Finding Your Place in Miami’s Neighborhoods

Lyric Theater in Historic Overtown
Lyric Theater in Historic Overtown

Miami is a city of neighborhoods—each with its own personality and unique characteristics. These neighborhoods have a unique pulse of their own, whether it’s cultural, architectural, or artistic. Some popular emerging neighborhoods include Little Havana, Little Haiti, Historic Overtown and Coconut Grove.

Little Havana

Bring a Cuban feel to your next meeting. Miami’s Little Havana, complete with Cuban coffee shops, restaurants, and eclectic stores, offers a wealth of Cuban-infused sights, sounds and tastes that are reminiscent of Cuba’s capital city, Havana. It is becoming a magnet for the young, the hip, and the artistic. Evolved to become a cultural epicenter for “all things Cuban” Little Havana offers a variety of venues that can play host to your next event.

Located just west of Downtown Miami, Little Havana is filled with authentic Latin shops and restaurants. Calle Ocho, the main thoroughfare of Little Havana, features art galleries, cigar shops, fruit stands, and restaurants galore.

Looking to introduce Cuban cuisine to your attendees? Versailles Restaurant is considered to be the “World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant” and has been serving tasty Cuban cuisine and culture to the South Florida community for decades.

Adjacent to Little Havana, Barrio Workshop is a neighborhood community event space with more than 4,000 square feet of indoor space and an additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. The expansive space can accommodate up to 500 guests for a wide variety of gatherings including corporate trainings, private receptions, photo shoots, weddings, and more.

For theatre-style gatherings, consider Manuel Artime Theatre, an 839-seat state-of-the-art facility committed to help small local arts groups and to bring artistic events that interest the entire community. Owned and managed by the City of Miami, the theater’s stage is long enough to accommodate nearly any type of event. For larger events, the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, also located in Little Havana, offers a popular multipurpose theatre featuring Art Deco Revival décor. The auditorium offers four dynamic presentation spaces including the main stage, orchestra, mid-stage and onstage black box.

Another arts-inspired option for meetings and events is the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center. Located in the heart of Little Havana, Cubaocho offers eclectic art exhibitions, and ever-changing music and dance events. The free museum is open to the community, allowing visitors to experience the featured Cuban art and memorabilia. In addition, the space is available for private and corporate events of various sizes.

Established in 1935, the Ball & Chain bar and lounge in Little Havana has a rich and storied history. While the authentic Latin food and drinks draw visitors from near and far, the music at the Ball & Chain leaves everyone wanting more. Available for private events, Ball & Chain offers truly unique elements for any soiree, including salsa dancers, Latin food stations, and live cigar rollers, that will really “wow” attendees.

Little Haiti

Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood is a wonderful way for meeting and event attendees to experience a taste of Haitian culture and cuisine in a low-key, non-touristy area. Located along NE 2nd Avenue, Little Haiti, is adjacent to the major Wynwood Art District, and is being called Miami’s next big art and cultural center.

In addition to art galleries, bookstores, and Haitian music establishment, the Little Haiti Cultural Center boasts a myriad of dance and theater performances that illustrates the musical and theatrical renaissance of Haitian cultural activity in Miami. The Center houses an art gallery and theater and features Afro-Caribbean celebrations and performances, including a weekly Caribbean marketplace, where visitors can hear music, purchase classic Haitian art, and savor delicious Creole delicacies.

Longtime family owned businesses, such as the infamous Leela’s Restaurant, grace the streets of Little Haiti. As one of the most popular Haitian-American eateries in the area, this family-owned restaurant serves traditional Haitian dishes that will be sure to delight meeting attendees.

Coconut Grove

Located on Grand Avenue, in the heart of West Coconut Grove, Kroma Gallery + Courtyard features art studios and communal gathering and exhibition spaces. Contemporary in nature, Kroma’s mission is to provide affordable gallery and studio space for artists. In addition to playing host to many exhibitions and events, Kroma is available to rent for corporate meetings, events, and private parties.

If your group’s tastes are more modern, check out The Loft on Bayshore in Coconut Grove. An ideal space for corporate and social gatherings, the Loft can accommodate up to 300 guests for a cocktail reception and up to 150 guests for a formal sit down dinner.

Historic Overtown

Just northwest of Downtown Miami lies Historic Overtown, one of Miami’s original neighborhoods. A destination of choice for South Florida visitors and residents alike, Overtown is a historically African-American neighborhood featuring art, eateries and cultural venues that celebrate the long-standing history of the community. Today, Overtown features the Overtown Folk Life Village, which is a four block mixed-use cultural marketplace that highlights the arts and humanities of the Harlem Renaissance, the Caribbean and West Africa. The nearby Lyric Theater, a 400-seat theater, offers a year-round destination for various events and high-quality performances.

For more information on these and other meeting and event venues in Greater Miami and the Beaches, contact the GMCVB Convention Sales team at (305) 539-3071.

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