Live music and cheap drinks: A South Beach unicorn
The narrow passage between the bar and the wall ensure this bar literally always feels packed, even if it’s only got a smattering of thirsty locals on hand to escape the tourists. That said, when a live band hits the stage it feels like a Lamb of God mosh pit, with a substantially nastier crowd. Nonetheless, it’s a breath of unpretentious air in South Beach, and if you’re looking for a place to drink with folks who’d rather not be seen, this is a winner.
Miami’s most famous college bar still packs ‘em in
Once upon a time, when Miami ruled college football, The Tavern was rated by none other than Playboy magazine as one of the top college bars in the nation. Since then, the Tavern has done stuff like “pour craft beer” and “unclog the bathroom toilets,” and the Hurricanes are, well, the Hurricanes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t roll in here on a Thursday night, order a pitcher of domestic light beer, and play beer pong with someone born in the second Bush administration. Just make sure you don’t wear anything dry-cleanable.
Perhaps the newest dive to join the ranks
While we hesitate, strongly, to put the label “dive” on any bar that opened in the past ten years, this graffiti on the walls at this Allapattah boozer reminds us a little too much of Gainesville’s Balls. And that alone is enough to land it on the list. Add in a back “patio” that doesn’t offer much but metal folding chairs and a hazy neon interior that makes you feel more intoxicated than you already are, and you’ve got a genuine dive bar prodigy.