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These Spots Prove Cocktail Bars Aren’t Just For Getting Drunk Anymore

A round up of bars and restaurants with some of the best cocktail collections in Miami.

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For a city whose drink of choice used to be vodka and soda, we sure have come a long way. In just a few short years Miami went from a handful of good cocktail bars to dozens, with plenty of accolades in the mix.

We sorted out the best drink slinging watering holes (and restaurants) in town that have turned bartending into an art and finally put Miami on the cocktail culture map. From the Corner and Gramps to Lure Fishbar and The Cypress Room, we've included a little bit of everything.

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Red Bar Brickell

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Red Bar has recently transformed into a cozy escape from the hustle and bustle of Brickell. Pull up a seat and try one of the many cocktails curated by some of the city’s best bartenders like Elad Zvi and John Lermayer or sip one of their 250 premium spirits on hand

The Bar

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If you’re in the mood for live music to go with you’re drink then you’ve come to the right place. While it may seem like a hole-in-the-wall, The Bar becomes one of the most popular spots in the Gables on the weekends because its variety of classic cocktails and entertainment galore.

Swine Southern Table & Bar

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While Swine may be known for its decadent porcine-filled offerings, its bar program is worthy of just as many accolades. With dozens of bourbons on hand and two different bars its the perfect place to get your Old Fashioned fix.

Bulla Restaurant

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Ever had a “proper” Gin and Tonic? If you haven’t make sure to get to this Spanish eatery pronto to try it. If gin isn’t your thing, they have plenty of — rather large — cocktails to quench your thirst.

The Regent Cocktail Club

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Be transported to a 1940s speakeasy, complete with classic cocktails, dim lighting and live jazz music — without ever leaving South Beach. The drink menu changes daily, but the creations byJulio Cabrera keep guests filling the bars deep leather seats night after night.

Lure Fishbar

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While this might be one of the hottest restaurants on South Beach, its bar program is just as popular. Helmed by bar manager Rob Ferrara, it serves up a list of creative concoctions that pair perfectly with the restaurant’s fresh seafood offerings.

The Broken Shaker

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This is the bar that most people credit for starting Miami’s cocktail renaissance in 2011 and it is still going strong. Just named one of the Top 50 Best Bars in the World, the bar continues to produce some of the best drinks in the city.

Ball & Chain

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What was once old is new again at this newly reincarnated bar in Little Havana. A hotspot in the 1930s, the updated version gives a nod to its past with whimsical rum-filled cocktails, live Cuban music and plenty of salsa dancing.

Finka Table & Tap

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Kendall isn’t exactly known for its cocktail scene, but Finka is certainly trying to change this with its unique drink offerings that pull from the restaurant’s Cuban, Peruvian and Korean influences. Ten speciality cocktails fill its menu with half of the recipes original to Finka and the other half traditional and citing the drink’s original recipe.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

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The bar at Michael’s flagship restaurant has been popular since its inception almost eight years ago. With its newly revamped design complete with more seating and a raw bar, we’re guessing its popularity is here to stay.

The Corner

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The name isn’t deceiving, The Corner is technically in a corner in Downtown Miami. While it may seem small and inconspicuous on the outside, inside the bartenders are making fresh cocktails with inventive ingredients and big taste.

Blackbird Ordinary

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Not your average Brickell bar, this watering hole serves up creative cocktails without the pretentious vibe that tends to come with the area. Come for happy hour and play one of their many board games and then extend your visit dancing away to one of the many DJs playing well into the morning.

HaVen Gastro-Lounge

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This chic “gastro-lounge” offers its bar patrons distinctive drinks in an unusual setting. The bar walls are one giant LED screen with visuals depending on the night’s mood. Wall themes can range from exotic locales to bright LED lights and everything in between.

Patpong Road

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This bar is about as close as you’ll get to the infamous “Red Light District” in Thailand. Housed on top of Khong River House, the small dark space offers a rotating selection of drinks-in-a-bag and risqué titled drinks such as the “Screaming Orgasm.”
Dive bars aren’t typically known for their craft cocktails, but Gramps isn’t your typical dive bar. Located in the hipster-friendly Wynwood neighborhood, these drinks would make your grandpa proud — and impress your date — all without breaking the bank.

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

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It’s hard to pack a bar for years straight in this town, but Sugarcane seems to do that nightly. The hip restaurant that helped put Midtown on the map makes unique concoctions at the bar that has garnered it a cult-like following over the years.

The Cypress Room

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The old-school eatery channels all things classic Florida and its drinks are no exception. Take a seat at the intimate bar and choose a drink from the leather bound “Beverage Book” filled with old-school drinks like Negroni and La Floridita Daquiri.

Drawing Room Bar & Lounge

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Who knew bartenders could also be pharmacists? That’s the idea behind Albert Trummer’s newly opened cocktail bar on Miami Beach. The bar’s drinks are created with a special assortment of house-made elixirs and bitters that make for the best “prescription” of a cocktail.
While they may be known for their smoke-filled parties and live music acts, Bardot also serves up some delicious drinks — just make sure to get there before the party starts to ramp up to try them out.

Red Bar Brickell

Red Bar has recently transformed into a cozy escape from the hustle and bustle of Brickell. Pull up a seat and try one of the many cocktails curated by some of the city’s best bartenders like Elad Zvi and John Lermayer or sip one of their 250 premium spirits on hand

The Bar

If you’re in the mood for live music to go with you’re drink then you’ve come to the right place. While it may seem like a hole-in-the-wall, The Bar becomes one of the most popular spots in the Gables on the weekends because its variety of classic cocktails and entertainment galore.

Swine Southern Table & Bar

While Swine may be known for its decadent porcine-filled offerings, its bar program is worthy of just as many accolades. With dozens of bourbons on hand and two different bars its the perfect place to get your Old Fashioned fix.

Bulla Restaurant

Ever had a “proper” Gin and Tonic? If you haven’t make sure to get to this Spanish eatery pronto to try it. If gin isn’t your thing, they have plenty of — rather large — cocktails to quench your thirst.

The Regent Cocktail Club

Be transported to a 1940s speakeasy, complete with classic cocktails, dim lighting and live jazz music — without ever leaving South Beach. The drink menu changes daily, but the creations byJulio Cabrera keep guests filling the bars deep leather seats night after night.

Lure Fishbar

While this might be one of the hottest restaurants on South Beach, its bar program is just as popular. Helmed by bar manager Rob Ferrara, it serves up a list of creative concoctions that pair perfectly with the restaurant’s fresh seafood offerings.

The Broken Shaker

This is the bar that most people credit for starting Miami’s cocktail renaissance in 2011 and it is still going strong. Just named one of the Top 50 Best Bars in the World, the bar continues to produce some of the best drinks in the city.

Ball & Chain

What was once old is new again at this newly reincarnated bar in Little Havana. A hotspot in the 1930s, the updated version gives a nod to its past with whimsical rum-filled cocktails, live Cuban music and plenty of salsa dancing.

Finka Table & Tap

Kendall isn’t exactly known for its cocktail scene, but Finka is certainly trying to change this with its unique drink offerings that pull from the restaurant’s Cuban, Peruvian and Korean influences. Ten speciality cocktails fill its menu with half of the recipes original to Finka and the other half traditional and citing the drink’s original recipe.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

The bar at Michael’s flagship restaurant has been popular since its inception almost eight years ago. With its newly revamped design complete with more seating and a raw bar, we’re guessing its popularity is here to stay.

The Corner

The name isn’t deceiving, The Corner is technically in a corner in Downtown Miami. While it may seem small and inconspicuous on the outside, inside the bartenders are making fresh cocktails with inventive ingredients and big taste.

Blackbird Ordinary

Not your average Brickell bar, this watering hole serves up creative cocktails without the pretentious vibe that tends to come with the area. Come for happy hour and play one of their many board games and then extend your visit dancing away to one of the many DJs playing well into the morning.