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20 Miami Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/18/2015 Published On 12/18/2015
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1. M.I.A Brewing Co. 10400 NW 33rd St Suite 150, Doral, FL

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.

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2. World of Beer 8525 Mills Dr, Miami, FL 33183 (Kendall)

This national mini-chain is a great place to check out new domestic and international beers and hobnob with local craft brew aficionados.

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3. Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern 7221 SW 58th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143

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.

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4. The Irish Times Pub & Eatery 5850 Sunset Dr, South Miami, FL 33143 (South Miami)

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.

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5. The Bar 172 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

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.

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6. Seven Seas Bar 2200 SW 57th St, Miami, FL

This divey, nautical-themed bar has everything you need for a good time-- ample beer on tap, great cocktails, pool, and karaoke.

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7. Barracuda Bar & Grill 3035 Fuller St, Miami, FL 33133-5819 (Coral Gables)

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.

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8. Sandbar Sports Grill 3064 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

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.

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9. Greenstreet Cafe 3468 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

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.

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10. American Social 690 Southwest 1st Court, Miami, FL 33130 (Miami Beach)

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.

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11. Batch Gastropub 30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

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.

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12. The Corner 1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136

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.

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13. Gramps 176 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

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.

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14. Ted's Hideaway 124 2nd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Whether you're stopping by for happy hour specials or to watch the game, this dive bar's got your bases covered.

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15. Purdy Lounge 1811 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

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.

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16. The Abbey Brewing Company 1115 16th St, Miami, FL 33139 (South Beach)

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.

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17. Sweet Liberty 237 20th St Ste B, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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.

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18. Broken Shaker 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

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.

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19. 1930s House 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

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.

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20. The Bend Liquor Lounge 6844 NW 169 St., Miami, FL 33157

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.

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