• Miami’s pride and joy; catch a home basketball game at the downtown arena
  • Enjoy small plates and rum cocktails at an indoor/outdoor raw bar and robata grill

Fall may mean relief from summer’s heat—but in Miami it also means the beginning of Heat season, as in the Miami Heat. Once a pro sports afterthought, the Heat has emerged as a serious rival to bigger-city basketball franchises like the New York Knicks or Chicago Bulls (thanks to its top-rate ballers like Dwyane Wade, fanatic followers, and a newish home at the American Airlines Arena). Set in the heart of Downtown barely 10 minutes from the hotel, the 20,000-seat Arena was designed by Arquitectonica—the local firm that reinforced Miami’s iconic Modernist-pastel aesthetic. The Heat’s season runs from October to May (though big-name concerts and ice-skating take place all year long). The Arena’s super-central location puts it in close proximity to many of Miami’s top tables, including Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill—an indoor/outdoor raw bar and robata grill with shareable small plates such as foie gras fried rice and za’atar-roasted carrots. Sugarcane is also known for its rum-based cocktails, like its dangerously addictive beet mojito.

You can find the American Airlines Arena right off Biscayne Boulevard between NE 8th and NE 6th Streets. To get to Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill, just head up to Midtown. You can find the restaurant on the corner of Midtown Boulevard and NE 32nd Street.

​​AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA: 601 Biscayne Blvd.; 786-777-1000;

SUGARCANE RAW BAR GRILL: 3252 NE 1st Ave.; 786-369-0353;