The Best of Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

Heading to Miami for Art Basel this year? From well-established fairs and annual parties to new festivals and activations, there's no shortage of art, design and cultural events to have on your radar. Consult our calendar for a comprehensive guide to all things Art Basel, and check out our highlights here.

Monday, December 3rd

Faena Festival – This Is Not America Opening Party
Faena District Miami Beach @ 9pm
Open to the public

Faena launches Faena Festival, a new annual multidisciplinary festival that will be presented during Miami Art Week, launching on December 3rd through 9th. The Inaugural Faena Festival,  This is Not America, will feature major new commissions, installations and performances from Derrick Adams, Cecilia Bengolea, Alfredo Jaar, Isabel Margarita Lewis, Luna Paiva, Tavares Strachan, and Wu Tsang and boychild, among many others. Faena Festival explores the mythologies and narratives of “America” and reflects on the multiplicity of cultures, voices, and people across its physical, conceptual, and political borders. The festival will activate the multiple and diverse venues of the Faena District Miami Beach.

Faena Festival

Tuesday, December 4th

1stdibs Champagne Brunch to Kick Off Design Miami/ 
Invite only

1stdibs hosts a champagne brunch for its trade program members on Tuesday, December 4th to kick off Design Miami/. Guests will be granted a Collector Card and gain first access to the floor immediately following. 

Wednesday, December 5th

Perrier-Jouët & Dazed Art Panel Discussion
Invite only

Perrier-Jouët and Dazed host an art panel discussion on December 5th at L'Eden by Perrier Jouët on Faena Beach. Dazed Arts and Culture Editor Ashleigh Kane will moderate the event with Artist Bethan Laura Wood, Nina Johnson of Contemporary Art Gallery Nina Johnson and Art Writer and Critic Monica Uszerowicz as panelists. 

Paddle8 & Basement Miami Host A Bowling Evening
Invite only

Paddle8 and Basement Miami host a bowling evening between artists, dealers and collectors at Basement Bowl, Miami Beach Edition Hotel. 

Basement Bowl

Thursday, December 6th

Quintessentially & Hennessy Private Dinner
Invite only

Luxury lifestyle group Quintessentially and Hennessy co-host a private dinner with Maurice Hennessy discovering the jewels from the Hennessy Maison. 

9th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale
Invite only

Hosted by ‘Creed II’ star Tessa Thompson and featuring a DJ set by Grammy-nominated duo Sofi Tukker, this year’s 9th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale Party will take place on Thursday, December 6th. The exclusive fête, in collaboration with ARTSY, will take place at the infamous Villa Casa Casuarina. Each year during Miami Art Week, Bombay Sapphire and Artsy invite an illustrious mix of celebrities, socials, and arts industry innovators to celebrate the 16 finalists of the series before announcing its Grand Finale winner. 

Villa Casa Casuarina

Friday, December 7th

Republic Records Party at Surf Lodge Miami Pop-Up
Invite only

The Confidante will host this year's Surf Lodge pop-up during Miami Art Week. On Friday, December 7th, they will host the ArtNew and YoungArts' dinner celebrating the Inside Out Project, followed by a Republic Records VIP party.

Saturday, December 8th

House Beach Tent Closing Party: James Murphy And Soul Clap
Members only

Bid farewell to the Beach Tent for another year, with DJ sets by Soul Clap’s Lonely C, along with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Nancy Whang.

Private Dining Room Roundup, Part II

Whether you’re in Manhattan or Brooklyn, Los Angeles or Las Vegas, it can be tough to escape the chaos and crowds of the city. Private dining rooms are the perfect social solution, whether you opt for an intimate setting that feels like you’re in someone’s home or a larger-scale buyout made for mingling. As a continuation to last year’s roundup, we’ve compiled a collection of versatile spaces for work events and personal parties alike.


New to the scene is Benno, award-winning Chef Jonathan Benno’s Mediterranean outpost in the Evelyn Hotel. The impeccable private dining room, with its wood paneling and fireplace-turned-liquor-cabinet, can accommodate up to 35 guests with prix fixe menus available. 

Benno | Photo Credit: Alex Staniloff

Acme is a NoHo favorite for its cozy ambiance and old world charm, not to mention its quintessential NYC menu. The upstairs restaurant area and cool cocktail bar down below can both accommodate seated dinners and cocktail parties.

ACME Downstairs

Nickel & Diner 
Inspired by diner culture, this chic spot features a private dining room (complete with its own bathroom) as well as a semi-private area and availability in the main dining room. Perks of the PDR include a private AV system that’s compatible with Apple TV and Chromecast. Whichever space you choose, Nickel & Diner offers prix-fixe options and customized menus.  

Nickel & Diner PDR

Bluebird London
British transplant Bluebird London made its way across the pond earlier this fall, opening its doors at the Time Warner Center. Unique to this particular private dining room are some seriously beautiful, unobstructed views of Columbus Circle and Central Park. The patterned flooring and bright green velvet chairs are a sight, too.  

Bluebird London NYC

Broken Shaker
Broken Shaker at Freehand New York is likely one of the most versatile event spaces in the city. All the boho chic furniture in the space is adjustable and removable, making it easy to accommodate all sorts of setups. Fun for full and partial private event buyouts, details include DJ/live music capabilities, XLR setup, AV capabilities, plus input to house music systems.

Broken Shaker at Freehand New York

The very design of Bobo makes it ideal for private hire, with a few different options available. There’s the lovely temperature-controlled garden, the spacious main dining room and the ever-adorable apartment 2F. You’ll likely want to move into this picturesque space, complete with salmon pink walls, fireplace and worn-in bookshelves.

2F at Bobo

Leonelli Taberna
Leonelli Taberna is Chef Benno’s Roman-inspired trattoria (also located in the relaunched Evelyn Hotel). The space offers a private dining room on the second floor mezzanine that’s perfect for sit-down meals as well as standing receptions. The Leonelli Lobby Lounge is also available for cocktail parties (plus you get the Tarberna bar vibes at night). 

Leonelli Mezzanine | Photo Credit: Andrea Behrends

The Smile
Cozy up in the candle-lit private dining room at The Smile, a cult-favorite spot on Bond Street. Tucked in the restaurant’s wine cellar, the PDR is an intimate space to enjoy the resto’s well-reputed Mediterranean-inspired meals.

The Smile 

Go from Manhattan to Mykonos in a few seconds flat. Kyma’s authentic aesthetic and menu extend into its private dining basement. The downstairs is complete with a private entrance, full bar and DJ capabilities to really get those Greek summer vibes going any time of year.



The Castle
A Red Hook gem, The Castle was formerly a cannonball factory. Today, its Marlow Events’ charming multi-room venue perfect for hosting everything from weddings to cocktail parties and corporate events. The company, whose family of BK restaurants includes Diner, Marlow & Sons and Romans, tailors their seasonal cuisine to the host's palate.

The Castle

Los Angeles

NoMad LA
Just about every area at the NoMad LA is available for booking, and the spaces are all so stunning that it’s a tough call to make. Host your group in a mezzanine space overlooking the lobby restaurant, or book a private room on a different floor. The rooftop is another amazing choice to enjoy the LA weather (and view).

The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles

The Hearth & Hound
You can host your next event in a historic Hollywood landmark thanks to chef April Bloomfield. Her first LA restaurant, The Hearth & Hound offers two intimate areas: Casablanca, a feels-like-home dining room (where the movie was rumored to be filmed), and the wine alcove, complete with custom wine credenza. If al fresco is your preference, the expansive courtyard is the move.

The Hearth and Hound

Las Vegas

NoMad Las Vegas
The recently-opened NoMad Las Vegas is teeming with private dining options. For an intimate feel, opt for the vintage vibes of The Cellar. For larger groups, the Salon or the Parlour room offer eye-catching decor, like emerald green tufted walls and vintage rugs, respectively.

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