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.