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10 New Bars With Great Cocktails in Miami

Where to grab a drink right now in the Magic City

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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-to's (you can find those here and here), this guide focuses on newer operations that have opened around one year or less.

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Bar Kaiju

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This small, second-floor bar inside the Citadel food hall serves up quirky, monster-themed cocktails under moody, dimly-lit red neon lights. Sip on beverages like the King Kong, made with rum, sherry, oleo, and clarified fruit, or the Bigfoot, a whiskey-infused chocolate-flavored cocktail.

Nestled in Little River, this 15,000-square-foot pop-up venue adds a new spin to the Miami bar landscape, drawing inspiration from a bohemian bungalow. It boasts a variety of unique features: a gazebo dedicated to natural wines, a state-of-the-art sound system, a cozy vinyl listening room, and a cocktail bar housed in a converted shipping container. This eclectic mix is complemented by a main stage, setting the scene for an array of live performances.

Wood Tavern

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Don’t call it a comeback — or maybe you should. Wood Tavern is reviving its essence in Wynwood by temporarily occupying the former Shots Miami location, promising to bring back its iconic laid-back community atmosphere and affordable drinks. This pop-up venture marks a return to its Wynwood roots, where it held a location for many years before shuttering during the pandemic.

Higher Ground

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The new third-floor outdoor bar inside the Arlo Wynwood hotel is led by none other than the Bar Lab Miami team, who are widely credited for helping put South Florida on the cocktail map. It serves as the perfect spot to begin or end the evening in the lively neighborhood.

Medium Cool Cocktail Lounge

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Miami Beach’s Gale South Beach hotel is home to Medium Cool, a 1970s-themed cocktail lounge with bronzed surfaces, velvet ropes, and a disco ball. Open Wednesday to Sunday, it offers jazz music and creative cocktails by Naren Young, formerly of Sweet Liberty, with a menu divided into sections like “Drinks With Bubbles,” “Sort of Martinis,” and “Boozy Stuff.”

The Roystone

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The Roystone, a new cocktail bar situated in downtown Miami, has made a splash featuring bartenders from the globe’s top 100 bars monthly. It boasts a dynamic cocktail and snack menu, with highlights including the Cafecita Martini and La Consentida. The venue, part of King Goose Hospitality’s portfolio, also hosts a bevy of events, such as vinyl DJ sets, jazz bands, and cocktail classes.

Jolene Sound Room

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Jolene, a retro-themed basement sound room at mega food hall Julia & Henry’s, is inspired by the queen herself, Dolly Parton. Developed by BarLab, the team behind the twice-named World’s 50 Best Bars recipient, Broken Shaker, the space comes equipped with a top-tier sound system, catering to guests seeking late-night dancing and plenty of cocktails.

Miami Sound Bar

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Japanese-inspired “listening bars” have become all the rage here in the United States, and the latest one to arrive in South Florida is the Miami Sound Bar. The cozy spot encourages guests to listen to DJs spin vinyl on a high-quality sound system while sipping cocktails, beers, and wines.

The Brightside

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The Brightside, a new neighborhood bar inspired by the culinary and social vibes of the Lake Erie area and New York City, has debuted in Shenandoah/Silver Bluff neighborhood. Created by Michael Radigan, a former NYC bartender, and his team, bar aims to bring a community-centric atmosphere to the area, featuring a simple yet traditional northeast bar food menu with highlights like beef on weck, buffalo chicken dip, buffalo wings, and pizza rolls. Alongside Loganberry-inspired cocktails, the bar offers a cozy setting with a welcoming, neighborly environment​​.

Gramps Getaway

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Gramps Getaway, the new addition by Wynwood’s beloved dive bar Gramps, offers a unique waterfront experience on Virginia Key. Housed in the former Whiskey Joe’s location next door to the Rusty Pelican, this space maintains the original’s eclectic charm with a diverse, well-priced drink menu paired with small seafood plates, including oysters and lobster rolls, against the picturesque waterfront backdrop of Biscayne Bay.

Bar Kaiju

This small, second-floor bar inside the Citadel food hall serves up quirky, monster-themed cocktails under moody, dimly-lit red neon lights. Sip on beverages like the King Kong, made with rum, sherry, oleo, and clarified fruit, or the Bigfoot, a whiskey-infused chocolate-flavored cocktail.

ZeyZey

Nestled in Little River, this 15,000-square-foot pop-up venue adds a new spin to the Miami bar landscape, drawing inspiration from a bohemian bungalow. It boasts a variety of unique features: a gazebo dedicated to natural wines, a state-of-the-art sound system, a cozy vinyl listening room, and a cocktail bar housed in a converted shipping container. This eclectic mix is complemented by a main stage, setting the scene for an array of live performances.

Wood Tavern

Don’t call it a comeback — or maybe you should. Wood Tavern is reviving its essence in Wynwood by temporarily occupying the former Shots Miami location, promising to bring back its iconic laid-back community atmosphere and affordable drinks. This pop-up venture marks a return to its Wynwood roots, where it held a location for many years before shuttering during the pandemic.

Higher Ground

The new third-floor outdoor bar inside the Arlo Wynwood hotel is led by none other than the Bar Lab Miami team, who are widely credited for helping put South Florida on the cocktail map. It serves as the perfect spot to begin or end the evening in the lively neighborhood.

Medium Cool Cocktail Lounge

Miami Beach’s Gale South Beach hotel is home to Medium Cool, a 1970s-themed cocktail lounge with bronzed surfaces, velvet ropes, and a disco ball. Open Wednesday to Sunday, it offers jazz music and creative cocktails by Naren Young, formerly of Sweet Liberty, with a menu divided into sections like “Drinks With Bubbles,” “Sort of Martinis,” and “Boozy Stuff.”

The Roystone

The Roystone, a new cocktail bar situated in downtown Miami, has made a splash featuring bartenders from the globe’s top 100 bars monthly. It boasts a dynamic cocktail and snack menu, with highlights including the Cafecita Martini and La Consentida. The venue, part of King Goose Hospitality’s portfolio, also hosts a bevy of events, such as vinyl DJ sets, jazz bands, and cocktail classes.

Jolene Sound Room

Jolene, a retro-themed basement sound room at mega food hall Julia & Henry’s, is inspired by the queen herself, Dolly Parton. Developed by BarLab, the team behind the twice-named World’s 50 Best Bars recipient, Broken Shaker, the space comes equipped with a top-tier sound system, catering to guests seeking late-night dancing and plenty of cocktails.

Miami Sound Bar

Japanese-inspired “listening bars” have become all the rage here in the United States, and the latest one to arrive in South Florida is the Miami Sound Bar. The cozy spot encourages guests to listen to DJs spin vinyl on a high-quality sound system while sipping cocktails, beers, and wines.

The Brightside

The Brightside, a new neighborhood bar inspired by the culinary and social vibes of the Lake Erie area and New York City, has debuted in Shenandoah/Silver Bluff neighborhood. Created by Michael Radigan, a former NYC bartender, and his team, bar aims to bring a community-centric atmosphere to the area, featuring a simple yet traditional northeast bar food menu with highlights like beef on weck, buffalo chicken dip, buffalo wings, and pizza rolls. Alongside Loganberry-inspired cocktails, the bar offers a cozy setting with a welcoming, neighborly environment​​.

Gramps Getaway

Gramps Getaway, the new addition by Wynwood’s beloved dive bar Gramps, offers a unique waterfront experience on Virginia Key. Housed in the former Whiskey Joe’s location next door to the Rusty Pelican, this space maintains the original’s eclectic charm with a diverse, well-priced drink menu paired with small seafood plates, including oysters and lobster rolls, against the picturesque waterfront backdrop of Biscayne Bay.

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