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March 7, 2023

Bar Exam 2023: From beer halls to sports bars to romantic lounges and classic dives, Miami's Top 100 institutions of higher imbibing

Since time immemorial, people have congregated in bars. From the ruins of Pompeiian wine shops to the taverns where America’s founding fathers planted the seeds of liberty to the present day, humankind has cut deals, made merry, and drowned our sorrows in bars.

That could be why bars are as varied as the snowflakes that fall from a winter sky (not here). Romantic date? Choose a cocktail lounge with cold, clear martinis and live jazz. Meeting friends to watch the game? Pitchers and wings at the local sports bar.

Miami’s libation scene is flourishing like never before — in addition to a plethora of cocktail crafters, we’re blessed with an abundance of breweries, natural wine bars, and dive bars. And with many bartenders working creatively with low-ABV and zero-proof spirits, the bar scene is more inclusive and welcoming than ever before.

From giant beer halls and lively sports bars to romantic lounges and classic dives, we present Bar Exam 2023: The Top 100 Bars in Miami.

Cheers!

Laine Doss, Food Editor

The 100 Best Miami Bars of 2023

3 Sons Brewing Co.

3 Sons Brewing Co.
Photo by Magic Muncie
3 Sons Brewing Co. founder/brewer Corey Artanis debuted on South Florida's craft-beer scene with his over-the-top, dessert-inspired stouts, creating a following that was thirsty for more. After several years as a nomad brewer, Artanis opened 3 Sons — named for his three boys — in the heart of Dania Beach. While the brewer remains well-known for his intensely flavored, barrel-aged imperial stouts, beer enthusiasts flock to his taproom for a taste of a wide variety of beer styles. That means you can find just about anything to pair with a meal on a daily draft lineup that runs the gamut from a lightly hopped, easy-drinking American-style rice lager to intensely fruited sours so thick they pour from the can or tap line with a smoothie-like consistency. The in-house kitchen prepares food that's just as crafty and small-batch as the beer, from Neapolitan pizzas to dashi butter chicken wings.
236 N. Federal Highway, Ste. 104, Dania Beach, 33004

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Minnow Bar

Minnow Bar
Photo courtesy of Kimpton Angler's Hotel
You'll find Minnow Bar discreetly tucked inside Kimpton Angler's Hotel on Washington Avenue in South Beach. The cocktail menu here focuses heavily on clear spirits and botanicals, but there's a little something for everyone. Inviting couches line both the indoor bar area and outdoor patio. Bites from sister restaurant Seawell Fish N' Oyster are available as well.
660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 33139

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Tropical Distillers

Tropical Distillers
Tropical Distillers photo
The creator of J.F. Haden’s Liqueur, a Magic City-inspired line of mango, espresso, and citrus liqueurs, Tropical Distillers resides in Miami's Allapattah neighborhood. Although the distillery also produces its own rum and vodka (with more spirits on the way), the venue aims to offer guests an immersive and educational spirit experience of its brands via tastings, tours, and events. The 8,000-square-foot space houses a 30-seat bar and tasting room, open Thursday through Saturday. Decked out with colorful, old-school Florida tropical accents, it's the spot to order up creative cocktails made with Tropical Distillers spirits, from a mango margarita and citrus spritz to an espresso martini and an ever-changing lineup of fruit-infused frozen libations.
2141 NW Tenth Ave., Miami, 33127

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Flanigan's Seafood Bar & Grill

Flanigan's Seafood Bar & Grill
Photo courtesy of Flanigan's
Ask nearly anyone in Miami and they're likely to tell you that their favorite place for an unpretentious round of drinks is Flanigan's. Joe "Big Daddy" Flanigan opened the first Flanigan's in 1959, in Pompano Beach. The nautical-themed bar was a hit for its ice-cold beer, fresh seafood, and baby back ribs. The only thing that has changed since then is that, with 24 locations in South Florida, you could probably spin around and throw a dart and hit a Flanigan's. Now that's progress.
2721 Bird Ave., Miami, 33133

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Vinya Wine & Market

Vinya Wine & Market
RM Studio Corp. photo
Wine can be intimidating. Who hasn't perused rack after rack of wines only to pick up a bottle that has a cat on it out of sheer desperation? Varietals, terroir, and vintages all become a blur when you simply want a nice bottle to pair with the pasta dinner you're making for your new boo. Allegra Angelo, the sommelier at Vinya, hears your soul crying out for some good wine, hold the intimidation. Wines at Vinya are categorized by sweetness, price point, and even signs of the zodiac. If, say, you're a Leo who wants a sweet dessert wine under $50, they've got you covered. Vinya is also a wine bar, so sit back and order anything from bacon-wrapped dates to a "Caviar Experience," select any wine in the shop (a $15 corkage fee applies), and enjoy.
328 Crandon Blvd., #122 -123, Key Biscayne, 33149

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Barracuda Taphouse & Grill

Barracuda Taphouse & Grill
Barracuda is more than your average neighborhood bar and grill. This pink-hued bar, located on a side street in Coconut Grove, has been around for more than a decade. The interior is decorated in what could be described as "frat house-on-the-sea" — plenty of UM signs compete with shark jaws and the ubiquitous international currency stapled to every free spot around the bar. What really separates Barracuda from the pack, though, is its extensive beer list — about 60 rotating beers and ciders guarantee that you and your mates will never want for variety. Pair a few brews with some wings or fish dip, feed a few bucks into the jukebox, and you've got the makings of a perfect weekend afternoon-slipping-into-evening.
3035 Fuller St., Miami, 33133

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Sugar

Sugar
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In the heart of Brickell, on the 40th floor of the East Hotel, you'll find Sugar, an impressive rooftop bar with 360-degree views of the city. Cocktails here tend to be on the refreshing side, with a separate menu dedicated to spritzes. In true Miami fashion, once the sun sets, the DJ appears, turning the chill happy hour spot into a nightclub-like scene. Plan a visit to the Tea Room, which was once a super-secret speakeasy but is now open for Asian Night Brunch, a five-course bottomless brunch that takes place in the evening.
788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, 33131

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Duffy's Sports Grill

Duffy's Sports Grill
Photo courtesy of Duffy's Sports Grill
Duffy's is a chain, but the North Miami Beach location stands alone for its uniqueness, service, and sheer square footage. The oversize bar is equipped with a TV screen over every single seat, so you can watch football while your friend can tune into badminton. If you're on a budget, Duffy's offers BOGO for most beers and mixed drinks, all day, every day. Translation: Literally every hour of the day is your own personal happy hour. Don't forget to pack your swimsuit: Duffy's has its own pool (and more bars) on an outdoor deck directly on the Intracoastal. A bar with cheap drinks, water views, and a place to cool off: That's an only-in-Miami nirvana if ever there was one.
3969 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 33160

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Unseen Creatures Brewing & Blending

Unseen Creatures Brewing & Blending
Photo by Marco Vidal
Unseen Creatures Brewing & Blending husband-and-wife cofounders Marco and Vicky Leyte-Vidal offer Miami-Dade a different type of brewery in the heart of Miami's Bird Road Art District. This is one of the few South Florida breweries with an onsite blending facility specializing in oak barrel-aged, mixed-fermentation wild and sour beers that use local ingredients and microflora. Unseen Creatures' beers are influenced by the farmhouse traditions of Belgium and France but aren't limited to the same set of guidelines or style requirements. How? It's all thanks to those unseen "creatures" — locally foraged yeast and bacteria that lend these beers their unique flavor profile. Beers here are inherently refreshing and sessionable. Look for core offerings, including Marco's solera blend, Artifact, a tart and funky beer dry-hopped with Cascade hops.
4178 SW 74th Ct., Miami, 33155

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The Abbey Brewing Company

The Abbey Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of Abbey Brewing Company
Miami Beach's first official craft beer bar, the Abbey Brewing Company opened in 1995 — you know, before it was cool. It's now a landmark for those seeking handcrafted brews (not to mention a curated selection of small-batch whiskeys, rare wines, and small bites) in an intimate setting removed from the hustle and bustle of Ocean Drive. Although the menu offers a full liquor bar, the half-dozen house-made brews are the focus here, thanks to founder and longtime brewmaster Raymond Rigazio, whose offerings include a series of Trappist-themed beers like Brother Aaron's Quadrupel, Brother Dan's Dubbel, and the Immaculate IPA.
1115 16th St., Miami Beach, 33139

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Elbo Room

Elbo Room
Photo by Kristin Bjornsen
Not many bars can boast the style heft of the Elbo Room, which has been slinging drinks since 1938. The dual-level bar blessed with direct views of Fort Lauderdale Beach became the ultimate spring break destination for your grandparents when a little film called Where the Boys Are was released in 1961. And, although it looks like that might have been the last time the joint was painted, the Elbo Room endures. It literally weathers the storm by staying open during tropical storms, serving cheap drinks, and hosting live music. So entrenched is the Elbo Room that it has its own beach cam.
241 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 33316

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Lincoln's Beard Brewing Co.

Lincoln's Beard Brewing Co.
Photo courtesy of Beyond the Agency
When John Falco opened Lincoln's Beard in May 2016, he chose a spot near Westchester instead of competing with more established brewers in Wynwood and Doral. Today, the brewery stands as a community hub in Miami's Bird Road Art District. It's an industrial space where you can always find a cold pint served with a hefty dose of ambiance and live entertainment. Part of its success is Falco's commitment to giving back, continually playing host for a fundraising karaoke night or beer-and-food-inspired festival. The house-brewed beers rotate frequently and pair perfectly with the on-premises food truck, Tacos and Tattoos, located on the brewery's back patio. The menu touts a variety of Latin-themed eats, from overstuffed burritos and enchiladas to a variety of tacos. That means you can match favorite core brews like the Avenge Me! Irish Red or P. Swayze American IPA with anything from fried mushroom tacos or jerk chicken-topped fries to maduro-stuffed croquetas or a three-quarter-pound surf-and-turf burrito.
7360 SW 41st St., Miami, 33155

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Copper 29

Copper 29
Photo courtesy of Copper 29
This speakeasy-inspired bar in Coral Gables looks to classic New Orleans watering holes for inspiration. When you walk through the nondescript door, you'll find a lounge area with red leather couches. The space opens to the main room, resplendent with a mahogany bar lined with leather-upholstered stools. Chandeliers and vintage lamps light the space, but the most eye-catching features are the two large walls cascading with devil's ivy that sandwich bookcases holding a curated array of select small-batch spirits not found anywhere else.
206 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 33134

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Blackbird Ordinary

Blackbird Ordinary
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Is it a dive bar or a club? Upon arriving at Blackbird Ordinary in search of serious libations, you might think you've come to the wrong place. But the keen-eyed cocktail connoisseur will spot the live herbs on the tables and the bartenders immersed in their craft. Here the drinks are named after birds of all sorts (winged and snow) with names like the "Blackbird," the "New Yorker," and "Fuck Winter."  Whatever you choose, your drink will be assiduously prepared with fresh fruits and herbs and house-made syrups whose combined flavors cause it to take flight on your discriminating palate.
729 SW First Ave., Miami, 33130

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Smith & Wollensky

Smith & Wollensky
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At the southern tip of Miami Beach, South Pointe Park offers some of the best views in South Florida. Smith & Wollensky's outdoor bar gives you direct views of Government Cut, where you can watch the giant container ships navigate their way through the small channel on their way to Port Everglades. Pre-pandemic, it was the ideal place to grab a drink late on a Saturday afternoon to watch the cruise ships go out (and it will be again once cruises resume out of the port). The bar gets quite busy, but it's worth the wait to find a seat. Order a smart drink — a martini, say, or Champagne. Back it up with oysters or an order of confit bacon. Go ahead and dress up in your finery — Smith & Wollensky makes day drinking classy.
1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 33139

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Seven Seas

Seven Seas
Photo courtesy of Karaoke by Bernie
Boasting a beach-town vibe even though it’s miles from the ocean, Seven Seas (stylized Se7as) exports a nautical vibe to the far-off land of Coral Terrace, west of Coral Gables. The bar is known for its karaoke nights, so those who love to belt out “Don’t Stop Believing” can get their fill every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night. Strut your chops or grab a seat at the bar and enjoy the entertainment.
2200 Red Rd., Miami, 33155

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The Taurus

The Taurus
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Housed in one of Coconut Grove's most historically significant buildings, Taurus is a convivial watering hole that accepts everyone, including dogs. True to its name, the well-stocked bar offers a broad selection of beers, whiskeys, and other spirits, including an Irish daiquiri and a boozy lemonade. Because this is an Ariete Hospitality bar, expect grade-A pub grub like smoked chicken wings, a butter burger, and a bánh mì filled with chicken liver mousse and duck confit.
3540 Main Highway, Miami, 33133

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Broken Shaker

Broken Shaker
Karli Evans
What began in 2012 as a pop-up bar has flourished and matured into one of the most popular spots in Miami Beach. This courtyard oasis, equipped with twinkling lights, table tennis, and mismatched patio furniture, offers a roster of cocktails that change according to the season and available fresh ingredients. Curb your hunger with bites like street tacos and shawarma fries. The creation of Bar Lab's Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi, Broken Shaker has racked up several coveted honors, including Best American Hotel Bar at Tales of the Cocktail's Spirited Awards.
2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, 33140

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Bob's Your Uncle

Bob's Your Uncle
Bob's Your Uncle
The original location of this dive bar is located on New York’s Upper West Side; the Miami Beach outpost was re-created after owner Danielle Savin flew south and decided this was a great place to open a little watering hole. Bob’s Your Uncle is Normandy Isle’s go-to spot to be treated like family (even when you don’t want to be around your own). Whether it’s a classic cocktail, beer on tap, or even a Jell-O shot — everything is served with a smile. The bar's personality extends to the restroom hallway, adorned with photos of famous Bobs throughout history — from De Niro to Saget. Pro tip: Bob's is the perfect place to grab a cold one while waiting for a table at the adjacent sushi restaurant.
928 71st St., Miami Beach, 33141

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Lost City Brewing Company

Lost City Brewing Company
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Lost City Brewing, which opened in the summer of 2020 amid the pandemic, feels like a rare find amid Miami's burgeoning beer landscape. The taproom is located in a warehouse complex, which suits its industrial setting. Inside, you'll find a small bar and a comfortable lounge with leather sofas. The beers are straightforward and well-crafted — not many novelties here. Instead, you'll enjoy infinitely drinkable ales in a convivial setting.
12207 NE 13th Ct., North Miami, 33161

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Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern

Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern
Photo by Jessica Gibbs
The best neighborhood bar is the one closest to home, but Bougainvillea's, a snug self-described "old Florida tavern" near the Shops at Sunset Place, is worth the trek. Built inside a '40s-era cottage, it's a fine place to sip wine and contemplate humanity or to down beers with friends. The lights are generally set to dim, there's a fireplace, and some tables are set up outside. And the affectionately nicknamed Bougie's is one of the few neighborhood bars to offer live jazz or blues three or four nights a week.
7221 SW 58th Ave., South Miami, 33143

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Mezcalista

Mezcalista
Photo by Michael Kleinberg
The first resort-style property for Marriott's Moxy brand, the eight-story Moxy Miami South Beach evokes mid-century Havana with a touch of contemporary Mexico City and a tropical vibrancy that is unmistakably Miami. Among the hotel's many drinking and dining options, Mezcalista stands out. The sexy lounge is hidden at the back of the Como seafood restaurant, beyond an arched doorway that leads to a seductively lit lounge with banquettes upholstered in leather and velvet. The catacomblike space is dedicated to the ancient traditions of mezcal. Copper shelves hold dozens of rare and small-batch bottles, available for tasting or as the highlight for a small list of rotating cocktails. Behind the stone-topped bar, mezcaliers are on hand to engage with guests and explain the varied floral and smoky notes. Adjacent to the lounge, a velvet-draped, stone-walled tasting room provides an intimate setting for private parties. For guests, it makes for a sultry escape to Mexico — minus the need for a passport.
921 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 33139

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Miami Brewing Company

Miami Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of Schnebly Redland's Winery
If you're seeking a change of scenery, take a day trip down to the Redland. Sharing the property with Schnebly Redland's Winery, Miami Brewing Company is situated amid a lush landscape blessed with waterfalls, a koi pond, live music on the weekends and more. The taproom itself is a family-friendly affair that offers generous indoor and outdoor seating. Beer and mead are on offer, including the brewery's famous Big Rod, a blonde ale with a hint of coconut. If beer's not your thing, then enjoy some of Schnebly's wine, made from local tropical fruits like guava and avocado. Miami Brewing Company is more than a taproom — it's a destination.
30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead, 33030

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Lagniappe

Lagniappe
Photo by Daniel X. O'Neil/Flickr
This indoor/outdoor hodgepodge of a place is named for a small gift traditionally bestowed upon a customer by a merchant, and the moniker couldn't be more fitting. At this serve-yourself Midtown bar, you pick your craft beer, cheese, and wine, pay at the counter, and then plant yourself in a lawn chair beneath twinkling lights. Lagniappe offers live music — and sitting under the stars on a balmy night while listening to a band evokes an evening more New Orleans than Miami.
3425 NE Second Ave., Miami, 33137

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Palace Bar & Restaurant

Palace Bar & Restaurant
Karli Evans
Stop by the Palace for a very South Beach experience. The gay-friendly restaurant and bar, which has been going strong for more than three decades, stages drag shows every evening and drag brunches on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Otherwise, know that the venue contains two bars: one indoors and designed for nighttime use, the other semi-outdoors. There's also a patio with dining tables. The presence of drag queens ensures the service is extra-attentive. Call ahead if you're set on taking in the famed brunch shows or nightly drag dinners.
1052 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 33139

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Lost Boy

Lost Boy
Photo by Naty Pascual
Some days you want to sip nitrogen cocktails with durian espuma amid pulsating beats and colored lights, and some days you simply want a good drink in a low-key, welcoming joint. Lost Boy returns sanity to drinking through its cool, no-nonsense vibe, brick walls, and tasteful decor. The drinks are solid classics often tweaked with tiny twists. (A penicillin benefits from the addition of orange-blossom honey, for example, while an espresso martini is made mellow with a dash of CBD oil.) Can't make up your mind? Order the My Idea! and your bartender will craft you a bespoke cocktail. Your wallet will enjoy a trip to Lost Boy during its daily happy hour: Drinks are half off from 4 to 7 p.m.
157 E. Flagler St., Miami, 33131

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Unbranded Brewing Co.

Unbranded Brewing Co.
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Hialeah's first brewery, Unbranded Brewing Co., takes its name from the founder's grandfather, who opted not to brand the cattle on his Texas farm. Today, Unbranded stands for its beers, which don't have catchy monikers. Ask for a Golden, a Guava, or a Hazy — the names are simple and descriptive. Unbranded has an in-house smokehouse offering smoked brisket and pulled pork in platters, sandwiches, and tacos. Consider the brewery a welcome touch of Texas in Hialeah.
1395 E. 11th Ave., Hialeah, 33010

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LauderAle Brewery

LauderAle Brewery
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Hidden in Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades complex, LauderAle is a dog-friendly, kid-friendly and (yes) monkey-friendly brewery with a small-town feel. The beers made here carry Florida-fresh notes of lemon, orange, and pineapple. That's not to say LauderAle only brews fruited sours; here you'll also find porters, IPAs, even a Belgian tripel whose 9.2 percent ABV will make your toes curl. The brewery hosts food trucks nightly on a rotating basis, and on weekends there's live music. Dogs are welcomed with fresh water and cookies. And the monkeys? Well, you can't bring your own, but there's a colony of vervets that hang out in the trees right behind the brewery. LauderAle even hosts fundraisers to make sure the primates are taken care of.
3305 SW 14th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 33316

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Champagne Bar at the Surf Club

Champagne Bar at the Surf Club
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Miami's ultimate treat-yourself bar is the Champagne Bar at the Four Seasons Surf Club. Home to the largest collection of Champagne in town, this chic oasis transports its guests to the Amalfi Coast. The emerald-green bar just outside the Lido at Surf Club Restaurant is surrounded by a large lounge area and and outdoor patio and is considered the property's lobby bar. Cocktails here are stunning riffs on classics with twists often inspired by the bartenders' world travels. They're on the pricier side, even for Miami — gird your credit limit for $25 a pop — but they're among the best to be found in Miami.
9011 Collins Ave., Surfside, 33154

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Beaker & Gray

Beaker & Gray
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Sure, Beaker & Gray is a restaurant that serves innovative dishes courtesy of co-owner Brian Nasajon. But you'd be remiss if you dismissed its cocktail program, led by Nasajon's partner, Ben Potts, as a side affair. Beaker & Gray's list of libations is as strong as its food menu; for some patrons, it's a destination in itself. Potts has created an extensive drink menu, including classics such as an elegant take on a Moscow mule and the "Ginstagram," made with Hendrick's gin, Cocchi Americano, falernum, passionfruit, orgeat, and Peychaud's bitters. Beaker & Gray offers a selection of nonalcoholic cocktails as well, for when you're parched yet "dry."
2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 33127

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Shuckers Waterfront Bar & Grill

Shuckers Waterfront Bar & Grill
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The first thing you'll notice when you walk into Shuckers is the breathtaking view of Biscayne Bay. Next will be the myriad sporting events playing on the many flat-screen TVs. Just as your stomach begins to rumble, fill up on raw oysters, fresh fish, wings, and a bacon cheeseburger made with 100 percent USDA Prime ground beef.
1819 79th St. Causeway, Miami Beach, 33141

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Lost Weekend

Lost Weekend
Photo by Rod Deal
Step off Collins Avenue and into Lost Weekend and you might forget you're smack in the center of South Beach. The bar is named for John Lennon's affair with his and Yoko Ono's assistant, May Pang — a "lost weekend" that lasted 18 months. The bar offers cocktails, craft beers — and cheesesteaks. For those who crave a little competition, bar games abound, including pool, air hockey, darts, and foosball. Pro tip: Pop into Kill Your Idol, Lost Weekend's sister bar next door — it's chock full of fascinating adornments, including an astronaut hanging from the ceiling and a life-size Bruce Lee statue sticking out of the back bar.
218 Española Way, Miami Beach, 33139

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Gramps

Gramps
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At its entrance, this Wynwood institution boasts "air conditioning, cold beer, and cocktails." Indeed, those are the basics for a successful Miami bar, but Gramps goes the extra mile and then some — from a robust roster of live music, DJs, and drag bingo to some damn fine pizza and more. Ensconce yourself in the bar area or find a table on the patio. A little bit hipster hang, a little bit dive bar — Gramps is a welcome respite for the beer-and-a-shot crowd and the craft-cocktail maven alike.
176 NW 24th St., Miami, 33127

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Mango's Tropical Cafe

Mango's Tropical Cafe
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Anyone who's visited South Beach has at the very least walked past Mango's Tropical Cafe, famed for its exotic tropical atmosphere and lively dance shows that feature Cuban conga, Brazilian samba, and other Latin styles. Mango's, though, is even more famous for its supersized, tropical-themed cocktails. Served in souvenir glasses, most are offered in 15-, 32-, and 45-ounce portions. Along with riffs on mojitos and daiquiris, Mango's bartenders have created a number of specialty cocktails since opening in 1981. One recent addition, the "Bomb-Ba" martini, combines raspberry vodka, watermelon liqueur, sweet lemon juice, grenadine, and lemon soda, topped off with a smoke-filled fog bubble for a theatrical presentation that lets you know the vacation (or staycation) is underway.
900 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 33139

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Grails Restaurant & Bar

Grails Restaurant & Bar
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Imagine a sneakerhead and sports fan's dream incarnated as a Wynwood bar. That's Grails. The walls inside this sports bar are lined with shadow boxes filled with an expansive sneaker collection, while the walls outside are covered in seasonally changing, sports-themed murals. Cocktails are served in collectable porcelain sneakers and paired with upscale bar bites like cheeseburger dumplings. If there's a game, fight, or match being broadcast, odds are it's being shown on one of the 50-plus monitors arrayed both indoors and out.
2800 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 33127

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The Sylvester

The Sylvester
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From the same team as nearby Beaker & Gray, the Sylvester is decked out in colorful vintage wallpaper combined with tropical touches that play up a retro vibe created with repurposed antique furniture — much of which comes out of co-owner Ben Potts' family storage. The menu is filled with approachable cocktails inspired by Miami culture, like the "Floradora," made with vodka, rosa aperitivo, raspberry, and hibiscus ginger soda. Those looking for a deal can hit up the Rush Hour, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, during which drinks cost the same price as the hour.
3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 33127

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Alabama Jack's

Alabama Jack's
Is it the first stop on your way to the Keys or your last stop on the way home? That's for you to decide. Either way, Alabama Jack's is an institution. It's on a lonely stretch of Card Sound Road — the alternative to U.S. 1 that tourists en route to the Keys hardly ever use. When you reach the sign that says, "This Place Sucks! I Wouldn't Come Back!" you know you've arrived. This dive bar is a favorite with bikers, boaters, and anyone who enjoys a few cold ones and a plate of hot conch fritters. It's not pretty (though the views are). It's not fancy, but it is a piece of old Florida Keys life that's eroding away by strip malls and chain hotels.
58000 Card Sound Rd., Key Largo, 33037

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South Pointe Tavern

South Pointe Tavern
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A favorite haunt for SoFi locals, South Pointe Tavern is a no-frills, dependable spot for chill vibes and a solid cocktail. There's a bit of a rock 'n' roll theme to the casual lounge area that instantly makes guests feel as though they could hang out for hours. They call themselves "the Cheers of South of Fifth," and they're open for breakfast at 9 a.m. and continue the party through until 2 a.m. seven days a week. The menu is broken down into three sections: "Pirate & Boozy," "Shaken & Refreshing," and "Highballs & Tropical." Something for everyone, in other words.
40 S. Pointe Dr., #109, Miami Beach, 33139

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Cervecería La Tropical

Cervecería La Tropical
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Cuba's oldest brewery made its way to Miami after nearly 25 years of research by Manny Portuondo, great-great-grandson of Federico Kohly, who founded Cerveceria La Tropical in 1888. Using the original beer recipe, Portuondo revived his family's legacy with a state-of-the-art brewery in Wynwood, bringing La Tropical to the masses for the first time since Castro seized power. The grounds are verdant thanks to an on-site annex of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and offer a full bar and live nightly entertainment. The beer selection rotates, but you can count on La Original (an amber lager) and Nativo (a suave IPA) to be available on tap. An on-site restaurant run by chef Cindy Hutson serves Caribbean food with a Miami twist, from beer-can bread with whipped guava butter to curry jerk chicken wings to a "Latin Lovers" flatbread topped with pulled pork, chorizo, and churrasco
42 NE 25th St., Miami, 33137

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The Tipsy Boar

The Tipsy Boar
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Though "gastropub" is an overused term, Tipsy Boar defines it. Mosey up to the bar and peruse the giant chalkboard of more than 40 different beers that rotate almost daily. The bartenders also know their way around a cocktail, whether you seek a well-made margarita or just a Scotch with a splash of water. Tipsy is lively from afternoon to late in the evening — and there are two happy hours, one early and one late. The bar gets packed on fight nights and during big games, but there's usually a place to hang, whether at the bar or on the giant patio that's sheltered from Florida rainstorms. Pub grub includes grilled wings, a Tipsy Boar burger made with (of course) boar meat, and wood-fired pizzas.
1906 Harrison St., Hollywood, 33020

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Happy's Stork Lounge and Liquor

Happy's Stork Lounge and Liquor
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If you seek a place where the booze is cheap and the patrons are salty drunks, look no further than this joint and package store on the 79th Street Causeway midway between the mainland and the Beach. Head there straight from work (assuming you have a job), order a beer, and strike up a conversation with someone who can tell you what's really going on around here. Like the brilliant/crazy dude who has lined the walls with his weird straw sculptures. Or the ornery drunk who's about to get thrown out for refusing to pay his $30 tab because (he insists) his glass is dirty. Play a game of pool on the chalk-dusty table, or enjoy a saucy game of strip poker on the coin-op machine. Bonus: If you're looking to hide from your pretentious friends or Brady Bunch home life, this is probably the last place your usual posse would think of looking for you. Happy's also operates as a package store that's open till 5 a.m., in the event the occasion requires moving the party elsewhere in the wee small hours in the morning.
1872 79th St. Causeway, Miami Beach, 33141

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Mike's at Venetia

Mike's at Venetia
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For more than 30 years, Mike’s at Venetia has remained one of Miami's hidden gems. Locals in the know frequent this Irish dive bar, located on the ninth floor of Venetia Condo at the western terminus of the Venetian Causeway. Drinkers will find a welcoming bar with a seemingly never-ending list of beverage options and daily menu specials ranging from pizza to rib-eye to mussels and shrimp pasta. A dozen or so TV screens make this place amenable to viewing whatever sport is in season.
555 NE 15th St., 9th Floor, Miami, 33132

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The Gibson Room

When Michael Beltran saw a space become available just a few short blocks from where his grandparents lived in Miami's Shenandoah neighborhood, the chef knew he had to turn it into something wonderful. The Gibson Room is a dark, sophisticated place that offers upgraded versions of classic cocktails like its namesake (a martini garnished with a pickled onion in lieu of an olive) while listening to live jazz. That in itself would make this lounge noteworthy. But Beltran's food menu takes it up several notches with offerings like a trout tartine, grilled oysters, and an oxtail-and-shrimp ramen. Plus, what other cocktail lounges offer Sunday brunch? It's no surprise that Michelin recently added this classy venue to its Florida Guide.
2224 SW 22nd St., Miami, 33145

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Sweet Caroline Karaoke Bar

Sweet Caroline Karaoke Bar
Guillaume Raberin
There are actually three things you can be sure of in life: death, taxes, and karaoke. Whether or not you admit it when totally sober, you like karaoke bars. You probably even have a "secret" karaoke song that you can pull out of your pocket when you "pretend" you don't want to take your turn, but awww shucks, since you're "pushing" me to sing.... Sweet Caroline takes the karaoke bar a step further by adding great cocktails to the mix — named after famous songs, of course. The song collection offers over 200,000 titles, so whether you're serenading the bride-to-be with "Single Ladies" or falling in love to "Summer Nights," there's a song here for you.
1111 SW First Ave., #107, Miami, 33130

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Pool Hall at Red Rooster Overtown

Pool Hall at Red Rooster Overtown
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The stairway to the Pool Hall at Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster Overtown
Ascend a narrow stairway filled with the names and faces of some of the greatest stars of all time — Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Sam Cooke — along with a neon sign proclaiming you've arrived at the "Harlem of the South." Welcome to the Pool Hall at Red Rooster Overtown, a loving tribute to the former Clyde Killens Pool Hall, where great musicians played and partied in the days of segregation. The lushly appointed space is outfitted with comfortable sitting areas, an outdoor deck overlooking Red Rooster’s patio, and scads of memorabilia from Overtown’s past. Sidle up to the bar for a Swizzle or a Harlem Sour, or shoot some pool on the vintage pool table. Though there’s plenty of history to explore, this is not a sterile museum of the past. It's a lively and stylish tribute to what Overtown once was — and a glimpse of what it can be.
920 NW Second Ave., Miami, 33136

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Chela's Coctelería

Chela's Coctelería
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Situated at the site of a defunct Mexican chain restaurant, Chela's Coctelería is owned by Mauricio Lacayo and Landy Lamas (the duo known for the Bend Liquor Lounge), who teamed with notable names like Dan Binkiewicz of Sweet Liberty and Daniel Gonzalez of Hot Lime Kitchen to bring a fun watering hole to Miami Lakes. There are beers on tap aplenty, as well as a full bar with an agave-focused cocktail menu. Tacos are served in a fast-casual style, though guests are encouraged to hang out to enjoy large-scale games like Jenga and cornhole — and a DJ on weekends.
15301 NW 67th Ave., Miami Lakes, 33014

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Laser Wolf

Laser Wolf
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Housed in an oddly triangular-shaped building where NE Fourth Avenue meets the train tracks, in downtown Fort Lauderdale's Progresso neighborhood, Laser Wolf stands as one of the area's first craft beer bars. The cozy venue serves up a constantly rotating selection of both local and out-of-state craft beers, available by the can, bottle, and on tap. You have brothers and owners Chris and Jordan Bellus — also the founders of nearby Invasive Species Brewing — to thank for that. Beyond the beer, the space offers the ambiance of dive bar-meets-hipster-hangout, from the bright-red walls and a mural inked by pro skateboarder Kris Markovich to the runaway trendiness of a crowd that gathers for finely crafted suds. Regular food-truck stops yield everything from tacos and ramen.
901 Progresso Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 33304

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Bar Nancy

Bar Nancy
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Little Havana's Bar Nancy sports rustic, nautical-inspired décor and a healthy selection of craft cocktails. The bar — named for the brigantine Nancy, which transported war supplies during the American Revolution — offers cocktails named after ships or patriotic themes or both. The "Abigail Adams" is made with Ford’s gin, peach liqueur, lemon, strawberry, cucumber, and soda; the "Stem to Stern" consists of apricot-infused Bulleit rye, lemon, apricot jam, and ginger ale. There's live music, and a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. offers half-priced drinks.
2007 SW Eighth St., Miami, 33135

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Rosa Sky Rooftop

Rosa Sky Rooftop
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If it's a view you seek, look no further than Rosa Sky Rooftop. Located on the 22nd floor of Brickell's AC & Element Hotel, this chic, modern lounge presents picturesque panoramic views of the Magic City skyline. Come nightfall, the space is bathed in the venue's signature rose-hued glow, making it the perfect spot to share globally inspired small plates and sip whimsical cocktails like the namesake "Rosa Sky," a blend of strawberry- and lemongrass-infused vodka, citrus juice, and sparkling rosé served in a martini glass with a signature rose-shaped ice cube. By day, Rosa Sky offers a "Sunday Soiree" brunch, inviting you to pair bottomless bubbles, sangrias, and rosé with Insta-worthy dishes like the "Rosey Cakes," pink pancakes topped with maple-macerated strawberries and tufts of rosé chantilly cream.
115 SW Eighth St., 22nd Floor, Miami, 33130

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The Field Irish Pub & Eatery

The Field Irish Pub & Eatery
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For two decades, the Field has brought Ireland to South Florida. The bar began as a small cottage but has expanded to five dining rooms, a bar, and a big patio bar under a stately banyan tree. Here, find a fine pour of Ireland's elixir, Guinness stout, along with Smithwick's (pronounced "Smiddicks") red Irish ale. There's also Irish coffee to sip by the fireplace (when those Florida nights dip below 60 degrees) and, on weekends, live music from Irish bands. The Field offers a full menu of Irish favorites, from Irish stew to corned beef and cabbage, and an Irish breakfast (on weekends).
3281 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale, 33312

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Jaguar Sun

Jaguar Sun
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The cocktail bar — located in the X Miami building on NE Fourth Street and accessible via a side door appropriately marked with an arrow sign that reads "COCKTAILS" on the breezeway that runs alongside the Metromover — is known for drinks by bartender Will Thompson — including martinis mixed by the pitcher for the table and his take on the jailbreak, made with bourbon, Japanese whisky, coffee rum, and bitters (and no Guinness stout). Chef/owner Carey Hynes also ups the bar-chow game. You won't miss beer nuts when you have Parker House rolls to pair with your drink. But the most genius part of the menu at Jaguar Sun is the pasta selection, each satisfying and soulful. Pasta as bar food? It's so obvious yet such a revelation you'll kick yourself for stuffing your face with onion rings and pub burgers all these years.
230 NE Fourth St., Miami, 33132

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Cafe La Trova

Cafe La Trova
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Between Cuban cantinero Julio Cabrera’s daiquiris and chef Michelle Bernstein’s fare, there’s something uniquely Miami about Cafe La Trova. Bernstein’s comfort food is all-around tempting. She works to meet the foodie fantasies of her guests, whether they’re in search of elaborate dishes or a traditional tres leches dessert. Cabrera's cantineros take pride in the art of drink making. Here they "throw" daiquiris, tossing the precious liquid from shaker to shaker to create an arch in the air, before spontaneously bursting into a choreographed dance number. But as with all things Magic City, this joint isn’t fueled solely by good food and drink: At any given time of the day, expect guayabera-clad musicians or jazz trumpet players to fill the air with their vibrant tunes, all set against a stage backdropped with the weathered façade of an Old Havana edifice. The Florida Michelin Guide recognized Cafe La Trova for its superior food and drink.
971 SW Eighth St., Miami, 33130

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Bleau Bar

Bleau Bar
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Located in the lobby of the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel, Bleau Bar was a popular hangout for the Rat Pack back in the 1950s. These days it's a hotspot for grabbing a cocktail before heading to dinner at one of the hotel's several restaurants or downstairs to dance the night away at LIV. After a recent renovation, Bleau Bar debuted a series of 16-foot-tall screens that allow a little separation between the hotel's entrance and the bar area. Guests can take a seat at the massive teardrop-shaped bar or at an exclusive table for bottle service. On the menu: classic cocktails, a broad selection of spirits — and plenty of people-watching.
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 33139

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Invasive Species Brewing

Invasive Species Brewing
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Think of Invasive Species as South Florida's most "Florida" brewery. While the name is a nod to our state's nonindigenous flora and fauna, it's also an invitation to potential patrons, be they natives or transplants. Stop by for a beer, and you'll do so in a one-of-a-kind taproom — a museum of natural history-meets-urban warehouse space that sports a large array of taxidermy. You'll sip your suds alongside a hardcore local crowd that packs the bar — indoors and out — on any given day. Most important, you'll find a broad beer selection with a menu that covers everything from easy-drinking lagers and hop-bombed IPAs to fruit-infused sours and tropical drink-inspired hard seltzers that go down as easy as Orangina. For all of this we can thank South Floridians and brewers Phil Gillis and Josh Levitt, who teamed up with nearby Laser Wolf cofounders Chris and Jordan Bellus to offer a craft-beer experience that speaks purely to our Sunshine State.
726 NE Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 33304

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Batch Gastropub Miami

Batch Gastropub Miami
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There's always a full house at this bustling American gastropub. Equal parts sports bar, lounge, and restaurant, Batch is the place to gather for soccer games, NBA tilts, boxing matches, and gridiron showdowns. The restaurant is also lively after work, when Brickell businesspeople and residents alike pour in for locally sourced pub grub, from bison burgers to brick-oven pizza, that pairs perfectly with a lengthy drink list offering a wide range of beers, wines, and other creative cocktails. Happy hour — Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. — is a can't-miss.
30 SW 12th St., Miami, 33130

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Sandbar Sports Grill

Sandbar Sports Grill
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This beach-themed establishment might look like an ordinary bar from the outside, but step inside and you’re hit with the sort of mayhem you'd find at a frat house on game day — right down to the college kids and cheap beer. Sandbar's food offerings are solid, from the fish tacos to the five-pound burrito, and the drinks are in a category of their own. Try the hurricane, made with Captain Morgan spiced rum, Myers’s dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine — and you’ll see why this Coconut Grove staple can weather any storm.
3064 Grand Ave., Miami, 33133

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Ted's Hideaway

Ted's Hideaway
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True to its name, Ted's Hideaway is tucked away in Miami Beach's South of Fifth neighborhood, where the bar offers succor to those in search of a dark place to escape the Beach's glitz and glamour and the searing South Florida sun. During its daily happy hour — from noon to 8 p.m.! — Ted's offers $4.75  domestic beers and $6 imported beers. It’s a great place to watch a televised sporting event, shoot pool, or make a new bar buddy.
124 Second St., Miami Beach, 33139

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Cebada Rooftop

Cebada Rooftop
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Cebada, the Spanish word for barley, is an ode to the now-shuttered Barley, which was located in Dadeland. Cebada Rooftop finds the same owners, Jorge Ramos, Sr., and his son Jorgie Ramos, operating atop a one-story building in Coral Gables. Prior to opening in August 2021, the bar was in the works for more than three years. The drink names on the cocktail list poke fun at Miami-isms (and Jorgie's childhood) — like the "Every Belen Guy's Christmas Vacation," made with cucumber, ginger, honey, lemon, and gin. No Ramos establishment would be complete without an elevated menu filled with dishes you won't find in any other bar. (Think squid-ink linguini and roasted marrow bone.)
124 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables, 33134

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Baby Jane

Baby Jane
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Late-night noodles, cocktails, and lively vibes are in store inside Brickell's Baby Jane. At this Asian-inspired hotspot, you're welcome to sip cocktails and hang until the wee hours. Adorned by a bright neon light that says, "I'll have what she's having," the intimate space is outfitted with booths that line the sides of the bar, a few high-tops, and seating that allows j-u-s-t enough space to dance if the moment calls for it.
500 Brickell Ave., Suite 105E, Miami, 33131

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Tripping Animals Brewing Co.

Tripping Animals Brewing Co.
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Tripping Animals' partners Daniel Chocron, Ignacio Montenegro, Iker Elorriaga, and Juan Manuel Torres founded their brewery in Doral with the idea that everyone could get trippy. To that end, the Tripping team imbues everything they do with party-hearty gusto. The taproom is well-known for its large-format festivals, insanely fruity sours, heavy-hitting IPAs, and creative animal-themed can art. Hungry? Tripping Animals has teamed with Miami-based Meat 'n Bone to provide an ever-rotating selection of burgers, steaks, and more.
2685 NW 105th Ave., Doral, 33172

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Old Tom's Sports Bar

Old Tom's Sports Bar
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A modest-size establishment just north of Miami International Airport, Old Tom's Sports Bar is always packed with locals and tourists who want to enjoy a pitcher of beer in a chill setting. Watch NFL games as you indulge in sports-bar classics like chicken wings. Trivia contests, karaoke, and musical entertainment are on tap at this football-themed watering hole, as is a fine selection of local brews on tap.
5001 NW 36th St., Miami Springs, 33166

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No Man's Land

No Man's Land
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There's a reason this vibey cocktail parlor, lounge, and restaurant from Big Brother alum Memphis Garrett is billed as a "refuge from the ordinary." Step inside No Man's Land in Fort Lauderdale and you immediately feel as though you've been transported to an intimate dinner party, a bespoke experience made complete with an arsenal of creative cocktails and equally inventive small plates served up in a sexy and sophisticated space. Mixed drinks take center stage in the form of a list that changes several times a year but always includes the "NML Old Fashioned," a blend of bourbon, a house-made s'mores syrup, and bitters that's garnished with a toasted marshmallow. Dishes are overtly intended to complement the libations. Exhibit A: the "Foie Gras Old Fashioned," a bourbon-cured terrine served with a Luxardo gastrique, Angostura bitters-infused mascarpone, and Demerara brioche.
666 Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 33304

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The Auld Dubliner Irish Pub & Kitchen

The Auld Dubliner Irish Pub & Kitchen
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Nearly every major city in the world has at least a handful of Irish pubs where you can grab a pint of Guinness, some curry fries, and watch football (the real kind). Auld Dubliner's looks are deceiving: Nestled in a nondescript row of storefronts, a passerby might mistake it for a cell phone repair shop. But enter and you're transported to the Emerald Isle — from the witty sayings on the wall to the football on the telly to the telltale aroma of shepherd's pie wafting from the kitchen. With a fine selection of Irish whiskey on the shelves, bartenders who know how to pour a proper Guinness, and live music on the weekends, the Auld Dubliner is a great place to channel the friendliness — and the booze — of Ireland without leaving the Magic City.
91 NW First St., Miami, 33128

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Fox's Lounge

Fox's Lounge
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For seven decades, Fox's Sherron Inn was Miami's dark bar: a place to drink martinis, canoodle with a secret paramour or forget your troubles with (or without) a buddy. Fox's closed in July 2015, but Lost Boy & Co.'s Chris Hudnall and Randy Alonso have reconstituted the joint as Fox's Lounge. Their loving attention to detail brings instant nostalgia to all who pass through its doors. The martinis are strong, the fried chicken is classic, the bar is as dark and cool as a cave. Walking in, it takes a minute to adjust your eyes to the dimly illuminated palace of cocktails, but there's no adjusting to the precisely crafted drinks, the classic menu, and the friendly banter between you and the new friend you made at the bar. The new Fox's is a welcome and wonderful tribute to old Miami.
6030 S. Dixie Highway, South Miami, 33143

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Funky Buddha Brewery

Funky Buddha Brewery
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When it arrived on the scene in 2010, Funky Buddha Brewery was among the first Florida breweries to introduce food-infused beers to the suds-guzzling masses. And not just any food — an entire library of pop-culture fare. Fan favorites include a range of inspiration, from desserts and sandwiches to cocktails and spirits — even an agave-based hard seltzer — all riffed as part of Funky's ever-expanding and seasonally rotating repertoire. That means key-lime, sweet-potato-casserole, and peanut-butter-and-jelly ales, and porters infused with maple, bacon, and coffee. The production brewery and taproom in Oakland Park also houses the Craft Food Counter & Kitchen, whose fast-casual menu is the edible equivalent of the beer lineup.
1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park, 33334

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JohnMartin's Irish Pub & Restaurant

JohnMartin's Irish Pub & Restaurant
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For three decades, JohnMartin's Irish Pub was the place to grab a pint of Guinness in Coral Gables. The restaurant and pub, opened in 1989 by friends Martin Lynch and John Clarke, was renowned for its cheery atmosphere, live music, and an annual blowout St. Patrick's Day celebration. The beloved watering hole closed in 2020 but reopened in November 2022 after an extensive refurbishment. Now operated by  Breakwater Hospitality Group (the Wharf Miami, the Wharf Fort Lauderdale, Rivertail), along with Black Market Miami owner Erick Passo, the pub offers classic Irish favorites like bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, and a hearty Irish breakfast, plus a robust whiskey selection and (of course) a well-poured pint. Perhaps best of all, JohnMartin's famous St. Patrick's Day street festival has returned, making Miami a "green" city once again.
253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 33134

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The Anderson

The Anderson
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The building that houses the Anderson has been a bar for far longer than most of us have been alive. Restaurateur Ken Lyon has given the space new life by revitalizing the beloved Magnum Lounge with jazz nights and a menu of classic dishes like a "square" burger and steak frites. Outside, a lush garden setting is home to El Toro Taco, a taco joint and bar. Taken together, this beloved gem, located on the 79th Street Causeway a block east of Biscayne Boulevard, is part dive bar, part elegant lounge, part garden taco stand: a trio of wonderful things that can only be combined in Miami.
709 NE 79th St., Miami, 33138

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Margot Natural Wine Bar

Margot Natural Wine Bar
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Named after Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter, Margot Natural Wine Bar comes to us from the guys at Bar Lab (founders of the Broken Shaker). The menu includes more than 75 natural wines, from bubbles to whites to reds to rosés and skin-contact wines. You'll also find low-alcohol cocktails, as well as a seasonal rotation of small plates.
25 SE Second Ave., Miami, 33131

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The Tank Brewing Co.

The Tank Brewing Co.
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This massive brewery on the outskirts of Doral offers a selection of beers brewed consistently for quality. In addition to its Miami-centric cores — La Finca, La Playita, Freedom Tower, and El Farito IPA, the Tank serves up a veritable calendar of seasonal porters, lagers, and ales. The taproom hosts numerous events, from a celebration of Shark Week to an annual 5K beer run.
5100 NW 72nd Ave., Bay A-1, Miami, 33166

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Tarpon River Brewing

Tarpon River Brewing
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The idea was born in 2013, when founders Julien and Lisa Siegel — proprietors of craft beer bar mecca Riverside Market and Craft Beer Cartel — partnered with Native Brewing founder Adam Fine and TRP's Tim Petrillo. The team originally planned to name their project New River, but a trademark conflict led to Tarpon River Brewing, a marriage of Petrillo's Tarpon Bend and the Siegels' Riverside Market. The brewhouse was constructed in the early 1920s as the Snyder Stables, which housed the horses that paved the roads that helped urbanize the city. As a result, the taproom offers a distinct, Old Florida design that includes its own 1,000-square-foot "house" — a perfect setting to enjoy the brewery's in-house food and beer. Here, you'll find a wide range of pub-grub favorites, from a "Big Ass" pretzel with beer cheese to Buffalo fried cauliflower to a PB&J Burger to fried fish tacos. Pair your meal with a beer from any of the brewery's 16 taps.
280 SW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 33301

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Water Lion Wine + Alchemy

Water Lion Wine + Alchemy
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Tucked inside the lobby of the Sagamore Hotel, Water Lion Wine + Alchemy feels like a secret you don't want to share. This cozy little ten-seat bar and 12-seat dining area is the respite you need in the frenetic epicenter of South Beach. Water Lion specializes in unique offerings that cover wine, beer, cider, sake, and an in-house fermentology-based mixology program of artisanal low- and no-ABV cocktails. The wine menu is an ever-evolving selection that includes a wide range of flavor profiles — from a variety of micro-vintners that offer everything from light and effervescent sparklers to juicy reds and full-bodied whites. For food, find fresh-shucked oysters alongside a bevy of light dishes like charcuterie, a chopped shrimp dip, and deviled eggs. Don't be surprised if all the wine and oysters work a little magic. Word is that this little spot has been the site of more than a few marriage proposals. Guess there's something in the water...lion.
1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 33139

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Minibar

Minibar
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This South of Fifth watering hole in the Urbanica Meridian Hotel has quickly become a favorite among Beach locals and visitors looking for a laid-back vibe. True to its name, Minibar is a small hangout that invites conversation in the courtyard, a chat with your friendly bartender, or a quiet nightcap. Cocktails are named after famous Miami neighborhoods, such as the "Coconut Grove," the "Wynwood," and the "Hialeah," practically begging you to undertake a tour of the Magic City from your barstool.
418 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 33139

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Don's 5 Star Dive Bar

Don's 5 Star Dive Bar
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Restaurateur Matt Kuscher (Kush Hospitality) is fast becoming Miami's mad genius of dining and drinking. At Don's 5 Star Dive Bar, Kuscher pays tribute to famous "Dons" of Miami — like Don Shula, Don Johnson, and everyone's favorite bare-assed carpet seller, Don Bailey. Enter what looks like a janitor's storage room to find this den of nostalgia and you'll be rewarded with a creative cocktail selection (including picklebacks and a punch that can knock you out). Hungry? You have three options: chips and French onion dip, a PB&J, and key lime pie — just enough to sate a hunger pang so you can order another "King of Carpets."
7700 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 33138

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Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery

Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery
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The management team behind the much-missed Employees Only Miami is behind this intimate space, which pays homage to the beloved spirit of the Caribbean: rum. To wit: Swizzle stocks about 150 varieties of rum, meant for sipping or playing the starring role in cocktails. You'll find classics (such as a rum manhattan) along with imaginative cocktails like the "El Presidente," made with rum, pomegranate, molasses, and Angostura bitters. Swizzle also offers rum flights if you care to explore the world from your barstool.
1120 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 33139

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Mama Tried

Mama Tried
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Mama Tried is an homage to the 1970s, an era when carpeting and red velvet were considered the height of chic. This is a drinker's bar, and it's designed as such. The windows are heavily tinted. Spherical copper lamps hang above a wooden U-shaped bar flanked by green banquettes, and the only other piece of furniture in the room is a pool table. The daily happy hour at this downtown spot includes $7 classics such as a rum-based Dark and Stormy, a French 75, and a traditional three-ingredient (rum, lime, simple syrup) daiquiri. The regular cocktail list, offered alongside a curt selection of craft beers and wines, includes nearly a dozen pop culture-inspired drinks, from the "Porn Star Martini" to the "Raspberry Beret" to the "Smokey and the Bandit."
207 NE First St., Miami, 33132

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M.I.A. Beer Company

M.I.A. Beer Company
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If it's variety you crave, M.I.A. is the brewery for you. Owner Eddie Leon created this Doral brewery as an experimental playground for all things beer and craft beverage-inspired. Today, that means a beer garden and tasting room with a 50-plus roster of craft IPAs, lagers, ales, sours, and stouts. Never one to stick to the rule, out-of-the-box concoctions include the homemade sangria and the brewery's own wine-based 24 percent ABV Fuego, which can be taken as a shot or in any of several cocktails. In true experimental fashion, M.I.A. is one of the first U.S. breweries to create its own flavored hard seltzer. Can't decide what to try first? Sample them all with the brewery's mega flight — one of every beer on draft. The in-house restaurant, Masa Craft Kitchen, specializes in Filipino-Cuban fare, from creative riffs on the croqueta and tacos to burgers sandwiched between tostones and spicy guava-grilled chicken wings. It doesn't get more MIA than that.
10400 NW 33rd St., Doral, 33172

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The Wilder

The Wilder
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The Wilder is Fort Lauderdale's answer to the lack of destination drinking for a higher-class clientele. Think of it as a social club for a truly sophisticated imbibing experience. South Florida hospitality veteran David Cardaci and his wife, Vanessa, used their travels as inspiration for the unique watering hole. Three distinct spaces offer unique experiences, each with a distinct personality: a hotel lobby-like front bar offers up masterfully-executed libations; a European-style outdoor courtyard for sun-soaked revelry; and a dimly illuminated great room with a second bar that hosts near-nightly events from a burlesque show and live music acts to a weekly jazz night. There are plenty of nooks and crannies for cozying up or grabbing a seat at the long back bar. The libations roster mixes OG cocktails like the rum-forward tiki-style "West Indian Handshake" with a rotating selection of seasonal picks filed under "Adventurous." Drinks are smartly paired with upscale bar bites such as goat-cheese croquettes and day-boat fish ceviche.
701 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 33301

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La Cocina

La Cocina
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Beyond the Catskills-meets-Hialeah vibe of Kush Hialeah (formerly Stephen's Deli), owner Matt Kuscher has opened La Cocina, a 40-seat bar that's accessed through a corridor past the restrooms. The space is decorated in what can best be described as "Hialeah squared." Lotto tickets and La Caja China labels serve as wallpaper, and never have so many pieces of Hialeah memorabilia been assembled in one place. Did anyone ever know of (or actually own) a genuine Hialeah Racetrack board game, for instance? Cocktails at this kitschy tribute to "La Ciudad Que Progresa" include Miami-fied versions of classic drinks, such as the "Tremendo Cafetera" (a play on an espresso martini) and "El Burrito Sabanero" (Hialeah's own "mule").
1000 E. 16th St., Hialeah, 33010

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Black Market Miami

Black Market Miami
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Most Miami sports bars have one thing in common: disappointed sports fans. It makes sense, then, that you'd want a sports bar that can make even the worst game seem bearable. That's where Black Market comes in. In 2017 founders Erick Passo and Mike Mora opened an upscale, well-appointed bar that was a welcome change to the area's chain options. It remains one of the city's best spots to hang out come game day. Looking to expand, the duo would reminisce about the memories made at the Bayside Hooters — now the site of a second location. The new space is equipped with more than 40 TV monitors (many of them outside) and an open-air bar overlooking the marina. And Black Market offers more than mere game-viewing pleasure; It also serves seriously crafty cocktails, including a smoked old-fashioned and a sparkling wine-topped mezcal margarita, alongside a variety of draft craft beers. The food menu, too, is generous, a mix of casual and upscale options that range from burgers, sandwiches, and salads to wings tossed in a variety of sauces.
168 SE First St., Miami, 33130

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Tropezón

Tropezón
Tropezón photo by Patrick Chin
Lost Boy & Co. cofounders Randy Alonso and Chris Hudnall (cf. Fox's Lounge) have brought the art of the gin and tonic to Miami Beach's Española Way with Tropezón. The Andalusian-themed tapas and gin bar, tucked inside the Esmé Miami Beach hotel, proves that a G&T is more than ice, booze, and soda. In Spain, the cocktail is infused with fruits, flowers, and herbs to create a fragrant and refreshing beverage with multiple complexities. At Tropezón, you start with your choice of more than 20 gins infused in-house with teas, seasonal, fruits, nuts, and meats. Translation: Your cocktail can range from floral to earthy. Pair your pick with the bar's selection of meats, cheeses, and tapas, and savor.
512 Española Way, Miami Beach, 33139

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Mac's Club Deuce

Mac's Club Deuce
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One of the few remaining dive bars in Miami Beach (and one of the oldest), Mac's Club Deuce is the seaside town's definitive spot to drink, feed the jukebox, and shoot pool. Not much has changed inside this legendary establishment, which opened in 1964. Find a selection of craft and domestic beers and enough hard liquor to satisfy even the pickiest barfly. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., all drinks are two-for-one. After that, the bar stays open for another ten hours, serving up cheap drinks and spontaneous misadventures. Anthony Bourdain, who was a frequent visitor, loved the Deuce's retro vibe. The dark bar is also a hangout for celebrities seeking refuge from paparazzi, so be chill if you spot an A-lister holding a PBR. Oh, and bring cash — the Deuce accepts legal tender and nothing else.
222 14th St., Miami Beach, 33139

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Tobacco Road by Kush

Tobacco Road by Kush
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When Tobacco Road closed in 2014, more than a century of Miami drinking history went poof. The "Road" had many lives, serving as a brothel, a bakery, and a place where every major blues artist played (as did a ton of minor ones). So it only makes sense that this legend got a new life, thanks to Miami restaurateur Matt Kuscher and original Tobacco Road partner Patrick Gleber. Kuscher says this is more of a tribute to the Road than a re-creation — and he's correct. The menu reads like a "best of" from all of Kuscher's restaurants — burgers, bang bang shrimp, and chicken tenders. There are craft beers and cocktails with cute names. Also the bathrooms don't look like something out of American Horror Story anymore. But look closer and you'll find a list of "Shitty" beers that are OG Tobacco Road approved, there's live music on the weekends, and just walking through the door under the Tobacco Road canopy sends a frisson of nostalgia up your spine.
650 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 33130

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Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company

Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company
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In 2016, restaurateur David Martinez, Blackbird Ordinary's Dan Binkiewicz, and world-class bartender John Lermayer opened a Miami Beach bar meant to be a hangout where locals could gather for proper cocktails and a killer menu created by chef Michelle Bernstein. This neighborhood joint — adorned with a pink neon sign that urges patrons to "pursue happiness" — quickly became one of the most revered bars anywhere. Sweet Liberty has been named one of the World's 50 Best Bars and has won several Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. Not even Lermayer's untimely death could stop the plucky bar and restaurant from staying true to its mission to serve good drinks and good food in a lively and friendly atmosphere.
237 20th St., Ste. B, Miami Beach, 33139

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On the Rocks Bar

On the Rocks Bar
Photo by Keara O'Neil
This North Beach neighborhood sports bar is open 365 days a year till 5 a.m. On the Rocks offers inexpensive drinks, several TV screens, and Friday-night karaoke. The walls are just about as colorful as some of the characters you'll find bellied up to the bar. The place has all the makings of a classic dive, right down to the ingrained aroma of cigarettes and beer. Guests often find themselves jamming to rock 'n' roll covers by local bands.
217 71st St., Miami Beach, 33141

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Union Beer Store

Union Beer Store
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Located on famed Calle Ocho, Union Beer store is your best SW Eighth Street bet for local brews and rare beers alike. But this isn't merely a beer bar and neighborhood taproom that offers 18 unique brews on draft served along with a variety of eats. It's also a beer market, where refrigerated cases hold a rotating selection of whales — that's beerspeak for hard-to-find and limited-release bottles and cans. And it's a growler bar, where they'll happily fill your to-go jug with your choice from the tap so you can partake of your Union Beer Store bounty wherever your craft-beer-loving self desires.
1547 SW Eighth St., Miami, 33135

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Veza Sur Brewing Co.

Veza Sur Brewing Co.
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Veza Sur Brewing Co. may be owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, but its roots are firmly planted in Miami. The brewery, one of the most beautiful in Miami, has dug deep into the community. Its beers range from chopp, a refreshing, traditional Brazilian brew served nearly to the point of freezing — to beers made with tropical fruits like mango and lulo (AKA naranjilla). Along with live entertainment and other events, the brewery hosts charity nights to raise funds for local organizations — all in a lush, junglelike setting.
55 NW 25th St., Miami, 33127

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Clevelander South Beach

Clevelander South Beach
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If you want your burgers and beer served with a side of revelry, the Clevelander is your spot. We can think of no other place where you can splash in a pool, hang out with body-painted women, and watch a football game on a 20-foot LED screen (or more than 40 other monitors throughout the property). The Clevelander offers multiple spots to drink on the premises, including the poolside Beach Club, the rooftop terrace overlooking Ocean Drive, and Kush at Clevelander, where increasingly ubiquitous local restaurateur Matt Kuscher offers some of the city's finest pub grub.
1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 33139

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Martini Bar

Martini Bar
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If you're familiar with the National Hotel Miami Beach, you're probably aware that the venue — one of the city's original art deco beachfront hotels, built in 1939 — recently underwent a major revamp. The upgrades include a new take on the hotel's quaint and cozy imbibing den, Martini Bar. Here, the National's original marble flooring anchors an intimate, Gatsbyesque redesign that — in authentic Gatsby fashion — offers views of the property’s infinity pool (reported to be the longest in South Florida). Soak up the decadent vibe as you contemplate the list of specialty cocktails with which to accompany it, including the "Pear With Me" (pear vodka, amaretto, lemon, pear syrup, and foam bitters) and the "Hibiscus Beauty" (hibiscus-infused vodka, St. Germain liqueur, lemon, ginger syrup, and sage).
1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 33139

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Higher Ground

Higher Ground
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True to its name, this indoor-outdoor, jungle-themed oasis serves as an elevated respite from the bustling Wynwood bar scene. Located on the third floor of the Arlo Wynwood hotel and accessible from an exterior stairwell off NW 22nd Street or via the hotel elevators, Higher Ground is all about the art of the cocktail. Curated by Bar Lab’s global beverage director Christine Wiseman, the libations here are meticulously crafted, shot through with herbal elixirs and exotic infusions or rife with freshly pressed juices. Pair your choice with dishes from local chef Brad Kilgore, who designed the menu to complement each cocktail with a rotating selection of raw bar offerings and small plates.
2217 NW Miami Ct., Miami, 33127

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Better Days

Better Days
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Brickell's best-known dive bar, Better Days, is one of those "anything goes" spots that's great for happy hour or that very last drink of the night. While there's no formal cocktail menu, the bartenders are ready and willing to make whatever is requested — though tequila shots are a fan favorite. The dark, cozy space is outfitted with a pool table, string lights, and flamingo décor, with a bar in the center and seating in the form of couches and a church pew around the room. Start the week with a Monday karaoke session or dance the night away with the weekend DJ. Either way, it's always a better day at Better Days.
75 SE Sixth St., Ste. 103, Miami, 33131

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J. Wakefield Brewing

J. Wakefield Brewing
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Johnathan Wakefield has become a legend of sorts in the craft-beer community. The brewer started out making beer as a hobby, which quickly became an obsession. Without even owning a brewery, Wakefield built a fanbase by collaborating with established breweries like Cigar City and Terrapin. Then he raised more than $110,000 in a crowdfunding campaign to open his Wynwood brewery. That brewery is famous for two things: its Star Wars theme and its Florida Weisse beers. Wakefield has perfected the art of brewing beers that are perfect for Miami’s climate — be they a juicy IPA, a fruit-forward sour, or a refreshing lager.
120 NW 24th St., Miami, 33127

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Level 6

Level 6
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Whether you're looking for a relaxing afternoon cocktail or a place to share a late-night glass of wine and some tapas, there's a new rooftop retreat that's perfect for both. Level 6, the latest concept from the creative group behind South Florida establishments Akira Back, Amal, and Byblos, is one of the few neighborhood venues able to boast views of Miami and Biscayne Bay. Guests can soak up the sun via a menu of elevated Spanish cuisine, unique handcrafted cocktails, and curated entertainment. Menu highlights include Spanish charcuterie and a paella de mariscos, which pair nicely with the bar's signature cocktails and its robust selection of rosé and sparkling wines.
3480 Main Highway, Miami, 33033

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Monty's Raw Bar

Monty's Raw Bar
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You haven't lived in Miami until you've spent an afternoon sucking down Pain Removers while gazing at a cotton-candy sunset at Monty's. The Coconut Grove institution has seen a half-century of Miamians flock to the dockside restaurant for happy hour and tropical vistas. But no trip to Monty's is complete without a round of Pain Removers — the bar's version of the Painkiller, a tiki cocktail trademarked by Pusser's Rum Ltd. in the 1970s. Besides the name tweak, not much differentiates the Remover from the 'Killer. Both are made with island rum, pineapple juice, OJ, and coconut cream, and both can be prepared in "strengths" that vary the rum-to-juice ratio. Pair the sweet, strong cocktail with a dozen oysters and watch the boats come in.
2550 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove, 33133

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Titanic Brewery & Restaurant

Titanic Brewery & Restaurant
A long-standing brewpub near the University of Miami, Titanic Brewery & Restaurant has been serving up a proper pint in Coral Gables for more than 20 years. Here, a five-barrel system produces consistent, high-quality brews and while the recipes have evolved through the years, Titanic's six house brews have remained largely the same, from a light-bodied kölsch and an easy-drinking extra special bitter to a chocolaty-smooth oatmeal stout and an award-winning rye amber ale. To round out the options, fans can find a rotating selection of more than 20 seasonal and specialty releases alongside a menu of handcrafted cocktails, martinis, and wines by the glass. The brewpub comes into focus with a sizable menu that covers soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrées, including innovative vegan and vegetarian fare.
5813 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 33146

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The Scape Goat

The Scape Goat
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Whether you're in search of brews or tasty cocktails, the Scape Goat in South Beach's South of Fifth neighborhood offers wallet-friendly libations no matter the hour. There's a broad selection of beers and wines, and the cocktail hunter can choose from a list of interesting mixed drinks that range from old-time classics like the Hemingway daiquiri and the Sazarac to dessert-like concoctions to fancy shots like the "Snaquiri" (think of it as a daiquiri in a shot glass) and the "M&M" (mezcal and amaro Montenegro).
100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 33139

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The Corner

The Corner
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If you "know what it means to miss New Orleans," the Corner is the Miami bar for you. Nestled in the downtown nightclub district, this little speakeasy boasts a bar constructed from 150-year-old repurposed wood and a vibe that's more reminiscent of the Big Easy than the neon lights of the Magic City. Maybe that's why the Corner's cocktail collection contains so many New Orleans classics. Drinks such as the Vieux Carré and the Sazerac are properly prepared, and the Corner's hurricane puts Pat O'Brien's French Quarter version to shame. The fact that you can order a cocktail at the Corner till 5 a.m. is a major plus for those looking for "one more round" before heading home.
1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 33136

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Spanish Marie Brewery

Spanish Marie Brewery
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Like its namesake, Marie Waite — the 1920s South Florida rum runner who outran the Coast Guard smuggling booze across the Florida Straits — this West Kendall brewery is a South Florida legend. Amid the dozens of breweries that have opened in the past several years, Spanish Marie manages to stand out. Here, co-owners Alby Cespedes and head brewer Jaime Medina are the masterminds behind a number of creative brews churned out by a seven-barrel system that keeps everything small-batch, experimental, and full of funky flavor. The brewery produces a wide variety of styles, ranging from hop-forward IPAs and easy-drinking pale ales to barrel-aged stouts. But it's Spanish Marie's niche passion for intensely fruited sours that sets the brewery apart from the rest. And they're all available in the taproom, where a robust food menu offers made-to-order pizzas, tacos, and creative bar fare. In keeping with its Prohibition-era origins, the ten-seat tasting room is open only on select days and accessible by a secret door. If speakeasies aren't your style, the Spanish courtyard-themed beer garden is beer geek heaven.
14241 SW 120th St. #108, Miami, 33186

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The Bar at the Yard

The Bar at the Yard
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Though it's just one part of a larger complex, the Bar at the Doral Yard has its own personality. The large wooden bar serves as both the focal point of the Doral Yard and a gathering place for locals to chill on plush, oversize barstools. The cocktails are well thought out and tap into local flavors of guava, coconut, and even cafecito. The Bar at the Yard offers daily specials including an industry night, making this one friendly place to grab a few drinks.
8455 NW 53rd St., Ste. 106, Doral, 33166

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Wynwood Brewing Company

Wynwood Brewing Company
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Nearly a decade ago, the father-and-son team of Luis and Luis Brignoni opened Wynwood Brewing Co. as the first brewery in the City of Miami proper, paving the way to transform Wynwood into a mecca for beers. Today, Wynwood Brewing's beers can be found at most local restaurants and grocery stores. But it's worth your while to go to the source to get a true feel for the beers and the brewery's heart and soul. The taproom remains tiny and intimate, a place where the beertenders know your name. There are games in the corner, a chalkboard listing the beers in rotation, and comfortable benches and tables. That's it: No pretension, just great beer, friendly faces, and a Miami success story.
565 NW 24th St., Miami, 33127

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Parrot Lounge

Parrot Lounge
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The Parrot Lounge has been serving thirsty beachgoers since 1970. The bar, located just a block west of A1A on Fort Lauderdale Beach, is a mecca for bikers, tourists, and sun worshippers who come for the excellent beer selection, the General Tso's chicken wings, and the no-frills, friendly ambiance. On weekends, the party spills out into the street and up on the roof, and yet the Parrot always maintains its "chill." Maybe because the bar truly respects the neighborhood in which it resides: It conducts regular beach cleanups (with beer as a reward for a job well done).
911 Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale, 33304

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Esotico Miami

Esotico Miami
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Tiki drinks are Esotico's specialty.
Given Miami's subtropical climate, you might think there would be more tiki-themed bars serving boat drinks festooned with fresh fruit and tiny umbrellas. Esotico is one of the few, but it's a grand place indeed. The 3,400-square-foot space is done up in hand-cut wallpaper, lush greenery, and Polynesian decor to create just the right tiki atmosphere. Guests can enjoy drinks created by Daniele Dalla Pola, a partner in parent company Graspa Group and a longtime tiki fan. Tiki cocktails are known the world over for their potent combination of spirits, spices, and fruits. The ones at Esotico are prepared with fresh-squeezed juices and house-made mixes and served in custom-designed tiki mugs. Collectors can take home a limited-edition mug such as the King Ta Moko — an Elvis-themed chalice that holds a blend of gin, passionfruit, fresh citrus, and ginger orgeat syrup.
1600 NE First Ave., Miami, 33132