Here’s How To Spend The Weekend In Miami For Beach Polo World Cup
For Fort Lauderdale locals who are polo fans, it can seem like a hassle to go watch a match live. Most travel up to Palm Beach on Sundays to catch the action.
Mix it up this year and start polo season off by heading down to Miami from Jan. 4-7 to witness Beach Polo World Cup (bonus: the polo matches are held on the sand), and to experience events associated with the tournament, as well as other fun Miami activities. Here’s how to spend a day or the whole weekend:
Thursday, Jan. 4
Start the weekend by attending the Beach Polo Kickoff Party at Delano from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. where guests can socialize with the international roster of riders participating in the tournament, and then keep the party going at Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. or Bar at the Setai for tasty concoctions.
Sweet Liberty was recently listed as the 27th best bar on the 2017 World Best Bar List. The swanky decor and rock-n-roll music pairs perfectly with the delicious cocktails. The Bar at the Setai offers Asian-inspired cocktails in a cozy lounge-like environment with a courtyard and wooden latticework covering the back wall.
Friday, Jan. 5
The Beach Polo World Cup games will begin at noon, and the second game will be held at 1:30 p.m. with the third game following at 3 p.m. After a day of watching the matches, treat yourself to Aprés Polo at W South Beach, full of liquid libations. Ever been to Aprés Ski? It’s like that but better—no cold and right near the ocean. Festivities will begin after the final match at W South Beach’s official polo lounge.
Want to party with your favorite polo players afterwards? ORA Miami will be hosting a polo players night from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Mix, mingle and take as many selfies as you want with your favorite players.
Saturday, Jan. 6
Wrap up the weekend after watching the final matches by either heading back to Aprés Polo or going to dinner out on the town. We recommend Byblos Miami, or if you want to go to Aprés and grab something to eat at the same location, make reservations at Mr. Chow, as it is also located at W South Beach.
Byblos Miami features Eastern Mediterranean flavors, blending Israeli, Persian and other Mediterranean flavors into shareable plates. Mr. Chow offers guests an unforgettable experience with signature screens, black lacquer furniture, artwork from Michael Chow’s renowned private collection, a 125-foot gold leaf and a Swarovski crystal chandelier designed by Chow. A duck carving and noodle pulling shows are also available every night.
Can’t make it to ORA on Friday night? No worries; there’s another polo player’s night at WALL at W South Beach. The party starts at midnight and won’t stop until the wee morning hour of 5 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7
The final day of Beach Polo World Cup begins at 11:30 a.m. with the third and fourth place finals. A consolidation cup final match will begin at 1 p.m., with a charity game following at 2:30 p.m. and the finals being played at 3:15 p.m. Make sure you stick around for the awards presentation at 4:30 p.m.
All polo matches will be held on the Collins Park Beach. W South Beach is the official hospitality sponsor of Beach Polo. If you want to catch all the action of the weekend, book your stay in an Oasis Suite with daily breakfast at The Dutch, a $200 dining credit, VIP tickets to a match, a cocktail meet-and-greet with international polo stars and an official Beach Polo hat by La Martina. The package's starting rate is $3,500 per night. For reservations call 305.938.3126.
For more information on the tournament and accompanying events, visit miamipolocup.com.
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