Once a year, art takes center stage in Miami Beach as collectors, dealers, creators and connoisseurs flock to the balmy destination to partake in Art Basel. Since its launch in 1970, the famed fair has become a social media sensation, attracting art lovers and scene setters from around the world. Spectators come, not just for the abstract and sculpted, but for the lavish parties and live performances. This year, plan your stay with South Florida’s trendy, new Generator Miami and use this guide to curate the most eclectic experience possible.
Hospitality group, Generator, opened its inaugural U.S. property in Miami Beach this past October, boasting budget-friendly rates and delectable drinking and dining options. See below for more details on where to stay, eat and play at Generator Miami during Art Basel!
- Unbeatable rates (starting at only $20!) and an acclaimed restaurant and bar The Jim & Neesie and Driftway.
Background: Art Basel
Art Basel’s world-leading events in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami connect collectors, galleries and artists. Basel is a driving force in supporting the role galleries play in nurturing the careers of artists.
Stay: Generator Miami
Located in the heart of Miami Beach, Generator Miami, is the city’s newest and splashiest addition to the sultry Collins Ave. This trendy hotel/hostel hybrid is sure to give you the most bang for your buck. Pairing design-driven, affordable luxury with signature shared and private accommodations, Generator tailors to every need. The venue also combines innovative social spaces, curated programming, and competitive food and beverage offerings.
- If we’ve gotten your attention already, last minute booking rates currently start at only $52.70 for shared accommodations and $416 for private rooms. Reservations available at http://generatorhostels.com/destinations/miami
Eat: The Jim & Neesie
This new kid on the block has already established itself as a serious restaurant contender on Collins Ave. With fresh and flavorful menus created by Chef Daniel Roy (formerly of Matador Room) and bespoke cocktail programming by mixologist Gui Jaroschy (formerly of Broken Shaker), The Jim & Neesie is one of this years can’t-miss Miami hotspots. The space’s intimate design makes for a perfect first date or a simple, relaxed meal with friends. Dinner menu offerings include an exquisite variety of cuisines, from the classic Italian Cacio e Pepe, to the Japanese/Peruvian-inspired Hamachi Tiradito. For the beverage enthusiast in you, indulge in creative cocktails or peruse the intriguingly diverse wine list. @thejimandneesie
Need a break from the Art Basel chaos? Generator Miami’s poolside bar, Driftway, is the perfect urban oasis for relaxing with a refreshing drink and a savory bite (Just ask Dwyane Wade, Driftway regular.) Be sure to try the vegan-friendly Salty Doug cocktail or the OMFG Frozen Margarita, coupled with one of the best burgers that the neighborhood has to offer. The Driftway, also led by Roy and Jaroschy, just launched their new Bottomless Brunch menu, featuring fun twists on your favorite hangover meals (Tostada Chilaquiles, anyone?) and traditional brunch cocktails.
Experience: LA Kennedy Solo Exhibition
On Thursday, December 6th and Friday, December 7th, Generator Miami will be hosting Seattle-based artist LA Kennedy’s solo debut exhibition and celebrating with a private reception from 6-9pm.
- Reception is invite only, while the exhibition will be open to the public throughout the day.
Play: Art Basel Closing Pool Party
Close out Art Basel with a bang! On Sunday, December 9th, Absolut Elyx, DJ Manuvers, and visual artists David Lavernia, Ivan Roque, and Cluadio Picasso will host a pool party at Generator Miami to wrap up the weekend. From 1-8pm, the artists will present their own pop-up galleries and perform live paintings. If the festivities have you feeling charitable, a portion of proceeds from art sales will go to the All Day Foundation, which provides support to local organizations that care for the needs of children. If that’s not enough to spark your interest, you can also swim with the infamous Absolut mermaids at the Generator Miami pool and witness the Driftway bar’s transformation into the copper-clad Absolut Elyx House. (Open to public.)
3120 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33140.