Art Basel begins on Thursday, and that means that Miami will transform into one big art-fest.Artists, gallerists, celebrities, and fashionistas will descend on the city to see edgy art exhibitions, attend chic parties, and dine in the city’s hottest restaurants.
The festival, which runs from December 6 to 9, allows artists from around the world to showcase their works in a highly-visible setting.
Art Basel events take place all over the city, but the main art fair is in the Miami Convention centre in Miami Beach. Elsewhere, galleries and design shops in the up-and-coming Design District will open their doors at all hours, hotels and restaurants in Miami Beach will throw celebrity-hosted events, and clubs in South Beach will host wild parties every night.
Visit Collins Park on opening night, Dec. 5, to kick off the festivities. Musicians and artists will perform at the event, while artists will show off large-scale sculptures and installations.
Grab a drink at Güiro, a pop-up art bar installation at the South Beach Oceanfront, across from the Bass Museum of Art. The bar, which is shaped like a Güiro (a Cuban percussion instrument), was designed by artists Los Carpinteros and sponsored by the Absolut Art Bureau. It'll be open from Dec. 5 to 8.
Spend a night at the Betsy Hotel, a luxury Art Deco-era boutique hotel in South Beach. The historic hotel is near the wild bars and clubs of South Beach, but removed enough to ensure a quiet night's sleep.
When you're ready to check out some art, head to the Miami Beach Convention centre, the hub of all things Art Basel.
More than 2,000 artists from galleries around the world display their works at the convention centre.
Check out what's new in the design world at Design Miami, a high-end design fair that takes place around the Design District. Design galleries will show off innovative furniture, lighting and cutting-edge decor.
Unwind at the Acqualina Resort & Spa with pampering treatments like the ESPA intensive facial. Or book their Art Basel package, which comes with two tickets to the art fair, transportation to the convention centre, and access to the hotel's spa.
Hobnob with celebrities while feasting on small plates at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. This Design District hotspot is renowned for its market-fresh dishes, like a wood roasted double yolk farm egg and slow-roasted beef short ribs.
Imbibe a creative cocktail at the Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill. This trendy Midtown restaurant has great cocktails, like a beet mojito (mint and beet-infused Bacardi).
Dress to impress at the Soho Beach House. The swanky members-only club will host the Chanel and Art.sy Beachside BBQ, where celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Wendi Murdoch, and Peter Thiel are expected to attend.
Hit up Basel Castle on Saturday night, a festival with art installations and exhibitions and live performances by musicians, DJs, and artists. It's one of the biggest and best parties of Art Basel.
Nurse a hangover at the Standard hotel's Lazy Sunday BBQ. The Standard, in Miami Beach, will host several other parties and events including the SPiN Galactic Ping Pong Tournament.
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