🐓 The first rule of Fight Club…

The Design District: stunning, per usual.


It’s been a long four years since we got to cheer on our favorite footballers, but the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off today. The U.S. men’s team didn’t make the cut, but this is Miami – we know know plenty of you have got other teams in the game still.

With that in mind, we put together a mini-roundup of places where you can catch all the matches (mostly in the group stage), score some good deals, and enjoy all the fútbol you can handle (or at least until your boss realizes why you’ve been taking such long lunches).


Steak Brasil: On June 17 and 27, when Brazil is playing, the restaurant is offering a special buffet for $39.99, including a free caipirinha.


Marlins Park: The Miami Marlins are hosting a series of watch parties at the park’s 5th Base bar starting Friday afternoon. There will be a food truck, beers starting at $5, and other giveaways.


Bousa Brewing: The brewery is offering $1 off every beer and opening early for the morning matches.


Las Rosas: They’ll be showing a mix of afternoon games at 2 p.m., starting with tomorrow’s Portugal vs Spain match.


Española Way: A bunch of restaurants along the street will be hosting watch parties.


Biscayne Bay Brewing Company: Come through for $7.50 pitchers, croquetas for a quarter, and a free shooter of the brewery’s Kaptain’s Kolsch when a team scores a goal.

The Tank Brewing: Showing a mix of afternoon games starting at 2 p.m. with tomorrow’s Portugal vs Spain match.


1-800-Lucky: The food hall plans to open early and have all the games playing.

Wynwood Marketplace: The marketplace is hosting the “Watch the Cup” party starting today at 11 a.m. through the finals on July 15.

Wakefield Brewing: They’re opening at 11 a.m. starting today and will have more details on Instagram.

Concrete Beach Brewery: The brewery will have happy hour pricing and bagels for all the early morning games.

Veza Sur Brewing Co.: They’ll have empanadas from Fufi Restaurant, Zak the Baker pastries, breakfast food from Baja Bao and coffee from Box Cold Brew. And if you come through with your favorite country’s jersey, you’ll get a $2 beer.

We also got some recs from Lee Ifans, a writer with the site Magic City Soccer:

Wynwood Brewing: “It’s the home bar of Miami FC’s supporter’s group, Dade Brigade. … They’ll be open early for the games and there’s sure to be some knowledgeable loyal soccer fans to share a pint with.”

Urban Soccer 5: “If you want to watch and play, there’s no better option.”

Bar da Vila: “Bar da Vila is run by soccer-mad Brazilians and the tiny-cafe bar is a great option for a long lunch to catch your favorite team.”

Let us know if there are any other spots we missed – just hit reply or email us at [email protected]. And if you’re looking to rep for your country and enjoy their food at the same time, check out this food-driven World Cup guide from Miami.com.

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The first rule of cockfight club… Cockfighting has long been a shady business in Miami – it’s been illegal since 1985, so even though it remains popular, it happens totally underground. That’s why it’s been pretty much impossible for police to figure out who killed a local cockfighting referee two months ago in the “C9 Basin,” several miles outside Hialeah. This deep dive into the murder case is a fascinating look into a world that tries its best to stay out of the public eye. (Miami Herald)

About that… After Parkland student David Hogg called for a boycott of Publix in response to their political donation to gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam – who called himself a “proud NRA sellout” – Publix announced a pause on all political donations. Gun control advocates celebrated and gave Publix some major props. But it turns out that the Florida Retail Federation, a lobbying group majorly funded by Publix, just quietly gave $100,000 to Putnam’s political action committee, so there’s that. (Orlando Weekly)

Pedal to the metal. The City of Miami is going IN on trolleys as countywide transit service struggles. The city recently announced that it’s considering a Flagami route, and now they’re talking about another route that would connect Downtown to South Beach via the Macarthur Causeway. This one wouldn’t be free, so TBD if it will be as popular as other routes (which are all free) – or if the county will even approve it. (Miami Herald)

Speaking of which… Got an idea for making getting around Miami in a car less terrible? Ford has chosen Miami for its next “City of Tomorrow” challenge, and that means there’s $100,000 out there to fund the best community-driven solution to Miami-Dade County’s traffic woes.  (Miami Herald)

Bye-bye Britto? Local star Romero Britto wants to bounce from his home on Lincoln Road. The iconic Miami artist has asked his landlord to let him break his 10-year lease because “vagrants,” regular arrests, and street performers are alienating potential customers. Maybe it’s also his art? It’s not like anyone was gonna to try to steal it. (Daily Business Review via Miami Herald, The Plantain)

Guinea pig. The Keys have long had an affordable housing problem, and Hurricane Irma made that way worse by wiping out much of the area’s older – and by default, more affordable – housing. There’s a lot of federal money headed to the Keys to help out, but one architect has already brought a potential solution, one that’s much more of a lasting fix than mobile homes: community land trusts. The rest of South Florida should be watching the experiment closely, because community land trusts have been slowly making their way through our county bureaucracies for years now. Meanwhile, Gov. Scott’s working on his own proposal, but it requires bending some existing rules. (WLRN, The New Tropic, Miami Herald)

Born with a silver spoon. Being a baby can be stressful, amirite? Luckily, North Miami Beach now has the “Amazing Baby Spa,” where for a mere $125 any tot younger than six months can chill out with hydrotherapy and grapeseed oil full-body massages. (Miami New Times)

Partner Events

🎶 Tomorrow: Jam with “The New Schematics” (Wynwood)

🗣 Tomorrow: Watch “Woodpeckers” and chat with one of the movie’s stars (Overtown)

📽 Saturday: Grab some brunch, meditate and watch a film on holistic health (Miami Beach)

🎥 Saturday: Catch a martial arts cult classic (Overtown)

🕉 Thursday, June 21: Get zen at New World on International Yoga Day (South Beach)

🎶 Thursday, June 21: Jam all over the 305 on Make Music Day (South Beach)

🖼 Tuesday, June 26: Enjoy some food, drink and music while bidding on art (Miami Beach)

Around Town


💻Learn all about how to design for your product’s users (Allapattah)

🌃 Watch La La Land under the stars (Midtown)

🍷Enjoy an open mic and sip some wine at Las Rosas (Allapattah)

📽Attend a screening of “Papa Machete” and hear from filmmakers (Downtown)


💃Party with PALO! at Ball and Chain (Little Havana)

🏙 Discuss how urban planning and architecture can fight inequality (Downtown)

🎞 Dive into Pablo Escobar’s love affair in this film (Little Havana)

✨ Take it back at Frost’s Laser Night, ft. Beyoncé and Stranger Things (Downtown)


🍷Learn all about wine and how to host your own wine down (Coral Gables)

🍫Tour Miami’s newest chocolate factory (Little Havana)

💪Get in a HIIT workout at Museum Park with a little yoga (Downtown)

📽Learn about black queer A/V production and catch a film screening (Design District)

🎶Catch RÜFÜS DU SOL at the Fillmore (Miami Beach)


👨Party with your padre at Ball and Chain (Little Havana)

🦀Treat your pop to drinks and a crawfish boil at the Broken Shaker (Miami Beach)

🕵Take a citywide tour of Miami’s crime history (Downtown)

🏳️‍🌈Attend a comedy night and fundraiser for Pride month (Little Haiti)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with New Tropic membership.


But if you’ve got a couple more minutes in your morning, we suggest checking out the annual Best of Miami awards from the Miami New Times. There’s plenty of people, places and organizations shouted who are making the 305 a better place every day.

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