Something’s not a cliche if it never gets old. Sunsets have inspired countless love songs and hotel lobby paintings, so go see what one can do for you on your next date night in Miami at Sunset Lounge. This ultra-chic indoor/outdoor hot spot at the Mondrian South Beach is the perfect place to kick off an evening of romance, with upscale cocktails, a trendy crowd, and breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay that let you catch the day’s last rays in style.
At Sunset Lounge, the namesake celestial miracle is celebrated with great discounts on premium drinks from five to nine each evening, so show up with plenty of time to catch both the show and the specials. As you walk hand-in-hand with your date onto the poolside patio, the red and white motif might make you feel like you’re crashing Cupid’s pool party. Embrace the romance and snuggle up on the Gothic-contemporary loveseat that faces the water. Order yourself a spicy Red Snapper, a zingy mix of gin and rich Italian tomato juice, and be sure to steal a sip of your date’s Batida de Maracuja, tart and tropical with its passion fruit and cachaca. If you start to feel a little peckish (love sometimes has that effect), order the Mediterranean dips, and you and your squeeze can take turns feeding each other crispy bits of Moroccan flatbread dipped in tangy housemade baba ganoush.
If you can somehow refrain from whispering sweet nothings in each other’s ears for a few minutes, you might hear the DJ spinning a new mix of your favorite old-school jams. The two of you can debate whether or not you have found “your song” as the sun gets ready to take its well-earned dip into the bay. As the water is dyed a brilliant magenta and the sky melts into a fiery sienna, catch your sweetie off-guard and lean in for a smooch.
Once the show in the sky is over, you and your honey can enjoy some personal space in one of the cozy cabanas surrounding the candlelit pool. Order a bottle of pink champagne, snuggle up close, and giggle into the wee hours as the sunset works its magic once again.