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The Best Miami Bar for (Almost) Every Occasion

Published On 06/11/2015 Published On 06/11/2015

Obviously, Thrillist is your go-to site for all things Miami when it comes to eating and drinking. That's why you're smarter than whoever's sitting next to you. And even though we've told you about the best dive bars in Miami and the best places to drink by the water, there are still tons of other situations where you need the perfect bar. Lucky for you, we've been to pretty much every one in South Florida, and can tell you where to go for every single reason you'd want a drink. Or at least 50 of 'em anyway...

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To take out-of-towners: Mango’s Tropical Cafe

South Beach
You may avoid it like the hideous tourist trap it is, but nothing will let your visitors know they’re in Miami faster than sexy Latin women in outfits that would make a Hooters’ waitress blush and live, on-stage salsa dancing.
 

For a first date: Regent Cocktail Club

South Beach
Assuming you’re on a date with a lady whose idea of a drink involves more than a six-count into a shot glass, this cozy cocktail lounge at the Gale Hotel will show you know where to get some of the best craft cocktails in the city, and it's also the rare Miami bar where you can actually hear someone.

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To drink outside: The Broken Shaker


Miami Beach
Though the bocce courts and Ping-Pong table are gone, sitting in the courtyard of the Freehand Hostel amidst the herb garden they use to craft some of the best cocktails in Miami is one of the most relaxing ways to spend an afternoon.
 

To drink alone: Mac’s Club Deuce

South Beach
Because not even the bartenders here really care to talk to you, and the rest of the crowd in this landmark South Beach dive has likely been in there since the Miami Vice rap party in 1990.
 

To drink in sweatpants: Ted’s Hideaway

SoFi
Though Ted’s has (slightly) improved from the days when it was the bar to drink at if you wanted to, um, make other purchases, it’s still an almost-too-laid-back locals’ hangout where you’re just as likely to see a dude done up in full club gear as you are to see a girl walking in wearing warmups and a ponytail.

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For a business meeting: 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar

Brickell
Sure, there are plenty of bars at the crossroads of Downtown and Brickell where you can meet. But none boasts this supreme water view and inventive bar food.
 

For the city’s best bar view: Atrio

Brickell
This spot at the Conrad’s sky lobby on the 25th floor has views across Biscayne Bay from the bar and the outdoor patio, and if you’re hungry you can see west to the Everglades from the adjacent dining room.

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To drink wine: Lagniappe

Midtown
If you have a hankering to sit outside on mismatched patio furniture, drink wine, and eat barbecue, you COULD go to your aunt’s house in Kendall. Or, ya know, hit Lagniappe (one of the 21 best wine bars in America), where they sell vino by the bottle and have room out back for you and 300 of your closest friends.
 

To eat bar food: Batch Gastropub

Brickell
This Brickell drinkery is perpetually retooling its menu to offer innovations in bar bites, wood-burning pizzas, and burgers that, like some of the people you’ll meet there, you’ll seriously love at night and seriously regret in the morning.

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To relive your college glory days at FSU: AmSo Ft. Lauderdale

Las Olas
Or, if you didn’t go to Florida State, relive what your glory days there might have been like. Though everyone there will assume you were a GDI and ignore you anyway.
 

To relive your college glory days at UM: The Rathskeller

Coral Gables
Relive them through the pictures on the wall of things current students completely missed, like the original Rathskeller and winning Hurricanes football.
 

To pretend you’re still in college: Mr. Moe’s

Coconut Grove
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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For a bachelorette party: Bâoli

South Beach
This popular Euro hangout straight from Cannes might be the only bar in Miami where the men are almost as attractive as the women. A fact not lost on whoever named its legendary Wednesday party “My Boyfriend’s Out of town.”
 

For a bachelor party: E11EVEN/Touché

Downtown
News flash: a group rolling 16 dudes deep isn’t getting in ANYWHERE in South Beach. However this spot is not only a strip club, but also a pretty decent regular club filled with ladies who don’t strip, and a gourmet restaurant on the roof.

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Before a game: Will Call

Downtown
It's really the only sports venue adjacent-bar in Miami, and in addition to warming you up for Heat games, it's also got some pretty solid live music on the weekends.
 

To watch a Heat game: Hyde at AAA

Downtown
If it’s a home game and you have bad seats, this arena bar under the lower bowl bleachers might actually give you a better in-game experience. If it’s an away game, it’s the most unique way to watch the Heat in the city.
 

To watch any other game: Duffy’s Sports Grill

North Miami Beach
Does it get any more Miami than a sports bar on the water with a swimming pool, a live DJ, two-for-ones all day, and more flat-screens than the showroom at your neighborhood Best Buy? No. No it does not.

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For live music: Churchhill’s Pub

Little Haiti
“Live music” in the sense that it involves people playing actual instruments and not just doing the Jesus pose while their USB stick runs. Actual, like, live bands here.
 

To impress someone: Rose Bar at Delano

South Beach
Sadly, the days of the horrendously oversized Ian Schrager furniture are gone, but that doesn’t keep this from being one of the most luxurious places in Miami to grab a drink and be, at least for as long as it takes you to finish your $17 cocktail, part of the South Beach “scene.”

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To talk to locals: Scotty’s Landing

Coconut Grove
If by “talk,” you mean “listen to them complain about what a nice city this used to be and how the developers are gonna tear this place down next week, and the whole city's going to Hell.”
 

If you want to go to Europe, but can’t afford it: La Piaggia

SoFi
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 rosé than anyone should be allowed to see on this side of the Atlantic.

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For South Beach without the BS: Tie: FDR and Rec Room

South Beach
Both of these bars are downstairs in swanky hotels (The Delano and Gale, respectively) and shun the lines and velvet ropes for an eclectic mix of music, laid-back & classy crowds, and that rarest of South Beach environments: unpretentious fun.
 

If you just got dumped: Himmarshee Public House

Ft. Lauderdale
Broward’s biggest meat market is also the anchor bar of Himmarshee, where you’ll find endless seas of pretty, young, professional, single(ish) people looking to make bad decisions. A good night here and you won’t even bother deleting your ex on Facebook because you really won’t care.

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If you just got promoted: Pearl


SoFi
It’s a Champagne lounge in South Beach. Douchey? Of course. But post-promotion might be the only time you could drink here without looking like you’re trying too hard.
 

If you just got fired: Brother Jimmy’s BBQ

Brickell
When you get fired, the first thing you probably want is a stiff, cheap drink. Check, and kinda check. But once you’ve had a few of them you might notice the bar is filled with lots of other working people, who, if you buy them enough shots, might become that new friend who finds you a new job.
 

If you just wanna DANCE!: Ball and Chain

Little Havana
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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To drink craft beer: Riverside Market

Ft. Lauderdale
One of the 33 best beer bars in America, this spot is an old convenience store where every slot that was once filled with Gatorade and Aquafina is now filled with a different craft beer that can be artfully explained to you by owner Julian Siegel.
 

To drink at lunch: American Social, Brickell

Brickell
Nothing will relax you more after a tough morning of doing a job you can’t explain than sitting by the water in this new-ish Brickell joint, where you can enjoy some of Miami’s best mac and cheese, watch the boats go by, and sip on its impressive collection of craft beers.

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For free bar food: Wood Tavern on Taco Tuesday

Wynwood
Wood’s a great place to drink outside on any night of the week, but hands down the best one is Tuesday, when Pancho Taco out back serves up free tacos you can munch on while the surly hipster bartenders ignore your pleas for a Corona.
 

To get a drink before dinner: Meat Market

South Beach
Not that the food at one of Miami’s best steakhouses isn’t worth sticking around for, but should you decide to dine elsewhere after having the most inventive craft cocktails you’ll find in a steakery, you’ll be right on Lincoln Rd with plenty of options to choose from.

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To drink by natural water: Shuckers Bar and Grill

North Bay Village
And occasionally, in the water.
 

To drink by artificial water: LOL Resto-Bar

Brickell
Though the residents of the Fabulous Four Ambassadors will be furious for giving away this secret, the little bar between their two resort pools sits right on the bay and makes you feel like you’re on vacation right in the middle of Brickell.

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For celebrating your anniversary: MO Bar

Brickell
Since your anniversary dinner should probably be spent at either of this bar’s downstairs neighbors at the Mandarin Oriental (Azul or La Mar), start your special evening upstairs with a panoramic view of Brickell and hand-crafted cocktails.

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For a boys night out (if you like boys): Palace Bar

South Beach
Two words: drag brunch. We think you get the drift.
 

If you're on your friend’s boat: Whiskey Joe’s

Key Biscayne
You can pull right up next to the Key Biscayne marina and send your friend in for some cold ones, then head back out to Stiltsville, the Nixon sandbar, or wherever else the girls on your boat think will look good on Instagram.

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For your 21st birthday (and you’re a girl): LIV

Miami Beach
Because if you’re rolling multi-ladies deep, and those ladies are all in their early 20s, you are 100% getting in. And 99.9% getting free drinks from a guy older than your father.
 

For your 21st birthday (and you’re a guy): Scarlett’s

Hallandale
Because you’re not getting into LIV without spending half a month’s pay, and going to one of America's 21 best strip clubs on your birthday is NEVER a bad decision. Unless you’re afraid of belts.

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To day drink: Lou’s Beer Garden

Miami Beach
This beer garden in North Beach feels more like you’re drinking at the apartment complex pool on Melrose Place, which, even if you don’t know Billy Campbell from Billy the Marlin, still makes for an afternoon of beer drinking that’ll have you losing track of time.
 

To watch Fourth of July fireworks: Mike’s at Venetia

Downtown
This not-so-well-kept secret on the ninth floor of the Venetia condominiums on the Venetian Causeway has a poolside balcony with perfect views of the shows for both Downtown and Miami Beach. And you can take the Mover!

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To meet tourists, domestic: The Clevelander

South Beach
When people watch a little too much Travel Channel and picture drinking in Miami, this poolside Ocean Dr institution right in the heart of the Deco District is what they imagine. The brightly colored frozen Miami Vices, perpetual live DJ, and one of Miami's best pool parties don’t do much to discourage the stereotype.
 

To meet tourists, foreign: The Hangout Bar

SoFi
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.
 

To shoot pool: Sharp Shooters Billiards

Kendall
You won’t find stiffer pool competition than you will at this locals’ pool hall on Kendall Dr 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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To get a drink at 4am: Flannigan’s

Coconut Grove
Since Marc Sarnoff doomed the Grove and made everyone close at 3am, all the Grove’s professional drinkers end up here at the end of the night, making the Laughing Loggerhead an underrated hotspot for the couple of hours before closing.
 

To get a drink at 6am: Club Space

Downtown
Though, if you’re at Space, there’s a decent chance that drink will be water.
 

To get a drink at 8am: E11EVEN

Downtown
And you can even get a lap dance on the side. God bless 24-hour liquor licenses.

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For drinks on the "low": Martini Bar at The Raleigh

South Beach
A windowless bar tucked away in a hotel lobby lined with photographs that serves straight-up stiff drinks? If that doesn’t scream “My wife will never find us here,” we don’t know what does.
 

If you’re in the service industry: Lost Weekend

South Beach
Ironically named after the 1945 classic film noir, this bar gives the term a whole new meaning as THE hangout for all the people who give up their weekends to deal with tourists in the South Beach hospitality industry.

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To watch the sunset: Monty’s Sunset

SoFi
If the name didn’t clinch it for you, this longtime happy hour staple lets you watch the sun go down over Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline while you sip on drinks that won’t cost you more than one of those condos you’re looking at.

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To watch people: SushiSamba Dromo

South Beach
There's no greater cross section of Miami weirdness -- outside a Carl Hiaasen book -- than Lincoln Rd, where tourists, locals, street performers, and people from all over the world converge. And nowhere gives you a front row seat better than SushiSamba, where you can munch on raw fish and sip sake while you enjoy the show.
 

To watch adult films: Bimini Bay Bar

Ft. Lauderdale
If you’re the type who feels a good adult feature should be shared with mumbling old men and bartenders who were forced out of stripping 10 years ago, then you absolutely must head to this dive in the warehouse district near FLL where they serve beer and wine and the TVs play the latest and greatest in hardcore pornography. Seriously.

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1. Mango's Tropical Cafe 900 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

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 (South Beach)

Head to the Regent Cocktail club for a classy and quiet evening where knowledgeable bar staff cook up perfect cocktails in this true South Beach speak easy.

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

Get to boozing and pooling (of the billiards variety) early in the AM at this dive bar in the Beach.

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

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 (Brickell)

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 (Brickell)

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 (Midtown)

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 (Brickell)

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 (Fort Lauderdale)

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 (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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12. Mr. Moe's 3131 Commodore Plz, Miami, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

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 (Downtown)

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

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 (Downtown)

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 (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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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 (South Beach)

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 (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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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 (South Beach)

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

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 (Miami Beach)

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 Jimmys BBQ 900 S Miami Avenue, Suite 135, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

When the Brother Jimmy’s gods (read: bartenders) command you to “Put some South in yo’ mouth,” you do not decline. This Miami outpost of Murray Hill, New York’s one-stop-shop for inexpensive beers and Southern snacks offers up starters like hush puppies with maple butter, frickles with horseradish sauce, and loaded fries with pulled pork or pulled chicken, topped with cheese, diced tomatoes, house BBQ sauce, and ranch dressing. Larger plates like country catfish served with cornbread and chicken or pork Dixie hoe cake keep the finger-lickin’ goodness going well into the evening, as beer flows more freely and “Take Me Home Tonight” plays one too many times.

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28. Ball and Chain 1513 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135 (Little Havana)

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 (Fort Lauderdale)

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 (Miami Beach)

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)

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 (South Beach)

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 (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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35. 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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36. Palace Bar 1200 Ocean Dr, Miami, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

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

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 (Miami Beach)

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 (Downtown)

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

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 (Kendall)

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 (Coconut Grove)

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 (Downtown)

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 (South Beach)

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 (South Beach)

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 (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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50. SushiSamba Dromo 600 Lincoln Road, Miami, FL 33139 (South Beach)

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 (Fort Lauderdale)

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

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