8 IS GREAT: Only on South Beach would an $8 cocktail be a good deal. But that price does include a spectacular view of Biscayne Bay. So head to the Mondrian for Crazy 8's, during which bevs are $8, as are appetizers and valet. 6-9 P.M.
SPIRE STARTER: With all the chi chi hotels offering up chic settings and even chicer cocktails, sometimes we don't give the classics enough love. One of those is the Todd Oldham-designed The Hotel. So get there tonight for the American Institute of Wine and Food's Cocktails & Canapes soiree. Enjoy small plates such as mushroom tarts and king crab salads, accompanied of course by fabo wine, on the hotel's rooftop. 6:30-8:30 P.M.
WORK IT: For those of you who like to feel cultured when you party, the Miami Art Museum will host a preview reception of their latest exhibit, "New Work Miami," which includes pieces by such local talent as Guerra de la Paz and Frances Trombly. 6-9 P.M.