The wine bar trend has arrived with gusto in Miami, with the forever party town discovering the pleasures of spending time in a cozy space, enjoying a great bottle of wine, quality bites, and (hopefully) compelling conversation. From the sommelier to those just starting the wine journey, here are spots serving great sips.Read More
9 Fantastic Wine Bars for Sipping, Swirling, and Drinking in Miami
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The hybrid bookstore, wine bar, and restaurant quickly won Miami’s heart. Run by a group of friends, this is the spot to come for an exceptional variety of natural wines (also for sale to take home) paired with solid bites like ‘nduja with stracciatella and tinned fish. There’s also a sourdough bread with its cult following, all of which can be enjoyed in the breezy and spacious outdoor courtyard. That is, of course, if there’s a spot available. If there isn’t, join a table and make new friends — it’s that kind of vibe.
Flight Wine Lounge & Shop
Tucked away in Miami Shores, this neighborhood spot’s tagline, “Life’s too short not to drink good wine!” pretty much sums things up. With the eclectic and expertly curated selection of bottles paired with frequent tastings and fun events like “DIY grow your own microgreens” and paella-making workshop, this place delivers on having a memorable time.
A great date night destination (first or fortieth), the ambiance of this New Orleans-style wine house is casual and unpretentious with a straightforward mission: good wine, good food, and a lush backyard to enjoy it all — plus live music every night. Guest choose their vino, cheeses, and meats for a build-your-own charcuterie board, then sit back and relax.
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Water Lion Wine + Alchemy
This gem inside South Beach's Sagamore hotel beckons for those who love oysters with a chilled glass of chablis. The elegant and relaxed atmosphere happily defies the rowdy partygoers frequenting the area, offering a genuine experience wine enthusiasts will love. Beyond a well-curated wine selection, there are smart cocktails and fermented spirits, all of which can be enjoyed with dishes like the aforementioned oysters, deviled eggs, warm camembert with multigrain baguette, and fig jam.
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Steps away from Niu Kitchen (a top spot for exceptional Catalan cuisine), this natural wine bar serves as a cozy refuge to a long, hard day. Karina Iglesias is the mastermind behind the bar and is always helpful in directing those who may need recommendations. There are tapas to be nibbled on as well, as in proper Spanish style.
Margot Natural wine bar
Nestled inside the historic Ingraham building, this downtown favorite is named after the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway. Spearheaded by the Bar Lab team (the same folks behind the renowned bar Broken Shaker), wine enthusiasts will find over 75 options of natural wines paired with dishes by chef Jimmy Lebron from 27 Restaurant Miami Beach (another hit from the Bar Lab team). There’s an eclectic array of shareable bites like wahoo tiradito, sardine Bahn mi, and steak tartare. The look blends minimalist, Scandinavian, and ‘70s design, and the music soundtrack is always spot on.
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Happy Wine Calle Ocho
This mom-and-pop spot has existed since 2005, long before wine bars became cool in South Florida. With more than 1000 labels and a knowledgeable and friendly staff, the Calle Ocho destination offers some of the best wine prices in town. A recommended strategy is to pick a bottle and, for a $7 corkage fee, enjoy it alongside one of the many tapa-style dishes while sitting at one of the wine-barrel-turned tables. There’s also live music on Wednesdays through Saturdays, so it’s impossible not to have a good time.
El Carajo International Tapas & Wines
Gas stations are generally not associated with fine wine, but this unconventional destination is the place to go to fill up the tank and much more. There are 40 wine selections available by the glass and more than 1,500 bottles to choose from, as well as traditional Spanish food (think paella, Spanish tortilla, and gambas al ajillo—garlic shrimp) to enjoy. Oenophiles will want to put this one on their list, regardless of what the gas tank reads.
Vinya Wine & Market
Choose a bottle from the extensive selection and stay a while. At this Key Biscayne favorite, there’s a $15 corkage fee, well worth the price for a relaxing get-together among friends. (Note: there is a Coral Gables location as well). The menu features elevated Latin American flair like morcilla spring rolls and octopus a la plancha. Still, regulars can’t say enough about the Vinya burger made withwagyu beef, aged gouda, bacon, fried egg, caramelized onion, and truffle aioli.