Miami By now, you’ve probably hit up all the best outdoor drinking spots we were nice enough to power-rank for you last year, and, like any good Miamian, you’re totally over it and looking for something new. Well, right in time for Summer, here’re six new spots to hit up where you can drink outside, and then run for cover at 4:30 when the thunderstorm starts.
LOL Resto Bar, Brickell
Wanna drink as close to the water as humanly possible but don't know anyone with a boat? Then head out to the back of the Four Ambassadors, where their lobby’s Argentine/Italian/American bistro is bringing gourmet flatbreads, parrilla sandwiches, and all sorts of wines and craft beers right up to the edge of Biscayne Bay. Continue Reading
Brick House, Wynwood
Because nothing screams “Wynwood” like a 90-year-old house, local indie bands, and small-batch whiskey, this brand-new outdoor space built around a 1923 brick home (that’s now the indoor lounge area) is bringing Miami’s best bands to its built-out back patio, where you’ll sip $2.50 craft beers from 5-8pm every Friday, plus whiskey-snob favorites like Booker's, Blanton’s, and Basil Hayden.
Duffy’s, North Miami
Those cruel, cruel folks at Duffy’s gave us a waterfront patio full of flat-screens and a pool full of cool water to jump in when the Dolphins became unwatchable, then took it away right in time for Winter. But after a massive renovation, it’s reopened just in time for you to get your two-for-one all-day, every-day drink on, then jump in the pool when the Marlins also become unwatchable.
Porcao Farm to Grill, Brickell
Since it’s on the quiet, non traffic-y side of Mary Brickell Village, and shielded by giant banana plants under which you can enjoy $5 bites and sip on half-off drinks, you could say the patio at Porcao is kinda like being in Bora Bora. Ya know, if Bora Bora had a Metromover.
Grille 401, Fort Lauderdale
Downtown Lauderdale’s steak stalwarts have just taken their operation outside, opening up a brand-new indoor/outdoor bar patio where the area's fine office workers can mingle after work, enjoying the extra hours of sunlight all Summer while sipping on craft beers, eating short rib sushi, and laughing at all those people driving an hour home in rush hour.
MO Bar + Lounge, Brickell
So you saw that picture of La Mar on our list of best new restaurants for Spring and thought, “There’s a view that could get me a date that didn’t end at 11.” Then you looked at the prices. And while La Mar is definitely worth saving up for, you can get that same view at the Mandarin Oriental’s MO Bar upstairs: just head outside with a Ramos Gin Fizz, Hemingway Daiquiri, or Lemongrass Gin and Tonic, gaze at the bay/city lights and, hopefully, get that same result for a lot less money. Prefer your outdoor drinking with more bikinis? Hit these pool parties instead...
This Argentine/Italian/American bistro inside Four Ambassadors will get you as close as possible to Biscayne Bay. Stop by for craft beers and wine outside, and munch on eats like flatbreads and sandwiches.
This outdoor boozer occupies a 90 year-old house and often features local indie bands for entertainment, and small-batch whiskey to imbibe. Catch a performance on their string-lit outdoor patio.
Because drafting Priest Holmes first overall every year in the same exact place gets soooo boring, Duffy's will let you and your fantasy-hound buddies take over their private room, equipped with seven flatscreens and wifi, while enjoying two-for-one drink specials on everything in the house from 4p on.
This locally-sourced bistro is letting you relax out on the patio and enjoy items from their “Five and Dime” menu, which slings bites like house-cured duck pastrami; buffalo chicken Summer rolls; cheesy risotto tots; and ‘Kao-Bun’ Bites - two oak grilled mini burgers made w/ chopped steak, roasted shiitake, ruby onion & Gruyere.
The fun at Grille 401 at Las Olas is derived from three places: its two bars and its varied menu. Curate a feast from the selection of sushi, flatbreads, bar bites, soups, salads, meats and fish -- Grille 401 is made for celebratory meals with its spacious, wood-laden interiors punctuated by plush leather booths and illuminated by large, modern lanterns that make the ceilings feel even higher. The Asian Sea Bass is one of the menu’s gems, soaked in sherry soy broth and paired with cilantro-mint sticky rice, fresh spinach, and seared veggies, as are the pork chops stuffed with bacon, blue cheese, and apples, and topped with tequila-lime cream sauce. Rinse your palate with a house-made cocktail; the Acai Mojito is “antioxidant-rich” and comes highly recommended.
Located inside the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, this bar-cum-lounge boasts gorgeous, panoramic beach views from an expansive floor to ceiling glass facade enveloping the entirety of the bar. The cocktails are equally impressive. Try killer spirits like their Ramos Gin Fizz or a Lemongrass Gin and Tonic. And take the opportunity to enjoy one of these carefully-crafted beverages before, or after, soaking up the sun.