Miami's Best Wine Bars

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By: Shayne Benowitz

From intimate wine bars to lavish hotel lobbies and even a wine vault found inside a gas station on US-1, Greater Miami is home to a wide range of places to enjoy a glass of fine wine. You’ll even find wines made from tropical fruits grown locally. Read on for our guide to the very best of Miami wine bars.

Margot Natural Wine Bar

Situated in Downtown Miami in a space bathed in the blush hues of a perfect Miami sunset, Margot Natural Wine Bar is the latest creation from the Bar Lab team that brought creative craft cocktails to Miami Beach with the Broken Shaker. At Margot, they’ve expanded their palette to the natural wine movement with a rotating selection of international, organic, biodynamic natural wines, which pair perfectly with a selection of small plates. Sticking to their cocktail roots, they’ve also created a menu of wine cocktails and low ABV concoctions.

Lagniappe House

Lagniappe House is a New Orleans-inspired wine bar and live music venue off the beaten path in Midtown where you can choose from more than 150 bottles of wine at retail price and then build your own cheese and charcuterie plates from their indoor shop. Then, grab a table in the sprawling outdoor patio where a barbecue grills up everything from vegetables to steak and shrimp. It’s the perfect place to break bread and drink with friends in a convivial atmosphere. It’s also one of the best spots in Miami to enjoy jazz music nightly.

El Carajo International Tapas & Wines

One of the most surprising destinations for wine in Miami is actually inside a Mobil gas station off US-1 near Coconut Grove. El Carajo International Tapas & Wines specializes in international wines and Spanish tapas.  It's garnered a cult following for its quirky setup and authentic cuisine. Opened by the Fonesca family in 2011, El Carajo carries over 1,500 bottles of wine from around the world that pair with classic Spanish dishes like Galician octopus, fried sardines and potato omelet with chorizo. It’s worth a visit for the novelty alone – and you’ll be glad you did once you have a sip of their fine wines and food.

Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Surf Club
The Champagne Bar at Four Seasons was once the ballroom

The Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club

Once a playground for the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill, The Four Season Hotel at the Surf Club has converted the classic Surf Club into a lavish oceanfront resort. The original ballroom has been transformed into the upscale Champagne Bar where you can sip Laurent Perrier, Ruinart and even Dom Perignon by the glass beneath the original dark wood vaulted ceiling overlooking the ocean. The chic bar is finished in a palette of creamy limestone and marble with mossy green upholstered chairs and brass accents. They also serve classic cocktails and a full wine list with an emphasis on Italian varieties.

Happy Wine Calle Ocho

A family-owned wine shop on Calle Ocho in West Miami, Happy Wine is a funky local spot with an amazing happy hour offering wines by the glass for as little as $4. Pair your vino with Spanish tapas, like croquetas, shishito peppers and jamon serrano or manchego cheese. Choose a bottle from their extensive selection of reds and hard-to-find Spanish wines, which you can enjoy at their in-store cafe or take home to sip later.

Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery

Situated in South Dade's heartland, Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery is not your typical winery. Here, founder Peter Schnebly makes wine from Florida’s wealth of exotic fruits, from lychee to guava, carambola, avocado and passion fruit. Visit their tasting room to sample a variety of their creations and tour the grounds, where you’ll find lush tropical gardens, coral waterfalls and large tiki huts and wooden tables to enjoy a picnic and a bottle of wine. Their on-site restaurant, Redlander, specializes in farm-to-table fare and they often host live music and events on the weekends.

Wine Vault at St. Regis Bal Harbour
The Wine Vault at St. Regis Bal Harbour houses 2500 bottles of wine

The St. Regis Bar & Wine Vault at The St. Regis Bal Harbour

Set in the glittering jewel box of The St. Regis Bal Harbour lobby, The St. Regis Bar & Wine Vault houses 2,500 bottles of wine from 450 vineyards and 14 countries. With such a vast collection, their wines range from both Old and New World and highlight both high-end and small growers. Their nightly Champagne sabering ritual is a spectacle to behold amid the antique-mirrored bar with its black Chinese God’s Flower marble floors and endless ocean views.

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Located at CityPlace Doral, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant is the place to go to find fine cuisine along with an enticing wine list. The contemporary American menu offers wine pairing recommendations next to every dish and their Napa-style tasting room is an elegant space to explore their extensive list of fine wines.

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