Your Guide to Surviving the Holidays in Miami

By Carissa Chesanek  |  December 8, 2014

Between dinner with family and toting the out-of-towners around, you have a lot on your plate this holiday season. Better make sure you're prepared. Here's our ultimate holiday survival guide for you to follow. 

  • Where to Dine Near Lincoln Road Mall

    Meat Market: Take a break from your holiday shopping and head to this ultrachic chophouse for some prime cuts of beef and a killer bar scene. 915 Lincoln Rd.; 305-532-0088

    Huahua's Taqueria: This hole-in-the-wall taco joint shells out solid, inventive Mexican grub and fruity margaritas that won't break the bank. 1211 Lincoln Rd.; 305-534-8226

  • Christmas Feasts

    Edge Steak & Bar: The Four Seasons' signature steakhouse is offering a special four-course Christmas Eve dinner from 6-11 PM, featuring dishes like parsnip chestnut soup, smoked beef belly, Florida snapper and bread pudding ($85 per person). 1435 Brickell Ave.; 305-381-3190

    La Mar by Gaston Acurio: This stunning Peruvian spot located inside the Mandarin Oriental in Brickell Key serves a festive Christmas Day brunch from 12:30-3:30 PM with ceviche and tiraditos buffet stations ($85 per adult). 500 Brickell Key Dr.; 305-913-8358

  • Cool Spots to Take Visiting Family

    Juvia: Sitting atop a Lincoln Road parking garage, this gorgeous rooftop offers quite a scene with amazing views of the city and attractive crowds mingling over high-end swanky cocktails. 1111 Lincoln Rd.; 305-763-8272

    Prime 112Give the out-of-towners something to see when you take them to this always-busy sexy steakhouse in SoFi, known for its lively A-list scene and happening bar, paired with hefty plates of meat, mac 'n' cheese and s'mores pie. 112 Ocean Dr.; 305-532-8112

  • Best Bets for Holiday Parties

    Semilla Eatery & Bar: This charming gastropub in South Beach provides a cozy space for a holiday soiree, complete with a prix fixe menu with the likes of fried smoked burrata and chocolate lava cake. 1330 Alton Rd.; 305-674-6522

    SLS South Beach: Inside this trendy beachside hotel you'll find a funky new event space, Clyde, that holds up to 70 guests, and offers full-service bars and food from James Beard Award-winning chef Jose Andres. 1701 Collins Ave​.; 305-674-1701

  • Where to Eat Out for Hanukkah

    AQ by Acqualina: Located in the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, this New American venue offers fare like grilled salmon and roasted chicken, as well as a sophisticated vibe with marble tables and an outdoor veranda. 17875 Collins Ave.; 305-918-8000​

    Josh's Deli: For more of a casual dining experience, this cozy deli tucked away in Surfside has all the traditional fixin's like matzo-ball soup and hand-cut corned beef. 9517 Harding Ave.; 305-397-8494

  • Where to Drink/Eat Alone to Get Away from Family

    Patpong Road: Hide away inside this cozy weekend-only space above Khong River House that features a look inspired by the Red Light District — think exposed-brick walls, plush banquettes and the warm glow of crimson light. 1661 Meridian Ave​.; 305-763-8147​

    The Regent Cocktail Club: This cool bar, modeled after an old-time New York jazz club, is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle, but it's also lively enough that you won't ever feel bored. 1690 Collins Ave.; 305-673-0199 

  • Where to Meet Someone This Holiday

    Blackbird Ordinary: This super-chill spot in Brickell is an easy place to mingle thanks to the friendly vibe, pool table, large outdoor patio and weekly events. 729 SW First Ave.; 305-671-3307

    Wood Tavern: The graffiti-splashed walls at this Wynwood pub make a great conversation starter, and the spacious outdoor patio and cheap drinks don't hurt either. 2531 NW Second Ave​.; 305-748-2828