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By: Shayne Benowitz

From an iconic South Beach dive bar to a Coral Gables rooftop lounge and an off-the-beaten path hidden gem on Key Biscayne perfect for sunset tiki drinks, Greater Miami & Miami Beach's bar and lounge scene has something for everyone.

Fairy lights & cozy seats at Broken Shaker
Sit on Broken Shaker’s patio and sip on drinks crafted by mixologists

Miami Beach

Mac's Club Deuce

Miami Beach is known for its low-key bar and lounge scene for laidback nights out on the town. Mac’s Club Deuce is a legendary South Beach dive bar that counted the late Anthony Bourdain a fan. Established in 1926, this no-frills bar on 14th Street has a cult following for its laidback atmosphere, cheap drinks (two-for-one happy hour goes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), strong pours and the eclectic cast of characters who flock there for the pool table, jukebox and drinks any time of the day.

The Broken Shaker

The Broken Shaker has become a modern classic on the Miami Beach bar scene. Set on the patio of a restored Art Deco hotel on Indian Creek Drive in Mid Beach, it’s the brainchild of mixology maestros Elad Zvi and Gabe Orta of Bar Lab.

Sweet Liberty

Similarly, Sweet Liberty was founded by a celebrated local mixologist, the late great John Lermayer. Located just off Collins Park, Sweet Liberty is a favorite local haunt for creative cocktails, tasty bites (try the cauliflower nachos) and a scene that goes from laid-back to high energy as the night goes on, with DJs and live music acts.

Mini Bar

In the South of Fifth neighborhood, you’ll find the appropriately named Mini Bar. Tucked away inside Urbanica The Meridian Hotel, it’s decidedly tiny, with no more than a dozen barstools around a tropical bar accented with Spanish tile floors and black-and-green palm tree motif wallpaper. With additional seating in the breezeway outside, it draws a late-night, local crowd for craft cocktails and chill DJ grooves.

American Social's patio seating next to the river
Food, drinks & a view of the Miami River at American Social

Downtown Miami & Brickell

MO Bar + Lounge

A night out in Downtown Miami/Brickell can range from opulent to relaxed. At MO Bar + Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami on Brickell Key, join the post-work crowd at this luxurious lobby bar for Social Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. and enjoy special deals on a variety of classic, from Bee’s Knees to Vodka Gimlets, are only $9.

American Social

American Social is a convivial gastropub in the Brickell area with a spacious outdoor patio with lounge seating directly on the Miami River. It’s perfect for an afternoon gathering of friends over beers, burgers and elevated pub grub.

Lost Boy

Meanwhile, in Downtown Miami, Lost Boy draws a local crowd to its sprawling bar, which feels like an eclectic ski lodge, complete with a pool table, dart boards and plenty of cozy spots to lounge.

The Corner

For a cornerstone of the Downtown Miami bar scene, head to The Corner at North Miami Avenue and 11th Street. Open until 7 a.m. on weekends, this laidback spot serves up New Orleans-inspired cocktails, craft beers and grilled sandwiches into the wee hours.

Cocktail served in a skull at Bar Bevy
Don't miss the creative drinks & lively ambience of Bar Bevy

Wynwood & Miami Design District

Bar Bevy

From Wynwood’s mural-splashed warehouses to the Miami Design District’s shiny boutiques and public art, you’ll find plenty of nightlife options in these artsy neighborhoods. For a see-and-be-seen crowd, make your way to the rooftop Bar Bevy in the Design District. Owned by Pharrell Williams and nightlife impresario David Grutman, there’s always a buzzy scene here.

Gramps

For a more eclectic, “anti-scene” spot, Gramps in Wynwood is the perfect place to socialize over cocktails or beer, with its spacious outdoor patio, onsite pizza window and a retro, diner-style bar with big vinyl booths. There’s also a room for entertainment, including live music and dancing, where you’ll catch anything from experimental rock to comics.

Three Social & Rooftop

Also in Wynwood, Three Social & Rooftop is a music-driven lounge where DJs spin everything from Afro-Caribbean to chill techno beats with a menu of creative craft cocktails and cuisine.

Lagniappe

Located between Wynwood and the Miami Design District, in Midtown Miami, Lagniappe is an off-the-beaten path, New Orleans-inspired wine bar. Come here for live jazz music, the sprawling outdoor patio and a menu of freshly grilled bites off the barbecue.

Red cocktail with colorful pansies
Find great spots for inspired cocktails in Coral Gables

Coral Gables

Mamey

Don’t mistake the residential neighborhood of Coral Gables for being sleepy after hours. It has its own nightlife pulse. One of the latest hot spots is Chef Niven Patel’s Mamey, in the THesis Hotel Miami across from the University of Miami. Named for the tropical fruit common throughout Latin America, the restaurant is inspired by Chef Patel’s travels with ingredients sourced from his own farm. The cocktail menu is as impressive as the food, with drinks such as the Papaya Paper Plane, a twist on the classic bourbon cocktail.

Cebada

On lively Giralda Avenue, Cebada is the neighborhood’s first rooftop bar and restaurant. It has an emphasis on cocktails and raw bar offerings. Enjoy views of the City Beautiful over oysters, stone crabs and smoked fish dip along with cleverly named cocktails like “Bro, Why Are Your Pants So Tight?” made with guava and vodka.

The Bar

Just down Giralda Avenue, you’ll find The Bar, a lively neighborhood spot for burgers, wings and booze inside a cheerful, Americana-style bar with checkered floors, wooden barstools and blue-painted walls. From Tuesday karaoke nights to Friday ladies’ nights, there’s always something fun going down at The Bar.

The Globe

And on Alhambra Circle, The Globe is a Shakespeare-inspired European bistro with a lively bar scene and live jazz music featuring an impressive happy hour, perfect for an evening out in Coral Gables.

Bar area with Cuban flag mural at La Cocina Cocteleria
Experience tropical, vintage-style vibes at La Cocina Coctelería's bar

Hialeah & Doral

La Cocina Cocteleria

The neighborhoods of Hialeah and Doral have their own distinctive flavors when it comes to nightlife. In Hialeah, hit up La Cocina Coctelería by the crew behind the popular Kush Hospitality group. Considered the neighborhood’s first cocktail bar, you’ll find a menu inspired by local mixologists, such as Ben Potts’ Pots & Pans made with tequila, St. Germain, kiwi and lemongrass. Enjoy it at this tropical, vintage-style bar with an enormous Cuban flag painted on the wall.

Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen

Located in CityPlace Doral, Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen is a one-of-a-kind Miami destination with live music Wednesdays through Saturdays. You’ll also find a beer garden and pub specializing in craft beer, cocktails and tasty grub.

WXYZ Bar & Lounge

For hotel bar vibes in Doral, head to Aloft Miami Doral’s WXYZ Bar & Lounge with nightly two-for-one happy hours, live music Thursday nights and other fun promotions throughout the week.

Colorful drinks with herbs & fruit
Sunsets & tropical drinks at The Cleat

Key Biscayne

The Cleat

And for a tropical tiki bar that feels miles from Miami’s hustle and bustle, make your way to Key Biscayne and The Cleat. Perched in No Name Harbor, you can enjoy a piña colada here with your toes in the sand as the sun sets over another day in paradise.

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