Best of Miami 2016: The Ten Best Boozy Categories

Best of Miami 2016: The Ten Best Boozy Categories

New Times' annual Best of Miami issue has finally arrived, and our editorial staff has chosen more than 400 winners in categories ranging from Best Artist (Farley Aguilar) to Best Dog Groomer (Dogtown).

If you're reading this, you probably need a drink. Lucky for you, our editorial staff headed out to Miami's best bars and restaurants in a spirited attempt to seek out the finest cocktails and beers.

Although there are dozens of winners, here's a list of the booziest all-stars for your reading enjoyment.

You'll find both the funniest and sincerest picks from our favorite places around town. The complete list of all of our selections is available at miaminewtimes.com/best-of. And be sure to pick up a copy at newsstands today!

Best of Miami 2016: The Ten Best Boozy Categories
Laine Doss

10. Best Bloody Mary - MC Kitchen
MC Kitchen chef/owner Dena Marino is obsessed with tomatoes. Look in the kitchen and you'll see a giant white bowl brimming with her favorite heirloom varieties. This is important to note, because MC Kitchen's bloody marys are made with the juice of these fine specimens. You'll find no Zing Zang or McClure's mixes behind the bar. MC Kitchen's bloody ($11) is a properly simple affair.

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Courtesy Traymore

9. Best Martini - Traymore Gin Bar
Martinis are both cocktail and lifestyle. As such, they must be respected and enjoyed. This is not a drink to be guzzled from a red Solo cup while Anthrax plays on the juke in some crummy dive bar. For a proper experience, grab a seat at the Traymore Gin Bar. A soothing nod to Miami Beach's art deco era, the room features silver tones, and bottles of gin are the main decoration. 

Lillet Me Down
Lillet Me Down
Photo by Laine Doss

8. Best Bar Program at a Restaurant - Tom on Collins at Beachcraft
Tom Colicchio isn't just any celebrity chef. The multiple James Beard Award winner also holds an Emmy for his work on Top Chef and is heavily involved in social and political activism, especially on issues such as GMO labeling and the use of antibiotics in our foods. It stands to reason, then, that his Miami Beach restaurant, Beachcraft, sources only the best produce for its kitchens. This fresh and local mentality also works its way onto Colicchio's bar menu. The drinks use fresh fruits, herbs, and flowers to create unique and delicious cocktails. 

Best of Miami 2016: The Ten Best Boozy Categories
Karli Evans

7. Best Hotel Lounge/Bar the Broken Shaker
A humble hostel might be the last place you'd expect to find Miami's most inventive bar. But from the beginning, the Broken Shaker, helmed by Bar Lab's Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi, has defied all expectations. What started as a pop-up bar in 2012 in a quiet Indian Creek Drive hotel has become a beloved creator of incredible libations celebrated by clientele and critics alike. In fact, for two years in a row, the Broken Shaker was a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. 

The ice bar.
The ice bar.
Photo by Laine Doss

6. Best Bar When It's 90 Degrees Out - Drinkhouse Fire & Ice
Sure, we have palm trees and the ability to wear bikinis year-round. The flip side, however, is the radioactive-intense sun and 99 percent humidity we get during Miami summers. And it's a good day when we're not being carried off by some tropical storm. So when the mercury hits 90 degrees, get thee to Drinkhouse Fire & Ice. Before you even walk inside, your core temperature seemingly drops at the sight of the cool blue lighting and pictures of what looks like a snow queen.



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