Is there anything more Miami than spending Christmas at a pool party? Those up north might call it sacrilege, but down here we just call it a great way to work on your tan during the day off. Strawberry Moon won’t be throwing its regular weekend rager, but it will have a Christmas menu featuring poached pear & burrata, herb-roasted prime rib, and dover sole.
Cost: Menu prices vary.
How to book: Reserve via Sevenrooms.
Pool parties aren’t necessarily known for their food, but if you’d like a meal that melds into a chlorine-soaked bacchanal—or a place to eat after—Strawberry Moon is always the move. The Mediterranean menu offers sharable pide pizzas with pepperoni and spicy honey, and a lengthy list of kebabs ranging from swordfish to Moroccan Lamb Merguez. Lest you write this spot inside the Goodtime Hotel as all scene and no substance, unlike its related restaurants the food here holds up to the hype. And passing plates poolside after a long day of partying is a perfect way to end a glorious Miami afternoon.
The Goodtime hosting a fantastic pool party is about as expected as a summer afternoon thunderstorm. And like clockwork, Pharell and company come through, delivering weekly day parties that rival any waterlogged shindig in town. LIV founder David Grutman is pulling the same class of DJ talent to Strawberry Moon, where the palm-strewn deck is a constant parade of beautiful people and big spenders. It’s a pool scene like Miami’s never seen (outside of Miami Music Week), and in true Miami fashion even offers a Friday afternoon chlorinated soiree for all us locals with “flexible” work schedules.
When to go: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, starting at noon
Cost: Reservation and menu prices vary.