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Los Mejores Bares en Miami

The Best Bars in Miami

Poolside lounges, secret drinking dens and local watering holes all make the cut for the best bars in Miami.

Octubre 12, 2016

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The flashy, Las Vegas-style clubs in Miami may get most of the attention in the Miami nightlife headlines, but there are plenty of other great places to grab a drink in the city. The best bars in Miami run the gamut from rooftop bars with stunning views to top-notch cocktail dens helmed by award-winning mixologists. The best part? They don’t all require patrons to don flashy designer duds nor pay a cover charge, just to pass through the velvet ropes.

1

The Anderson

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Photograph: Courtesy of The Anderson

Indulge your sense of nostalgia and love for ’80s kitsch at this MiMO gem, injecting new life into the former Magnum Lounge space—home to Miami’s oldest bar. Much of what’s left and all of what’s been added seems frozen in time, harkening back to decades when David Bowie ruled, Pac-Man not Candy Crush was what you did to blow off your friends and music came from a jukebox. The result is the collective efforts of Broken Shaker/Bar Lab's Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi and the Workshop Collective's Jourdan Binder, plus Vagabond chef Alex Chang, who the guys enlisted to helm the eccentric bar menu (think cool-ranch beef crackling and French escargot). The cocktails menu is in keeping with the old-school theme, striking a balance between classics like the Sex on the Beach and new favorites, such as the rum-based Nobody Puts Baby In a Corner.

Destiny RE says

WEBSITE

Address:

709 NE 79th St., Miami.

Cross street:

at NE 7th Ave.

Opening hours:

Mon-Thu 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat 5pm-4am; Sun 4pm-2am.

2

The Regent Cocktail Club

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Photograph: Courtesy of Michael Pisarri, The Regent Cocktail Club

The lauded addition to the Collins Avenue cocktail crawl continues to gain plenty of accolades, as cordial mixologists—waistcoats and all—pour deliciously inventive drinks in a space that feels worlds away from the hustle of South Beach, yet is in the heart of it all. The Club’s retro stylings, complete with leather banquettes, live lounge music and a side patio for cigar smoking, make it feel as if the Rat Pack could walk through the door at any moment.

Destiny RE says

WEBSITE

Address:

Gale South Beach 1690 Collins Ave., Miami.

Cross street:

at 17th St.

Opening hours:

Sun-Thu 7pm–2am; Fri-Sat 7pm–3am.

3

Broken Shaker

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Photograph: Courtesy of Adrian Gaut, The Broken Shaker

The Broken Shaker at everyone’s favorite high-end hostel, The Freehand, started as a pop-up cocktail bar before becoming something more permanent—and its success as a mainstay kicked off the Mid-Beach neighborhood’s renaissance. Inside, the tiny award-winning bar is like the love child of New Orleans and Paris, while the outdoor courtyard and poolside area feel very Eden: old-school fountain, mismatched and wildly patterned chairs, lush trees. The cocktail list changes every 10 days based on what’s fresh, and most ingredients are grown or made on the property. The drinks skew tropical and tiki, but the bartenders are fully equipped to serve anything you request. The brains behind the Shaker also oversee the food and beverage program at 27 Restaurant, the neighboring eatery located inside a quintessential Florida house from the 1930s.

Destiny RE says

WEBSITE

Address:

Freehand Miami 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami.

Cross street:

at 28th St.

Opening hours:

Daily 6pm-2am.

4

Ball & Chain

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Photograph: Courtesy of Ball & Chain

Today’s Ball & Chain is a recreation of a 1930s hotspot that once occupied the same space and welcomed jazz superstars like Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Chet Baker to its stage. Across from the historic Tower Theater, the Ball & Chain has its own storied past filled with Jewish and Cuban community influences. We recommend sampling a few Cuban-inspired cocktails: the Mojito Criollo (made the classic way with the mint leaves left intact for enhanced aroma, and more sugar), the Canita (white rum, lime, house-made honey syrup, guarapo or sugarcane juice, sugarcane stick) and the Pastelito Daiquiri (pastelito-infused aged rum, lime, simple syrup, and a side of pastelitos or guava pastries). Expect live jazz at 6pm sharp Thursday through Saturday. On Saturdays, a wild Cuban fiesta, La Pachanga, kicks off around 9pm when salsa dancers take to the bar.

Destiny RE says

WEBSITE

Address:

1513 SW 8th St., Miami.

Cross street:

at SW 15th Ave.

Opening hours:

Mon-Wed 12pm-midnight, Thu-Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 2pm-midnight.

5

Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company

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Photograph: Courtesy of Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company/Kristam Burello

The collective experience local restaurateurs and nightlife pros Dan Binkiewicz, David Martinez and John Lermayer (of Purdy Lounge, Michy's and The Regent Cocktail Club, respectively) bring to Sweet Liberty is what makes this space much more than just a bar—think killer drinks, sophisticated bar snacks and DJs who think beyond the Top 40. Where else can you order cauliflower nachos, a rum old fashioned and dance the night away to '90s hip-hop?

Destiny RE says

WEBSITE

Address:

237-B 20th St., Miami Beach.

Cross street:

at Liberty Ave.

Opening hours:

Mon-Sat 4pm-5am; Sun 11am-5am.

6

MO Bar and Lounge

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Photograph: Courtesy of The Mandarin Oriental, MO Bar and Lounge

MO Bar and Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental is the most elegant bar in town: The cocktails are refined and the panoramic view of Brickell’s skyline is extraordinary. And while it certainly caters to glamorous connoisseurs, the bar also manages to remain accessible to curious newcomers yearning for a taste of the city’s cocktail scene. The bartenders know their stuff and they like talking, an unexpected treat for bar-goers who want a meaningful conversation about what they’re drinking and why it’s so special. For limitless chatter, order a quintessential island treat by way of the legendary Hemingway Daiquiri, a hand-shaken union of rum, Maraschino liqueur, fresh grapefruit and lime juice.

Destiny RE says

WEBSITE

Address:

The Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami.

Cross street:

at Brickell Dr.

Opening hours:

Sun-Thu 8am-midnight; Fri-Sat 8am-1am.

7

Blackbird Ordinary

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Photograph: Courtesy of Blackbird Ordinary

If drinking tequila and/or whiskey into the wee hours is your idea of a great night out, welcome home. Truth be told, there’s nothing ordinary about Blackbird; in a town full of blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em bars, this one’s got a distinct personality. And staying power too. Take your libations straight up or in a handcrafted cocktail. The signature Blackbird—a mix of sweet tea vodka, fresh lemonade and blackberries served on the rocks—is the perfect antidote to the sizzling south Florida sun.

Destiny RE says

WEBSITE

Address:

729 SW 1st Ave., Miami.

Cross street:

at SW 8th St.

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri 3pm-5am; Sat-Sun 5pm-5am.

8

The Corner

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Photograph: Courtesy of The Corner

This dark corner bar is a far cry from its outrageous neighbors in downtown Miami’s nightclub district, though it’s become a popular spot pre or post E11even, the adjacent 24-hour strip club. Step inside Miami’s version of a saloon for a closer look at the impressive back bar. Craving a scotch from way up top? No problem. The barkeeps here use a wooden ladder to navigate the extensive collection of spirits (a solid list of craft beers and wines is also available). Cocktails like the La Tacubaya (tequila, Green Chartreuse, lime juice, hibiscus, agave syrup and habanero bitters) are made with the freshest ingredients. Appreciative locals pack the bar and sidewalk every night of the week, though Tuesdays attract an especially hipster-heavy crowd—perhaps it’s the live jazz? Surviving the late-night revelry is more likely if you fuel up on tasty bar bites.

Destiny RE says

WEBSITE

Address:

1035 N Miami Ave., Miami.

Cross street:

at NW 11th St.

Opening hours:

Mon-Thu 4pm-5am; Fri-Sat 4pm-8am; Sun 7pm-5am.

9

Abbey Brewing Company

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Photograph: Courtesy of AARPHOTO

Sick of candy-colored martinis? Seek salvation in this hole-in-the-wall-turned-microbrewery, which offers rare European imports plus several own-made beers. Luckily, it didn’t lose its classic dive-bar soul in the conversion process—or the dartboard. It’s a fine place to meet the locals, and even better when preceded by a meal at Southern food star Yardbird right next door.

Destiny RE says

WEBSITE

Address:

1115 16th St., Miami.

Cross street:

at Alton Rd.

Opening hours:

Daily 1pm-5am.

10

Foxhole Bar

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Photograph: Courtesy of Foxhole Bar/Gary James

On the bay side of South Beach—far removed from the main tourist and nightclub drag—Foxhole Bar means it when it refers to itself as an "upscale locals’ joint." This late-night hotspot is still jumping as the sun starts to rise, with Miamians jockeying for position among the plush banquettes or playing darts and pool. At the beginning of the night, early birds can take advantage of the weekday happy hour (5pm to 8pm), offering $3 beers and $5 cocktails.

Destiny RE says

WEBSITE

Address:

1218 14th Court, Miami Beach.

Cross street:

at Alton Rd.

Opening hours:

Daily 5pm-5am.

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