One of the cool parts about being back in South Florida is getting to put on my travel-bug hat and view my surroundings through an entirely different lens. It’s easy to take this place for granted and not realize how FUN it can really be if you just give it the chance. People who are from here are a little jaded about it in the way that New Yorker’s can be about their home turf, which makes transplants and pretty much the rest of the world look at us askance, wondering what our problem is with living in paradise.
Anyway. I’m not doing that anymore. I’m embracing the fun. I’ve had a (very) good string of luck with opening up Twitter at just the right time and being met with a link to a super cool event taking place. This time, it was an article on Miami.com about a “theatrical pub crawl” and I was IN.
I texted the article to a friend who I can always count on to volunteer as tribute for my various escapades and we put the date in our calendars.
I used to live and work a few blocks from the area where the event was taking place, so I was pretty familiar with the texture and history of Downtown Miami. That said, seeing it brought to life was incredible. The theater company did an amazing job of bringing us into the mood and atmosphere of Miami in the 20s, 60s, and 80s, and I can honestly say that this was one of the most interesting and engaging events that I’ve attended in South Florida.
Each stop on the 3-bar pub crawl focused on a different decade. Le Chat Noir played home to the roaring 20s, where we were treated to a burlesque show (was not expecting that in the middle of the afternoon!) in a cozy basement – Miami and basements, who knew? – that was punctuated by “radio broadcasts” covering the events of the decade.
As you can see, the ladies brought it.
Between pubs we were treated to music and dancing in the street and the energy was infectious. There’s nothing like being absorbed into a group that is just there to have a good time, traffic laws be damned.
Next up was Pub One, where we were met with Griselda Blanco’s sordid tale (and a little bit of a real life crime drama playing out in the background, but that’s a story for another day).
We finished up in the 60s at Elmwoods Gastro Pub. My heart broke in two a little (I miss the UK!) but I was distracted by appearances by Fidel Castro and The Beatles, so all was not lost.
I kept looking over at my friend and repeating, “I’m so glad we did this, this is so fun.” As a person who likes to keep her cool and appear impressed by nothing, I was happy to let go of my chill and be well and truly delighted.
Schmooze Over Miami was put on by The Front Yard Theatre Collective and (in my opinion) was a HUGE success. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!