This week's happenings...

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From Thrillist:
Watch/Drink: UEFA Soccer Championship Finals Today
2pm deals, 2:45 kickoff
The Irish Times, 5850 Sunset Dr, South Miami; 305.667.4114
Blow off work to watch Manchester United v. Barcelona live from Rome with 2-for-1 domestic beer, wine, and well drinks, discounted import suds, a free halftime buffet of finger food apps, and 50% off other select apps like Rasher's Potato Skins, Black & Tan-battered onion rings, fried mozz, and "cranky" fried calamari -- hey, you'd be cranky too if you were boiled in oil, then sold for half price. Go to for more footie deets

Taste Of The Gables kicks off Coral Gables Restaurant Week
Taste of the Gables: Fri, 6 to 9pm, 65 Miracle Mile (Tarpon Bend breezeway);
Restaurant Week: June 1 to 14, participating restos
"Taste" kicks off Coral Gables' Resto Week with free grub like blue crab-crusted mahi from Tarpon Bend, sliders and wings from The Sports Exchange, and smoked bratwurst from Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, as well as live Latin jazz from the Negroni's Trio. The Week then continues with prix fixe menus cutting at least 20% off spots like Caffe Abbracci, Da Vittorio, Fleming’s Prime, Ortanique On The Mile, Por Fin, Red Koi, Les Halles, and Bangkok Bangkok II, which probably stars Chris Tucker. Go to for full deets

Change is Good:
News Cafe is now Local 55 Lounge 5588 NE 4th Ct, Miami; 305.758.9932
Local 55 keeps News Cafe's shadowy, palm-laden lounge vibe but jacks up the menu with apps like Parma prosciutto w/ fresh mozz and basil, duck liver pate w/ Brie, and tuna tartare w/ Dijon lemon dressing, plus sandwiches like Angus sliders w/ smoked cheddar, bacon and chipotle mayo, and the “Victoria Station” w/ carpaccio, arugula, shaved Parm, and pesto sauce served on beer bread, a gateway bread that'll soon have you downing scotch loaves.

Harvey's By The Bay
Open Thurs thru Sun, 11am to midnight, 6445 NE 7th Ave, Miami; 954.394.2763
Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat the phrase "I drank beer in college when I was supposed to learn history". Or are they? Get steeped in history as you get steeped in beer, at Harvey's By The Bay.

Housed in a still-active American Legion post, in an elementary-school-ish building that was originally intended as a prison, Harvey's is named after Harvey W. Seeds, the first Miami soldier killed in WWI, and sits on a 45-acre waterfront property that has in turns hosted: a fruit farm, a famously hard-living fruit baron's estate, and a gambling house & brothel filled with people who by all rights should've enjoyed that prison. Booze prices're blue-collar, with $3.50 wells & wine, $4 calls, and $6.50 premiums, plus $2/$3 taps (Land Shark, Shock Top...), and $3/$4 bottles including Taíno Indian-repping Hatuey; meanwhile, the vibe's pure Keys, with a wide-open bar area, a free pool table, NFL- & MMA-screening flatscreens, a jukebox encompassing Hank Williams, Jr. and The Flaming Lips, and a bay-viewing "Florida Room" -- or, as Floridians call it, the "Here Room". As for bar-food, there're wings, jalapeño poppers, jerk chicken & burgers from an outdoor BBQ hut, and smoked kingfish dip whipped up by one of the owner's fishing buddies, who has no idea he's being kept around just for his dip. Future plans include boat-slip rebuilding (one owner's a marine contractor), soundproofing the post's 7,900 sq ft auditorium for parties and live music, and adding a sand volleyball court. Also: vets, cops, fire & rescue workers, and union members get anytime 2-for-1 drinks -- though taking advantage of such specials is the very mistake you keep repeating. Working boat ramp already available. Absorb more history at