Miami certainly isn't short on watering holes. (And we've rounded up 12 great, long-standing ones right here.) But the Magic City also has plenty of restaurants that also boast a notable bar program that rival — and sometimes even top — their stand alone counterparts. So without further adieu, here are 12 restaurants that prove food isn't the only thing worth having on the menu.Read More
Miami's 11 Essential Restaurant Bars
These restaurants prove that food isn't the only delicious thing on a menu
Sure, everyone knows The Broken Shaker, but those in-the-know are well aware the second floor bar inside of the Shaker's neighboring sister restaurant 27 is just as good. Plus, it's features the Miami essential 9 months out of the year — air conditioning.
2. Beaker & Gray
Its impressive beverage program spearheaded by Broken Shaker and Blackbird Ordinary alum, Ben Potts, served up at the 13-person marble bar complete with iPhone charging stations, has gained just as much buzz as its global-inspired food. Drinks are separated into shaken, stirred and "strange" so no matter what you're in the mood for, Beaker & Gray has you covered.
3. Drunken Dragon
When "drunk" is in the restaurant name, it better have a good bar and the Drunken Dragon's bar certainly doesn't disappoint. It's one of the few places in town you can get an authentic tiki drink, which pair perfectly with its Korean inspired eats.
4. Edge, Steak & Bar
This Brickell steakhouse has received tons of acclaim for its cuisine, but its drinks are equally as tasty helping keep the bar packed no matter the hour.
5. Finka Table & Tap
Finka proves that not all good restaurant bars need to be housed in the eastern part of town. The drink menu rotates frequently at this Kendall hot spot but expect an extensive beer menu and long list of Miami-inspired cocktails.
6. Lure Fishbar
This NYC import has a reputation for serving some of the freshest seafood in town along with some of the city's best drinks — complete with nautical themed names.
7. Matador Room
Housed outside the entrance to the Matador Room, the Matador bar is just as sleek as its restaurant with a massive, black walnut bar, plenty of Spanish Matador paintings and signature drinks served in gold plated pineapples, naturally.
8. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
This perpetually popular restaurant by Michael Schwartz has bar area that is so beloved that it was recently expanded just to accommodate the crowd. Expect classic cocktails with a twist, an impressive raw bar and some of the best bar bites in town.
9. The River Oyster Bar
Despite the tremendous amount of construction surrounding it, the River's bar is still one of the most popular spots in the area, because nothing pairs better with a strong drink than some fresh oysters.
10. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
As Miami's preeminent soul food inspired restaurant, Yardbird's popular bar is an ode to all things bourbon — the elixir of the South. Think mint juleps, old fashioned's and bourbon-spiked lemonade.
One of Miami's swankiest dining programs also happens to have one of the city's most progressive bar programs. The separate bar area inside Zuma is packed nightly with beautiful people sipping on equally as beautiful libations.