New Miami Nightlife Spots

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By: Miami New Times Writer

What's New in Miami Nightlife

If you're looking for the best hotspots for a night out in Miami, you don’t have to go far: you’ll find topnotch bars, lounges and nightclubs around virtually every corner. Whether you’re searching for a jam-packed dance floor, a swanky rooftop cocktail lounge or a friendly neighborhood dive bar, the local nightlife scene offers it all.

But what about those nights when you're ready to shake things up with a new hangout? No worries — there are plenty of nightlife newcomers worth an after-dark visit. Here are Miami's freshest bars, lounges and clubs.

Wynwood

Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar + Kitchen

2808 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Among the best new places for craft cocktails in Miami, Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar + Kitchen is a weekend-only hangout that will please even the most discerning drinker. The gorgeously chic interior provides plenty of share-worthy photo ops, as does the unique selection of cocktails and bites. Satisfy your late-night cravings with delicious offerings such as Florida lobster a la plancha and the Havana Club dry-aged rib-eye for two — both ideal for sharing with a date. Deciding which cocktail to start with is another matter, especially when you’re faced with choices like the cafetera old-fashioned: Brugal 1888 and cigar bitters are blended with a cold-brew coffee reduction and served in a cafetera set atop liquid nitrogen.

Grails Restaurant & Bar

2800 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Prefer your nightlife spots a bit more on the sporty-casual side? Check out Grails Restaurant & Bar, a cooler-than-cool sports bar that’s upgrading your sports-viewing experience with locally crafted beer and hip cocktails. The colorful sneaker-themed venue boasts more than 60 TV screens, showing just about every sporting event imaginable. Unlike your usual neighborhood sports bar, Grails stays open super-late (until 2 a.m.), which more than qualifies it as a highlight of new Miami nightlife. Plus, there's a dog-friendly patio, so you can even bring Fido along for the ride.

Miami Beach

Sling Bar

2445 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Tucked inside the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach hotel, Sling Bar is a Singapore-inspired hotspot with incredible food that easily measures up to the selection of craft cocktails. Treat yourself to Singapore-style street food with a modern twist, paired with drinks that fuse the flavors of Miami Beach and Southeast Asian night markets. Try the steamed snapper dumplings and chicken satay, and don’t leave without ordering the one-of-a-kind curry colada. Elegant yet inviting, Sling Bar nails the perfect balance of style and substance.

Blind Barber

1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

If there was one thing Miami nightlife lacked, it was a barbershop/speakeasy hybrid. Blind Barber fills the void you never knew existed. During the day, you can get a haircut, shave or trim, which comes with a complimentary cocktail (we’re betting it's quite the step above your usual grooming routine). Once you learn there’s a semi-secret speakeasy hidden behind a mysterious door inside the barbershop, that cocktail makes a lot more sense. The backroom cocktail lounge, Blind Barber, is a 1920s-style concept serving plenty of classic cocktails and delicious food, including six kinds of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.

Swizzle Rum Bar and Drinkery

1120 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

For an intimate night out in a cozy, sophisticated bar, head to Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery. Pouring more than 150 rums and an exceptional variety of creative cocktails, the downstairs bar at the Stiles Hotel has garnered serious buzz since debuting. Even if you don’t consider yourself a rum aficionado, the knowledgeable mixologists at Swizzle will be happy to help you select a cocktail that suits your tastes.

Midtown Miami

The Sylvester

3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami

The Sylvester recently took over the Midtown space formerly occupied by Bardot and reinvented the venue with a vintage-inspired vibe that’s quintessentially Miami. If your stylish grandmother were in charge of decorating Miami’s hottest new cocktail bar — with a little help from a few hipsters — the result would be the fun interiors of the Sylvester. The menu is a tribute to both new and old Miami, featuring drinks that any budding mixologist would love (may we suggest the carrot cake colada). While you sip your cocktail of choice, you can kick back with a game of pool, pinball or foosball.

Downtown Miami

Esotico Miami

1600 NE 1st Ave., Miami

Esotico Miami has transformed the tiki-bar concept from cheesy to chic by infusing it with a generous dose of tropical-inspired details and upscale style. But don’t worry — there’s still plenty of fun at this friendly spot in Miami’s Arts + Entertainment District. Forget drinking out of regular cocktail glasses — these drinks come in Elvis bust cups and Rapa Nui-inspired statues. Bring your whole crew along and split one of Esotico’s “social cocktails,” like the massive Giant Shell Manoa Punch.

Hialeah

La Cocina Coctelería

1000 E. 16th St., Hialeah

Hialeah may not be the first place you picture when you think of Miami’s best nightlife — but La Cocina Coctelería promises to change that notion. Deeming itself the very first cocktail bar in Hialeah, this eclectic watering hole embodies the vibrant local community through its decor and menu. With a massive Cuban flag mural, quirky art installations and neon lights, La Cocina offers plenty of personality. Choose from an array of tempting cocktails on the only-in-Miami menu, including libations with saucy names like Sorry Con Excuse Me and Pata Sucia.

Make Your Miami Night Out One to Remember

One of the best things about Miami nightlife is there’s something for everyone and every night. From ultrachic to beachy casual, it’s easy to find a bar, nightclub or lounge that suits you. Browse our top picks for the most popular after-hours highlights in Miami to plan a night so lit you won't forget it.

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