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13 New Bars to With Great Cocktails in Miami

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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.

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1. Paradis Books & Bread

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12831 W Dixie Hwy
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.

2. Off Site

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8250 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33138
(786) 360-4237
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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

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519 NW 26th St
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.

4. La Otra Miami Wynwood

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55 NE 24th St
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 908-9368
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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

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40 Island Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-1717
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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 1953The 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. Serena Rooftop

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915 Collins Ct
Miami, FL 33139
(305) 306-0776
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Led by chef Scott Linquist, alongside the teams that brought us Coyo Taco and 1-800-LUCKY, this colorful rooftop restaurant and bar housed on top the Moxy Hotel on South Beach boasts a Mexican menu with dishes like uni and crab tostadas, squash blossom quesadillas, and chorizo huaraches, alongside plenty of cocktails filled with tequila and mezcal.

7. Bar La Real

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100 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33132
(786) 793-6533
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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.

8. Tipsy Flamingo Cocktail Bar

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40 NE 1st Ave #101
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 713-7839
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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.

9. Margot Natural Wine Bar

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21 SE 2nd Ave
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.

10. Terras

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528 SW 9th Ave
Miami, FL 33130
(786) 574-3775
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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.

11. Oche Miami Beach

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200 South Pointe Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(833) 301-0289
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Show off that competitive side at this new dart focused bar and restaurant. Named for the line players stand behind when throwing darts, Oche features 13 dart booths that guests can rent for 85 minute sessions at $25 a person. Along with games and drinks, food is taken up a notch with dishes like bacon wrapped maduros (plantains), spicy tuna cones, wagyu sliders, chicken thigh skewers, crab cakes, and a variety of pizzas like the piccante topped with spicy sausage, burrata, and spring onion, or the rock shrimp pizza topped with manchego, scallions, cilantro, and lemon.

12. Rosa Sky Rooftop

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115 SW 8th St 22nd Floor
Miami, FL 33130
(786) 628-1515
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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.

13. Cebada Rooftop

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124 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(786) 409-2287
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Rooftop drinking and Coral Gables doesn’t typically go hand-in-hand, but Cebada Rooftop is looking to change that. The bar and restaurant from the team behind Kendall favorite Abi Maria has created a menu focused on seafood and Cuban-influenced dishes with plenty of cheekily named cocktails thrown into the mix. Guests can order from a wide selection of raw bar dishes, including $2 oysters at happy hour and hearty bites like sausage rolls housed in medianoche buns and topped with caviar. Drinks run the gamut from the Tom de la Cruz, made with mezcal and rosemary, to the frozen Shut Up Karen made with pumpkin, coffee, rum, and vodka, which are easily sipped on its expansive patio with views overlooking the neighborhood.

1. Paradis Books & Bread

12831 W Dixie Hwy, 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.

12831 W Dixie Hwy
North Miami, FL 33161

2. Off Site

8250 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138

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. 

8250 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33138

3. Dante's HiFi

519 NW 26th St, 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.

519 NW 26th St
Miami, FL 33127

4. La Otra Miami Wynwood

55 NE 24th St, Miami, FL 33137

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.

55 NE 24th St
Miami, FL 33137

5. Monterrey Bar

40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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 1953The 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.

40 Island Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Serena Rooftop

915 Collins Ct, Miami, FL 33139

Led by chef Scott Linquist, alongside the teams that brought us Coyo Taco and 1-800-LUCKY, this colorful rooftop restaurant and bar housed on top the Moxy Hotel on South Beach boasts a Mexican menu with dishes like uni and crab tostadas, squash blossom quesadillas, and chorizo huaraches, alongside plenty of cocktails filled with tequila and mezcal.

915 Collins Ct
Miami, FL 33139

7. Bar La Real

100 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33132

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.

100 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33132

8. Tipsy Flamingo Cocktail Bar

40 NE 1st Ave #101, Miami, FL 33132

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.

40 NE 1st Ave #101
Miami, FL 33132

9. Margot Natural Wine Bar

21 SE 2nd Ave, 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.

21 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33131

10. Terras

528 SW 9th Ave, Miami, FL 33130

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.

528 SW 9th Ave
Miami, FL 33130

11. Oche Miami Beach

200 South Pointe Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Show off that competitive side at this new dart focused bar and restaurant. Named for the line players stand behind when throwing darts, Oche features 13 dart booths that guests can rent for 85 minute sessions at $25 a person. Along with games and drinks, food is taken up a notch with dishes like bacon wrapped maduros (plantains), spicy tuna cones, wagyu sliders, chicken thigh skewers, crab cakes, and a variety of pizzas like the piccante topped with spicy sausage, burrata, and spring onion, or the rock shrimp pizza topped with manchego, scallions, cilantro, and lemon.

200 South Pointe Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Rosa Sky Rooftop

115 SW 8th St 22nd Floor, Miami, FL 33130

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.

115 SW 8th St 22nd Floor
Miami, FL 33130

13. Cebada Rooftop

124 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Rooftop drinking and Coral Gables doesn’t typically go hand-in-hand, but Cebada Rooftop is looking to change that. The bar and restaurant from the team behind Kendall favorite Abi Maria has created a menu focused on seafood and Cuban-influenced dishes with plenty of cheekily named cocktails thrown into the mix. Guests can order from a wide selection of raw bar dishes, including $2 oysters at happy hour and hearty bites like sausage rolls housed in medianoche buns and topped with caviar. Drinks run the gamut from the Tom de la Cruz, made with mezcal and rosemary, to the frozen Shut Up Karen made with pumpkin, coffee, rum, and vodka, which are easily sipped on its expansive patio with views overlooking the neighborhood.

124 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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