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By: Kara Franker

Sip on an eclectic cocktail at one of these trendy hotel lobby bars

With a combination of impressive architecture and artistic design, hotels are recreating the lobby bar experience for travelers. No more a wasteland of sad, aimless business suits or beige worn couches, Miami’s hotels have reimagined their public spaces to bring in locals and tourists alike to mingle over tantalizing cocktails and brews. Whether you’re searching for a trendy hotspot, cool speakeasy vibe or a tropical haven, these Magic City lobby bars aren’t just for tourists.

Broken Shaker
Enjoy hand-crafted libations on Broken Shaker's cozy patio

The Broken Shaker at The Freehand Miami

Walk through the unassuming lobby at Miami Beach’s beloved hostel, The Freehand Miami, and you’ll find it opens out onto a backyard bar that’s won its fair share of awards including Tales of Cocktail’s Best American Hotel Bar. At The Broken Shaker you’ll find some of the best mixologists in the Magic City willing and able to whip up a handcrafted libation composed of fresh-pressed produce, herbs, spice and everything nice. 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Mo Bar + Lounge
Join the jet-set crowd at Mo Bar + Lounge

Mo Bar + Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Miami

Is dressing up and looking fine more your thing? Perhaps one of the most glamorous bars in Miami, Mo Bar + Lounge at Mandarin Oriental attracts the jet-set crowd to Brickell Key, a tiny island just off of Downtown Miami. The scene really starts to heat up after dinner on the weekends, when foodies filter in from La Mar by Gaston Acurio. Lively entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights includes Cuban jazz by Renoir Rodriguez and sultry Spanish guitar by the Fox Brothers. 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, Florida 33131

Unique takes by master mixologists at WunderBar

WunderBar at Circa39 Hotel

Perhaps you want to settle into more hipster vibes and wear iconic Hawaiian shirts. Brightly tropical with an extensive rum menu that will instantly make you feel easy breezy, WunderBar at Circa39 is a neighborhood-style lobby bar without an ounce of pretention. This hidden gem is tucked inside a playful boutique hotel in Miami Beach and features a well-attended, seven-days-a-week happy hour with specially priced “Wunder Drinks.” The artists behind the bar are masters in mixology and will surprise you with their takes on popular favorites with a twist. Pop in for a delicious craft cocktail on your way back from the beach. 3900 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33140

SAAM pairs cocktails and live DJ's for a lively experience

SAAM Lounge

Situated in the lobby of the chic SLS Brickell hotel, SAAM Lounge is a classic indoor/outdoor cocktail lounge with a welcoming yet fashionable ambiance. A DJ spins tunes that add to the atmosphere. Here you can pair craft cocktails including Penicillin, Sazerac, Paloma Blanco and French 75 with delicious small dishes like fried boccocini, calamari and formaggi e salumi. Stop by during happy hour between 5 and 7 p.m. on Fridays for specials on house spirit cocktails, specialty cocktails, house wines and beers. 1300 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

Bar Centro
Bar Centro by José Andrés is perfect for any night of the week

Bar Centro by José Andrés at SLS Hotel South Beach

Just one of the several couture-style food and beverage offerings at SLS Hotel South Beach, Bar Centro by José Andrés is the gateway to a culinary experience in the heart of one of South Beach’s trendiest boutique hotels. Come late night for the people-watching as the best-dressed saunter in for a Manhattan with liquid cherries. Go on Wednesday evenings for Bar Centro Unplugged, a live music series and special additions like cigars, tapas and a roaming caipirinha cart. It’ll be your best hump day cure yet. 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Enjoy amazing handcrafted cocktails at Lobby Bar at Nobu Eden Roc Resort

Lobby Bar at Nobu Eden Roc Resort

The brainchild of highly-acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Nobu Matsuhisa, Eden Roc Resort now bears his name as does its sophisticated Miami Beach lobby bar. Located in the stunning Morris Lapidus-designed lounge, Lobby Bar is the centerpiece of the property and a spirited spot for handcrafted cocktails. Go for a pre-dinner drink before noshing on the famous Japanese-fusion cuisine that Chef Nobu is known for from around the world. 4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Enjoy a live band and refreshing cocktails at the stylish Bar Collins

Bar Collins at Loews Miami Beach Hotel

If you find yourself in the heart of South Beach without any concrete plans but time to spare, head over to Bar Collins. Located in the heart of South Beach’s vibrant Art Deco District, Bar Collins at Loews Miami Beach Hotel is the perfect place to begin an unforgettable night out on the town. Start your Collins Avenue barhop at this festive locale. The stylish bar and lounge is inspired by Miami’s Wynwood Arts District and features a Latin fusion band on Thursdays, as well as a popular resident DJ spinning the hits on weekend nights. 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

See and be seen at Bleau

Bleau Bar at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

One of the most well-recognized and popular lobby bars in all of Miami, Bleau Bar at Fontainebleau Miami Beach needs no introduction. This spot is a high-traffic venue for the well-heeled crowd day and night. Celebrities have pulled up a chair at the grand circle bar in the middle of the lounge since the 1950’s until now. There’s even a pricey bottle service package called “The Celebrity.” Bleau Bar is hands down one of the hottest places to see and be seen in the Magic City. 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

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