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Miami’s 14 Essential Cocktail Bars, Mapped

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After more than a year of bar hopping being halted to a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Floridian’s are starting to head back to their favorite watering holes thanks to an increase in vaccinations countrywide. Bars across town have not only increased their safety protocols but also have put a larger emphasis on outdoor drinking and dining and offering guests options like take out drinks and more.

So with that in mind, below is an updated list of Miami’s go-to cocktail spots to grab a well-balanced drink. This list only includes cocktail bars in the most traditional sense (i.e. ones that are more focused on drink than food) and that have been open at least a year or more.

Editor’s Note: The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Sylvester

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3456 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 364-5635
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Housed in the former Bardot space, The Sylvester “pays homage to old and new Miami” with cocktails and bites from the Beaker & Gray team like the “Vaxxxed & Waxxxed” made with Don Julio Blanco, Vida mezcal, Chinola passion fruit, and habanero bitters. The space also keeps with the Miami theme in decor, boasting colorful vintage wallpaper, tropical touches, repurposed antique furniture, alongside games including a pool table, pinball machine, foosball, and plenty of board games.

2. The Broken Shaker

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2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 531-2727
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The Broken Shaker has helped evolve the Miami mixed drink scene bringing the stiff drinks out of the parlor and into the open air. It's not the velvet slipper and smoking jacket type of cocktail club some out-of-towners may be use to. Patrons sip their drinks scattered around the pool and beneath the over-growth.

3. Gramps

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176 NW 24th St
Miami, FL
(305) 699-2669
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This Wynwood cocktail bar might advertise its "Cold Beer" and "Air Conditioning" but its cocktails are nothing to be ignored. Its laid-back atmosphere and strong — yet balanced — drinks make it the perfect spot to begin or end the night.

4. Sweet Liberty Drink & Supply Co.

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237 20th St Ste B
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 763-8217
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The brain child of Miami bar legend John Lermayer, Sweet Liberty features a Miami Beach chic vibe complete and some of the best cocktails on the beach and a kitchen that stays open to 4 a.m. nightly. And don't miss its bar food, which is just as good at the beginning of the night as it is at the end.

5. Esotico Miami

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1600 NE 1st Ave #102
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 800-8454
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This bright and colorful tiki bar creates an assortment of drinks influenced by tiki-cocktail history. Think drinks like the Nu Mai Tai made with three different types of rum, passion fruit, and a “very secret ingredient,” or the large format Missionary’s Downfall with rum, brandy, pineapple, and mint. To soak up all that booze Esotico Miami will serve up a full dinner menu with a variety of tiki-with-a-twist offerings, like black truffle dumplings, octopus hot dogs, and fish cakes can be found in the “tropical chow” menu. 

6. The Corner

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1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL
(305) 961-7887
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The fanciest thing about The Corner are the cocktails, and that's a good thing. Dark, rough cut wood and dimly lite, as a proper speakeasy should be.

7. Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery

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1120 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(347) 977-6428
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As the name implies, rum is the star at Swizzle with a versatile cocktail list focusing on classic and contemporary cocktails, as well as a mix of spirit forward drinks and tropical libations. The decor is even boasts a mural and walls lined with photos highlighting the history of rum that is meant to be museum-like, which the bartender will gives tours of when they aren’t too busy.

8. Mama Tried

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207 NE 1st St
Miami, FL 33132
(786) 803-8087
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This self-proclaimed “upscale” dive bar — from the people behind places like Sweet Liberty and Blackbird Ordinary — features retro-vibes, strong drinks and plenty of entertainment like a Pac Man arcade game, jukebox, pool table, TVs, and a Bookleggers library. Plus diners can grab a pizza and a nostalgic snowball from its on-site food vendor, Yeti’s.

9. Over Under

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151 E Flagler St
Miami, FL 33131
(786) 247-9851
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The eclectic watering hole slash eatery offers well-crafted cocktails, booze-filled slushies, and a menu filled with items like a much buzzed about burger that is akin to a high-end Big Mac, vegan Jamaican patties, and sour orange pie.

10. Lost Boy

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157 E Flagler St
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 372-7303
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This laid-back, two-story Downtown Miami bar boasts an interior inspired by the American Southwest, traditional English pubs and “drunken sailor bars,” along with a straightforward cocktail and food menu with classics like the gin and tonic, Old Fashioned, negroni, and Penicillin, along with well drinks, wines, coffee, and tap only beers served in English imperial pint glasses.

11. Casa Florida Miami

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437 SW 2nd St
Miami, FL 33130
(833) 635-0006
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This popular Florida-inspired cocktail bar boasts signature millennial pink decor in a hybrid indoor/outdoor setting, inventive tropical cocktails, and Little Havana location, plus a must-try brunch every Saturday and Sunday.

12. Better Days

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75 SE 6th St Ste 103
Miami, FL

Sure, once upon a time Better Days called itself a "pop-up" bar, but this laid-back watering hole has become a permanent go-to spot for the Brickell crowd serving up unique, handcrafted cocktails in a very un-Brickell like setting.

13. Blackbird Ordinary

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729 SW 1st Ave
Miami, FL
(305) 671-3307
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From shooters to cocktails to punch bowls, drinks come in a variety of sizes at Blackbird Ordinary. A dark interior combined with the indoor/outdoor space, live music and throw-back hits creates an up-beat take on the where to get one of the city's best mixed drinks.

14. Abi Maria Bar & Refuge

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8860 SW 72nd Pl
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 873-4153
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Kendall isn’t exactly known for its abundance of high quality cocktail bars, but Abi Maria is trying to change that. This Downtown Dadeland bar boasts old-school Havana vibes, tropical cocktails named after towns in Cuba, and bites to help soak up all that rum.

1. The Sylvester

3456 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Housed in the former Bardot space, The Sylvester “pays homage to old and new Miami” with cocktails and bites from the Beaker & Gray team like the “Vaxxxed & Waxxxed” made with Don Julio Blanco, Vida mezcal, Chinola passion fruit, and habanero bitters. The space also keeps with the Miami theme in decor, boasting colorful vintage wallpaper, tropical touches, repurposed antique furniture, alongside games including a pool table, pinball machine, foosball, and plenty of board games.

3456 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

2. The Broken Shaker

2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL

The Broken Shaker has helped evolve the Miami mixed drink scene bringing the stiff drinks out of the parlor and into the open air. It's not the velvet slipper and smoking jacket type of cocktail club some out-of-towners may be use to. Patrons sip their drinks scattered around the pool and beneath the over-growth.

2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL

3. Gramps

176 NW 24th St, Miami, FL

This Wynwood cocktail bar might advertise its "Cold Beer" and "Air Conditioning" but its cocktails are nothing to be ignored. Its laid-back atmosphere and strong — yet balanced — drinks make it the perfect spot to begin or end the night.

176 NW 24th St
Miami, FL

4. Sweet Liberty Drink & Supply Co.

237 20th St Ste B, Miami Beach, FL

The brain child of Miami bar legend John Lermayer, Sweet Liberty features a Miami Beach chic vibe complete and some of the best cocktails on the beach and a kitchen that stays open to 4 a.m. nightly. And don't miss its bar food, which is just as good at the beginning of the night as it is at the end.

237 20th St Ste B
Miami Beach, FL

5. Esotico Miami

1600 NE 1st Ave #102, Miami, FL 33132

This bright and colorful tiki bar creates an assortment of drinks influenced by tiki-cocktail history. Think drinks like the Nu Mai Tai made with three different types of rum, passion fruit, and a “very secret ingredient,” or the large format Missionary’s Downfall with rum, brandy, pineapple, and mint. To soak up all that booze Esotico Miami will serve up a full dinner menu with a variety of tiki-with-a-twist offerings, like black truffle dumplings, octopus hot dogs, and fish cakes can be found in the “tropical chow” menu. 

1600 NE 1st Ave #102
Miami, FL 33132

6. The Corner

1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL

The fanciest thing about The Corner are the cocktails, and that's a good thing. Dark, rough cut wood and dimly lite, as a proper speakeasy should be.

1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL

7. Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery

1120 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

As the name implies, rum is the star at Swizzle with a versatile cocktail list focusing on classic and contemporary cocktails, as well as a mix of spirit forward drinks and tropical libations. The decor is even boasts a mural and walls lined with photos highlighting the history of rum that is meant to be museum-like, which the bartender will gives tours of when they aren’t too busy.

1120 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. Mama Tried

207 NE 1st St, Miami, FL 33132

This self-proclaimed “upscale” dive bar — from the people behind places like Sweet Liberty and Blackbird Ordinary — features retro-vibes, strong drinks and plenty of entertainment like a Pac Man arcade game, jukebox, pool table, TVs, and a Bookleggers library. Plus diners can grab a pizza and a nostalgic snowball from its on-site food vendor, Yeti’s.

207 NE 1st St
Miami, FL 33132

9. Over Under

151 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131

The eclectic watering hole slash eatery offers well-crafted cocktails, booze-filled slushies, and a menu filled with items like a much buzzed about burger that is akin to a high-end Big Mac, vegan Jamaican patties, and sour orange pie.

151 E Flagler St
Miami, FL 33131

10. Lost Boy

157 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131

This laid-back, two-story Downtown Miami bar boasts an interior inspired by the American Southwest, traditional English pubs and “drunken sailor bars,” along with a straightforward cocktail and food menu with classics like the gin and tonic, Old Fashioned, negroni, and Penicillin, along with well drinks, wines, coffee, and tap only beers served in English imperial pint glasses.

157 E Flagler St
Miami, FL 33131

11. Casa Florida Miami

437 SW 2nd St, Miami, FL 33130

This popular Florida-inspired cocktail bar boasts signature millennial pink decor in a hybrid indoor/outdoor setting, inventive tropical cocktails, and Little Havana location, plus a must-try brunch every Saturday and Sunday.

437 SW 2nd St
Miami, FL 33130

12. Better Days

75 SE 6th St Ste 103, Miami, FL

Sure, once upon a time Better Days called itself a "pop-up" bar, but this laid-back watering hole has become a permanent go-to spot for the Brickell crowd serving up unique, handcrafted cocktails in a very un-Brickell like setting.

75 SE 6th St Ste 103
Miami, FL

13. Blackbird Ordinary

729 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL

From shooters to cocktails to punch bowls, drinks come in a variety of sizes at Blackbird Ordinary. A dark interior combined with the indoor/outdoor space, live music and throw-back hits creates an up-beat take on the where to get one of the city's best mixed drinks.

729 SW 1st Ave
Miami, FL

14. Abi Maria Bar & Refuge

8860 SW 72nd Pl, Miami, FL 33156

Kendall isn’t exactly known for its abundance of high quality cocktail bars, but Abi Maria is trying to change that. This Downtown Dadeland bar boasts old-school Havana vibes, tropical cocktails named after towns in Cuba, and bites to help soak up all that rum.

8860 SW 72nd Pl
Miami, FL 33156

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