreads, salads, charcuterie plates, paninis, and more. Look around the restaurant and you’ll see artwork hanging on the walls that’s as inventive and creative as the place itself; like Picasso, the Rolling Stones, Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Jack Kerouac, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Bob Dylan, and Catherine Deneuve, to name a few.

ORA Opens on South Beach with Hot New Cocktail Program
Opening on Collins Avenue, the haute new nightlife spot, ORA, is the first nightclub-meets-cocktail-bar hybrid to offer white glove mixology as part of its table and bar service. Helmed by veteran mixologist Rodger Gillespie, this spot replaces traditional “bottle service” and mixers with table-side assigned mixologists that will work with guests to create specialty cocktails with locally-sourced ingredients right in front of their very eyes. Adding to its allure, Gillespie was the 2013 Nightclub & Bar Don Julio Competition winner, the 2013 Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Award winner, and past winner of the Bombay Sapphire People’s Choice Award. That said, you know it’s going to be good.

The Setai Presents: The Ocean Grill
Led by Executive Chef Mathias Gervais, winner of Food Network’s Chopped, and Premier Sous Chef Alberic Millory, Miami Beach’s most enchanting Asian-inspired hotel, The Setai, Miami Beach {2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 855.923.7899} now has a new outdoor dining option: The Ocean Grill. Replacing The Pool and Beach Bar, this new open-to-the-public spot debuted during Art Basel, offering diners an expanded dining deck, extra beachfront seating, longer hours, breathtaking views, and of course, delicious food. Go there for a Mediterranean-inspired menu with standout dishes like Whole Fish, Hangar Steak, Spanish Octopus, and a crowd favorite, White Truffle Pizza.

Tuesday is National Sangria Day!
Tuesday, December 20, is National Sangria Day, and it calls for celebrating at some of Miami’s top restaurants and bars. On our list? Cibo Wine Bar, Bulla Gastrobar, Brasserie Azur, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, and Kendall’s newest farm-to-table hotspot, The Brick. They all have sip-worthy sangria you’ll want to keep drinking over and over again.

Happy dining!

By Jennifer Agress | Miami Editor