From the Art Deco architecture to the awesome Latin American street food and white sandy beaches, Miami is without doubt one of the US’s hottest destinations. And with the American boarders opening up once again to us Brits (the double jabbed, anyway), there’s never been a better time to plan that trip. If Miami is on your bucket list, be sure to check out our edit of the best bars in the city, from glam rooftop pools to quirky cocktail dens…

The Broken Shaker

It seems fitting to kick off the list with the place that put Miami on the map as one of America’s hottest cocktail cities. This national bar came to Miami as a pop-up before finding a permanent home at the Freehand Hotel. Even though it is placed in one of Miami’s most luxurious hotels, its twinkling fairy lights and outdoor seating make it seem as if you are lounging in the backyard of a house party.

If you are looking for some vibrant cocktails made with international elixirs, herbs, and spices, then this is the perfect place to close your vacation (or start it). You may even find yourself ‘accidentally’ downing more than one drink as the night goes on.

Where: 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33140
Website: www.brokenshaker.com

 

Racket

With so many options, the hardest decision before a night out (especially if you are only visiting for a short time) is choosing the type of vibe you want from your bar. Do you want a skyline view or a more classic and comforting feel? At the Racket, you can have both. Walk into their main area, and the long windows and sky-lit room provide an islander feel. But then go to the back, climb a set of stairs, and suddenly you are greeted with plush couches and industrial pipes for decoration.

The bar specializes in tequila, gin, and bourbon, but that doesn’t mean you cannot get any fun takes on cocktails while you are there.

WHERE: 150 NW 24 STREET, MIAMI, FL 33127
Website: WWW.RACKETWYNWOOD.COM

Astra

If you are searching for the perfect bar to show off to your Instagram followers, look no further. While it does not have the most classic Miami feel, this Greek-inspired rooftop bar seems as if you are stepping straight into Mykonos. The sky garden provides an open and vibrant place to look over Miami’s nicest neighbourhood, whilst being surrounded by olive and lemon citrus trees.

Greek flavours are embedded in all the mixed drinks. Hard liquor fans might be thrown off my fig-infused vodka and tequila-infused expresso but this classic Mediterranean feel is unlike anything else you can get in Miami.

Where: 2121 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Website: www.astramiami.com

Sugar at East

Part of the appeal of Miami is the smoldering hot weather that is present 95% of the time. Might as well make the most of the sun by lounging outside in an open rooftop bar. Labeled as Miami’s ‘best-kept secret’ Sugar is designated as one of the best places to watch the sunset and nurse a cold drink.

Their cocktails are Asian-inspired with a Miami flare. Their food and drinks are reminiscent of Hong Kong while also adding a bit of a signature Miami twist.

The Asain-inspired cocktails and ideal sunset viewing makes this hidden bar one of Miami's best-kept secrets

Where: 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131
Website: www.easthotels.com

 

La Yolanda Mezcaleria Bar at La Santa Taqueria

Blink twice and you’ll miss it. This new bar has a level of mystery and intrigue that makes it all the more exciting. The opening is draped in velvet and has a hidden entrance through La Santa Taqueria restaurant. As if this opening display was not convincing enough, inside you can enjoy your drink and food under vibrant pink lights and an overhead disco ball.

This bar specializes in mezcal and tequila, satisfying your craving for classic Hispanic drinks. And if you are attempting to be reasonable for once and not drink on an empty stomach, the taqueria right beside the bar will keep you full and clear-headed when the sun comes up.

Where: 201 NE 82nd ST, Miami, FL 33138
Website: www.lasantataqueria.com

 

Lost Boy

If you are from the UK or just simply love a good pub, you have found your home in the Lost Boys bar. There is football in the morning, happy hour after work, and good drinks late into the evening. Based in the heart of Downtown Miami, this is where you go if you just want to wind down in a cozy atmosphere without engaging in the nighttime party scene. As an added bonus, they have slight theming to make it look like a captain’s tavern, so look out for any mermaids hidden in the artwork.

If you are looking for a classic cocktail in the midst of a world filled with increasingly crazier concoctions, this bar is the place to get it. To accompany your pint of beer, you can get staple pub food such as pot pie and boiled peanuts.

Where: 157 E Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33131
Website: www.lostboydrygoods.com

 

Cafe La Trova

A visit to Miami would not be complete without witnessing some part of the blossoming Cuban culture in the area. The Cuban population has become so pronounced that it is now embedded into Miami’s identity. Two of America’s most influential Cuban cuisine and drink specialists joined forces to create this lively bar and restaurant filled with everything from traditional meals to nostalgic live music. The bar is one of the best ways to feel like you are in Havana without actually making the trip.

The cocktail menu inspiration ranges from pre-revolutionary Cuba to modern day Miami. Sip on drinks inspired by Hotel Nacional, a historic hotel in Havana, Cuba, and wind down with a Cubano Vejo. The food is a must-try with successful twists on classic Cuban dishes, such as empanadas and croquetas, satisfying any drunken cravings.

 

One of the best ways to feel like you are in Havana without actually making the trip

Where: 971 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130
Website: www.cafelatrova.com

 

Bleau Bar

Elvis, Barack Obama, Frank Sinatra, and Kim Kardashian are just a few names in the long list of celebrities that have been spotted at this highly prestigious and star-packed bar. Imagine stumbling upon one of these celebrities while on a Friday night out. The bar has been labeled ‘the meeting place of the stars’, and with that long list of names, it is easy to see why. You can choose whether you want a table in the middle of the action or if you prefer a window table overlooking the hotel pool and the entire Miami beach cocktail bar. Regardless of your seat, you will feel empowered and important as you drink the finest alcohol and mingle with some of the most influential people in the world.

As far as drinks go, you can get any favorite cocktail or ask the bartender to surprise you with a new concoction. Or you can choose from a long list of fine wines and expensive liquors.

Where: 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Website: www.fountainebleau.com

 

Imagine stumbling upon Barack Obama or Kim Kardashian while on a Friday night out

The Biltmore Bar

You have probably seen the Biltmore Hotel before you just don’t know it. The Biltmore has been the backdrop of numerous films and shows, including Bad Boys and CSI: Miami. But it is notoriously known as one of Miami’s finest and most luxurious hotels and country clubs. Inside the Biltmore is their bar which is a true model of the classiness and sophistication the hotel is trying to emit. The relaxed seating and scattered tables allow for easy conversation and good company.

Their selection of drinks varies from premium and vintage liquor to bottled beers. To add to the aesthetic, there is an outdoor seating area where you can smoke cigars freely. If you want to cater to your inner old soul, this is the place for you.

Where: 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Website: www.biltmorehotel.com

 

Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery

There is the common perception that around 2 a.m. most people begin to lose their partying steam and start to head home for the night. The problem is this idea completely overlooks the party laggards who are reaching their peak just when the bars start closing. Like an animal-lover taking in a stray cat, Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery will greet you with open arms as you stumble inside after perusing the town in the early morning hours. There is a sense of warm hospitality at Swizzle that makes it appealing to people who are looking to lounge with friends or hang by the pool.

Their cocktail list is so versatile you can have anything from a classic Hurricane to a Missionary Downfall. Their food selection is also diverse, offering items such as croquetas, wings, and Cuban sandwiches.

Where: 1120 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33127
Website: www.swizzlerumbardrinkery.com

 

Where: 255 NW 27th Terrace, Miami, FL 33127
Website: www.barterwynwood.com

Barter Wynwood

At barter Wynwood, you might leave with more than a full bladder and stuffed stomach. Their drinks and food accompany the intricate vintage items collection they have scattered around the bar. If you like something, you can trade or ‘barter’ with them for one of your own items. This bar is inspired by the artwork in Wynwood and provides a laid-back place to enjoy good Latin food, drinks, and vintage pieces.

Enjoy a variety of cocktails using house-made syrups as well as hard liquor, bottled beer, and wine. Their wood-fire grill has staple bar food that will pair perfectly with a cold drink. For the antique lovers, look out for vintage cameras, telephones, and magazines.


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