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Where to Drink in Miami This New Year's Eve

Updated On 12/11/2017 at 06:02PM EST
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Mac's Club Deuce

Miami Beach

A landmark dive bar with an early-morning happy hour
Mac’s Club Deuce is the undisputed champion of Miami dive bars. While its namesake owner passed away recently at the age of 101, the bar lives on as a testament to everyone in South Beach who enjoys 2-for-1 drinks at 6 in the morning. It’s the odd Miami landmark that hasn’t been torn down or renovated, and if you can see through the smoke at the horseshoe bar, you’ll find some of Miami’s greatest characters sitting inside.

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The Regent Cocktail Club

South Beach

Miami’s best cocktail bar where the drinks are in a constant flux
This swanky speakeasy in the back of the Gale hotel is pretty much the go-to when any out-of-towner wants great cocktails. The throwback décor and dressed-up bartenders make this spot a charming throwback to the art-deco era, and the daily rotation of creative drinks ensures no trip here will ever be exactly the same.

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The Broken Shaker

Miami Beach

The backyard of a hostel slinging top-notch cocktails
It is, without question, the single-greatest youth hostel bar in history. Where instead of pasty, creepy dudes with backpacks, you'll find an herb garden full of ingredients for the craft cocktails made inside. Oversized chairs dot the massive, shady courtyard full of banyan trees and ferns. And on the odd cool night, there’s no better place to relax outdoors with a tasty cocktail.

Monty's Raw Bar

Monty's Raw Bar

Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove’s waterfront, happy hour stalwart
Believe it or not, there are a handful of people in Miami who have these crazy things called “9-to-5 jobs they can actually explain.” And on Friday nights, pretty much all of them end up at this waterside raw bar in Coconut Grove. Add in a hefty number of UM kids who might still be in the Grove from the night before and kicking off your weekend here is a true way to experience what life is really like for Miami locals.

Batch Gastropub

Batch Gastropub

Brickell

Sports, food, and nightlife with craft cocktails on tap
Nobody’s mistaking Miami for anything close to a “sports town,” or even a “town that realizes it has a hockey team.” But if you live in Downtown or Brickell and long for a communal game-watching experience, Batch is the place to go. Many of the tables have cocktails and beer on tap AT THE ACTUAL TABLE WHERE YOU SIT... so there’s not need to get up from the big, comfy booths or even wait for a server.

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Sugar

Brickell

An Asian garden in the sky
We highly suggest you check out this Asian tropical oasis on the roof of the East Hotel on, like, a Tuesday at 4:30pm. While the drinks, views, and creative food here make this the best new addition to Brickell nightlife in 2016, the line to get in on Friday afternoon is brutal. And NO self-respecting Miamian waits in line for anything that doesn’t involve a TSA patdown.

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Pawn Broker Rooftop and Lounge

Downtown

Drink in the middle of the Miami skyline
Drink in a bathtub on a Downtown rooftop? How could you possibly say no? Just be careful not to take that phrase too literally. This relatively new rooftop bar at the Langford Hotel Downtown might make you feel like you’re drinking right in the middle of the Miami skyline. But the aforementioned bathtub is actually the “glass” for their trademark Giggle Water drink, a lavender-flavored vodka number that’s a little like downing a delicious bubble bath (the experience… not the actual taste).

Uvaggio

Uvaggio

Coral Gables

A wine bar with an incredible menu created to pair
Led by a wine-pairing savant who can literally find the perfect compliment to an Arby’s melt, this tiny Miracle Mile wine bar has a menu created completely backwards, starting with wine and finding food that pairs with it. It reigns supreme as the best wine bar in the city, and the down-home, friendly staff allows you to appreciate fine wine without feeling intimidated.

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Monty's Sunset

South Beach

The best place to drink while the sun goes down
For a city built completely on an island, Miami Beach has a surprising lack of waterfront bars. And this will all make sense when everything water-front is water-submerged in a few years. But for now, Monty’s is the Beach’s quintessential place to drink by the bay, where the big swimming pool and chickee huts provide a relaxing setting to watch the sunset over the Miami skyline.

Blackbird Ordinary

Blackbird Ordinary

Brickell

Live music and craft cocktails in a distinctly urban setting
If you’re the kind of person who likes saying stuff like “This feels just like New York,” and you mean it in a good way, you’re probably a big fan of Blackbird Ordinary. This dimly lit Brickell bar has an effortlessly cool divey feel on the inside, full of creative cocktails and the occasional live band. Out back, the well-lit courtyard finds you drinking in the shadow of skyscrapers -- for an authentically-NYC feel with about 15x the square footage.

Redbar

RedBar Drink Company

Brickell

Art and vintage chairs in which to enjoy craft cocktails
This spot is tucked away on the ground floor of an apartment building, sandwiched between a pizza place and the front lobby. But once inside you’ll find an expertly-crafted cocktail menu served out amongst kitchy, vintage furniture. The high ceilings allow for large, thought-provoking murals on the wall, making this one of the more visually stimulating places to drink in a seemingly urbane area.

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Ball & Chain

Little Havana

A throwback to the '30s with a heavy Cuban flair
Miami is about as big on history as we are on ice scrapers, but the legends that have played at this bar are as much a part of the draw as the pastelito daiquiris. Names like Count Basie and Tommy Dorsey played after-hours shows nearly 80 years ago, and the new owners have restored the place to look much like it did during its heyday. They’ve even kept the original Dade County Pine ceiling supports, and added a big bandshell out back shaped like a pineapple.

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Duffy's Sports Grill

North Miami Beach

A waterfront sports bar with lively DJs and a swimming pool
Here we have a sports bar with boat tie ups, a pool, and the occasional live DJ. The only way this could be any more “Miami” is if local politicians were somehow using it to launder money. This waterfront sports palace might be part of a big regional chain, but it’s become emblematically 305, and with 2-for-1 drinks all day every day, is the North Dade go-to for any big game.

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The Anderson

Shorecrest

As close to the '90s as you’re getting without having to give up your cell phone
A good night at The Anderson feels a lot like being at your high school homecoming dance. The décor and cocktails here are all about Gen-X nostalgia, with drink names like “Trapper Keeper” and “Too Old for this S**t,” old '80s and '90s movie posters on the wall, and a soundtrack that’s long on Biggie and the Spice Girls. But even those born after 1990 (and before 1997!) can enjoy this place... they just may need some of the references explained.

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Ricky's

South Beach

Live band karaoke, arcade games, and beer pong at your table
Here in Miami -- and especially in South Beach -- a lot of us get so caught up in showing the world we're having their idea of "fun" that we forget to have any fun ourselves. So do yourself a favor and head to this spot from the people who brought you Bodega. Inside you'll find an arcade with motorcycles, a Terminator game (obviously), and other childhood classics. You'll also discover post-childhood classics like the beer pong table in the back and the mini-beer pong tables you can literally pick up and take to your table. It's also got carnival-style food on the menu like spun sugar, popcorn, and Nashville hot chicken cones. Plus live-band karaoke every Monday night, with performances you wouldn't believe come from amateurs.

Bitter Truth

Bitter Truth

Sunset Harbour

A hidden, upstairs speakeasy marked by a single stoplight
If you really want to hide a bar in Miami, use a sign everyone ignores. Like a traffic signal. This is the logic behind this hard-to-spot upstairs drinking den above Lutum. Only open on the weekends past 10pm, the hidden cocktail lounge is findable only by a traffic signal mounted on the side of the building. Open the door below and head upstairs to a busy, boisterous spot where bartenders mix up drinks based on what you’re in the mood for, then sip your drink while looking down onto the street, shooting pool, or relaxing on the couch.

Sweet Liberty

Sweet Liberty Drink and Supply Company

Collins Park

An award-winning cocktail bar that’s a go-to for happy hour
Forget the accolades this place has won (the Tales of the Cocktail Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar, Playboy’s Best Bars in America, and, most importantly this list) -- Sweet Liberty gives South Beach something it so desperately needed: a cool bar not hell-bent on gouging tourists that’s also not a dive. Here you’ll find Beach locals enjoying fine beverages like the Que Pina with gin, chartreuse, pineapple, and sage. Or the Velvet Sideswipe with mezcal, Ancho Reyes, pineapple, pepper, and lemon. But more often you’ll find them here for the Beach’s best happy hour, where 75-cent oysters are accompanied by $5 cocktails from 4pm-7pm.

Jezebel

Jezebel

South Beach

Art, cocktails, and punch bowls from a South Beach nightlife legend
Chris Paciello is quietly making his name in South Beach once again. Following his success at Rockwell, he’s teamed up with Mio Danilovic to open this place, a sexy speakeasy with Wynwood-like murals on the wall and big leather couches on the floor. The drinks are a creative blend of classics and cool creations -- think Cucumber Mint Collins or a rum smash made with muddled passionfruit. There’s also drinks of the big, sharable variety that are a nice tourist alternative to the sugar-packed ones on Ocean Drive. And the menu ranges from traditional wings to tuna tataki and a miso sea bass lettuce cup.

Black Market Miami

Black Market

Downtown

Eighties nostalgia meets 21st century nightlife at the ultimate Miami sports bar
Only in Miami does a sports bar have bottle service. That’s Black Market, a downtown spot with 30 flat screens and a host of VIP tables. You might call it the city’s first Sports Ultralounge, in the sense that if you tune out the play-by you’ll feel like you probably need better shoes to fit in. But look a little closer and you’ll see walls filled with 1980s' Miami nostalgia, celebrating the heyday of UM football and the last time the Dolphins were relevant. In between classic cocktails, check out the Orange Bowl memorabilia and learn what the city was like when it was still a rough little corner of America. Part history-lesson, part club, it’s without a doubt the most Miami place to watch South Florida sports.

Gianni's At The Villa

Onyx Bar

South Beach

Drink in Gianni Versace’s kitchen
Getting inside the Versace Mansion isn’t easy. Sure, you could book a night there or have dinner at Gianni’s. Or you could pay your rent. Or you can simply go for a cocktail and bites at Onyx Bar, the artfully adorned bar inside Casa Casuarina that once upon a time served as Gianni Versace’s kitchen. The six-seater with accompanying couch is known for its martinis adorned with flecks of gold, but you’re welcome to saunter up and order something simpler. It still won’t be cheap, but if you pair it with burrata, tuna tartare, or Spanish octopus, the bill won’t bankrupt you either, making for a highly-impressive date at one of Miami’s most iconic locales.

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The Best Places to Watch the FIFA World Cup in Miami

Published On 06/08/2018
O nly in Miami is the biggest event on the 4th of July a Brazil vs Colombia soccer match. That’s what happened in 2014, in case you forgot, and it’s a big indicator of why Miami is the best place in America to watch the World Cup. We know the USA isn’t participating this year, but as the most international city in America, Miami’s bars will still be packed with fans from all the countries that are, cheering with more passion than anyone ever has for the Marlins.  And to help out even more, we tapped FOX World Cup broadcaster, Fernando Fiore, and asked for his No. 1 place to catch the matches, which you’ll see below. 
The action begins on June 14 in Russia and the first-round matches run through the 28th, with games kicking off at 8am. We’ll also be updating this list with new events, parties, and places to drink as they come. So where should you go for the best World Cup viewing experiences in South Florida? Here’s our picks.
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Batch Gastropub

Brickell

Cheap beer buckets, raffles, and real-life soccer players
Not that the fine people who run Batch would have any qualms opening at 7am to serve drinks regardless, seeing as it’s more socially acceptable to drink during morning soccer matches two continents away, they’re taking full advantage. Brickell’s neighborhood sports bar will have 5-for-$25 16-ounce buckets of Bud, Bud Light, Shock Top, and Rolling Rock. Plus $5 Estrella Damm drafts, jersey raffles, beer tastings, visits from ex-players, and pretty much everything else you’d want in a Tuesday morning soccer party.

Novecento

Multiple Locations

Your home for Argentina futbol and empanadas
The Argenite-run brasserie will be THE spot for all games involving La Albiceleste. But no restaurant in Miami draws international crowds like Novecento, so even when other teams are playing the place will still be packed with flag-waving fans scarfing empanadas and chugging Polar. You’ll probably get the most interesting crowd in the Brickell location, but Midtown, Aventura, and Key Biscayne will still be very “Miami” World Cup watch parties.

Espanola Way

Espanola Way

South Beach

The ultimate World Cup street party
You want the biggest balls-to-the-wall street party in Miami for the World Cup? Look no further than Espanola Way, where 17 restaurants representing different participating countries will all be hosting epic parties throughout June and July. Wanna party like you’re south of the border? Head to Oh, Mexico! Jumping on the Brazilian bandwagon? Boteco Copacabana is your spot. Tapas Y Tintos will be all about Espana. Plus there’ll be live music, dancing, and big screens in the street, plus 20% for all Miami locals when they download the Apple Wallet discount card.

Boteco

Shorecrest

Ground zero for all things Brazil
If anyone knows how to party, it’s the Brazilians. And at Boteco, you’ll stuff your face with picanha and down caipirinhas while listening to the game’s commentary get drowned out by a never-ending samba band, vuvuzelas, and likely more Brazilians than you’ll find in the actual stadiums.

American Social Tampa

American Social

Brickell/Las Olas

A waterside watch party with a scrolling sports ticker
Even though the Florida State soccer team will not be competing at the World Cup this year, that won’t stop the usual crowd of Tallahassee alums from firing up both AmSo locations. Big screens and sports tickers abound at the Brickell spot, where you can watch the matches right next to the water while still following the hockey and basketball playoffs. In Las Olas, it’ll be jam-packed insanity as everyone who’s moved home from FSU in the past 10 years will be watching here. With the same people they hung out with in college.

The Playwright Irish Pub

South Beach

As close as you’ll get to watching in Ireland without having to pack a sweater
Will it be jam-packed with every South Beach tourist looking to watch the World Cup? Yes. Will those tourists include insane Brits and Irishmen looking to turn the first pub they can find into a little slice of hooligan home? Absolutely. So while it might not be the most authentically Miami spot to watch the games, it’s going to be one hell of a party. Just make sure to get there literally hours before any match starts. This crowd’s been known to start drinking early.

Veza Sur Brewing Co

Veza Sur

Wynwood

Latin American beer and breakfast burritos in a spacious courtyard
Veza Sur is releasing its new El Diez beer on June 14, a special Latin-inspired brew adding to the South American flavors the place has become known for. Watch the games in the giant outdoor courtyard, and enjoy breakfast burritos and coffee during games before noon. There will also be a huge opening weekend party, plus $2 Chugg’s for anyone who shows up in a jersey all World Cup long.

Frankey's Sports Bar

Hallandale

Soccer with a heaping side of horse racing
If the excitement of a sport where 1-0 finishes are the norm isn’t quite cutting it for you, spice it up with a little simulcast! Head to Frankey's where, in addition to all the matches, there’ll be live racing at Gulfstream just steps away as well as simulcast thoroughbred wagering from all over the world. All of which you can bet on without getting up and possibly missing the only goal of the day.

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Etaru

Hallandale Beach

Big screens with a bigger ocean view, and a Final on the sand
That seven-hour time difference can make catching early games a real pain. Of course, if you’re watching the matches with a big beach sunrise in the background, it’s a little easier to handle. Etaru might not be the biggest party for the World Cup, but it’s definitely the prettiest setting for early matches, where soccer will be accompanied by sunrise. There will also be a free drink given out with any breakfast dish to get a least a little bit of the party going, and a final match screening right on the sand.

Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus

Shorecrest

Authentic German food, beer, and people on a big outdoor patio
Germany is a big favorite to win the Cup this year, and you’ll get no more intense a spot to watch that team than this outdoor patio on NE 79th Street. They’ve got all the oversized beers and pretzels you’d expect in such a spot, along with the hands down best German food in the city. Schnitzel is the obvious choice to soak up your brews, but don’t skip out on the potato pancakes or warm apple fritters. And if it gets too hot, the inside is painted sky blue... but with 100% more air conditioning.

Duffy's

Duffy's Sports Grill

Multiple locations

Two-for-one drinks from 10am until you feel like leaving
As if you needed more motivation to start drinking before 10am, now you can get Duffy’s MVP points for your pre-work shots, as South Florida’s heavyweight sports bar is opening early for all key matchups. You’ll be watching the games on a minimum of 80 giant flat screen TVs while you count all those loyalty rewards you’re racking up. But with the sound on and a full bar, you’ll barely remember you were supposed to be at work in the first place.

Frits & Franz Bierhaus

Coral Gables

Big noise and big beers in a Coral Gables beer hall
Even if you’re not there to watch Germany, no venue in South Florida feels more like watching the World Cup overseas. The crowds will be international everywhere, but the Gables’ quintessential beer hall feels like Oktoberfest even when the World Cup isn’t on. During the matches, the high ceilings and echoing acoustics make the cheers and lamentations extra loud. And when the party spills out onto the patio and street in front, the matches become a city-wide spectacle.

Finnegan's Way

Finnegan's Way

Miami Beach

Fernando's Pick! A raucous sports bar across from the beach with plenty of TVs and action.
On Ocean Drive, literal steps from the beach, you'll find Finnegan's Way. A bustling sports bar and breakfast/brunch spot, Finnegan's will undoubtedly be a World Cup hub for the residents of South Beach and the surrounding area. There are plenty of TVs to crowd around and a robust menu of beer and food alike (for breakfast, when most of the games are, expect omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and huevos rancheros). And even if you're not really into the matches, Finnegan's outside seating is a prime spot for people watching.

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