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🍸 This local hangout is the #1 bar in America

Just look at how much fun the bartenders are having.


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Join us on a field trip to the Feb. 8 performance of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, which turns a fight for success in the pro-wrestling world into a story of political manipulation. It’s a perfect fit for today’s politics-as-reality-TV-show world, and Miami New Drama is offering a $20 discount on tickets to New Tropic folks for either premium or Zone 2 seats that night.

Buy tickets and find out the details, including how you can get INTO the on-stage wrestling ring, here.

We have a better idea. Come see our wrestlers battle for the American soul at The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at the Colony Theatre. Learn More ».
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Zip it. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council is fed up with all the leaks to media about Miami’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. It’s making all participants in the bid sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to try and stop future leaks. Meanwhile, LGBT activists in Seattle launched the website NoGayNoWay.com to urge Amazon against choosing any city without complete protections against sexual discrimination. Miami is on that list, and so are 10 other finalists. (Miami Herald, GeekWire)

I make money moves. The 2018 Rolling Loud music festival lineup is out, and it includes huge names like Migos, Cardi B, Future and Travis Scott. Other big news: It’s leaving its home in Bayfront Park in Downtown for Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens after a big fight with Downtown residents, who didn’t seem to have a huge problem with Ultra, but really hated hosting Rolling Loud. The festival’s a huge get for Miami Gardens, which also locked down the 2020 Super Bowl and the Miami Open tennis tournament. Tickets to Rolling Loud are on sale now. (Miami New Times, Miami Herald)

So extra. Miami is the most energy inefficient city in the whole U.S., according to a customer study from a clean energy company. We use 25 percent more energy than the national average. Experts blame air conditioning, which cranks year-round here. (Miami Herald)

Cash money. More tourists visited Miami in 2017 than ever before – 15.8 million, according to the county. And they brought in a record $25.9 billion. (The Next Miami)

Buzzing. Downtown is getting a Blue Bottle Coffee, a bougie AF coffee chain from San Francisco. It’s moving into the ground floor of the historic Dupont Building, which means the gorg building from the 1930s will be reopened and restored, at least on the ground floor. (The Next Miami)

About time. The City of Miami Police Department has been facing a massive rape kit backlog. As of 2015, the department had more than 2,000 kits sitting around, untested, which meant they couldn’t be used as evidence in rape cases. Now Miami PD is finally asking for federal money to help it out and hopefully replace the 12-year-old computer program it uses that basically can’t handle anything anymore. (Miami New Times)

SMH. The ACLU is suing the City of Homestead, saying that the government violated a resident’s First Amendment rights when the city asked the police to arrest him on trespassing charges after he demanded police reforms at a public meeting. Um, that’s not how democracy works. (Miami New Times)

DENIED. A federal judge said that Florida is regularly violating felons’ constitutional rights by revoking their right to vote once they’ve been convicted. The judge said that the key problem is that pretty much the only way to get that right back is to appeal before a board over which Gov. Rick Scott has veto power. It might be a moot point soon, though – it will be on Florida’s November ballot whether to automatically restore most felons’ voting rights once they’re out of prison. (Miami Herald)

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Check out this event from our advertiser, Miami Design District .

🎶 The Wailers Live in the Design District! Kick off the weekend with a FREE reggae concert by The Wailers in the Design District’s Palm Court on Friday, February 2 at 6 p.m.

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🤼 2/8: The New Tropic Field Trip to The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Use NEWTROPIC20 at checkout for $20 off)

🌮 2/9: Shabbat at the Yard with PASILLA and the Tribe

Around Town

🎵 2/2: Giralda Under the Stars (Coral Gables)

🎥 2/2: DWNTWN Movie Nights: Boss Baby (Downtown)

🌊 2/3: Surfrider and Friends Night at Oleta River State Park (North Miami Beach)

🚲 2/3: Historic Bicycle Tour of Coconut Grove (Coconut Grove)

🌊 2/3: Climate Awakening: A journey through art and augmented reality (Wynwood)

🗺️ 2/3-2/4: Miami International Map Fair (Downtown)

🏖️ 2/2-2/4: Fractal Beach 2018 (Key Biscayne)

Experience Armada Fania’s pop-up club this month with headliner Kenny Dope at 1-800-Lucky. Learn More ».
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But it’s gonna be another gorgeous winter weekend, so here are the best places to get outside and frolic in nature.

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