An editor's guide to drinking around town

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An editor's guide to drinking around town
An editor's guide to drinking around town

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Partying in Miami is the whole reason anyone is in Miami, but in the land of $15 vodka sodas, there can be plenty of pitfalls, and not even the Atari game. Although that would be sweet. Thankfully, after countless hours of professional drinking -- just for you -- local editor Liz Newman is here to save the day with her picks.

Best Club: Not since The Florida Room has there been so seamless a blend of exclusivity and unpretentiousness as at the Gale's retro Rec Room. Prepare to impress everyone all night with your knowledge of '90s hip hop lyrics.

Best Bar for Work: One of the sexier bars in the city (and that's saying something), W's The Living Room has private corridors aplenty, making it a great place to meet for a few cocktails, especially if someone can expense it.

Best for Partying: You won't remember a thing that happened at Purdy Lounge, which means it was probably the best night of your life.

Best Drink: Whatever the daily punch is at The Broken Shaker, or their herb-packed version of the Old Fashioned. These guys can do no wrong.

Best Beer Bar: The Abbey Brewing Company proves that cocktails aren't the only stiff drinks. The owner brews a bunch of his own strong ABV suds to go with a massive trove of outsider ales.

Best Local Beer: Head to Gravity Brewlab and try the Biscayne Gold, their signature pale ale that's brewed with two different wheat malts.

Best Brewery: They haven't set up shop yet, but every beer I've tried from Wynwood Brewing Company has me excited for the opening of their full-scale brewery & tap room.

Best Wine Bar: A tiny little spot South of Fifth, The Room only offers wine & beer. Grab a table and ask for their new selections -- they're constantly switching things up.

Best Local Hang: It's like everyone in Wood Tavern has been friends forever. Plus: cheap drinks!

Best Cocktail Bar: It makes sense that the crew that makes the Best Drink in the city also has the Best Cocktail Bar. Run by the Bar Lab boys, The Broken Shaker may be the coolest joint in the city, with a garden in their tropical backyard used to source drink ingredients.

Best Place to Day Drink: Huge ocean-side dock + cheap pitchers + raw bar = a sick afternoon at Monty's South Beach.

Best Jukebox: You'll literally be in Kill Your Idol for hours tooling with "Fireball", their vintage jukebox loaded with LPs & personalized playlists from Miami artists. They also have a life-size Bruce Lee on the ceiling!

Best Outdoor Spot: With a killer view, hammock chairs, and ping pong tables galore, The Standard Miami has an uncanny ability to transport you a million miles from your problems.

Hottest Girls: The Clevelander is like the Hooters of Ocean Drive, but when Hooters was good, so, like, early '90s Hooters. Plus, there's way less neon orange, and way more bikinis.

Easiest Place to Get Laid: Not only does The Clevelander have hot chicks, but it's also a hotel, so you shouldn't be left looking for long.

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1. Rec Room 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

A subterraneous lounge with a retro, '70s kitch vibe, Rec Room is one of the few places with a lax door policy and a genuinely nice door staff. The relaxed attitude is reflected in the tracks as well: DJs spin LPs to crowds of 20- and 30-somethings, giving fair play time to everything from electronic to Hip Hop.

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2. Living Room Bar At The W 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

If your living room was this enjoyable, you'd never leave the house. This lobby bar is decked out with plush furnishings in a "velvety setting" and also has a separate terrace area to sip exotic, handcrafted cocktails and toast to how good you have it.

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3. 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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4. 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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5. Gravity Brewbar 2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

Gravity Brewbar cooks up delicious beers that are as unique as Starry Night and as inventive as E=MC squared.

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6. Wood Tavern 2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

Wynwood’s resident bar, Wood Tavern has been around since long before the fancy art galleries and luxurious restaurants, making it one of the area’s longest-lasting staples. The graffiti-covered boozer prides itself on its laid-back and local vibe, great place to drink outside on any night of the week. Be sure to stop by on Tuesday, when Pancho Taco out back serves up free tacos.

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

The Broken Shaker's insanely good hand-crafted cocktails are made using herbs and spices from their own garden (say it together now: no mo gmo). Sip and kick back in the hostel's backyard in a hammock, play on the ping pong table, or take a dip in the pool. The Freehand Miami may just be one of the coolest places you’ve ever stayed— it’s a restored art deco building only minutes away from the Bass Museum of Art and the Miami beach. You gotta check it out, bro.

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8. Kill Your Idol 222 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

You'll literally be in Kill Your Idol for hours tooling with "Fireball", their vintage jukebox loaded with LPs & personalized playlists from Miami artists. They also have a life-size Bruce Lee on the ceiling!

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

This football mega-center has more than 40 HDs, and Rockstar Rewards specials like 50-cent wings, 2-for-$7 Jager shots, $12 pitchers, and $5 SoCo shots.

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10. Monty's Sunset 300 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Hit up this waterfront spot for happy hour to drink for cheap while enjoying quality seafood and great views.

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11. The Room 100 Collins Ave #4, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

The Room was built for the pensive conversational type, whose agenda is best carried out under dim lighting with subtle innuendo and clever rapport. To be more direct, it's a cool date spot. It's quiet, intimate and it has an extensive beer and wine list. It's just you, your date and a shared longing for each other in the candle light. How poetic.

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12. The Standard Hotel 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

This luxury boutique hotel houses a spa, restaurant, and event space.

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