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Where to Go for First Date Drinks in Miami

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Let’s face it, first dates are almost always better with a cocktail in hand. Dating in Miami is already a feat on its own, so once a date is scheduled it’s best to have it take place somewhere with an exceptional cocktail menu. There’s something about a little liquid courage that helps make the moment a bit smoother.

Here are nine bars in Miami waiting for first dates to happen where the vibe is semi romantic, the cocktails are fun, and the bartenders know how to help set the mood.

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1. Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina

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4441 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 538-2000
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The Fontainebleau Miami Beach may be known for its posh restaurants and fancier fare, but if first date cocktails are what’s on the menu check out Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina. The vibe is laidback and casual, with fun cocktails, oversized nachos, and board games for entertainment. If the date gets a little boring, head up for drinks at Bleau Bar in the lobby where the people watching is so entertaining the conversation basically makes itself.

2. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

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3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL
(786) 369-0353
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Sugarcane is one of Midtown’s longest standing restaurants and the bar program is half the reason why. The outdoor bar with twinkling string lights hanging overhead makes for quite the romantic date spot. Order a few light bites and browse the longer than expected cocktail list while swapping stories about the first time you ventured into Wynwood and other surrounding once questionable areas.

3. The Broken Shaker

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2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 531-2727
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A Miami institution when it comes to cocktails, it’s an ideal place for a daytime first date cocktails and maybe even a dip in the pool. The daily punch is always a smart choice when browsing the menu in search of something to take the edge off and calm those first date jitters.

4. Sugar at EAST

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788 Brickell Plz
Miami, FL
(786) 805-4655
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Rooftop cocktails set the bar for good first date impressions. At Sugar, the cocktails are 40 floors up and surrounded by views of Brickell and Downtown Miami. The Asian garden inspired bar features cocktails for every palate from a lychee martini to a smoked apple old fashioned. And worst case scenario if the date is a total dud — spend it talking about the city views.

5. YAKU by La Mar

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500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL
(305) 913-8358
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This outdoor lounge is only open Thursday through Sunday, but the waterfront views of Miami make for a scenic first date background. Pair the views with a Peruvian-themed tropical cocktail like the Yaku Pisco Punch made with rum, mango puree, lime juice, chicha morada and some first date magic is bound to happen.

6. Uvaggio Wine Bar

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70 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL
(305) 448-2400
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Okay, Uvaggio technically is a wine bar and no cocktails are served here, but a couple of glasses of vino will still get the job done. The space is small and intimate with great mood lighting, which is always bonus points. Plus, its wine list is unique and extensive and there’s always someone on hand to help a wine novice out.

7. Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern

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7221 SW 58th Ave
South Miami, FL
(305) 669-8577
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This South Miami haunt has been around for many first dates and will be for many more to come. The bar inside is small and loud, so it’s recommended to take the date outside to the back or to one of the cozy garden benches — unless dancing to the live band is the kind of date on the agenda. The cocktail menu is titled “House Prescriptions” and it might be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to a first date.

8. Generator Hostel Miami

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3120 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(786) 496-5730
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This European hostel is quickly becoming mid-beach’s hottest hangout spot. There’s two options for first date drinking — The Jim & Neesie and Driftway. Sip classic cocktails with a bottled twist inside at The Jim & Neesie or head outside for frozen beverages like the OMFG Margarita, which packs a serious punch with its mix of mezcal and tequila.

9. Bar Alter

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223 NW 23rd St B
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 573-5996
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Alter is a favorite when it comes to fancy dining in Miami, but don’t slack on the bar concept outside. At this petite teal colored bar, guests will find a four to five page menu of ever-changing cocktails that are perfect libations to cure first date jitters. Happy hour featured Monday through Friday is ideal for grabbing a quick drink with a potential match. If the date goes well, there’s always the possibility of a chef’s tasting menu inside.

10. Employees Only Miami

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1030 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 264-3945
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This spot isn’t just for employees as its name implies. Take advantage of the dark romantic ambiance of this New York transplant on Miami Beach. The drinks are strong and the food is restaurant caliber, and it’s open until 5 a.m., which is convenient if the first date goes better than expected. Stop in for Silky Sundays — the bar’s popular Sunday night party — and partake in the famed burlesque show that’s bound to give plenty of inspiration for a fun first date conversation.

11. Jaguar Sun

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230 NE 4th St
Miami, FL 33132
(786) 860-2422
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The newest bar in Downtown Miami is exactly what those going on a first date should be looking for. The setting is relaxed and tropical while still maintaining just enough sophistication, especially with the elevated bar food including pastas and little gem salads. The cocktails are whimsical, with something to be found for every palette. Craving a specific drink? Owner and bar manager Will Thompson is always up for a challenge.

12. Minnow Bar

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660 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-9600
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Most of Washington Avenue on South Beach is a ghost town, but one spot worth visiting — especially on a first date — is Minnow Bar at the Angler’s Hotel. As part of the newly built second tower, this first floor bar is an extra cozy place for meeting a possible soulmate for the first time. Drinks are delicious with fun pop culture reference names by bar manager Chris Resnick. Struggling for something to talk about? Ask for a bartender’s choice cocktail and start a conversation about its contents, as they are likely going to be something unexpected and flavorful.

13. Lost Boy

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157 E Flagler St
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 372-7303
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Meeting a first date for drinks after a long day at the office? Lost Boy Dry Goods is the place to go for a no nonsense happy hour featuring classic drinks at fair prices in an ambiance that’s fitting for a casual conversation between two people looking to get to know each other.

14. minibar at urbanica

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418 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8934

Tucked into the Urbanica hotel right off of 5th Street, thirsty first daters will find a tiny (mini, if you will) bar that’s the go-to watering hole for the cool kids living the South of Fifth lifestyle. The bar only seats about 10 people, making it a cozy spot to start a potential relationship.

1. Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina

4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach may be known for its posh restaurants and fancier fare, but if first date cocktails are what’s on the menu check out Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina. The vibe is laidback and casual, with fun cocktails, oversized nachos, and board games for entertainment. If the date gets a little boring, head up for drinks at Bleau Bar in the lobby where the people watching is so entertaining the conversation basically makes itself.

4441 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL

2. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL

Sugarcane is one of Midtown’s longest standing restaurants and the bar program is half the reason why. The outdoor bar with twinkling string lights hanging overhead makes for quite the romantic date spot. Order a few light bites and browse the longer than expected cocktail list while swapping stories about the first time you ventured into Wynwood and other surrounding once questionable areas.

3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL

3. The Broken Shaker

2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL

A Miami institution when it comes to cocktails, it’s an ideal place for a daytime first date cocktails and maybe even a dip in the pool. The daily punch is always a smart choice when browsing the menu in search of something to take the edge off and calm those first date jitters.

2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL

4. Sugar at EAST

788 Brickell Plz, Miami, FL

Rooftop cocktails set the bar for good first date impressions. At Sugar, the cocktails are 40 floors up and surrounded by views of Brickell and Downtown Miami. The Asian garden inspired bar features cocktails for every palate from a lychee martini to a smoked apple old fashioned. And worst case scenario if the date is a total dud — spend it talking about the city views.

788 Brickell Plz
Miami, FL

5. YAKU by La Mar

500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL

This outdoor lounge is only open Thursday through Sunday, but the waterfront views of Miami make for a scenic first date background. Pair the views with a Peruvian-themed tropical cocktail like the Yaku Pisco Punch made with rum, mango puree, lime juice, chicha morada and some first date magic is bound to happen.

500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL

6. Uvaggio Wine Bar

70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL

Okay, Uvaggio technically is a wine bar and no cocktails are served here, but a couple of glasses of vino will still get the job done. The space is small and intimate with great mood lighting, which is always bonus points. Plus, its wine list is unique and extensive and there’s always someone on hand to help a wine novice out.

70 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL

7. Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern

7221 SW 58th Ave, South Miami, FL

This South Miami haunt has been around for many first dates and will be for many more to come. The bar inside is small and loud, so it’s recommended to take the date outside to the back or to one of the cozy garden benches — unless dancing to the live band is the kind of date on the agenda. The cocktail menu is titled “House Prescriptions” and it might be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to a first date.

7221 SW 58th Ave
South Miami, FL

8. Generator Hostel Miami

3120 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

This European hostel is quickly becoming mid-beach’s hottest hangout spot. There’s two options for first date drinking — The Jim & Neesie and Driftway. Sip classic cocktails with a bottled twist inside at The Jim & Neesie or head outside for frozen beverages like the OMFG Margarita, which packs a serious punch with its mix of mezcal and tequila.

3120 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

9. Bar Alter

223 NW 23rd St B, Miami, FL 33127

Alter is a favorite when it comes to fancy dining in Miami, but don’t slack on the bar concept outside. At this petite teal colored bar, guests will find a four to five page menu of ever-changing cocktails that are perfect libations to cure first date jitters. Happy hour featured Monday through Friday is ideal for grabbing a quick drink with a potential match. If the date goes well, there’s always the possibility of a chef’s tasting menu inside.

223 NW 23rd St B
Miami, FL 33127

10. Employees Only Miami

1030 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This spot isn’t just for employees as its name implies. Take advantage of the dark romantic ambiance of this New York transplant on Miami Beach. The drinks are strong and the food is restaurant caliber, and it’s open until 5 a.m., which is convenient if the first date goes better than expected. Stop in for Silky Sundays — the bar’s popular Sunday night party — and partake in the famed burlesque show that’s bound to give plenty of inspiration for a fun first date conversation.

1030 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. Jaguar Sun

230 NE 4th St, Miami, FL 33132

The newest bar in Downtown Miami is exactly what those going on a first date should be looking for. The setting is relaxed and tropical while still maintaining just enough sophistication, especially with the elevated bar food including pastas and little gem salads. The cocktails are whimsical, with something to be found for every palette. Craving a specific drink? Owner and bar manager Will Thompson is always up for a challenge.

230 NE 4th St
Miami, FL 33132

12. Minnow Bar

660 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Most of Washington Avenue on South Beach is a ghost town, but one spot worth visiting — especially on a first date — is Minnow Bar at the Angler’s Hotel. As part of the newly built second tower, this first floor bar is an extra cozy place for meeting a possible soulmate for the first time. Drinks are delicious with fun pop culture reference names by bar manager Chris Resnick. Struggling for something to talk about? Ask for a bartender’s choice cocktail and start a conversation about its contents, as they are likely going to be something unexpected and flavorful.

660 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Lost Boy

157 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131

Meeting a first date for drinks after a long day at the office? Lost Boy Dry Goods is the place to go for a no nonsense happy hour featuring classic drinks at fair prices in an ambiance that’s fitting for a casual conversation between two people looking to get to know each other.

157 E Flagler St
Miami, FL 33131

14. minibar at urbanica

418 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tucked into the Urbanica hotel right off of 5th Street, thirsty first daters will find a tiny (mini, if you will) bar that’s the go-to watering hole for the cool kids living the South of Fifth lifestyle. The bar only seats about 10 people, making it a cozy spot to start a potential relationship.

418 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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