A Night Out in the Wynwood Arts District

J. Wakefield Brewing

J. Wakefield Brewing

Alter

Alter

Coyo Taco

Coyo Taco

Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Your Everything Guide to Wynwood Nightlife

Wynwood is one of Miami’s buzziest neighborhoods when it comes to nightlife. You’ll find restaurants by some of the area’s most exciting chefs here and new bar concepts are opening up all the time. Perfect for a stiff drink, chill vibes or a high-energy night out, Wynwood is where Miami’s hip locals go for happy hour, dinner and late-night, every night.

Wynwood Walls
Wynwood Walls

Second Saturdays Art Walk & the Gallery Scene

A great time to visit the Wynwood is during Second Saturdays Art Walk when galleries stay open late, food trucks line the street and both revelers and art aficionados come out in droves. Don’t miss Fredric Snitzer Gallery for cutting edge contemporary works, Gary Nader Art Centre for an impressive collection of Latin American art including Boteros. Robert Fontaine Gallery and Bakehouse Art Complex provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into artist studios and their works in progress.

KYU
KYU

Where to Eat

KYU

A paean of pan-Asian wood-fired cuisine nestled inside a sleekly minimalist warehouse, KYU was named best restaurant in Florida by Time magazine. You’ll definitely want to snag a table to indulge in their mix-and-match small plates menu with not-to-miss items, like cauliflower drenched in shishito-herb vinaigrette, hamachi with white ponzu and green chili, Thai fried rice stone pot, Korean fried chicken, red snapper with brown butter and wagyu beef brisket.

Alter

For a completely unique dining experience, make a reservation at Alter. Helmed by James Beard Award semifinalist Chef Bradley Kilgore, the ambitious and artful cuisine is best enjoyed with a five- or seven-course tasting menu. Standout dishes include the soft egg with sea scallop espuma, truffle pearls and caviar and the shaved cobia with olive “snow,” masago, mustard oil and garlic dashi. The space is minimalist, industrial and intimate, boasting one of the neighborhood’s most charming patio bars with an impressive cocktail program.

Concrete Beach Brewery
Concrete Beach Brewery

Where to Party

Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern is one of Wynwood’s original watering holes with a great selection of craft beers along with drink specials for an affordable night out in Miami. Hang with the hipster crowd in the big beer garden-style patio. And if you get hungry, look no further than their makeshift taco cart in the back, which turns out delicious made-to-order tacos and quesadillas.

Gramps

There’s a little bit of everything rolled into Gramps. There’s a spacious outdoor patio for mixing and mingling with a bar and a window to order pizza. Inside the main bar, there’s a retro, diner-style vibe with big booths, a well-edited cocktail menu and plenty of craft beer choices. Another door leads to a room for live music, usually experimental rock bands and occasional comics. In short, there’s something for everyone and it’s immensely popular amongst a local crowd. A night out at Gramps can be as laidback or as weird as you want it to be.

Racket

For a high-energy nightlife experience in Wynwood, head to Racket where you’ll find an outdoor atrium, a main bar and back bar. Expect a live DJ on most nights for dancing and mingling. There’s also a pool table, jukebox and projectors for sports nights. If you get hungry during your revelry, they also serve up a food menu.

Craft Beer Crawl

When Wynwood Brewing Company opened in 2013, they tapped into a movement that Miami was thirsty for. Since then, a slew of other craft breweries and tap rooms have opened in the neighborhood—and they’re worthy of a suds crawl. Start at Wynwood Brewing with a La Rubia blonde ale or Pop’s Porter and then crawl onto J. Wakefield Brewing for a Star Wars-themed tap room and a pint of their Stush Berliner Weisse sour. Concrete Beach Brewery and its cushy Social Hall taproom is popular for their Stiltsville Pilsner. And finally, Veza Sur Brewing Co. pours a Brazilian-style Chopp, an ice cold lager with a creamy foam top designed to drink through.

1-800-LUCKY
1-800-LUCKY

Where to Eat & Party

1-800-LUCKY

1-800-LUCKY is a 10,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor Asian food hall, slinging bao buns and dim sum, along with craft cocktails, until the wee hours every night. It draws a hip crowd craving late night DJ beats in the courtyard with a side of sushi or poke bowls. With a hip industrial design and neon lighting, it also boasts a convenience store and record shop. Don’t leave until you’ve sampled the matcha ice cream served inside a fish-shaped cake cone topped with unicorn ears and horn from Taiyaki NYC—and snap an Instagram while you’re at it.

Coyo Taco

Coyo Taco is another Wynwood hotspot that blends nightlife with tasty grub. At first glance, it appears to be a humble order-at-the-counter taco joint, but behind a secret door in the back, you’ll find a late night dance club with a live DJ.

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