1) Downtown: Who said a good thing never comes from old department stores? Not the folks from Kork Wine & Cheese, that's for sure. They've further expanded their realm in Downtown Miami with the recent opening of Avenue D in the former Macy's space on Flagler and South Miami Avenue. A department store turned jazz club, Avenue D has got the space, stage, and instruments for live music on Fridays and Saturdays, where Macy Gray has already graced the stage. Three bars let you sip on drinks like their Avenue D Manhattan, Velvet Margarita, and Purple Dragonfly.
Status: Certified Open; 8 South Miami Avenue, Miami, (305) 371-4823
Previous Coverage: Thrillist 10/31; UrbanDaddy 10/26
2) Midtown: The Chicago chain Bar Louie has opened its Miami outpost in Midtown. Head over to the bar/lounge/tavern to watch the game, get your happy hour on, or get some late night bites. Bar food like mozzarella-stuffed meatballs, fish and chips, jalapeño and bacon-baked mac n' cheese, and burgers round out the food menu. Drinks include a long list of beers, and a list of 14 specialty martinis like the dessert-esque S'mores and the Effen Good. There's even a bloody mary with Guinness, dubbed The Ultimate Bloody Louie.
Status: Certified Open; 3201 North Miami Avenue, Midtown, (786) 879-8260
Previous Coverage: Thrillist 11/12; Short Order 10/18
3) Midtown: Give a warm welcome to Lagniappe, a new, chill indoor/outdoor market-lounge in Midtown that's the latest from David Tunnel of Metro Organic Bistro and Dogma. The very casual New Orleans vibe comes from the couches and a grand piano inside, while out back the yard is filled with patio furniture and a stage for live performances. Light eats like cheeses and cured meats are in the fridge for you to choose (to stay or to go), and steak kabobs and jerk chicken are on the grill. About 50 beers and lots of French wines are available on the shelf or in the fridge, again just grab a bottle and stay for the show (no corkage fee) or take it home.
Status: Certified Open; 3425 Northeast 2 Avenue, Midtown, (305) 576-0108
Previous Coverage: Thrillist 11/09