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 operations that have opened roughly one year or less.Read More
12 New Bars With Great Cocktails in Miami
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Delirio Tiki Bar by Swizzle
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.
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.
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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The Gibson Room
This new speakeasy-era bar and restaurant, from the team behind Coconut Grove’s Ariete and Chug’s Diner, takes over the former the Mighty space on Coral Way. The dark and intimate space boasts a grand piano, walls adorned in taxidermy, a decadent food menu, and cocktails that are strong and creative with an element of yesteryear added in.
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John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant
John Martin’s, one of South Florida’s longest-running restaurants and bars, has reopened its doors with a new look and new ownership after shuttering nearly three years ago during the COVID-19 pandemic. The space still features plenty of its original architectural elements. Still, it showcases a black-and-white color scheme, a new indoor “garden,” and a moss-covered brick wall bordered by portraits of the founders. An extensive menu of spirits, including more than 300 types of whiskey, as well as beers, wines, seltzers, champagne, and specialty cocktails such as the Shamrock Shake and the Miracle Mile Margarita, can be found on the menu.
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.
Almost seven years after legendary South Miami bar Fox’s Sherron Inn closed its doors, the beloved dive bar and restaurant has returned to the Magic City, complete with new owners but the same look and feel as the original. The menu remains mainly untouched with the return of favorites like Tuesday and Thursday Prime Rib nights, thumb bits (tenderloin medallions served on toasted French baguette rounds with Fox’s special sauce), and the beloved French onion soup. And the cocktails are simple, strong, and served cold — just how any true Fox’s fan would remember.
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