Things to do for March 18, 2010

The Weekender

Fish Tacos, Latin Funk and Absinthe Parties

The weekend is a bracket buster.

Thursday
Mercadito Midtown Opens
TEQUILA

Mercadito Midtown Opens

The culinary colonizing of Midtown continues with this bustling New York import bringing Mexican eats to a space that looks like a warehouse loft met a flea market. Keeping you busy: fresh-pounded guacs mixed with poblano and chipotle peppers, fish tacos slathered in tomatillo-garlic mojo and an impressive list of tequilas.

Afro-Cuban Funk at D. Rodriguez
TEMPO

Afro-Cuban Funk at D. Rodriguez

If you're looking to spend a very Miami night in Miami, look no further than D. Rodriguez Cuba this evening. The South Beach spot will have Afro-Cuban funk band Palo! playing live starting at 9pm (no cover), and something tells us they'll be able to pair those sultry Latin rhythms with a mojito or two. And by something, we mean the menu they sent us.

Friday
Big Bounce Album Release Party
MIC

Big Bounce Album Release Party

Local musical duo The Big Bounce (a 1-2 punch of bearded troubadour Brendan O'Hara and beatboxer Michael "Komakozie" Rodney) have just dropped their first studio album, and they're counting on you to help them celebrate. Ticket gets you into a pre-concert reception with unlimited vodka drinks and an after-party in the Florida Room, where gratis Fenom absinthe will flow. All great concerts end with absinthe.

Saturday
Coral Gables Tweed Ride
KNICKERS

Coral Gables Tweed Ride

If you've been looking for an excuse to don your best Irish Donegal cap and ride your bike through the streets of Coral Gables, here it is. The journey begins at the University Metrorail station, with prizes doled out to the most dapper chap, the most snappy lass, the best real mustache and the best vintage steed. Give our best to Andrew Bernard.

Mar 20, 9am-1pm, no cost, Tweed Ride, 5400 Ponce de Leon Blvd, 305-347-6333

Sunday
Craft Brews and Squid in North Beach
INTESTINAL FORTITUDE

Craft Brews and Squid in North Beach

The New Hotel's poolside beer garden has just upped their tap count to 12, including rare brews like Dogfish Head's Raison D'Etre, Stone's Double Bastard and Rogue's Dead Guy Ale. There are a few new menu items as well, like chorizo-stuffed squid and Callos de Sevilla: minced cow intestines seasoned with sage and mushrooms. Nothing fills the belly like... belly.

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