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.