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The Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now in Miami, June 2015

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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, this guide focuses on operations that have open less than one year. Happy drinking, and as always, feel free to write in with new suggestions to the tip line.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ball & Chain

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1513 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33316
(305) 643-7820
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What was once old is new again at this newly reincarnated bar in Little Havana. A hotspot in the 1930s, the updated version gives a nod to its past with whimsical rum-filled cocktails, live Cuban music and plenty of salsa dancing.

2. Drawing Room Bar & Lounge

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1801 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531-1271
Who knew bartenders could also be pharmacists? That’s the idea behind Albert Trummer’s newly opened cocktail bar on Miami Beach. The bar’s drinks are created with a special assortment of house-made elixirs and bitters that make for the best “prescription” of a cocktail.

3. American Social

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690 SW 1st Ct
Miami, FL 33130
(786) 801-2466
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While it may lean on the bro-y side, this American themed bar has water views, a lively crowd and has quickly become the go-to place in the Brickell neighborhood on any given weekend.

4. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

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1220 16th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 704-2145
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Don't be fooled by its taco slinging front exterior, just go through the fridge doors (no, seriously) and you'll discover a late night drinking spot filled with plenty of pretty people and strong drinks.

5. Matador Bar

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2901 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Sitting just outside the Matador Room in the swanky new Edition Hotel, this bar keeps up with its high-end rep making the much talked about pineapple elixir drink served in a large copper pineapple amongst other fancy concoctions.

6. Repour Cocktail Bar

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Albion hotel
Miami Beach, FL
A homey feeling, laid back bar in the middle of South Beach isn't a sentence you hear every day, but Repour isn't your usual South Beach bar. Housed inside the Albion Hotel it features Mismatched couches, Salvation Army tables, booze-infused tea and even pour-it-yourself beers.

7. The Rum Line

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1601 Collins Avenue
Miami, FL
This Carribean-themed bar tucked away on the terrace adjacent to Lure Fishbar is an ode to all things - you guessed it - rum. Expect hand crafted cocktails by Rob Ferrara along with laid back vibes. You almost forget your on the patio of a hotel, almost.

8. The Upstairs Bar at 27

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2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33140
While the first-floor restaurant by the Bar Lab guys has gotten a lot of buzz, the second floor of 27 is still very much a laid-back drinking lounge complete with its own menu, comfy sofas and even some card games.

9. Vagabond Bar inside the Vagabond Hotel

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7301 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 400-8420
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Right smack dab of the newly-opened Vagabond Restaurant sits its sunken in bar. Clearly one of the big focal points of the space, it features inventive cocktails in a retro-chic setup.

10. Boxelder Craft Beer Market

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2825 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 942-7769
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It's about time Wynwood got a proper craft beer bar. This taproom and market hybrid features more than 20 different local brews on tap, industrial interiors and grass-filled backyard perfect for beer sipping.

11. STK Miami

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2311 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Is STK technically a restaurant? Yes. But this "vibe-driven" restaurant is known equally for its chic bar and lounge as it is for its food. The bar features all things you'd expect at a swanky Miami Beach watering-hole including a model-filled crowd, craft cocktails and an in-house DJ that plays music well into the wee hours of the night.

12. Sra. Martinez at 1930s House

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4041 Collins Ave
Miami, FL 33140
(305) 397-8309
Michelle Bernstein's much-missed Design District eatery, Sra. Martinez, has made its return — this time as a pop up inside the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel. Housed in the hotel's 1930s House lounge, the pop-up offers many of the same tapas that Sra. Martinez was known for like its crispy artichokes, croquetas and imported charcuterie, along with classic cocktails.

1. Ball & Chain

1513 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33316
What was once old is new again at this newly reincarnated bar in Little Havana. A hotspot in the 1930s, the updated version gives a nod to its past with whimsical rum-filled cocktails, live Cuban music and plenty of salsa dancing.
1513 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33316

2. Drawing Room Bar & Lounge

1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Who knew bartenders could also be pharmacists? That’s the idea behind Albert Trummer’s newly opened cocktail bar on Miami Beach. The bar’s drinks are created with a special assortment of house-made elixirs and bitters that make for the best “prescription” of a cocktail.
1801 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

3. American Social

690 SW 1st Ct, Miami, FL 33130
While it may lean on the bro-y side, this American themed bar has water views, a lively crowd and has quickly become the go-to place in the Brickell neighborhood on any given weekend.
690 SW 1st Ct
Miami, FL 33130

4. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

1220 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Don't be fooled by its taco slinging front exterior, just go through the fridge doors (no, seriously) and you'll discover a late night drinking spot filled with plenty of pretty people and strong drinks.
1220 16th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Matador Bar

2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Sitting just outside the Matador Room in the swanky new Edition Hotel, this bar keeps up with its high-end rep making the much talked about pineapple elixir drink served in a large copper pineapple amongst other fancy concoctions.
2901 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

6. Repour Cocktail Bar

Albion hotel, Miami Beach, FL
A homey feeling, laid back bar in the middle of South Beach isn't a sentence you hear every day, but Repour isn't your usual South Beach bar. Housed inside the Albion Hotel it features Mismatched couches, Salvation Army tables, booze-infused tea and even pour-it-yourself beers.
Albion hotel
Miami Beach, FL

7. The Rum Line

1601 Collins Avenue, Miami, FL
This Carribean-themed bar tucked away on the terrace adjacent to Lure Fishbar is an ode to all things - you guessed it - rum. Expect hand crafted cocktails by Rob Ferrara along with laid back vibes. You almost forget your on the patio of a hotel, almost.
1601 Collins Avenue
Miami, FL

8. The Upstairs Bar at 27

2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140
While the first-floor restaurant by the Bar Lab guys has gotten a lot of buzz, the second floor of 27 is still very much a laid-back drinking lounge complete with its own menu, comfy sofas and even some card games.
2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33140

9. Vagabond Bar inside the Vagabond Hotel

7301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Right smack dab of the newly-opened Vagabond Restaurant sits its sunken in bar. Clearly one of the big focal points of the space, it features inventive cocktails in a retro-chic setup.
7301 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

10. Boxelder Craft Beer Market

2825 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
It's about time Wynwood got a proper craft beer bar. This taproom and market hybrid features more than 20 different local brews on tap, industrial interiors and grass-filled backyard perfect for beer sipping.
2825 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

11. STK Miami

2311 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Is STK technically a restaurant? Yes. But this "vibe-driven" restaurant is known equally for its chic bar and lounge as it is for its food. The bar features all things you'd expect at a swanky Miami Beach watering-hole including a model-filled crowd, craft cocktails and an in-house DJ that plays music well into the wee hours of the night.
2311 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Sra. Martinez at 1930s House

4041 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33140
Michelle Bernstein's much-missed Design District eatery, Sra. Martinez, has made its return — this time as a pop up inside the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel. Housed in the hotel's 1930s House lounge, the pop-up offers many of the same tapas that Sra. Martinez was known for like its crispy artichokes, croquetas and imported charcuterie, along with classic cocktails.
4041 Collins Ave
Miami, FL 33140

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