If there’s one thing Miami has a lot of it’s... um, club promoters? Well, yes, but it's also got a ton of water. And people who love to drink. People who might like the fact that there are plenty of pretty, romantic restaurants right on said water, but would love a place where they could toss a few back on the waterfront. That's why we rounded up Miami's 13 best waterfront bars, including one that's throwing a special Thrillist Happy Hour this Friday!

AMERICAN SOCIAL

American Social Brickell

Brickell
Fort Lauderdale’s frat-tastic FSU outpost just opened up one of the 13 best new restaurants in Miami right on the Miami River in Brickell, where Friday night we’ll be throwing a special Thrillist Happy Hour with HALF-OFF ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING BEHIND THE BAR, $4 Tito’s vodka drinks, $10 flatbreads, and $8 mac & cheese from 5-8pm.

DUFFY'S

Duffy’s

North Miami
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a city that has a club in every single one of its sports venues cares a lot more about the party than it does about any actual sports. Or everyone's just a soccer fan. Either way this waterfront outpost of South Florida’s favorite sports bar has two-for-ones all day, every day, a sprawling pool deck, more flat screens than you can concentrate on, and, you guessed it, A LIVE DJ!

GARCIA'S

Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market

Miami River
It’s amazing how for 50 years this place managed to serve possibly the best, freshest seafood in Miami, cold beers, and a stunning view of the Miami River and never refused service to anyone because they weren’t wearing designer sunglasses. Perhaps the next-door neighbors could take a lesson.
 

LIDO RESTAURANT

Lido at the Standard

Miami Beach
Though this hotel on the end of the Venetian Causeway is known mostly for its spa and healthy food, well, we wouldn’t really be telling you about it if that’s all there was to it now would we? No, we're telling you about their French fries that JUST missed the cut in our list of Miami’s best, plus the awesome half-price drinks from 4-7pm with front row views of Biscayne Bay.

MATT MELTZER/THRILLIST

LOL Resto Bar

Brickell
Try texting your friends to meet you at this bar. It’s like having a 21st century version of “Who’s on First?”. So instead of answering their question of where you are with “LOL” every time, just say you’re at the Tiki bar behind Four Ambassadors sipping on imported beer and South American wines between a giant swimming pool and Biscayne Bay. Also, it’ll keep you from looking like the kind of person who uses “LOL.”

MO BAR AND LOUNGE

MO Bar + Lounge

Brickell
Even though it’s on the second floor of the Mandarin Oriental and not TECHNICALLY on the water, TECHNICALLY your BMW belongs to a leasing company so let’s not get hung up on details. Let’s just say this was one of the 11 best bars to open last year and is the only one where you can get up close and personal with the Brickell skyline while sipping craft cocktails at a five diamond hotel.

MONTY'S SUNSET

Monty’s Sunset

SoFi
A South Beach happy hour that’s full of locals is about as hard to find as a waterfront bar on the East Coast with sunsets or a Miamian who's actually on time. At least two of those are present at this bar on the Western side of South Pointe. It's one of the few bayside bars in the Beach that’s accessible to folks who don’t own million dollar condos, which is why the happy hour is one of the longest-running and most popular in Miami.

PORTLANDERMIAMIAN

Monty’s Raw Bar

Coconut Grove
Go ahead and call this Monty’s “the same thing” as the one in South Beach. You’ll look only slightly smarter than people who come to Miami and remark on all the “Mexicans.” The name may be the same, but for a very complicated legal reason you don’t care about, nothing else is, including the view -- it looks East over Biscayne Bay -- and the crowd that is more UM and Coconut Grove, and very little South Beach.

MATT MELTZER/THRILLIST

The Rathskeller

Coral Gables
When you think about beers you drank in college, the words “rotating seasonal selections of IPAs and craft white ales” typically don’t come to mind. Then again, you probably didn’t go to a school where you’d see three Maseratis parked next to each other. But that's UM for ya, where the legendary on-campus bar has one of Miami’s better beer selections plus rocking “gliders” you can sit on while you knock back some pitchers and enjoy the fountain spraying over Lake Osceola.

MARK KEEGAN

Scotty’s Landing

Coconut Grove
Defying the odds of death better than Keith Richards on a skydiving trip, this Coconut Grove bay-front drinking patio has managed to stay open despite numerous plans for retail and condos in its spot. A regular haunt for old-time Miami locals, there may be no better place in Miami to enjoy the water, live music, and reasonably priced drinks.

SHUCKER'S

Shuckers Bar & Grill

North Bay Village
Because it sits right on the JFK causeway, Shuckers is the only bar on this list where you feel like you’re sitting in the middle of Biscayne Bay. Or, if you were unfortunate to be there one night a couple years ago, you actually WERE sitting in the middle of Biscayne Bay. Too soon?

SMITH AND WOLLENSKY

Smith & Wollensky

SoFi
Perhaps the best part of having drinks at the bar behind this South Pointe steakhouse is taking in the spectacular panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, Fisher Island, and Downtown Miami, plus you can wave to cruise ship passengers as they head out to sea. Watch them wave back as they invariably say to themselves “Ooooh... look! Real Miami gold diggers!”

WHISKEY JOE'S

Whiskey Joe’s

Key Biscayne
After boaters get back from a long day of taking pictures on Instagram and captioning them “I’m on a boat!” like they were the first one who thought of it, there’s only one place to get drinks, and that’s Whiskey Joe’s, the funky seafood-and-beer joint at the Rickenbacker Marina that’s got the best view of the Southern Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay.

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1. American Social 690 Southwest 1st Court, Miami, FL 33130 (Miami Beach)

Head to the Miami River for a menu with red wine short rib flatbread, wild boar sloppy joes, and the only thing American Social is more famous for than its female patrons, the AmSo mac & cheese.

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2. Duffy's Sports Grill 3969 NE 163rd St, Miami Beach , FL 33160 (North Miami Beach)

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.

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3. Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish 398 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

It’s amazing how for 50 years this place managed to serve possibly the best, freshest seafood in Miami, cold beers, and a stunning view of the Miami River and never refused service to anyone because they weren’t wearing designer sunglasses. Perhaps the next-door neighbors could take a lesson.

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4. The Standard Miami Beach 40 Island Ave , Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Tucked just off the Venetian Causeway, and literally dead ending into one of the best panoramic views of Miami, The Standard's relaxing effect is so strong, you'll almost forget about the fact that their activities include Drunk Bingo. Almost.

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5. LOL Resto Bar 901 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

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.

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6. MO Bar + Lounge 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

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.

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7. 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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8. Monty's Raw Bar 2550 South Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

The name may be the same as the one in South Beach, but for a very complicated legal reason you don’t care about, nothing else is, including the view -- it looks East over Biscayne Bay -- and the crowd that is more UM and Coconut Grove, and very little South Beach.

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9. The Rathskeller 1330 Miller Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146 (Coral Gables)

UM's legendary lakeside bar is two stories worth of pool tables, TVs, an indoor and outdoor bar, and a patio where you'll be doing a whole lot of not-studying as you take down any of their classic eats and 20 beers on tap. On game nights, you can even lounge back and watch the Giants on a 10ft screen.

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10. Scotty's Landing 3381 Pan American Dr, Miami, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

This laid back resto's right on the water and host to live music, so you can relax while stuffing your face with seafood and swilling some 'tails.

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11. Shuckers Bar and Grill 1819 79th St Causeway, Miami, FL

Because it sits right on the JFK causeway, Shuckers is the only bar on this list where you feel like you’re sitting in the middle of Biscayne Bay. Or, if you were unfortunate to be there one night a couple years ago, you actually WERE sitting in the middle of Biscayne Bay. Too soon?

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12. Smith & Wollensky Waterfront Patio 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

The Waterfront Patio features a solid bar menu (oysters Rockefeller, buffalo chicken flatbread) and a Deco-ish design: the bar's made of textured blue-backlit glass blocks.

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13. Whiskey Joe's 3301 Rickenbacker Cswy, Miami, FL 33149 (Key Biscayne)

Whiskey Joe's is an island-themed party bar that invaded the old Rickenbacker Fish Company space on Key Biscayne. They sling cheap eats like jerk wings, crab cakes, and shrimp/sausage quesadillas, plus they'll grill up any fish you caught yourself while you get rip-roaring on their Jack Daniel's Honey-spiked lemonade.

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