From left: A night out with DJ Irie at Wall at the W South Beach; with Jared Galbut of Menin Hospitality at his new Halves & Wholes sandwich shop in Miami Beach; checking out the Miami Dolphins pre-season camp with the team’s chief commercial officer, Todd Kline.
Nothing about Miami is ordinary—the beautiful people, the exotic beaches, the headlines that seem to dominate conversations from New York to South America, the towering billion-dollar developments rising in the skyline. And what other city is known throughout the world by its area code?
It’s no surprise, then, that even the coffee we drink comes with something extra. Whether it’s a cafecito from the walk-up window at Las Olas Café on South Beach or the double-barrel roast (featuring Bulletproof XCT Oil, grass-fed butter, raw cacao, and organic plant protein powder) at the neighboring Dirt, Miamians aren’t rising slowly. Which is a good thing, because our coffee isn’t the only high-octane jolt we get for our bodies. Our workouts, whether it’s full-speed sprinting on the treadmill and hopping off for bicep curls at Barry’s Bootcamp or bravely jumping into the freezing-cold plunge pool at Anatomy 1220 (after getting a B-12 injection upstairs from VitaSquad), keep us looking good inside and out. Proof? Just watch the hardcore two-a-day-ers sprinting laps on Alton Road in the 90-degree sun at CrossFit.
But we take relaxation to the next level, too. Take the new iPic movie theater in North Miami, for instance. Moviegoers lounge in gigantic reclining leather seats and chow down on gourmet food while watching the latest flick and taking full advantage of the on-call cocktail service. I checked it out recently (the ticket price of $28 a seat is, by the way, very Miami ordinary) while taking in War Dogs, which takes place—wait for it—in Miami. The best part about iPic has to be The Tuck Room, the connecting bar where viewers head before or after the feature for a drink and some snacks, which, at my age, I’m not afraid to admit has quickly become my favorite bar in Miami.
So it’s only fitting that Ocean Drive’s annual Men’s Issue would feature some extraordinary men—guys you’d want to be friends with, do business with, grab a drink with, watch a movie with, or shoot hoops with. Of course, they all look good in this fall’s latest styles.
Who would want to leave Miami? Not me. And certainly not our cover star Alex Rodriguez, who after a brilliant 22-year career in Major League Baseball has come home to Miami. And we’ve got the first interview.