To make sure you're only imbibing the best, we scoured the city for the eight best places to find ham-infused bourbon, drinks made with crazy things (like science!), and more.
Check out the picks below.
The backyard of the Freehand Hostel doubles as an herb garden (and swimming pool, and bocce ball court, and ping pong hall) that’s harvested in service of drinks like the Florida Back Alley w/ vodka, homemade bitters, local tangerines, rosemary & thyme... AND so they can make their own mixers like the pineapple and papaya vinegar they combine w/ tequila in their Agave Fairy.
While culinary heartthrob Giorgio Rapicavoli devoted an entire house to eating, sadly his heavily food-graffiti'd take on booze only gets a room. That room, though, is in the Hotel Astor and filled with the same stonerrific, pop-culture inventions that made Eating House a local must-go, including the French 420 w/ hopped vodka, clarified citrus & India pale ale; and the Goin’ H.A.M. w/ Jamon Serrano infused bourbon, manzanilla & sherry.
Make a right when you enter the Albion Hotel and you’ll think you ended up in the lab of a really, really tasteful mad scientist, where colorful beakers and glass bottles line the brick-arch windows and are filled with boozy herbal essences that they claim will actually make you feel healthy and energized after a night of drinking. Their line of “Pain Killers” – the Aztec medicine w/ muddled pineapple & cilantro, habanero bitters & Santa Teresa rum, etc. – are apparently so good, people fly all the way from Kentucky just to bring suitcases of them back home.
Living Room - W Hotel
Nestled in the lobby of the W Hotel on South Beach, Living Room’s got a bar stacked with ingredients like fruits, herbs, & edible flowers, a drink menu that's divided into categories like Infundo (infused) and Laboratorium (molecular mixology), and innovative concoctions like the Lividus (organic raspberries & fresh Japanese yuzu citrus soaked in lavender-infused gin, sprinkled with lavender), and the Electric Watermelon: fresh watermelon, rosemary honey, peach bitters, and bourbon topped with honeydew caviar, which is essentially honeydew juice that's been gelled into little balls.
The backyard of this Brickell hipster hangout’s got not just the requisite live music stage and occasional dude grilling burgers, but an EDIBLE FREAKING WALL that provides ingredients for stuff like the namesake Blackbird w/ Seagram's Sweet Tea Vodka, fresh blackberries & lemonade, and the Red-Footed Bobby w/ Don Julio Tequila Reposado, Cocchi Americano, fresh strawberries, lime juice & egg white, which to our knowledge does not come from chickens raised in the aforementioned backyard... but who knows?!
Regent Cocktail Club
Any bar with a head mixologist so inventive he landed the cover of GQ obviously has a... um, photogenic bar staff. But they’ll probably also have a mind-blowing rotating selection of drinks (many of which include fire) served in a dimly-lit space straight out of the '30s.
This boozer serves an array of classic 'tails, and some almost as inventive as those guys in the bathroom at Club Space next door, including a Del Maguey Vida Mezcal/ Lime Achiote/ fennel seed syrup/ orange bitters combo called The Red Devil, the likes of which make it Downtown's Premier (League) cocktail destination.
DB Bistro Moderne
There’s a reason the bar at this foodie hotspot is always packed between about 6-8p, and it’s not because people like to end the work day with a foie gras-stuffed burger. It's because this ultra-modern cocktail lounge sometimes outshines the food with stuff like the El Otono, which is made w/ Corsair Old Punk Moonshine whiskey, chai liqueur & organic pumpkin, or the White Cosmo w/ Boyd & Blair potato vodka, white cranberry, lime & an orchid-filled ice cube.
1. Broken Shaker2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami
2. Living Room2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
3. Blackbird Ordinary729 SW 1st Ave, Miami
4. Drogerie1650 James Ave, Miami Beach
5. Regent Cocktail Club1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
6. The Drinking Room956 Washington Avenue, Miami
7. The Corner1035 N Miami Ave, Miami
8. db Bistro Moderne345 Ave of the Americas, Miami
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.
Nestled in the lobby of the W Hotel on South Beach, Living Room boasts a bar stacked with ingredients like fruits, herbs, & edible flowers, and an apothecary's workshelf-looking back bar, all producing flavor combos so fresh, their grandmothers don't give them Hanukkah gifts anymore.
The Blackbird Ordinary offers wine, beer, shooters, and cocktails that are anything but its name. Get all that with tasty "street food" every Friday at the bar's weekly pop-up, Hidden Kitchen.
This unique bar in Miami Beach mixes up creative cocktails they're calling "medicinal" using ingredients like rosemary essence, wormwood, fresh fruit, and herbs.
Regent Cocktail Club is a club, but not the kind you’re thinking, despite its South Beach locale. The Cocktail Club, inside the sophisticated Gale South Beach Hotel, is the kind of club you’d find in New York City circa 1940, with the sound of live jazz, the scent of cigars, the taste of Sazeracs and Sidecars, and a seat next to Frank Sinatra himself. It’s decorated like a retro speakeasy, which is reflected by the classic cocktail menu, each one anchored by the traditional recipes of the time. Maybe Frank Sinatra won’t be here, but everything else remains the same: during your evening at Regent, you can expect to be serenaded by live music as you sip your Old Fashioneds, stepping outside every so often for breath of fresh… cigar air on the patio (it’s the 21st century, nobody smokes inside anymore).
This South Beach cocktailery by Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House is serving up signature, hand crafted cocktails out of the Astor Hotel.
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.
Another piece in Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant empire, db Bistro Moderne brings a little slice of Paris to downtown Miami. The market-driven menu blends fine French cuisine with American bistro flair, resulting in standout dishes like the signature db burger, a sirloin patty stuffed with wine-braised short ribs and foie gras. The sleek space features 18-foot ceilings, a terrace overlooking the Miami River, and multiple private dining rooms, making it ideal for intimate date nights and corporate dinners alike.