Where to Find the Best Cocktails in Miami Beach

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Broken Shaker at Freehand



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By: Kara Franker

The Art of the Cocktail in Miami Beach

There’s no better place to sip on stylish cocktails than Miami Beach. Not only is the idyllic island home to some of the top cocktail bars in the world, it’s a place where you can try new libations that perhaps you’ve never had before—and it all goes down in a picture-perfect tropical locale with ocean breezes and perfect weather year round.

Collins Park

A hip bar with a renowned cocktail program, Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company is located near Collins Park in the heart of all the action in Miami Beach. It’s even won a spot on the list of 50 best bars in the world. The brainchild of John Lermayer and Dan Binkiewics along with David Martinez, cocktails pair with creative homegrown dishes. Happy hour and late night are the most popular times to go mix and mingle with the social set. And they have rosé on tap! 237 20th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Cocktail to try: A nod to the nearby park (and also home to the Bass Museum), the Collins Park is a mix of Ford’s Gin, crème de peche, lemon juice, orange blossom, egg white and matcha.

Mid Beach

Located in Miami Beach, The Broken Shaker has garnered quite the international fan base. The bar has won numerous cocktail innovation awards and is a staple in the Miami bar scene. A concept created by Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta, the bar is located in the tropical courtyard of the young and hip Freehand hostel located inside the former Indian Creek Hotel. The ambiance is laid back and friendly—like you’ve arrived at a friend’s backyard party. The made-from-scratch cocktails change regularly, which keeps the thirsty crowd coming back for more. 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140.

Cocktail to try: The Sunny Isle with Aylesbury Duck Vodka, Salers Apertif, mint jelly, fresh citrus, lemon bitters and cardamom comes in a fish bowl and serves two to four friends.


A classic, 1940s-style bar that specializes in traditional favorites like Negronis and Manhattans, The Regent Cocktail Club is located inside the Gale Hotel in Miami Beach. This is the sort of place you go for a high-class cocktail shaken via an elegant crystal tumbler and served with a smart and stiff garnish. Learn how to mix up your own libation at one of the regular mixology classes and stick around for live music and a swanky atmosphere. 1690 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Cocktail to try: You can’t go wrong with the classics. Sip on a Manhattan and call it a good night.

Lincoln Road

One of Miami’s most sophisticated rooftop restaurants, Juvia is perched atop the ultramodern Herzog de Meuron designed structure on Lincoln Road, South Beach’s popular pedestrian-only shopping street. While the hotspot is all about decadent food options, the cocktail program is also impressive.Where else can you sip on over-the-top libations with panoramic views of the Miami skyline and beyond? If you’re going to dine, you’ll definitely want to make reservations well ahead of time. Or if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll score a seat at the bar. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Cocktail to try: Channeling that hip Miami Beach vibe, try the Glamour, made with Effen raspberry vodka, St. Germain, Syltbar Prosecco, fresh raspberries, grapefruit juice and lime juice.

Millionaire’s Row

If you’re looking for the quintessential Miami Beach bar experience, the luxurious Fontainebleau’s Bleau Bar is the perfect place to sip on a handcrafted cocktail and people-watch (they’re all dressed to impress). The iconic hotel has long been regarded for its stellar cocktail program and they’re constantly adding new libations to the list. With its throwback Rat Pack vibe, Bleau Bar is a glamorous ode to the 50s and 60s. The perfect place to see and be seen, the bar is busy 24/7. 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.

Cocktail to try: Feeling adventurous? Sip on the “Fire in the Whole” with poblano pepper infused Cabeza tequila, passion fruit, vanilla syrup, lime Chichicapa mezcal and jalapeño. You’ll be on fire.

South of Fifth

A swanky beach club located in Miami Beach’s posh South of Fifth (or SoFi) neighborhood, Nikki Beach is a landmark hotspot where you can soak up some sun and sip on creative cocktails. The Sunday Brunch is a jetsetter’s dream, and the night parties are just as swanky. Shimmy up to the cabana bar or ascend the stairs to the second-floor Pearl Lounge for great drinks with a view. Here, it’s all about bottle service. One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Cocktail to try: On the bottle service menu, take your pick from high-end vodka (everything from Ketel One to Belvedere Magnum), or celebrate the good life with a bottle or two of bubbly.

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