by Rick Munarriz - 406 Reviews - 155 List
It's party time in Miami. Whether it's co-workers shooting down tequila shots at a corporate soiree or celebratory milestones with family and friends, there is no shortage of restaurants, clubs and museums around town that would love to host the catered affair. From a lively warehouse with all of the nightclub trimmings to an animal park that encourages guests to show their wild side, we found the venues that set the right tone for your festivities. (Photo: Courtesy of Miami Science Museum)
Updated: November 11, 2009
This unassuming warehouse on the outside is an explosion of bright colors, funky furniture and eclectic original artwork on the inside. Even the floor is painted. Private functions with 30 to 300 guests can party SoBe style, miles away in North Miami Beach.
This dueling piano bar can be carved out for finger-snapping corporate shindigs when it's not open to the public. Beyond the live ivory ticklers, event packages can include a two-hour "crazy cocktail workshop" that will turn coworkers into budding bartenders.
There are several fete feats at this perpetual exhibitionist. On weekend afternoons, the classrooms are rented out for family birthday parties. Swankier diversions are hosted at night by the museum's famous planetarium. Beyond the hands-on displays, parties can also book hair-raising science presentations and other follies on the auditorium stage.
Chilling is lifestyle best served cold at this banquet hall that houses Miami's only ice bar. Yes, an ice bar. Guests don parkas, gloves and earmuffs upon entering the igloo-like bar maintained at a nippy 8 degrees Fahrenheit. The 10,000-square-feet hall can host up to 500 guests, though the ice room itself entertains dozens at a time.
With 13,824 square feet of socializing, the Treetop Ballroom serves up one of the city's largest halls with room for thousands of corporate shakers, charity donors or prom-bound teens. The macaws, gators and gorillas that entertain park guests by day are resting and out of the way at night. The Watson Island location also delivers portrait-worthy skyline views of downtown Miami.