Out of the Grove, into the Groove

Unusual things to do in Miami

411 on the 305 | Mia Rafowitz | October 26, 2015

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Everybody at the “U” knows of places they can go for a good time. The Grove on Tuesdays or Thursdays, Liv on Sundays (or is it Wednesdays…?), Mokai Monday, or “Wine, Weed, Wednesday” at the frats. There is a certain routine, a groove, within the nightlife.

But, there comes a time when the predictability of the Grove or South Beach may become a bit redundant. You’re not really “living it up” at school if you can’t remember which club was the one with red leather couches, versus which one had the dancing strippers with light-up zebra print bras. And you aren’t exactly “taking a walk on the wild side” if you’ve lost your phone in the Grove the past 3 weekends in a row.

Isn’t college about breaking your normal routine and trying new things? Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t dive into the arms of a smokey-eyed beautiful blonde inside a crowded club. And, good for you if you have the courage to take on 5-inch pumps and a long night in SoBe. But, when you groggily wake up from the 10 or so shots some retirees bought you at Liv… take a step back and look at the week ahead: realize it’s time to live a little.

For the intellectual in you, try venturing to Brickell for Tuesday Trivia night at Fado’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. Beginning at 9, teams compete in a series of 10 rounds, with hosts T.J. and Carla guiding them through a range of way-too-easy to shit-I-should-pay-more-attention-in-class questions.

Rediscover the artist that lingers in your soul. You know… that seventh grade little “emo” boy or girl that you thought was no longer useful? Well, channel it and perform at the Bohemia Room’s weekly Spoken Word poetry artist showcase. You’ll get free admission for the night if you perform an original poem, not to mention an incredible experience. Sit beneath the moonlit room around 10 p.m. on Wednesday nights and listen to the jaded poets smoothly preaching; only interrupted by the comedic host, Ingrid B. Snaps. 

Now, if you’re not smart and you definitely aren’t creative… maybe you just want to sing your little heart out. Don’t worry, there’s a place for you to do that, too. Every Sunday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Titanic Restaurant and Brewery (located on Ponce De Leon Blvd. so it really couldn’t be closer) hosts karaoke for ages 21+. Let loose and belt out one of your favorite songs; try out that new vibrato you have been practicing in your shower. Don’t let anybody tell you that you aren’t as fierce as Beyoncé.

But if for some reason you aren’t, or you just don’t have the guts to perform, simply sit, relax and watch the talented performers each month at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. On October 28th, watch the cast of Season 12’s “So You Think You Can Dance” with envious eyes as they bend, move and shake in ways that you will try (and fail) to mimic when you get home. And if that’s too short notice, check out Chris Cornell’s grungy rock performance on October 29th at 8 p.m.

Do not succumb to the thought that you are simply a part of Miami’s routine. Instead, create your own. Find your own alternative to Mokai Monday, and reinvent Thursdays. I’m not saying you need to become a hipster and reject all sorts of conventional fun, because I certainly haven’t. Simply realize that on top of the typical UM hotspots, there is a whole city of unexplored territory. Swim in the Venetian Pools located just 10 minutes from campus, attend an improv show at Just the Funny Theatre, or play Bar Bingo on Wednesday nights at TGIFridays across from campus. And if none of that sounds fun, then you probably aren’t. 

Just remember that amongst the swaying palm trees and the sand buried in your toes is a colorful place with a lot more to offer than you think.