Food & Drink

The Best Miami Bar for (Almost) Every Occasion

Published On 06/11/2015 Published On 06/11/2015
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1. Mango's Tropical Cafe 900 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

While the name suggests a family-friendly, rainforest-themed coffee spot, Mango's is actually a hot dance club filled with Latin women, expensive drinks, and blacklight parties.

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2. Regent Cocktail Club 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Regent Cocktail Club is a club, but not the kind you’re thinking, despite its South Beach locale. The Cocktail Club, inside the sophisticated Gale South Beach Hotel, is the kind of club you’d find in New York City circa 1940, with the sound of live jazz, the scent of cigars, the taste of Sazeracs and Sidecars, and a seat next to Frank Sinatra himself. It’s decorated like a retro speakeasy, which is reflected by the classic cocktail menu, each one anchored by the traditional recipes of the time. Maybe Frank Sinatra won’t be here, but everything else remains the same: during your evening at Regent, you can expect to be serenaded by live music as you sip your Old Fashioneds, stepping outside every so often for breath of fresh… cigar air on the patio (it’s the 21st century, nobody smokes inside anymore).

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3. Broken Shaker 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami, FL 33140

In the backyard of the Freehand on South Beach, tucked off to the side, there’s a small alcove overflowing with cocktail-consuming hopefuls, waiting patiently to procure a poolside sipper. The Broken Shaker’s locale on the Freehand’s property is beneficial, not just because the grounds serve as a lounge for the tiny bar front’s patrons, but also because the bar menu taps into the property’s garden for ingredients, resulting in creative, substantive cocktails that also happen to be best when drunk by the pool, in the pool, on a hammock, or anywhere else in the hostel’s art deco backyard. Broken Shaker has since spread its craft cocktail success cross country, with locations in both Chicago and Los Angeles.

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4. Mac's Club Deuce 222 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

I’m going to be honest, if Playboy names a bar one of the best in America, I would blindly agree. Mac’s Club Deuce really is, though, and not only because it’s withstood the ever-changing tides of Miami nightlife, but because it hasn’t conformed to the glitz or glam of its peers and still remains one of the greatest dive bars in the country. The black-tiled, neon-lit bar stands today as it did in 1926 when it opened, just a touch more worn and beer-soaked. Mac’s is open from 8am until dawn the next day, and during a large chunk of that (11 hours, to be exact), regulars post up for two-for-one happy hour, because at Mac’s, more than just one hour is happy -- 11 of them are.

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5. Ted's Hideaway 124 2nd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Whether you're stopping by for happy hour specials or to watch the game, this dive bar's got your bases covered.

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6. 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar 485 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

In true Miami fashion, 15th & Vine is serving American cuisine with heavy Latin influence, perched a full 15 floors above the city. While snacking on small plates like scallop and dragonfruit ceviche, guests can gaze out at sweeping views of Brickell Avenue and the Biscayne Bay below through enormous floor-to-ceiling windows. With a capacity of only 96 patrons, the dining experience at 15th & Vine is fairly intimate -- individual tables are sectioned off with white marble dividers, heavy, red-cloth chairs surround each of the expansive tabletops, and a private 10-person dining room is available if reserved ahead of time. The outdoor space features a flourishing vertical garden, a wood-paneled deck, and of course, more striking city views, all of which are best enjoyed with a glass of red wine.

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7. Atrio 1395 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

Enjoy internationally inspired fare and over 200 different vintages while gazing out at 360 degrees of Miami skyline from the Conrad Hotel's 25th-floor resto.

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8. Lagniappe 3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

This music venue features a full-service bar and a stage that regularly hosts folk, jazz, and bluegrass musical artists. The upstairs space, which the owner bought and turned into a flat-style home, features homey furniture and a quaint aesthetic, and is available to traveling musicians and public travelers alike.

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9. Batch Gastropub 30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130

You know a bar is serious about keeping the party going strong when they have cocktails on tap (because really, ain’t nobody got time to mix drinks when Friday is in full swing). Boasting massive plasma TVs, ample indoor and outdoor seating room, and a solid menu of high-end pub fare, it’s a Brickell destination for boozy brunch (chicken and waffles, anyone?) and sports games alike.

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10. American Social Bar & Restaurant 721 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

This Las Olas spot serves up stuff like filet mignon and roasted red pepper pesto flatbreads, BBQ boursin short ribs, and more, out of their Americana-inspired digs.

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11. The Rathskeller 1330 Miller Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146

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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12. Mr. Moe's 3131 Commodore Plz, Miami, FL 33133

Though the Grove is a shadow of what it once was, on Thursday nights University of Miami students still pack the bars, especially here where the 32oz Moose Juice has been the cause of more bad UM decisions than Randy Shannon.

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13. Bâoli 1906 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Contrary to what you might think, Baoli is a club that'll actually feed you something other than vodka. The outdoor space may be the main attraction, but the food isn't half bad, and once it hits midnight things go off completely.

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14. E11EVEN Miami 29 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33132

Burlesque performances? Check. Big-name DJs? Yeah. LED screens, a stage with a (cough, cough) pole, plus straight-off-the-carving board eats like pulled pork sliders 24 HOURSA DAY?! Miami's hottest dayclub, E11EVEN, is delivering all of the above, plus bottle service, and scantily clad dancers who are wayyy more likely to hang out if you buy said bottle service and post up in one the leather booths lining the dance floor/balcony.

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15. Touché Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant 15 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33132

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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16. Will Call Miami 700 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132

A sports bar-foodery/live music venue in downtown Miami, WC's got all you need for a good time: eight beers on tap, more than 250 spirits, 37 craft and imported brews, 20 TVs, live music, and late-night eats.

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17. HYDE Lounge AAA 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

AAA's Hyde is doing what it does best: providing tons of TVs to broadcast the games happening in the arena, and lots and lots of alcohol to consume while doing so.

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18. Duffy's Sports Grill 3969 NE 163rd St, Miami Beach , FL 33160

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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19. Churchill's Pub 5501 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

A casual, dimly lit pub with cheap drinks, live music, billiards, arcade games, flat screens, AND a laundry room (??).

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20. Delano South Beach 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

If next-level luxury is what you crave, The Delano's got you covered. Check-in for ocean-facing views, spa amenities, beach club access, and rooms featuring rainfall showers and iPads (actually) for you to play with.

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21. Scotty's Landing 3381 Pan American Dr, Miami, FL 33133

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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22. La Piaggia 1000 S Pointe Dr, Miami, FL 33139

If you were dropped in here on a random Sunday afternoon and could ignore the humidity, you’d swear you were in Sardinia. More tight pants, long hair and rose than anyone should be allowed to see on this side of the Atlantic.

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23. FDR Lounge 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach , FL

Equipped to end even the greatest of depressions: FDR, the Delano’s fittingly named rethinking of the former Florida Room, which replaces the underground blues joint feel with two separate lounge rooms (one with padded, quilted black leather walls that would be in a really trendy insane asylum, the other with shimmering gold/amber ones), crushed velvet seating, and deep purple lighting, which you should just Hush up and enjoy.

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24. Rec Room 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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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25. Himmarshee Public House 201 SW 2nd St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

Occupying a Fort Lauderdale corner is the Himmarshee Public House, a grill and bar whose seemingly innumerably options cross taste boundaries. The food menu encompasses “Snacks & Bites,” “Main Plates,” “Greens,” “Sandwiches and Burgers” and “Sides,” and -- while you’ll be satisfied with the preponderance of dishes -- you won’t want to miss the smoked brisket nachos, the honey truffle fried chicken with skillet corn bread, or the Millionaire Cheese Steak with shaved rib-eye and truffle cheese sauce. The carefully curated beverage program features both local and brand name brews as well as wines and handcrafted cocktails, all of which will put a buzzy spin on the evening.

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26. Pearl 1 Ocean Dr, Miami, FL 33139

It’s a champagne lounge in South Beach. Douchey? Of course. Perhaps the only time you could drink here without looking like you’re trying too hard would be on a job-promotion-celebration kind of night, so choose your timing wisely.

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27. Brother Jimmy's BBQ 900 S Miami Avenue, Suite 135, Miami, FL 33130

When the Brother Jimmy’s gods tell you to “Put some South in yo’ mouth,” you do not say no. The New York-based one-stop-shop for inexpensive beers and Southern fare splits its food menu equally between saucy barbecue specialities and fried delights. Hush puppies, fried pickles, hot wings anchor the starters, while fried spiced catfish and Dixie hoe cakes stand out among the non-BBQ entrées. Of course, it's a rarity to come here and not order barbecue, and luckily the platters of sliced brisket, Carolina pulled pork, and baby back ribs do not disappoint.

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28. Ball and Chain 1513 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

If you just wanna DANCE!, Ball and Chain is the place for you. The venue that once housed the likes of Billie Holiday and Count Basie now has live Latin music every weekend and crazy pastelito-infused cocktails

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29. Riverside Market 608 SW 12th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

This homey, family-owned Ft. Lauderdale joint was born out of an old convenience store, where 550+ beers fill fridges that used to hold year-old sandwiches. You can crack open any of them in the store or save ‘em for home while getting down on the 20+ expertly curated taps, which often get taken over by some of Florida’s finest. If you do pull from the fridge, you just bring your empties to the counter when you're done and pay on the honor system. Riverside has effectively taken over the neighborhood with Craft Beer Cartel across the street, which itself holds beers, a nanobrewery, and homebrew equipment.

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30. American Social 690 Southwest 1st Court, Miami, FL 33130

Embracing the hard-working spirit of America, American Social is the ultimate destination for a post-work drink. Bedecked with red, white, and blue furniture and peppered with issues of LIFE magazine on the walls, American Social is a relaxing spot for dinner and drinks. Start off your meal with shared plates like Peekytoe Crab Toast, with red peppers, shallots, mustard, aioli, cucumber, jalapeno and tarragon on a pumpernickel crouton or rock shrimp tacos. The extensive menu encourages you to nibble on burgers and sandwiches, salads, and pub dishes like cheesy fries with pickled jalapeno, ranch, scallions, and proteins like chicken, rock shrimp and short rib. And last -- but certainly not least -- its spectacular waterfront views are enough to (maybe just maybe) restore your faith in the country.

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31. Wood Tavern 2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

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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32. Meat Market 915 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

If this list were based on craft cocktails and happy hours alone, Meat Market high-end selections would blow every other place out of the water. This Lincoln Rd steakhouse has managed to have one of the Beach’s longest-running happy hours, complementing its menu of prime meats and filets -- which you can also get in half sizes if your date’s not so big on 12oz steaks. And remember to bring your credit card, because this market's fares will be your once-a-year indulgence.

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33. 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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34. LOL Resto Bar 901 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33131

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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35. MO Bar + Lounge 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131

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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36. Palace Bar 1200 Ocean Dr, Miami, FL 33139

The first and only gay restaurant and bar on Ocean Drive, the Palace has been an Art Deco District institution for decades. The menu, divided into appetizers, sandwiches, flatbreads, burgers, salads, entrees, pastas, and sides will fuel you during both weekend drag shows and weekly dance parties, and highlights include blackened mahi, shrimp and tilapia livornese, and Cajun fettucine with peppers and sautéed chicken. Signature cocktails are whimsical and innovative, including the Tiffany Fantasia, with pear vodka, lychee puree, and lemonade, the T.Lo with Tanduay Asian Rum, raspberry puree, pineapple juice, and soda water, and the Melissa Hilton with peach vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice.

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37. Whiskey Joe's 3301 Rickenbacker Cswy, Miami, FL 33149

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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38. LIV Nightclub 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Part of the 'Bleau's Vegas-style resort, LIV is a massive, 18000-square-foot vaguely amphitheatrical club laid out in a multi-layered, nearly circular design that presents zero obstacles to voyeurs, performers, and DJs -- Calvin Harris, Steve Angello, and Sander Van Doorn -- from seeing and being seen from from almost anywhere. And since “getting a table at LIV” is basically Miami for “my weekend’s gonna be way cooler than yours,” the two-story megaclub in the Fontainebleau is definitely a top contender.

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39. Scarlett's Cabaret 2920 SW 30th Ct, Miami, FL 33133

This bottle-service-style strippery in Hollandale is massive (a half-dozen stipper poles; lounge, vip, and bar areas; and a tiered VIP area), boast some pretty massive deals (free happy hour eats from 12-6p, constant drink specials, etc.), and has some... um, massively talented employees, who'll at least make you feel like YOU are.

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40. Lou's Beer Garden 7337 Harding Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141

Who doesn't love a poolside beer/wine bar with mosaic blue tile walls, a flatscreen for games, and seating around said pool? Chow down artisan pizzas, or an 8oz Angus burger with bacon and feta, because happy hour goes til 8pm.

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41. Mike's at Venetia 555 NE 15th St, Miami, FL 33132

We’d say Mike’s at Venetia is one of Miami's best kept secrets, but when Billy Corben Tweets about it at least once a week, well, its not hiding from anyone on the ninth floor of this condo tower right before the Venetian Causeway. The outdoor patio probably has the best bar view in the city, and the pizza may well be Miami’s most underrated.

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42. The Clevelander 1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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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43. The Hangout Bar 235 Washington Ave, Miami, FL 33139

If you’re a young European checking out South Beach, it’s basically written into your visa that you stay at the SoBe hostel, where you’ll find this bar that on most nights has plenty of Euros drinking until 5am.

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44. Sharp Shooters Billiards 7200 SW 117 Ave, Miami, FL 33183

You won’t find stiffer pool competition than you will at this locals’ pool hall on Kendall Drive and 117th Ave. Sure, the food’s nothing to write home about, but the beer is cold and the players are there to do more than just be seen.

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45. Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill 2721 Bird Ave, Miami, FL 33133

Famous, of course, for their legendary ribs, Flanigan's also offers up a mean burger and solid seafood options like deep-fried shrimp and, if you're feeling adventurous, seared Dolphin.

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46. Club Space 34 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33132

This over-the-top club is located in a multi-story warehouse, and comes complete with live DJs and a rooftop terrace. Thanks to its 24-hours license, lots of lasers, and pretty lights, the after-after-after-hours club is Miami's greatest freak show, and likely the only 10+-year-old club that can lay claim to such subsisting fame.

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47. The Raleigh 1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

One of the original hotels built during the crazy '40s "Boom over Miami" period (3k hotel rooms in two years, son!), The Raleigh combines pre-war decor with a buttload of tropical foliage right on the beach.

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48. Lost Weekend 218 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This somewhat-divey bar boasts a stand-up selection of food, including shrimp po' boys and pizza, with a quality assortment of beer and mixed drinks to match. Try your hand at the pool table, dart board, air hockey table, or foosball table.

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49. Monty's Sunset 300 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Something about eating seafood on a dock makes it seem just a little more fresh. And something about eating fresh seafood on a dock next to a pool makes it all the more picturesque. Overlooking the Miami Beach Marina, Monty’s Sunset serves food and drink under poolside tiki huts. Prime sunset views and an institutional happy hour, accompanied by live music and DJs, draws a drinking crowd, while plentiful raw bar options (Florida Keys crab claws, Gulf oysters, and Bahamian conch ceviche) highlight the best of local fish.

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50. SushiSamba Dromo 600 Lincoln Road, Miami, FL 33139

SushiSamba's got sprawling Lincoln Road digs and a slew of badass new menu items to boot, like a lobster salad with coconut, cilantro, roasted poblano, grapefruit, and sweet potato, plus just about any sushi roll you can think of.

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51. Bimini Bay Bar 412 SE 32nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

This windowless dive among the warehouses in the off-airport parking district offers strong drinks and uh, adult entertainment playing on the flat-screens.