December Hot List

Here's just some of what's on tap this month in South Florida

Dave Chappelle: Considered by many in the industry to be on the Mount Rushmore of stand-up comedians, Chappelle heads to Hard Rock Live for three consecutive nights (Dec. 27, 28 and 29). No cellphones are allowed at shows for the winner of three straight Grammys for Best Comedy Album between 2018 and 2020, who’s still revered for his groundbreaking work on Chappelle’s Show in the early 2000s. (

Aba: This Mediterranean restaurant helmed by executive partner Marc Jacobs and Top Chef alum C.J. Jacobson—a must-dine experience in Chicago and Austin, Texas—recently debuted its first South Florida location at Bal Harbour Shops. Flavors from Israel, Turkey and Greece permeate a menu with highlights including carrot and sunflower dip (pictured) and shawarma-spiced skirt steak. (

Superblue Miami: The experiential center for contemporary creatives presents “Pulse Topology” by renowned Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, an immersive biometric artwork consisting of 3,000 suspended light bulbs that glimmer to the heartbeats of different participants. Sensors detect and record new heartbeats that replace the oldest ones as visitors explore the work. The second installation in Superblue’s Suspension program runs through August 2023. (

Gulfstream Park Village: Add this one-stop shopping and entertainment destination to your holiday plans. Gift-giving options abound at retail outposts including Bang and Olufsen, Z Gallerie, Crate and Barrel and West Elm. Afterward, enjoy fine dining at Texas de Brazil, Yard House or Christine Lee’s—or check out the open-air Carousel Club for cocktails and bites. Evening festivities include a 10-minute “Symphony in Lights” show at the top of every hour from 6 to 11 p.m. (

JohnMartin’s: Credit Breakwater Hospitality Group with the much-anticipated return of this Coral Gables icon that first opened in 1989. The legacy of this Irish pub continues with a contemporary makeover thanks to Bigtime Design Studios. Expect traditional menu classics and chef-driven treats for lunch and dinner—from Shepherd’s pie to Guinness-glazed meatballs. (

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