Partying in Miami is the whole reason anyone is in Miami, but in the land of $15 vodka sodas, there can be plenty of pitfalls, and not even the Atari game. Although that would be sweet. Thankfully, after countless hours of professional drinking -- just for you -- local editor Liz Newman is here to save the day with her picks. Best Club: Not since The Florida Room has there been so seamless a blend of exclusivity and unpretentiousness as at the Gale's retro Rec Room. Prepare to impress everyone all night with your knowledge of '90s hip hop lyrics. Best Bar for Work: One of the sexier bars in the city (and that's saying something), W's The Living Room has private corridors aplenty, making it a great place to meet for a few cocktails, especially if someone can expense it. Best for Partying: You won't remember a thing that happened at Purdy Lounge, which means it was probably the best night of your life. Best Drink: Whatever the daily punch is at The Broken Shaker, or their herb-packed version of the Old Fashioned. These guys can do no wrong. Best Beer Bar: The Abbey Brewing Company proves that cocktails aren't the only stiff drinks. The owner brews a bunch of his own strong ABV suds to go with a massive trove of outsider ales. Best Local Beer: Head to Gravity Brewlab and try the Biscayne Gold, their signature pale ale that's brewed with two different wheat malts. Best Brewery: They haven't set up shop yet, but every beer I've tried from Wynwood Brewing Company has me excited for the opening of their full-scale brewery & tap room. Best Wine Bar: A tiny little spot South of Fifth, The Room only offers wine & beer. Grab a table and ask for their new selections -- they're constantly switching things up. Best Local Hang: It's like everyone in Wood Tavern has been friends forever. Plus: cheap drinks! Best Cocktail Bar: It makes sense that the crew that makes the Best Drink in the city also has the Best Cocktail Bar. Run by the Bar Lab boys, The Broken Shaker may be the coolest joint in the city, with a garden in their tropical backyard used to source drink ingredients. Best Place to Day Drink: Huge ocean-side dock + cheap pitchers + raw bar = a sick afternoon at Monty's South Beach. Best Jukebox: You'll literally be in Kill Your Idol for hours tooling with "Fireball", their vintage jukebox loaded with LPs & personalized playlists from Miami artists. They also have a life-size Bruce Lee on the ceiling! Best Outdoor Spot: With a killer view, hammock chairs, and ping pong tables galore, The Standard Miami has an uncanny ability to transport you a million miles from your problems. Hottest Girls: The Clevelander is like the Hooters of Ocean Drive, but when Hooters was good, so, like, early '90s Hooters. Plus, there's way less neon orange, and way more bikinis. Easiest Place to Get Laid: Not only does The Clevelander have hot chicks, but it's also a hotel, so you shouldn't be left looking for long.
An editor's guide to drinking around town
1. Rec Room1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
2. Living Room Bar At The W2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
3. Purdy Lounge1811 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach
4. The Abbey Brewing Company1115 16th St, Miami
5. Gravity Brewbar2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
6. Wood Tavern2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
7. The Broken Shaker2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami
8. Kill Your Idol222 Espanola Way, Miami Beach
9. The Clevelander1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach
10. Monty's Sunset300 Alton Rd, Miami Beach
11. The Room100 Collins Ave #4, Miami Beach
12. The Standard Hotel40 Island Ave, Miami Beach
The Rec Room holds over 3,000 vinyl records, but it's not a room in the home of some crazy antique collector. It's a 1970s-themed lounge with plush leather couches, throwback beats, and great drinks.
If your living room was this enjoyable, you'd never leave the house. This lobby bar is decked out with plush furnishings in a "velvety setting" and also has a separate terrace area to sip exotic, handcrafted cocktails and toast to how good you have it.
Feeling pretentious? Want to smoke a cigarette underhanded and sip scotch with your American Psycho-inspired buddies? Then you should probably pass on Purdy Lounge. The mood here is laid back and comfy. Lounge on a couch or chalk up a pool cue. Enjoy the music and gulp a beer. It's not pompous, it's Purdy.
The Abbey's got a roomy, refurbished wood-lined interior they claim “brings it up to the 21st century", so presumably a guy with a mustache in a white jumpsuit will have about 100 shopping carts fall on it and an identical bar, just to prove a point.
Gravity Brewbar cooks up delicious beers that are as unique as Starry Night and as inventive as E=MC squared.
This bar prides itself on its laid-back and local vibe.
Their crazy hand-crafted cocktails are made using herbs & spices from their garden, and you can sip on them while lounging in the backyard of the Freehand Hostel with hammocks, a pool, ping pong tables, and you can even play a game of bocce ball.
You'll literally be in Kill Your Idol for hours tooling with "Fireball", their vintage jukebox loaded with LPs & personalized playlists from Miami artists. They also have a life-size Bruce Lee on the ceiling!
This football mega-center has more than 40 HDs, and Rockstar Rewards specials like 50-cent wings, 2-for-$7 Jager shots, $12 pitchers, and $5 SoCo shots.
Hit up this waterfront spot for happy hour to drink for cheap while enjoying quality seafood and great views.
The Room was built for the pensive conversation type, whose agenda is best carried out under dim lighting with subtle innuendo and clever rapport. To be more direct, it's a cool date spot. It's quiet, intimate and it has an extensive beer and wine list. It's just you, your date and a shared longing for each other in the candle light. How poetic.