Today, Breakwater Hospitality Group announces the grand opening of its latest open-air, waterfront concept PIER 5, a top-tier entertainment destination revitalizing Bayside Marketplace. PIER 5 will offer exciting activations, live music, delicious food and beverages paired with scenic waterfront views located at 401 Biscayne Blvd in Downtown Miami. Hospitality powerhouses and co-founders of Breakwater Hospitality Group, Emi Guerra and Alex Mantecon, are excited to grow their presence with unforgettable entertainment venues across South Florida and beyond. Created in partnership with Erick Passo, co-owner of Black Market Miami, the venue will be open under a soft opening period starting Tuesday, December 26, followed by the official grand opening weekend celebrations which will take place Thursday, January 11 to Sunday, January 14.
PIER 5 will be open seven days a week from morning till evening and is inclusive for all ages with its signature deck games; multiple shaded lounge areas and bars; and entertainment stage. The venue will feature three bars, one of which is the largest bar in Miami measuring over 200 feet of bar space. The largest bar, The Rum Bar, will offer hundreds of different types of rum along with other popular types of spirits. With an emphasis on fresh, tropical drinks, The Rum Bar will specialize in mojitos and daiquiris. Additionally, the Tequila and Mezcal Bar will offer over 150 distinctive types of tequilas and mezcals, spotlighting signature margaritas among its offerings.
PIER 5 will offer an array of food offerings showcasing beloved Bayside Marketplace hotspots. Food vendors include:
- Black Market Miami: Black Market Miami is a local sports bar that pays homage to the nostalgia of 1980s Miami. The menu offers classic bar food with a Miami twist, ranging from wings and burgers to ham croquettes and chicken churrasco. As a sports bar created by Miamians for Miamians, Black Market invites its guests to celebrate the rich history of the city.
- Ben’s Pizza: Ben’s Pizza is a slice-only pizzeria based in downtown Miami. Its menu offers favorites including Ben’s Classic Cheese, the Pepperoni Char Cup Pizza and so much more. All pizzas are made using the famous New York style, with hints of Italian flavors. While crafting such delicious food, it is Ben’s mission to give their visitors not only a taste of what real pizza should be but also a taste of the unique cultures that have made the dish popular.
- La Industria: La Industria is a bakery and café situated in Bayside Marketplace, founded by the singer and actor Nicky Jam. The menu features breakfast delicacies, including pancakes, waffles, and French toast, as well as Latin American specialties like malanga croquettes, arepas, and more.
- SKOOPS: SKOOPS is an authentic gelato and ice cream spot located in Bayside Marketplace. They offer unique flavors ranging from blueberry yogurt to dolce latte. Their gelato and ice cream are made fresh daily with high-quality ingredients, ensuring a delightful experience for those with a sweet tooth.
“PIER 5 will add a new and exciting dimension to Bayside Marketplace, infusing the community with a fresh and lively atmosphere,” says Emi Guerra, co-founder of Breakwater Hospitality Group. “With great music, delicious cocktails and a welcoming atmosphere, the venue’s vibe speaks to the historic roots of the original fishing pier while creating a unique experience for locals and visitors alike. We are honored to have the opportunity to breathe new life into Bayside Marketplace and look forward to welcoming guests soon.”
Named after South Florida’s most renowned fishing pier, the history of PIER 5 dates back to the early 1900s as it played a vital role as a fish market, tourist attraction and prime location for some of the best sport fishing in the area. The area hosted Miami’s most popular sport fishing competitions and served as a breeding ground for incredible innovation and development in fishing, including the invention of kite fishing. Today, Bayside Marketplace is still a launching point for sports fishermen and provides proximity for visitors to the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport.
“PIER 5 is a representation of our commitment to celebrating Miami’s energetic culture by bringing people together and creating lasting memories. As Miami locals, we’re ready to reinvigorate Bayside Marketplace with PIER 5 as a destination for all to enjoy with creative event programming, delicious drinks and food on the bayfront,” says Alex Mantecon, co-founder of Breakwater Hospitality Group.
Crafted by Saladino Design Studios, the venue’s design is a nod to Miami’s fishing culture with an elevated, contemporary tropical influence. The floor pattern pays homage to a ship’s journey from coast to coast, while the main bar front mirrors vintage boats with smooth curves and brass detailing. The second bar boasts glossy deep blue elements and ribbing details, offering a modern tribute to maritime aesthetics. The venue masterfully blends nostalgia with a sense of excitement about the present and future. Pier 5 represents a modernized take on an art-deco inspired brand, seamlessly incorporating marine elements such as nautical flags spelling out “PIER.” Upon entering, visitors immediately sense the feeling of being on a ship, with meticulously crafted woodwork defining the main bar front and custom furniture.
PIER 5 joins Breakwater Hospitality Group’s impressive portfolio of destinations across South Florida including open-air waterfront venues such as The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, Regatta Grove in Coconut Grove and Carousel Club in Hallandale Beach as well as Miracle Mile’s beloved Irish pub JohnMartin’s and seafood-forward restaurant Rivertail in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.