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The 10 Hottest Cocktail Bars in Miami Right Now

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It's pretty easy to find the hottest restaurants in Miami (see: the ever-evolving Eater Heatmap), but what, oh what to do when you need the hottest cocktail spots? Scratch your head no more, in honor of Cocktail Week 2013, we proudly present the Cocktail Heatmap, your go-to compendium of the most buzzed-about cocktail programs in the city, and where to find them, in alphabetical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Centro @ SLS Hotel South Beach

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The SLS’ swanky Bar Centro is still the place to see and be seen. They’ve got a mean cocktail bar, too, and one badass bartender named Hillary Choo a.k.a. Eater’s 2012 Bartender of the Year. Plus they also fool around with chemical elements, airs and caviars.

2. Blackbird Ordinary

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729 SW 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 671-3307
These guys grow their own fruits (like lemons, strawberries and oranges) and herbs to be used in a variety of popular-among-the-hipsters, avian-themed libations. Go forth and play board-games, “Flipping the Bird” in one hand, “Red-Footed Booby” in the other – no one’s going to judge your habits at this laid back bar.

3. The Broken Shaker

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2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 531-2727
The Bar Lab boys are timeless, which is why, even a year later, they’re still considered some of Miami’s hottest cocktail dudes. To top it off they’re at Broken Shaker, a James Beard Award-nominated bar where you can sip on spiced up, syrupy, herb-infused cocktails and feel eco-friendly while at it – everything’s from their garden.

4. The Corner

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1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 961-7887
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The vested-up bartenders in this quaint corner bar are shaking things up in new and traditional ways. You’ll find the spot packed with all sorts of libation-lovers sipping on classic cocktails like the Sazerac with bulleit rye, peychaud’s, absinthe and bitters or “nouveaux” options like The Aristocrat with hendriks gin, cucumber, lemon and sage.

5. Gramps

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176 NW 24th St
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 752-6693
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This Wynwood bar is where the local/artsy crowd flocks to daily. It’s full of friendly bartenders who’ll make a killer cocktail at a fairly reasonable price. You can play boules there too, and, since to make imbibing easier you need greasy things, the Ms. Cheezious food truck is oft parked right outside. [Photo Credit: SO]

6. HaVen Gastro-Lounge

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1237 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 987-8885
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The age of molecular recipes is upon us and HaVen’s at the forefront. Go here and imagine what the future will be like. A few Pop Drops should help teleport you to a different dimension – they come with a frozen-liquid-nitrogen vodka popsicle and trippy puffs of smoke.

7. Living Room

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671 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Living Room has remained hot as ever. Surely it didn’t hurt that west-coast mixologist Scott Beattie (Goose & Gander) came on board to concoct some new cocktails. Ask for something funky like a Jalapeno Passion, take a seat on that white couch and relax.

8. Patpong Road

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1661 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The 50 Eggs Group’s newest member is PatPong, a self-proclaimed “Bangkok Chic” bar that sits right above Khong River House ready to hand out some interesting after-hours libations. Have the guys there whip you up a Stupid Filthy Dirty Martini or ask them to Pat That for you. But definitely try the cocktail in a bag thing because, who else is doing that?

9. The Regent Cocktail Club

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1685 James Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
This ode to the 40’s classic cocktail lounge is home to the some of Miami’s best mixologists including recently award Most Imaginative Bartender of the Year, Julio Cabrera. Here’s where you’ll get a legit Manhattan, or legit everything-you-can-dream-of for that matter. If you can’t decide on a drink, name some fruits and herbs you like – they’ll whip you something up.

10. Social Club At Surfcomber

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1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Surfcomber Hotel’s trendy cocktail den is one of SoBe’s more laid back, easygoing spots. Ask them for whatever you want - they’ve got plenty to work with and they’re always up to mix something tasty. P.S. Foosball goes great with cocktails.

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1. Bar Centro @ SLS Hotel South Beach

Miami Beach, FL 33139
The SLS’ swanky Bar Centro is still the place to see and be seen. They’ve got a mean cocktail bar, too, and one badass bartender named Hillary Choo a.k.a. Eater’s 2012 Bartender of the Year. Plus they also fool around with chemical elements, airs and caviars.

2. Blackbird Ordinary

729 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130
These guys grow their own fruits (like lemons, strawberries and oranges) and herbs to be used in a variety of popular-among-the-hipsters, avian-themed libations. Go forth and play board-games, “Flipping the Bird” in one hand, “Red-Footed Booby” in the other – no one’s going to judge your habits at this laid back bar.
729 SW 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33130

3. The Broken Shaker

2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140
The Bar Lab boys are timeless, which is why, even a year later, they’re still considered some of Miami’s hottest cocktail dudes. To top it off they’re at Broken Shaker, a James Beard Award-nominated bar where you can sip on spiced up, syrupy, herb-infused cocktails and feel eco-friendly while at it – everything’s from their garden.
2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33140

4. The Corner

1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136
The vested-up bartenders in this quaint corner bar are shaking things up in new and traditional ways. You’ll find the spot packed with all sorts of libation-lovers sipping on classic cocktails like the Sazerac with bulleit rye, peychaud’s, absinthe and bitters or “nouveaux” options like The Aristocrat with hendriks gin, cucumber, lemon and sage.
1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136

5. Gramps

176 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
This Wynwood bar is where the local/artsy crowd flocks to daily. It’s full of friendly bartenders who’ll make a killer cocktail at a fairly reasonable price. You can play boules there too, and, since to make imbibing easier you need greasy things, the Ms. Cheezious food truck is oft parked right outside. [Photo Credit: SO]
176 NW 24th St
Miami, FL 33127

6. HaVen Gastro-Lounge

1237 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The age of molecular recipes is upon us and HaVen’s at the forefront. Go here and imagine what the future will be like. A few Pop Drops should help teleport you to a different dimension – they come with a frozen-liquid-nitrogen vodka popsicle and trippy puffs of smoke.
1237 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Living Room

671 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Living Room has remained hot as ever. Surely it didn’t hurt that west-coast mixologist Scott Beattie (Goose & Gander) came on board to concoct some new cocktails. Ask for something funky like a Jalapeno Passion, take a seat on that white couch and relax.
671 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. Patpong Road

1661 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The 50 Eggs Group’s newest member is PatPong, a self-proclaimed “Bangkok Chic” bar that sits right above Khong River House ready to hand out some interesting after-hours libations. Have the guys there whip you up a Stupid Filthy Dirty Martini or ask them to Pat That for you. But definitely try the cocktail in a bag thing because, who else is doing that?
1661 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. The Regent Cocktail Club

1685 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
This ode to the 40’s classic cocktail lounge is home to the some of Miami’s best mixologists including recently award Most Imaginative Bartender of the Year, Julio Cabrera. Here’s where you’ll get a legit Manhattan, or legit everything-you-can-dream-of for that matter. If you can’t decide on a drink, name some fruits and herbs you like – they’ll whip you something up.
1685 James Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. Social Club At Surfcomber

1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Surfcomber Hotel’s trendy cocktail den is one of SoBe’s more laid back, easygoing spots. Ask them for whatever you want - they’ve got plenty to work with and they’re always up to mix something tasty. P.S. Foosball goes great with cocktails.
1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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