Iva brings glamour everywhere she goes. Any cultural event, a fundraiser or a party hosted by Iva has the same underlying convention that most of the guests adhere to: elegant and classy attire is a must. Born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia Iva spent most of her adult life in Miami and considers herself a passionate local. #MIAMIGIRL followed Iva to Little Havana.
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Versailles Restaurant has been the heart of the Cuban exile experience ever since its founding in 1971. One is free to interpret its setting with etched glass mirrors as either kitsch or vintage glam. It’s a perfect place to start the evening and set the mood for a fun night of dancing in Little Havana.
Miami locals go to Calle Ocho at night. During the day tourists come here in double-decker busses to watch old men playing in Dominos Park, to drink Cuban coffee, or to buy cigars. In the evenings, live music attracts a mixed crowd of people looking for a fun night without VIP lines and exclusive guest lists. Ball & Chain, a 1930s-era jazz club, Hoy Como Ayer, a Latin music venue and bar, CubaOcho and many other places offer nightly cultural events, music and an authentic feel of a neighborhood.
This traditional Cuban bar and restaurant located right next to the Dominos Park is a perfect place for an after-dinner cocktail or two. It is small and gets crowded , but the live band singing Cuban classics is worth the visit.
It is an eclectic place that is hard to define. Two things that stay the same here are the bar and the dance floor, the rest, music, art people, change every time you visit.
Little Havana is one of my favorite Miami neighborhoods; in a city that is often criticized for its perceived superficiality and artifice, most of what is found along Calle Ocho still bursts with flavor and authenticity, reflecting its vibrant community.Iva Kosovik