Around the Miami area, Christmas Eve (or Nochebuena) is when everyone is spending time with their friends and family, drinking eggnog, and really diving head first into the holidays spirit(s). But what about Christmas Day -- where the hell can one go to find solace away from angry Uncle Bob and your Great Aunt Edna, who’s slowly drifting into lunacy? Luckily, there are tons of new bars. And here are 20 sweet spots that can be your retreat on Christmas.
It’s a regular Friday night house party at Bougie’s with DJ Mikee D. Opens at 8pm.
They will open a little later than usual, at 8pm, but their Irish breakfast will get you ready for a second big night. Pass the Guinness, bro.
Reconnect with all your buddies at one of Miami’s go-to college hangs. It opens at 5pm, but don’t go hungry ‘cause its normal food options won’t be available.
After some wholesome time with your family, sometimes you just need cheap-as-hell drinks inside a cloud of cigarette smoke. It's also hosting a potluck, so take some of those leftovers with you.
Take it back to your college days with a pool table, beer pong, and video games. The only difference is that now you’ll actually appreciate their sick beer selection. Opens at 7pm.
Locals have spent many debaucherous nights here, why should Christmas be any different? Grab the best seat in the house -- the lifeguard station. It opens at 2pm for those who need to escape the familial responsibilities early.
These guys promise to stay open even during the zombie apocalypse, so Christmas is a done deal.
Open from 4-9pm, this fills that sweet spot in between all the early-dinner/late-night parties.
Drink your way to merry cheer with homemade cookies served with shots of peppermint schnapps, Kahlúa, Baileys, or a coquito for nine bucks.
It’s just another regular day at The Corner. No frills, no bells, no fuss, no muss.
Everyone’s favorite anything-goes neighborhood bar. Just like Barracuda’s, it will provide specials on the fly. It may or may not have $16 bottles of bubbly, guest bartenders, FREE Christmas shots, and a Chinese food truck outside… OK OK, it does.
It's time for a little bump and grind at the kind of bar where, if you stay late enough, every girl starts to look like this place's name.
If all you want for Christmas is local craft beer (or a coquito cocktail), then South Florida's OG suds-slingers have the spot for you.
Give yourself the gift of John Lermayer’s cocktails at one of Miami’s best new bars. Oh yeah, don’t forget that fancy Big Banana Julep with sous-vide banana rum, bourbon, and salted banana syrup.
27 won’t be open, but its cooler older brother will, probably with some kick-ass punch. Call for hours before heading out, folks there may be hungover and operating a little later than usual.
This poolside cocktail den located inside of a 1930s cottage will work better than mistletoe. Well, its delicious Spanish Cobbler and Tranquilo y Tropical may just help, too.
The retro ‘70s veneer and “party in the front, liquor in the rear” motto is perfect for that other motto -- “the family that parties together, stays together.”
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If all else fails, you can hit up hotel bars like Toro Toro, Repour, Rose Bar, Lou’s Beer Garden, Lobby Bar at the Nautilus, and MO Bar & Lounge. At least, that’s what Mandy Baca may or may not be doing. Follow her on Twitter at @mandybaca.
1. M.I.A Brewing Co.10400 NW 33rd St Suite 150, Doral
2. World of Beer8525 Mills Dr, Miami
3. Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern7221 SW 58th Ave, South Miami
4. The Irish Times Pub & Eatery5850 Sunset Dr, South Miami
5. The Bar172 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables
6. Seven Seas Bar2200 SW 57th St, Miami
7. Barracuda Bar & Grill3035 Fuller St, Miami
8. Sandbar Sports Grill3064 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove
9. Greenstreet Cafe3468 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove
10. American Social690 Southwest 1st Court, Miami
11. Batch Gastropub30 SW 12th St, Miami
12. The Corner1035 N Miami Ave, Miami
13. Gramps176 NW 24th St, Miami
14. Ted's Hideaway124 2nd St, Miami Beach
15. Purdy Lounge1811 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach
16. The Abbey Brewing Company1115 16th St, Miami
17. Sweet Liberty237 20th St Ste B, Miami Beach
18. Broken Shaker2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami
19. 1930s House4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
20. The Bend Liquor Lounge6844 NW 169 St., Miami
This brew co. and resto serves house made beer and bites in their on-site bistro bar. Try a beer flight to sample all the options, or opt for a growler of your favorite.
This national mini-chain is a great place to check out new domestic and international beers and hobnob with local craft brew aficionados.
Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern is OG-- the South Miami mainstay is a well known venue for live jazz, R&B, and reggae, and their DJ nights are a blast.
All-day Irish breakfast is what's up at this South Miami pub. Get your Guinness and baked beans at this one-stop spot, along with a variety of other Emerald Island eats. Ladies' Night or not (when women drink for free), pints of Guinness are so overflowing that the venue had to commission the adjacent parking lot to deal with the crowds.
This casual neighborhood spot is great for burgers and wings alongside a beer and some board games. For those into music, there's karaoke and a rotation of DJs as well as live music on the weekends.
This divey, nautical-themed bar has everything you need for a good time-- ample beer on tap, great cocktails, pool, and karaoke.
This Coconut Grove spot is popular with locals and visitors alike for their great craft beer selection, fresh seafood menu, and all around congenial vibe.
The Grove's Sandbar's loaded with 24 plasmas, two massive big-screens, indoor and outdoor bars, and plenty of drink specials. Considering this place is the "home of the fish taco", it may be the only winning Fish you see all season.
The husband and wife team behind Green Street have created a casual atmosphere where friends and food are central so you can relax and enjoy vittles like fried calamari, lobster ravioli, chicken piccata, and paninis.
Embracing the hard-working spirit of America, American Social is the ultimate destination for a post-work drink. Bedecked with red, white, and blue furniture and peppered with issues of LIFE magazine on the walls, American Social is a relaxing spot for dinner and drinks. Start off your meal with shared plates like Peekytoe Crab Toast, with red peppers, shallots, mustard, aioli, cucumber, jalapeno and tarragon on a pumpernickel crouton or rock shrimp tacos. The extensive menu encourages you to nibble on burgers and sandwiches, salads, and pub dishes like cheesy fries with pickled jalapeno, ranch, scallions, and proteins like chicken, rock shrimp and short rib. And last -- but certainly not least -- its spectacular waterfront views are enough to (maybe just maybe) restore your faith in the country.
You know a bar is serious about keeping the party going strong when they have cocktails on tap (because really, ain’t nobody got time to mix drinks when Friday is in full swing). Boasting massive plasma TVs, ample indoor and outdoor seating room, and a solid menu of high-end pub fare, it’s a Brickell destination for boozy brunch (chicken and waffles, anyone?) and sports games alike.
Awarded the New Times Best Cocktail of 2012, The Corner is open late and serves up delicious drinks and eats, like the "Favorite" which's got smoked turkey, Applewood bacon, cheddar, herb mayo, and arugula.
A bar in Wynwood named for the owner's maternal grandfather, and also literally everyone else's grandfather, Gramps has a bar they stole from his house, a massive outdoor stage covered in graffiti (and typically hosting at least one food truck), a new DJ or live performance daily, bocce, and a collection of $2 beers plus sangria and cocktails like The Jewbian Princess.
Whether you're stopping by for happy hour specials or to watch the game, this dive bar's got your bases covered.
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 well stocked with draft pours and spirits. Come for the bar snacks, stay for the friendly congenial atmosphere and solid happy hour deals.
This hip neighborhood cocktail bar offers creative drinks and American eats. Get there for happy hour to score $5 glasses of rose and 75-cent oysters.
In the backyard of the Freehand on South Beach, tucked off to the side, there’s a small alcove overflowing with cocktail-consuming hopefuls, waiting patiently to procure a poolside sipper. The Broken Shaker’s locale on the Freehand’s property is beneficial, not just because the grounds serve as a lounge for the tiny bar front’s patrons, but also because the bar menu taps into the property’s garden for ingredients, resulting in creative, substantive cocktails that also happen to be best when drunk by the pool, in the pool, on a hammock, or anywhere else in the hostel’s art deco backyard. Broken Shaker has since spread its craft cocktail success cross country, with locations in both Chicago and Los Angeles.
While a Hialeah Sling might sound like a nifty driving move to avoid the traffic on the Palmetto, it’s actually one of the new Miami neighborhood-themed drinks at this bar set in a house from... waitforit!... the 1930s that once stood across the street from the Thompson. They’ve now moved it poolside, where you can get one of those Hialeah Slings and food off the menu from the long-missed Sra. Martinez.
That’s cute how those taco places we just talked about have these “secret” bars that somehow everyone in Miami knows about. You want the real deal? Check out this refurbished former dive in The Lakes, where you’ve gotta enter through the alley on the side of a strip-mall liquor store and walk in a nondescript door. Inside it's got classic arcade games and wood walls, nothing trendy about it, but good, classic drinks in one of the most hidden spots in Miami.