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Miami's Top Ten Hipster Bars

Have you accepted that you're a hipster?

Probably not. It's in your nature to deny it. Shit, even that is becoming cliche.

On most nights, though, you're inadvertently (or deliberately?) trendsetting at a handful of offbeat, edgy boozing joints around town.

So, sorry to blow up your spot. But here are Crossfade's top ten hipster bars in Miami.

See also:

-Ten Best Live Music Venues in Miami

10. Wood Tavern

Wynwood's Wood Tavern bills itself as "a bar's bar." Stroll in on any given night, and the dim main room and adjoining string-lit beer garden evoke its other motto, "laidback-n-local." In 2012, Forbes named Wynwood one of America's 20 Best Hipster Neighborhoods. Yes, the arts district lures fixed-gear riding, American Spirit-puffing rascals who happen to frequent this watering hole. But it is Wood's mellow vibe that cuts through the pretentious bullshit. There's Taco Tuesday, serving up delicious $2 Mexican street food out of a converted station wagon. And then you've got Sunday's Backyard Boogie, an easygoing outdoor party with plenty of music, friends, and drinks. Affordable craft beer, mountains of booze bottles, and a Baby Birdman meet-and-greet? We'd say that's pretty chill.

9. Bardot

The now-defunct Studio A was a hipster haven abutting the elephantine Space on NE 11th Street. It was Miami's quintessential dance-club-slash-music-venue, catering to the folks who fancied a Cat Power show on Thursday, and craved an Avenue D boogie-down on Friday. When it closed in 2008, the Miami scene was in limbo. The midsized Grand Central's similar indie likability saved our asses, but there's another music house brewing in Midtown. Namely, Bardot, whose inconspicuous alley entrance, floor-level "Carpet Stage," and no-photography rule set a semi-secret insider vibe. Of course, the lounge still provides bottle service and boasts a VIP area. And those elements are a tad "affluent hipster," but the tunes are what we're here for. After all, underground indie, hip-hop, and electronic musicians like Peter Bjorn and John, XXYYXX, and Felix Da Housecat have all hit the rug.

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