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Ready to see another side of Miami? Discover the enticing sights, sounds, and flavors of Little Havana on your next date night. Begin with generous plates of ropa vieja at “the world’s most famous Cuban restaurant,” Versailles, which has been a local favorite for more than four decades. It’s a fitting prelude to the evening’s main attraction, the Cuba Ocho Art and Research Center. If you’re imagining a stoic art gallery with hushed voices, think again. This vibrant institution is all about enjoying Cuban art in all its forms, combining an art gallery and museum with a first-rate cocktail bar that could rival any in the city. Get a firsthand introduction from the bartender and curator to some of Cuba’s most revered artists as you sip a refreshing mojito. Hold hands as you wander through the eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures and artifacts. Friday and Saturday nights are the best time to visit, with live music setting the mood for a slow dance around the courtyard. End the date on a sweet note by taking your sweetheart to one of the many fruterias for fresh-squeezed juice as you discuss that intriguing landscape piece by Leopoldo Romañach.

Cuba Ocho Art Center

1475 SW 8th St Miami FL 33135

(305) 285-5880

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