Patpong Road Celebrates Best Of Win: Free Laidee Drinks This Weekend

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Free Laidee Drinks. Celebrate that!
Patpong Road is the infamous Bangkok night market and red light district. There, you'll find an assortment of delights at your disposal. We're talking everything from a meal, to a drink, to the company of a beautiful woman. These ladies traditionally ask "gentleman callers" to buy them a drink for which they receive a small commission. These cocktails are known as "lady drinks" or "laidee drinks."

The Patpong Road on South Beach recreates "most" of Bangkok's district. For instance, while there are no "ladies" vying for your company, there are Laidee Drinks -- a potent blend of the Chinese spirit Bye Joe, tropical juices, and fruit -- all served in a plastic bag. The Laidee drink, as well as the retro-cool Thailand-meets-Miami vibe (here, Michael Jackson will forevermore be on the top 40 playlist) and cocktails like the Long Thailand Iced Tea won the lounge the title of Miami's Best New Bar in our annual Best Of edition.

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Miami New Times Best Of Celebration: It Was the Best of Times (Photos)

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All photos by Laine Doss
Dancing to the backdrop of a Miami Skyline...and Mortal Kombat
Yesterday's late afternoon thunderstorm might have looked threatening, but by the time last night's Best Of celebration at the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne started, there was a rainbow framing the Brickell skyline.

Hundreds of people came out to celebrate our annual Best Of edition -- which itself celebrates the people and places of Miami (how meta)!

Friends and fans of Miami New Times helped themselves to a giant buffet featuring fresh seafood, drank cocktails made with premium spirits, and played Ms. PacMan on a giant screen. Now, that's a good time!

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Best of Miami 2014: Ten Boozy Winners

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The 2014 edition of Best of Miami is live, and it's filled with 320 of our favorite restaurants, bars, shops, and people.

Although we love everything about Miami (especially its restaurants), you know what we really love? The booze.

From the perfect bloody mary to the top new bar, Best of Miami 2014 celebrates all manner of boozy delights. Here are ten of our favorites to start the weekend.

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Miami New Times' Best of Release Party Happens Tonight

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While you're on your way to the office, be sure to pick up Miami New Times' 27th annual Best of issue, which hits the streets today, June 19. Sure, you've been reading it online, but this is the one issue that we like to keep around as reference material for the entire year. Plus, it's good reading for those Miami summer afternoons when the power goes out for a few minutes.

Our Best of issue names more than 300 of Miami's finest shops, coolest bars, and most delicious restaurants in our city. In fact, we're so proud of it, we're inviting you to celebrate at our Best of Release Party.

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Best of Miami 2014: This Year's Winning Comfort Foods

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In case you forgot to pay your favorite newspaper a visit, the 2014 Best of Miami has finally arrived. There are hundreds of categories, but the food and drink is the most vast. And the most comforting of all? Those junk food categories.

If you have been wondering where to get a hearty bowl of chili, a crisp piece of buttermilk fried chicken, a burger with pastrami, or a hot dog with macaroni and cheese, then look no further. Here are some greasy, cheesy, and utterly scrumptious winners we are highlighting:

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Best of Miami 2014: This Year's Winning Restaurants

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Best of Miami 2014 has finally arrived. You can pick up our epic guide to all things Miami on Thursday, or check out the full list of winners online now if you just can't contain yourself. This year's edition is filled with over 300 of our favorite bars, bites, and places to snack.

Miami's culinary landscape is a fickle one to map. For every talented new chef joining the ranks, there's a beloved figure about to depart; for every exciting restaurant opening, another dining staple shutters. Despite the constant ups and downs -- or because of them, depending on your perspective -- Miami's food scene is a thrilling one to eat through, from Little Havana, to the Upper Eastside, to Midtown. Here's a sampling of some of our favorite restaurants that have become the toast of their neighborhoods:

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Best of Miami 2014: Here are Some of the People That Made Food Great

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The 2014 edition of Best of Miami is live and it's filled with over 300 of our favorite restaurants, bars, shops...and people.

When you think about it, the entire issue is about people. After all, for every delicious burger or soul-satisfying cafe con leche, there's a person lovingly creating it. We've paid homage to some of the most creative people behind the bar and the line in our Best of issue. Read on as we profile some of the best and brightest people responsible for your meal.

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New Times' Best of Miami: Check Out Who Won Now!

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Extra, extra, read all about it!

Miami New Times' Best of Miami 2014 is online (a couple of days earlier than the print edition). That means you have a digital head start on everything great about the Magic City.

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Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

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There's joy in making a great cocktail.
Anyone can get behind a bar and mix a drink. For that matter, anyone can walk into a kitchen and prepare a meal. We've all cooked for ourselves at home, haven't we? But bartenders, like chefs, have many different levels of expertise.

Though the person who pops your Budweiser can at a beach shack might be considered a bartender, there are others for whom building a beautiful cocktail is an art form. They are the people who make pilgrimages to bourbon distilleries in Kentucky and to Oaxaca to study mezcal plants. Their thirst for knowledge about spirits is rivaled only by their passion to make the most delicious cocktail.

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Best of Miami 2014 Readers' Poll: Last Chance to Vote

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Can you feel the electricity in the air? No, that's not an afternoon thunderstorm. It's the anticipation that's building for Miami New Times' annual Best of Miami edition, available online and in print on June 19.

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