Here to draw you back to the beach's Sagamore hotel is Whitehall, the latest restaurant to fill the sleek white lobby, opening Thursday with a white-hot party.
A collaboration between nightlife veterans and maestros from the Bice restaurant group, this new space aims to marry traditional Italian with South Beach's untraditional party crowd (think supper-club theatrics with a side of risotto).
The restaurant space you remember as Social Miami has always had the frenetic energy of a really busy corridor (sort of like a white...hall), albeit one with white leather chairs, marble high-top tables and a world-class contemporary art collection. The new owners haven't messed with the formula, keeping the same layout of the tables and preserving the space's uber-social atmosphere.
On Saturday nights, you'll want to settle in to one of the counter-style tables toward the middle of the room and dine on Italian classics like octopus and chick pea puree and crispy pizzas topped with San Marzano tomato sauce and cured ham.
You'll also feast on the parade of South Beach fixtures as they gallop past the Spencer Tunick art installations (taking care to gawk at the nude Miamians...) on their way to the hotel's pool bar.
Which holds alluring charms all its own.