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Juan Fernando Ayora

9 Secret Bars Worth Finding in Miami

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Ama inside Kaido
| Juan Fernando Ayora

Everyone loves a good secret, and even though it’s not really a secret if everyone knows — some secrets are worth telling, especially if there are cocktails involved. Miami is home to several hidden bars around the city, whether tucked behind taco shops or bookshelves, there are lots of fun nights to be found.

These speakeasy spots are filled with music, entertainment, tasty bites, and many are open until the wee hours of the morning making them drinking dens worth knowing about. Here are nine secret bars in Miami that everyone should check out.

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151 NE 41st St #217
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 409-5591
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Brad Kilgore’s Kaido has a secret sequin-floored spot that can only be entered via hidden door opened from the inside dubbed Ama (stylized AMA). Upon entering this Japanese-style drinking den guests are welcomed with a milk punch and told the tale of the Ama women who dive for pearls and who’s pictures decorate the walls. Thirsty imbibers can sip on creative cocktails alongside a 16-course “Ama-kase” menu — an updated take on traditional Japanese omakase. Plus, don’t miss the Japanese arcade games in the corner that are encouraged to be played. 

2. Bar Bevy

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90 NE 39th St
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 704-0994
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David Grutman and Pharrell’s Swan is home to a hidden cocktail lounge complete with a DJ booth and a separate menu of creative cocktails and bites. Located upstairs, Bar Bevy features a stunning interior with equally as good looking clientele. Stop in Tuesday through Saturday, between 5 and 8 p.m. and take advantage of the “$8 ‘Til 8” specials featuring some of Bar Bevy’s popular bites, cocktails, beer, and wine are all offered at just $8 each. 

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3. Coyo Taco

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2300 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 573-8228
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Grab some tacos at Coyo Taco’s Wynwood location and then head through the “Employees Only” door to discover a mezcal fueled secret bar where on any given night one could find Major Lazer or Steven Marley on the DJ decks. There’s no cover and plenty of tacos to help soak up the alcohol that isn’t danced off in the wee hours of the night.

4. Blind Barber

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Nautilus by Arlo, 1825 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 483-2648 ext. 2690
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A barbershop by day and a cocktail bar by night, enter Blind Barber’s bar through the salon to discover a New York transplant serving up haircuts, cocktails, and a build-your-own grilled cheese menu. During the day, the barbershop offers haircuts, shaves, and beard trims each with a complimentary beer or cocktail. At night, it’s all about Blind Barber’s backroom cocktail lounge, which is inspired by old Miami glamour vibes with green and pink velvet seating, terrazzo tables, and copper walls.

5. Dragon Lounge

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1701 Collins Ave suite 200
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 455-2995
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Slip through the dining room and up the often overlooked staircase of Katsuya South Beach and find a semi-private nook located on the restaurant’s second floor. Dragon Lounge is perfect for guests looking for an intimate experience while still experiencing one of Miami’s buzziest restaurants. This hidden bar, covered in floor-to-ceiling, Japanese-inspired murals, offers a daily social hour from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring select sushi rolls, starters, wine, and cocktails all under $10. There’s also a DJ on-site every and complimentary bubbles from 8 to 11 p.m. for the ladies. 

6. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

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1220 16th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 704-2145
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This not-so-secret, secret bar in Miami was one of the first to intrigue visitors with it’s port-a-potty entrance inside the counter service taco shop. Bodega’s late-night speakeasy has been a favorite for happy hour and late-night debauchery. The red velvet couches, live music, and full bar open daily until 5 a.m. has been a fan favorite for over five years.

7. Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery

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1120 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-7800
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Enter South Beach’s Stiles Hotel and make a few twists and turns to find Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery. This intimate and sophisticated speakeasy — created by the team behind the now defunct Employees Only Miami — has a versatile cocktail list with a large focus on classic and contemporary cocktails, spirit forward cocktails, tropical drinks, and more than 150 different rums on hand.

8. Shh.. Miami

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860 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 900-7371
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Head to the Franklin Hotel on South Beach and look for a special bookshelf where pressing the right book will lead into a dark graffiti-covered room with a DJ (on top of a dumpster), dance floor, and plenty of cocktails. The idea behind Shh.. is to transport its guests to New York without having to hop on a plane.

9. SAAM Lounge

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1300 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 239-1300
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Make way to the second floor of SLS Brickell to discover a unique, safari-inspired indoor/outdoor lounge,. The cozy space features an assortment of unique accents from around the world including antique globes, African masks, and plenty of comfortable couches that give the hidden bar a living room-like feeling. There’s also an eclectic cocktail menu to explore. Happy hour takes place Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. with discounted drinks and food items. Protip: Miami locals receive 15% off their purchase with a valid ID (happy hour is excluded).

1. Ama

151 NE 41st St #217, Miami, FL 33137

Brad Kilgore’s Kaido has a secret sequin-floored spot that can only be entered via hidden door opened from the inside dubbed Ama (stylized AMA). Upon entering this Japanese-style drinking den guests are welcomed with a milk punch and told the tale of the Ama women who dive for pearls and who’s pictures decorate the walls. Thirsty imbibers can sip on creative cocktails alongside a 16-course “Ama-kase” menu — an updated take on traditional Japanese omakase. Plus, don’t miss the Japanese arcade games in the corner that are encouraged to be played. 

151 NE 41st St #217
Miami, FL 33137

2. Bar Bevy

90 NE 39th St, Miami, FL 33137

David Grutman and Pharrell’s Swan is home to a hidden cocktail lounge complete with a DJ booth and a separate menu of creative cocktails and bites. Located upstairs, Bar Bevy features a stunning interior with equally as good looking clientele. Stop in Tuesday through Saturday, between 5 and 8 p.m. and take advantage of the “$8 ‘Til 8” specials featuring some of Bar Bevy’s popular bites, cocktails, beer, and wine are all offered at just $8 each. 

90 NE 39th St
Miami, FL 33137

3. Coyo Taco

2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Grab some tacos at Coyo Taco’s Wynwood location and then head through the “Employees Only” door to discover a mezcal fueled secret bar where on any given night one could find Major Lazer or Steven Marley on the DJ decks. There’s no cover and plenty of tacos to help soak up the alcohol that isn’t danced off in the wee hours of the night.

2300 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

4. Blind Barber

Nautilus by Arlo, 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

A barbershop by day and a cocktail bar by night, enter Blind Barber’s bar through the salon to discover a New York transplant serving up haircuts, cocktails, and a build-your-own grilled cheese menu. During the day, the barbershop offers haircuts, shaves, and beard trims each with a complimentary beer or cocktail. At night, it’s all about Blind Barber’s backroom cocktail lounge, which is inspired by old Miami glamour vibes with green and pink velvet seating, terrazzo tables, and copper walls.

Nautilus by Arlo, 1825 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Dragon Lounge

1701 Collins Ave suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Slip through the dining room and up the often overlooked staircase of Katsuya South Beach and find a semi-private nook located on the restaurant’s second floor. Dragon Lounge is perfect for guests looking for an intimate experience while still experiencing one of Miami’s buzziest restaurants. This hidden bar, covered in floor-to-ceiling, Japanese-inspired murals, offers a daily social hour from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring select sushi rolls, starters, wine, and cocktails all under $10. There’s also a DJ on-site every and complimentary bubbles from 8 to 11 p.m. for the ladies. 

1701 Collins Ave suite 200
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

1220 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This not-so-secret, secret bar in Miami was one of the first to intrigue visitors with it’s port-a-potty entrance inside the counter service taco shop. Bodega’s late-night speakeasy has been a favorite for happy hour and late-night debauchery. The red velvet couches, live music, and full bar open daily until 5 a.m. has been a fan favorite for over five years.

1220 16th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery

1120 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Enter South Beach’s Stiles Hotel and make a few twists and turns to find Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery. This intimate and sophisticated speakeasy — created by the team behind the now defunct Employees Only Miami — has a versatile cocktail list with a large focus on classic and contemporary cocktails, spirit forward cocktails, tropical drinks, and more than 150 different rums on hand.

1120 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. Shh.. Miami

860 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Head to the Franklin Hotel on South Beach and look for a special bookshelf where pressing the right book will lead into a dark graffiti-covered room with a DJ (on top of a dumpster), dance floor, and plenty of cocktails. The idea behind Shh.. is to transport its guests to New York without having to hop on a plane.

860 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. SAAM Lounge

1300 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

Make way to the second floor of SLS Brickell to discover a unique, safari-inspired indoor/outdoor lounge,. The cozy space features an assortment of unique accents from around the world including antique globes, African masks, and plenty of comfortable couches that give the hidden bar a living room-like feeling. There’s also an eclectic cocktail menu to explore. Happy hour takes place Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. with discounted drinks and food items. Protip: Miami locals receive 15% off their purchase with a valid ID (happy hour is excluded).

1300 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130

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