Here's a freshly updated version of Eater's cocktail heatmap, a guide to the hot drinking dens and restaurant bars of the moment in South Florida. Rather than feature the perennial favorites and classic go-tos (you can find those here and here), this guide focuses on operations that have open less than one year.Read More
13 New Bars With Great Cocktails in Miami
1. Paradis Books & Bread
North Miami, FL 33161
Natural wine is certainly having a moment in the Magic City, and the latest to enter the market is Paradis Books & Bread, which is part natural wine store, part restaurant, and part book shop. The restaurant’s concise menu is centered around dishes made with sourdough like pizzas by the slice or bread served with items like feta, pork terrine, and tins filled with various proteins and fermented vegetables. The wine list is filled with natural selections by the glass and by the bottle from producers throughout the world, and for real oenophiles, it even offers a wine club.
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2. Off Site
Part micro-brewery, part ode to Americana cuisine, Off Site is the brainchild of Steve Santana, the man behind popular Miami-based taqueria Taquiza, and Adam Darnell of Wynwood’s Boxelder. The laid back, industrial space in Little River features a concise menu of upgraded American classics like house-smoked wings, Cuban sandwiches, a brisket and short-rib burger, extra large hot dogs, and Santana’s popular “Super Good Chicken Sandwich,” which can be washed down with a variety of lagers, IPAs of all varieties, amber, and blonde ales.
3. Dante's HiFi
Miami, FL 33127
Self-described as Miami’s first “listening bar,” which is modeled after the style of Japanese bars where guests come for the music, this small and intimate space is all about the tunes. Holding just 50 people at a time, audiophiles and imbibers can listen to Dante’s extensive library of vinyl records from resident music director Rich Medina’s personal collection while sipping on Japanese highballs and snacking on wasabi peas.
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4. La Otra Miami Wynwood
La Otra has moved from its former Brickell location to a new indoor and outdoor space in the Wynwood neighborhood. The new location features La Otra’s famous disco balls, plants hanging from the ceiling, and large mix and match sofas. The drink menu focuses heavily on scotch, tequila, and mezcal, with playful names such as “Lucia” which is made with tequila, lime, and grapefruit soda and the “Marina” which is a mix of mezcal, panela syrup, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, and prosecco.
5. Monterrey Bar
This intimate 70’s style cocktail bar inside the Standard is an ode to the hotel’s past. The name pays homage to the hotel’s roots, The Monterrey Motel, which opened at 40 Island Avenue in 1953. The bar features twists on classics like the gin martini and the “Root Chakra” made with tequila, campari, dried chili reduction, lime, and sage, that pair well with its small bites like sea scallop crudo with corn and truffle or truffled tater tots with porcini aioli.
6. Bar La Real
Located in the attic of a historic building in Downtown Miami this “tropiglam” newcomer from the team behind Wynwood’s popular El Patio and Mayami serves up elegant drinks and plenty of Latin music vibes. Sip on libations like the gin-based Harakiri cocktail that infuses a wasabi sake and rose caviar, or an old fashioned, a twist on a mojito, and a spruced up gin and tonic.
7. Tipsy Flamingo Cocktail Bar
Located in the heart of Downtown Miami, the Tipsy Flamingo is a Miami-inspired cocktail bar from the teams behind Redbar and Sweet Caroline Karaoke Bar. The 1,300 square foot venue decorated in playful vintage palm leaf wallpaper, touches of hot pink, and faux foliage. The cocktail menu is as an ode to Miami with drinks like the “Downtown Mentirita,” the Tipsy Flamingo’s version of the classical Cuba Libre, and the “My English Is Not Very Good Looking”, which is meant to taste just like a guava pastelito.
8. Margot Natural Wine Bar
Miami, FL 33131
From the group behind Miami bar staple the Broken Shaker comes Margot Natural Wine Bar, a hip new Downtown Miami wine bar boasting a “70’s Scandinavian meets 80’s Italian aesthetic.” Featuring a natural wine list of more than 75 options in whites, reds, and roses, skin-contact, and beyond, the menu also includes low ABV cocktails, and a rotation of dishes like pinto gild made with anchovy, olives, and piparra peppers; swordfish crudo; tuna tiradito; and fondue all of which is meant to pair with the wines on hand.
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Little Havana’s first and only rooftop bar is back after a long hiatus. First debuting just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic shut all restaurants and bars down nationwide, the lush tropical bar and restaurant is back with a brand new drink and all-day food menu. Sip on cocktails like the herb-filled gin and tonic or the rum-based old fashioned while dining on bar bites like black bean dip and chicken tacos.
10. Rosa Sky Rooftop
This new rooftop Brickell bar from two longtime Miami nightlife pros features panoramic views of the Miami skyline, colorful cocktails, tapas-style bites, and a large music lineup.
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11. Delirio Tiki Bar by Swizzle
Miami Beach, FL 33139
One of Miami Beach’s top cocktail spots, Swizzle Rum Bar and Drinkery, has expanded its footprint with Delirio Tiki Pool Bar by Swizzle. Located inside the same hotel that houses Swizzle, it offers a variety of tiki-inspired cocktails with Central and South American flavor influences set against a laidback tropical poolside patio.
12. Carousel Club
From the teams behind The Wharf and Gulfstream Park comes the Carousel Club, a new hybrid outdoor spot featuring plenty of drinks, food, and good times in Hallandale. Featuring 14,000 square feet of tented and outdoor spaces — including its namesake antique Carousel Bar in the center of the space — Carousel Club offers ample seating alongside multiple patio areas to hang out on and numerous dining options from South Florida favorites like Spris Artisan Pizza, Los Altos Taqueria, and Ms. Cheezious.
13. Vinya Table
The wine pros at Key Biscayne’s Vinya Market have debuted their latest spot: Vinya Table in Coral Gables. While there is plenty of food to be had, winos can choose from an extensive by-the-glass program or drink one of its creative cocktails like the Chin Chin Tonic made with Tanqueray 10, lime peel, Chinola drizzle, tonic, parsley, and dill.