Downtown Miami's Five Best Bars
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It's finally Friday, and that means we are thirstier than a motherfucker for this workweek to be over.
Of course, the only thing that can quell our craving is a cold, delicious brewksie enjoyed in a dark setting, maybe with some music and food too.
But where do we head when the final minute is up? Try one of these downtown Miami hangouts. We certainly enjoy them. Possibly a little too much.
See also: Wynwood's Five Best Bars
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5. The Corner
There's just something special about this watering hole-in-the-wall. From the outside, during off-business hours, it might look like any seemingly dilapidated downtown store front. But when the sun goes down, the patio becomes crowded and the bar gets hoppin' real quick. We often use it as a place to pregame before shows at neighboring Space, E11even, or Grand Central, and definitely use it again for an aperitif as we digest the night's happenings. It's open till 5 a.m., and though the people get sketchier and drunker as the night progresses, the cocktails are always delicious.
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4. Blackbird Ordinary
This joint is the perfect mix of classy and assy. It's refined, but you will have the chance to get nasty to some real booty-shakin' jams. The handcrafted cocktails are amazing, but they're not going to blow up your wallet. The Ladies Night is one helluva good time, and there's a bit of inside and outside action, for wherever the night takes you. Definitely a great spot to take your friends, whatever the occasion.
See also: Miami's Top Ten Hipster Bars
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3. Will Call
To the outside world, Miami is all uhntz-uhntz, gangster rap and tiki-tiki music, but we do have some serious rock 'n' roll lovers. Will Call gives those people a place to hang, nosh on tasty burgers, and enjoy the big sports game or occasional karaoke frenzy. Did you know Coz Canler, the entertainment director, is a former member of the Romantics? It's true. This 24-hour spot host tons of live bands and a weekly open mic, so anyone can get a taste of stardom.
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2. The Stage
Sometimes, beer is paired with music, and sometimes, music is paired with beer. At The Stage, music takes the spotlight, but the bar goodies are just as noteworthy as the main attraction. This venue brings a healthy mix of rock, rap, and dance to its marquee, whether it be local or national names. It also hosts an open mic night, The Imperial, and since you may want to cultivate a buzz before doing your thing, The Stage's barkeeps will hook you up at a price that's fair.
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1. Tobacco Road
It's the oldest bar in Miami. With more than 100 years of service experince, you should trust and respect Tobacco Road. But the ol' roadhouse doesn't just rest on their laurels and expect people to keep showing up out of reverence. This place is an active member of the scene, hosting comedy shows and mini music festivals, sometimes even just big weed celebrations. The Road also serves a menu loaded with dank bar food, all of which pairs perfectly with whatever alcohol you're guzzling. Don't drink on an empty stomach.
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