Area 31

Area 31

Downtown

Nothing makes you feel like the nebulous King of Miami quite like standing at the edge of this bar on the 31st floor of the EPIC. Of course, going here on a Friday night means you’re sharing that “King of Miami” feeling with about 200 other people, all of whom probably have the same thought. That’s nothing new in this city, so check your ego, grab a Plantation -- a cocktail featuring peppercorn-infused Brugal extra-dry rum, coconut white balsamic shrub, lime, honey, and ginger beer -- sit by the pool, and appreciate the fact that you can do all of this in February.

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Rooftop at the 1 Hotel

South Beach

When your pool is tabbed as having one of the best hotel pool views on the planet by the worldwide leaders in pool viewology (a very real, meticulous science), of course you need to be slinging some serious drinks to go along with it. Though this spot -- which in a previous life was home to one of Miami’s craziest Sunday pool parties -- has calmed down as part of the eco-friendly 1, the bar is still the most scenic on the beach. In one direction, you can see clear out into the Atlantic, and in the other you’ll see the expansive Miami skyline, combining the feel of urban rooftop, ocean view, and trendy pool bar in one sun-soaked patio.

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Pawn Broker

Downtown

The Pubbelly boys could probably open a DMV and it would still be a phenomenal place to spend a few hours... which is why it should come as no surprise that their new venture on the roof of the Langford Hotel might be the best new bar of 2016. Not only does it boast a panoramic view from the middle of the Miami skyline, but Pawn Broker’s serving up spectacular drinks in inventive containers. Best example: the Giggle Water, a gin, Champagne, syrup, tonic, and lavender foam mixture served in a mini bathtub. It tastes like drinking a bubble bath, in the best possible way that would taste.

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Juvia

South Beach

The restaurant on the top of the 1111 garage in South Beach might be THE best date-with-a-view spot in Miami. That said, it’ll also put a bigger dent in your wallet than an unexpected FPL bill. For all the romance and a much lower bill, hit this place for drinks. Try a Purple Juvia -- Belvedere, chambord, blackberry, and lemon juice -- relax by the ivy-covered wall outside, and enjoy the award-winning design and views of the ocean.

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Touché

Downtown

Nothing is quite as relaxing after dropping all your money at E11even than a retreat to the bar upstairs. You can forget about the car payment that just ended up in Trinitee’s lingerie as you stare out towards Downtown and the giant Club Space sign, feeling the cool breeze blowing down NW 11th St and enjoying an ice-cold beer. Then, once you’ve taken in the sights and regained your composure, you can either enjoy some food from Top Chef Carla Pellegrino, or go back downstairs and continue with your bad decision making.

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C-Level

South Beach

Sometimes, you just need to live like a tourist to remember why you live here. And while it may be embarrassing for a salty local like yourself to voluntarily go anywhere on Ocean Drive, an afternoon spent at the Clevelander’s rooftop bar is like a mini staycation. As you gaze out at the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Art Deco hotels along Ocean Drive, and the city behind you, you remember the magic that first brought you to this weird beach city. And for those few hours you spend enjoying the Miami you often forget, it almost makes the traffic, humidity, and undependable people with jobs that make no sense seem worth it.

Dream South Beach

High Bar

South Beach

The bar on the roof of the Dream Hotel might not have the best view of South Beach... or the craziest pool parties. But for a relaxing afternoon by the pool with a view over the rooftops, great food, and refreshing drinks, this place cannot be beat. The crowd is never big enough to ruin the experience, but always trendy enough to let you know you’re in Miami. The poolside menu is full of food that won’t weigh you down in the heat, and drinks like the Hemingway daiquiri with rum and grapefruit juice go perfectly with this quintessentially South Beach setting.

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2. The 1 Rooftop 2341 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

The rooftop at The 1 Hotel South Beach opens at sunrise so get there as early as your heart desires. The adults-only, and sleek all-white couch set up will make you swoon, and so will the organic wine life and hand-crafted cocktail menu.

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3. Pawn Broker Rooftop and Lounge 121 SE 1st Street, Miami, FL (Downtown)

At Pawn Broker, the glass you clink with is just as significant as the cocktail inside. One of the most highly acclaimed bars in the city, Pawn Broker is perched high above the streets on the roof of Downtown’s Langford Hotel. Each of the bar’s 1920s-themed cocktails is served in a unique, dedicated glass: The Giggle Water, an allusion to Prohibition bathtub gin, is served in a tiny ceramic bathtub, brimming with lavender foam atop Martin Miller W.S. gin, champagne syrup, and Fever Tree Indian tonic, while the White Lightning is held in a transparent lowball. At Pawn Broker, Sundays mean debauchery, not confession, meaning a boozy bar brunch with all-you-can-drink rosé, frosé, and mimosas as well as quesadillas, pastries, peanut butter French toast sticks, and eggs Benedict empanadas.

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4. FIFTY Ultra Lounge 485 Brickell Ave Fl 50, Miami, FL 33131

It’s surprising that this spot on the 50th floor of the Viceroy Hotel hasn’t been featured in some movie where Hollywood gets Miami completely wrong. Yeah, it’s a sick place: pool surrounded by glass walls with views from the bay to the Everglades, royal cabanas above said pool with even better views, a full-on club inside, and the occasional fire-thrower. But it’s also the kind of place people assume you go every night when they’ve watched a few too many episodes of the Kardashians.

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5. Juvia 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach , FL (South Beach)

Perched atop the penthouse level of 1111, Juvia offers eclectic small plates, panoramic South-Beach views, and an enormous, vertical garden. Serving a trifecta of French, Japanese and Peruvian cuisines, the rooftop spot is known for its array of creative dishes and craft cocktails. The menu features everything from lobster-avocado ceviche and truffle oil-coated salmon nash, to larger entrees like milk-fed pork confit and sushi grade tuna steak. Patrons sit on an array of purple couches and white wicker chairs, hundreds of feet from the city below, while sipping on house cocktails like the vodka-sake-vanilla concoction Juvia calls "Perfect Yuzu." For chilly nights, the ultra-modern eatery is equipped with a glass-encased indoor space, where guests are welcome to enjoy (sheltered) food and drink without sacrificing the 360 degree Miami views.

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6. Touché Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant 15 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33132 (Downtown)

This gourmet restaurant resides on the roof of a strip club, offering a panoramic view of downtown from Touche’s outdoor lounge. The menu is predominately classic Italian, with a few curveballs (sushi, ceviche) thrown in.

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7. The Clevelander 1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Miami is notorious for housing debaucherous Spring Breaks, which isn’t fair because a lot of places in Miami don’t reflect that parties-gone-wild mentality you’re picturing right now… but a lot of them do. The Clevelander is one of those places that does: it’s reminiscent of everything you think of when anyone utters the words “Spring Break,” mostly because it’s one of the founding fathers of those ubiquitous, raging parties on South Beach. The art-deco hotel’s three poolside bars serve tropical frozen drinks and plenty of American bar favorites (burgers, pizzas, salads, snacks), and the weekday happy hours and weekend brunches are the perfect excuse to see-and-be-seen on one of the busiest patios on South Beach.

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8. Highbar 1111 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The bar on the roof of the Dream Hotel might not have the best view of South Beach... or the craziest pool parties. But for a relaxing afternoon by the pool with a view over the rooftops, great food, and refreshing drinks, this place cannot be beat. The crowd is never big enough to ruin the experience, but always trendy enough to let you know you’re in Miami. The poolside menu is full of food that won’t weigh you down in the heat, and drinks like the Hemingway daiquiri with rum and grapefruit juice go perfectly with this quintessentially South Beach setting.

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