For the past couple of years, the City of Doral has really invested in bringing more hospitality businesses to the area. Downtown Doral has played a big role in making this a reality, as it describes itself as a “vibrant community of culture and commerce; where you can live, work, play, and learn”.
Welcome to Main Street – This year Main Street has been transformed into a pedestrian-only paradise, where people can dine at the different restaurants and enjoy activities, such as live music and exercise classes, all al fresco.
Art – There is plenty of art displayed around Main Street, including the Bubble by multidimensional artist Haiiileen. Also look all around for the murals painted on the walls and on the multiple containers, and the Ground Art by Chalk & Brush.
Music – Live music can be enjoyed at the Main Street Stage from Thursdays through Sundays (show times vary depending on the day). Local musicians such as Xperimento, Yoli Mayor, Leslie Cartaya, Raquel Sofia, Cortadito, and Andre Carvajal have performed at Downtown Doral. Just announced for NYE, GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY nominated Best Latin Band in Miami, Locos Por Juana will be performing. Love them! All live music is brought to you courtesy of The Doral Yard; be sure to check their website, Instagram, or Facebook page for more info! … And don’t forget to stop by the bar inside The Doral Yard for a few cocktails before, during, and after the music (just as our friend Tasha did recently).
Speaking of The Doral Yard … it’s a community gathering spot that much like the beloved The Wynwood Yard brings food, drink, live music, community, and buenas vibras to it’s new hub in Downtown Doral. At the moment they have limited seating indoors and plenty of tables outside under the tent and on the sidewalk to enjoy great drinks from the Bar at the Yard, and delicious food from Della Bowls, Un Pollo by Chef Lisseth Campos, Yip Dim Sum, Santo Dulce Churros, and Morelia Gourmet Paletas. They have happy hour Tuesdays to Fridays from 4pm to 7pm; as well other events such as Margaritas & Me on Wednesdays and Veza Sur Sundays. Stay tuned for the upcoming The Backyard, which will bring more vendors, another bar, a stage for live music, and the much anticipated Barbakoa Restaurant and Bar by Chef Eileen Andrade. (And of course you will read all about the opening of The Backyard next year here on the blog!).
Life is Definitely Sweet – One of my favorite places in Miami has recently also opened a location in Downtown Doral … and this is no other than Bachour Doral, from acclaimed Chef Antonio Bachour as executive chef, and Chef Clark Bowen as chef de cuisine (I’ve know Clark for years, he’s like a brother to me. He has worked in a couple of great Miami restaurants, including as an executive chef for Chef Daniel Boulud. So, I’m super happy to see him at Bachour now). Bachour is very well known for it’s excellent desserts, but make sure to check out their savory menu for extended happy hour from 5pm to 9pm on Fridays and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays until 4pm. Their brunch is amazing! I feel I need to go every weekend since I really want to try the whole menu, LOL!
While walking around Downtown Doral, don’t miss all the holiday decorations, including three Christmas trees. Also happening this month is the much-anticipated George Balanchine’s Nutcracker in the Park by Miami City Ballet from December 18th to the 31st and Gaitas at The Yard on December 23rd. And last but certainly not least, Bunnie Cakes just moved to Doral, OMG! Who doesn’t love Bunnie Cakes. If you haven’t tried their delicious vegan cupcakes, you must! Hint hint … remember to say ‘Doral goes Vegan’ at the register to get a little discount for purchases of $35 or more.
I can’t wait to see what else will be opening on Main Street in 2021. Who’s with me?!?! 😉