BY Michael Light / On August 23, 2023

It seems to be the end of an era. The ever-popular waterfront hotspot The Wharf is closing its gates for good. Sort of.

In actuality, the site was always meant to be temporary. Developers wished to activate the attractive waterfront development site as they sorted out the plan for the new, permanent location. They did a great job with this too! The Wharf is a ton of fun.

The Wharf Miami Downtown Miami Riverfront
The Wharf Miami Downtown Miami Riverfront

With a popup indoor/outdoor shelter overlooking the Miami River as well as outside patio-style seating, The Wharf Miami also has seven bars and a collection of food trucks. They routinely host themed parties for grown adults and it’s just fun and low-key.

What Will Be Built In The Wharf’s Space?

This is a fun and trendy design. The Wharf Miami Riverside, as it will be called, is a 10-story development that includes a permanent location for The Wharf. There will also be a spot for Garcia’s Seafood, where many locals go to purchase the freshest fish available.

The Wharf Miami Downtown Miami Riverfront
The Wharf Miami Downtown Miami Riverfront

In addition to the new permanent locations, there will be a 10-story Dream Hotel with 165 rooms. An expanded marina will now welcome megayachts, an indoor live music arena, and a publicly-accessible riverwalk. In total there will be 200,000 square feet of entertainment so it is intended to be quite the destination.

The Team

The Wharf is owned by Breakwater Hospitality Group and MV Real Estate Holdings. They have partnered with Driftwood Capital and Merrimac Ventures for the project and hired Cube3 for the design, interior designs by world-renowned iCrave and Savino-Miller Design Studio to handle the extensive landscapes.


To begin, a new seawall will need to be installed. Work on this could begin relatively soon with an anticipated groundbreaking slated for the end of 2023. The seawall permit has already been issued and the construction permit is currently in the works with the Miami Building Department.

Bidding farewell to the temporary location we have all come to know and love, Breakwater is planning a series of their famous themed parties. These are set to take place September 15-16. The first 500 people to RSVP for these events will also be able to spin a wheel and obtain memorabilia that likely includes Wharf-themed attire, blow up decorations and other goodies.

You can find an exact lineup of the themes and make your reservation on their website. If you have never visited The Wharf, now is the time.

The Wharf Miami Downtown Miami Riverfront
The Wharf Miami Downtown Miami Riverfront

“When we opened The Wharf Miami, it was a total game changer for the Miami River District and a never-before-seen concept in South Florida. Over the past six years we have had the honor of operating this venue while bringing unique events, culinary concepts and an amazing atmosphere which forever changed Miami’s social scene. Watching the venue become so successful and beloved over time has been incredibly gratifying, we are proud to have created a space where guests felt welcomed and created lifelong memories,” said Emi Guerra, co-founder of Breakwater Hospitality Group. “While The Wharf Miami is closed, we are working hard to bring an impressive, elevated experience to Riverside Wharf, a project that would not have been possible without the support of our community. We invite guests to join us during the closing weekend to celebrate six incredible years of The Wharf Miami and what’s to come.”

If you happen to miss the going away bashes, the brand-new Regatta Grove has recently been opened in Coconut Grove to much fanfare, and is from the same development team. The Wharf Fort Lauderdale will remain open as well.

Photos Courtesy of The Wharf Miami

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