Art Basel Guide: Eight ways to immerse yourself in the best of Miami

Grapefruit hamachi by Brad Kilgore at Kaido. Photograph by Juan Fernando Ayora.

You’ve hit the fairs and the festivals, and now we’ve got eight more ways to immerse yourself in Miami.

1. PINECREST GARDENS

South Florida’s cultural arts park, Pinecrest Gardens, will host three events and shows during Miami Art Week:

* Artist Xavier Cortada will exhibit his show Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines and Underwater HOA, which highlights the dangers of sea level rise. For more on the artist and his work, click here to see our profile of Cortada.

* Grammy winner Christian McBride will headline Jazz at Pinecrest Gardens show at 8 p.m. December 8.

* The Botanical and Monumental Art Tours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, will feature Patrick Dougherty’s intricate sculptures of sticks exhibition, In the Thick of It. pinecrestgardens.org.

Christian McBride will headline Jazz at Pinecrest Gardens.

2. SWEET LIBERTY DRINKS & SUPPLY CO.

It has landed on the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars, and it’s also a fine place to spend happy hour — or for a late-night binge of cauliflower nachos. As for cocktails, the list includes a sour with fresh bananas, a dessert-in-a-glass sweet potato number and a piña colada spiked with Jamaican coffee beans. mysweetliberty.com.

Sweet Liberty.

3. ESCAPE TO WEST PALM

There might be a moment when you overindulge on Miami Art Week, and if that happens, remember that West Palm Beach is now a quick Brightline ride away. Head there on Thursdays for the Clematis by Night street festival or on Saturday mornings for the massive GreenMarket that spreads out along the waterfront. On December 8, thousands of satin-clad partiers hit downtown for the much-loved SantaCon. gobrightline.com.

At the West Palm Beach GreenMarket.

4. GRAND BASEL

OK, technically this isn’t happening during Miami Art Week, but the February event is being billed as Art Basel for automobiles. And for the gearheads out there, it means viewing 113 “artistically significant cars,” mostly one-offs that rarely get seen in public. Among them is a 1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder that legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro called his greatest creation. grandbasel.com.

A 1969 Maserati on display at Grand Basel.

5. SWAN AND BAR BEVY

Multitalented musician Pharrell Williams is an investor in the new Swan and its sister cocktail lounge, Bar Bevy, in the Design District. Top Chef: Europe winner Jean Imbert created a menu using his modern chic cuisine, served in a 250-seat dining room with a second-floor lounge. swanbevymiami.com.

6. LATE NIGHT AT THE NATIONAL

A historic Art Deco property, the National Hotel will host a public reception from 8 p.m. to midnight December 6 with the artists behind its Miami Art Week installation. The project came together through a partnership with The University of Arts and will include moving images, music, dance and a neon video installation projected on the exterior. nationalhotel.com.

7. CONTEMPORARY SLEEPING BEAUTY

An age-old fairytale will get an entirely new treatment with the Arsht Center’s December 7 world premiere of Sleeping Beauty Dreams, a contemporary dance version of the story with global prima ballerina Diana Vishneva and others dancing alongside 3D special effects. arshtcenter.org.

8. KAIDO

On the heels of being named a finalist for a James Beard Award, Brad Kilgore, chef of Alter restaurant, is opening Kaido, a Japanese-inspired cocktail lounge and restaurant. The vibe is decidedly less formal than Alter and yet still stylish with its gray fabric-covered seating set off against gold accents and a chandelier of 1,000 butterfly knives. There’s a menu of Asian-inspired small plates and a cocktail menu designed by Kaido partner Nico de Soto, who likewise was a finalist for International Bartender of the Year. kaidomiami.com.

Grapefruit hamachi by Brad Kilgore at Kaido. Photograph by Juan Fernando Ayora.

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