5 Fun World Cup Viewing Parties
June 22, 2014 | by Christine Borges | Food & Drink News
Resist the urge to lounge at home and watch the World Cup. These spirited Miami restaurants await with themed menus and viewing parties for every match.
The Dutch's dining room.
W South Beach’s The Dutch will honor the host of the Cup with a Brazil-inspired special. Executive Chef Conor Hanlon will have mini mixed churrascos on deck with choice cuts of chicken, pork, and beef marinated in a traditional spice mix. Have the dish a la carte at The Dutch, Living Room, and WET poolside, or make it a staycation with the two-night Timeout Getaway Package ($489 per person), which also includes two themed cocktails per day and a make-your-own Caipirinha kit. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3111
All 32 nations competing for the trophy will be represented at Meat Market during the bar’s international happy hour for the World Cup. Fans can choose from libations such as a pitcher of Brazilian Leblon Cachaca Caipirinha and specialty cocktails from the competitors’ home countries, as well as shareable plates like the Argentinean short-ribs empanada and American Wagyu bacon and cheese slider. 915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-532-0088
Haven's World Cup menu includes tater tots topped with balsamic catsup and bleu cheese.
Another tribute menu to Brazil can be found at Haven. Executive Chef Todd Erickson is whipping up specials like the green and yellow Brazil roll and tater tots with balsamic catsup and bleu cheese ($8). The lounge has joined forces with VEEV to serve cocktails inspired by the top-ranking teams. Get one in a special-edition mason jar or by the carafe. 1237 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-987-8885
In true Fontainebleau from, the resort is hosting pool parties, themed dining and drinking menus, and cabana specials throughout the property for the World Cup. At the resort’s Glow Bar and Arkadia Pool, catch a match poolside on the big screen. Stop by La Cote to try one of three Brazil-inspired Leblon cocktails, and sweets like maracujá and passion fruit gelato will be served at Solo. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-2000
If the Design District is more your speed, sip team-inspired cocktails at Oak Tavern. Brazil is honored by the World Cup Caipirinha, and specially priced cocktails represent other contenders, like a gin and tonic for England and Fernet and Coke for Argentina. 35 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 786-391-1818
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF NOAH FECKS (THE DUTCH) AND JIPSY (HAVEN)
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