Miami's Best Bars For Cool Cocktails

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By: Kara Franker

Where to Enjoy Cool Cocktails in Miami

When you’re in the mood for a handcrafted cocktail, there’s no better place to be than Miami. Featuring hundreds of bars helmed by some of the world’s best mixologists, we have lively libations for every style of cocktail connoisseur. For creative margaritas, mind-blowing mojitos or even a new take on an Old Fashioned, sip your way through these rave-worthy cocktail bars.

Miami Beach

One of South Beach’s most popular lounges, The Regent Cocktail Club, can be found inside the Gale Hotel. Led by talented bartender Julio Cabrera, this 1940s-inspired throwback serves up carefully crafted classics like Negronis and Manhattans, lesser-known rums and inventive libations served in unique barware. Try the Ford Cocktail, a mix of Old Tom gin, dry vermouth, Benedictine and orange bitters.

Mid-Beach’s most popular bar and hangout, Broken Shaker, is actually the backyard and patio of a hostel, Freehand Miami. It has a weekly changing menu of creative craft cocktails made with local ingredients from its onsite herb garden and inventive concoctions like its own ginger beer: a unique combination of swirling cucumbers, fennel and gin.

A breezy outdoor bungalow in the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, The Rum Line is an oasis of cocktails. Head there for Havana nights-inspired drinks by award-winning mixologist Rob Ferrara, like the El Presidente No. 2, a mix of facundo neo, dolin blanc, dry curaçao and grenadine.

Downtown & Brickell

Located in Brickell City Centre at the top of EAST, Miami hotel, Sugar is a rooftop bar with fantastic views and delicious libations. Situated atop the 40th floor, the lush garden atmosphere is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Try the Level 40 with Corralejo blanco tequila, Amaras mezcal, Szechaun agave, pineapple and lime juice.

For those who want a laid back atmosphere in the heart of all the action, check out Better Days, Brickell’s first pop-up bar-turned-staple. Get a signature craft cocktail like the Paloma, a mix of tequila, grapefruit juice, lime and club soda. It’s a great place to go with friends to shoot pool or just relax in one of the mismatched seating areas with a kitschy-meets-throwback ambiance.

Another popular Brickell hotspot is American Social, a popular sports bar with water views on the Miami River. Its trendy vibes and great people-watching make it the perfect place to sip on a handcrafted, fresh fruit cocktail like the Watermelon Flame, combining Casamigos Blanco, jalapeño syrup, fresh watermelon and lemon juices.

In Downtown, Area 31 at the EPIC Hotel is a rooftop poolside bar that offers some of the best views in the city. Happy hour is a popular time to have a cocktail. Try Doug Kincaid’s When She Sings with Singani 63 Brandy and Velvet Falernum Yellow Chartreuse, muddled with orange, lemon and lime.

Wynwood & Design District

Led by expert bar manager Ben Potts, Beaker & Gray boasts more than 300 spirits behind the bar, as well as shaken cocktails, stirred cocktails and aperitifs that take a modern spin on old classics. For a new spin on an old favorite, try the Zacapa Old Fashioned with Ron Zacapa 23, Demerara and chocolate bitters.

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Schwartz’s mainstay in the Design District promises an extensive menu of house cocktails and spirits, all mixed with the locale’s own homemade sodas. At Michael's Genuine Food & Drink sip on a Bullet Proof Manhattan made with Jim Beam Black, cherry, rosemary and lemon.

A quirky bar with a cult following, Gramps in Wynwood features themed nights like Nerd Nite and a rotating lineup of live music. For a fresh and lively libation, try the Goldeneye with rum, pineapple juice, lime and an orange wedge.

Coral Gables & Coconut Grove

For a high-style and sophisticated experience in a historic location, head to Biltmore Bar, located inside the Biltmore Hotel Miami. Enjoy a nice cigar and live music on a baby grand piano, while sipping on a libation from its premium cocktail list. Try the Blackwell Champagne Mojito with Blackwell Rum, muddled strawberries, mint, lime juice, organic agave nectar and a Champagne float.

Miracle Mile’s own Spanish gastro pub, Bulla Gastrobar, is a hip, casual spot with a freestanding, center marble bar. Pull up a chair and order a marmalade or fruit tonic-infused cocktail like the Bullfighter, a mix of Bulleit bourbon, Aperol, Dow’s port, lemon juice and cranberry.

Lush Coconut Grove has been home to popular watering holes for decades. For a laidback drink with friends head to Lulu, a neighborhood eatery with a popular menu of signature and brunch-specific cocktails like mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.

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