Feast of The Imaginarium at Bâoli Miami: A Surrealist Dinner Party
By Nycole Sariol
Salvatore Dali may be long gone from the physical world. But on Wednesday, October 29th, his spirit was awoken from the grave to bewitch the indoor-outdoor quarters of South Beach hot spot, Bâoli, and celebrate its pre-Halloween soiree entitled Feast of the Imaginarium. The attire for the night was the very antithesis of cheesy get-ups, and guests were encouraged to “dress to test the limits of their imagination,” opting for intelligently crafted costumes. Sharp, suited men in black bunny masks courted cocktail waitresses clad in ethereal albeit short dresses and leaf headdresses riveting their sultry locks, while others seated, noshed on kitchen signatures like the Truffle Risotto and Robata Grilled Salmon Filet. The restaurant-lounge hybrid illustriously transformed into one of Dali’s surrealist paintings as smoke hovered low to the ground and old-fashioned umbrellas ceilinged the outdoor patio alit in a cool blue hue. Amid the banter of impeccably robed guests, entertainment came in all shapes and sizes: little people impersonating Dali paraded on the patio’s bar, where Flip, Bâoli’s finest acrobatic bartender, served up elixirs to celebrity faces, such as Scotty Pippin and Michael Bay. High-profile names, however, were dwarfed next to lofty stilt performers floating through the masses, and donning an eerie double-face mask. The premise of the night’s congregation of surrealist enthusiasts was to further bolster Miami’s knowledge of art and culture, but judging by the evening’s triumph and imaginative participation by its guests; no bolstering was needed.
Located at 1906 Collins Ave, Miami, Florida 33139
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