Food & Drink

The Miami Metromover Bar Crawl: 13 Stops, 1 Weird Train

Published On 04/27/2015 Published On 04/27/2015

Back when it was still called Dade County we had this thing called the People Mover. They charged people a quarter to ride it, and by "people," we mean transients and low-level narcotics traffickers.

Since those glory days they've (literally) built up the area around the Brickell, Inner, and Omni Loops juuuuuust a little. And with all those tall buildings come people. And with people come bars. And now you no longer need to fear rides on the renamed "Metromover," nor do you need to pay. So hop on board and come along as we cruise the best bars along the Brickell, Omni, and Inner Loops.

SEGAFREDO

Financial District

Segafredo (address and info)
Where better to kick off (or end) a bar crawl through Miami than a European lounge filled with South Americans that plays thumping electronic music from the time they open until hours later than would be deemed “acceptable” in other cities?

BATCH

Brickell

Batch Gastropub (address and info)
Just a short walk down 12th St you’ll find Brickell’s only gastropub, so fuel up for the rest of your crawl with some of the best mac & cheese in Miami, then enjoy a craft cocktail on tap at your table.

BETTER DAYS

Fifth Street

Better Days (address and info)
Kind of like the collars on dudes you see at American Social, this is the pop-up that just won’t pop down. It's still going strong on Fifth St, where this vintage shop/cocktail bar/hot dog emporium gets packed with Brickellites looking for an ice cold, after-work $6 beer.

CHAT NOIR

Miami Avenue 

Le Chat Noir (address and info)
You’ll finally have an excuse to get on one of those four Inner Loop trains that come by when you’re waiting for the Omni or Brickell ones. Hit this spot just outside the Inner Loop’s only exclusive stop, where live jazz, wine, and cheese are on the menu.

TORO TORO

Bayfront Park

Toro Toro (address and info)
If that mac & cheese at Batch wasn’t enough for you, you can have waiters come around with giants slabs of beef and cut it onto your plate at this churrascaria in the InterContinental Miami. Or, to save like 4,000 calories, have a seat at the bar and enjoy inventive craft cocktails from Matt Phillips and Sean O'Connell

BISCAYNE TAVERN

First Street

Biscayne Tavern (address and info)
You COULD go here and order something other than one of their rotating local craft beers. You COULD also go to Prime 112 and order a salad. Then again if you’re that kind of person you probably also don’t read, so you’re probably not looking at this. So try something new from a local brewery and get an order of chocolate chip cookies on the side.

ELWOODS

College/Bayside

Elwoods Gastro Pub (address and info)
Though this is probably one of the only English pubs in the world where you’ll hear multiple conversations in Spanish, this tiny Downtown pub has great fish and chips, perpetual football matches, and an impressive selection of both imported and craft beers. No liquor though, despite Miami’s complete absence of soccer hooligans.

Will Call Miami

Freedom Tower

Will Call Miami (address and info)
Sure, watching the NBA playoffs will be a little bit different this year. Like instead of hitting this spot near the AAA for some pre-game drinks, you’ll be hitting it at 11pm to catch Memphis and Portland, but it’s still a cool locals' bar where there’ll likely be live music after the game.

THE CORNER

Park West

The Corner (address and info)
The walk through the Arts & Entertainment District isn’t quite the death-wish it was in years past, and the area has graduated from "terrifying" to "having some character," thanks greatly in part to the addition of this place, where the bar's stocked with hard-to-find liquors that're used to make innovative craft drinks.

THRILLIST

Eleventh Street

E11EVEN (address and info)
It’s on ELEVENTH STREET, what else would we pick? Nobody goes to Space for one drink, and if you don’t like your drink with a side of stripper, there’s always Touché on the roof with its cocktail bar and views of Downtown.

VERDE

Museum Park

Verde at PAMM (address and info)
Only in Miami do we say, “This whole bayfront art museum is a great cultural step for our city, but you know what this place really needs? A bar.” Which is exactly what they’re bringing next month, when a full on bayfront drinkery opens up at Verde. For now, though, just hit the restaurant, grab a drink, and enjoy the view.

Mike's At Venetia

Adrienne Arsht Center

Mike’s at Venetia (address and info)
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. Unless you’re Billy Corben.

RAILROAD BLUES

School Board

Railroad Blues (address and info)
A lot of “speakeasy” bars around Miami open up in strip malls or the "nightlife" district, which might make you feel safe, but it isn’t very authentic. The short walk from the School Board stop to this new-ish drinking den gives you the authentic 1930s feeling of walking through a completely abandoned area to an unmarked door, then into a really crowded bar where the drinks are strong and the music is loud.

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1. Segafredo 1421 South Miami Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Segafredo is Brickell's quintessential Italian cafe by day, and a sophisticated lounge by night. The casual but chic atmosphere is complemented by its awesome menu and great cocktails.

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2. 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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3. Better Days 75 SE 6th St Ste 103, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

A classy take on a good ‘ol fashioned dive bar, Better Days offers up specialty cocktails, good beer, a great happy hour and a relaxed vibe at a very reasonable price. This bar feels right at home in it’s kitschy thrift shop interior, and so will you when you play a round or two of pool between fistfuls of delicious, free popcorn. With shabby chic flamingos, palm trees, and unfinished wood accents, Better Days deftly embodies both the hip vibrance of the Miami night life and the comfy couch in your basement.

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4. Le Chat Noir 2 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

You’ll finally have an excuse to get on one of those four Inner Loop trains that come by when you’re waiting for the Omni or Brickell ones. Hit this spot just outside the Inner Loop’s only exclusive stop, where live jazz, wine, and cheese are on the menu.

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5. Toro Toro 100 Chopin Plz, Miami, FL 33131 (Downtown)

This Pan-Latin restaurant sits in the lobby of a hotel, but its swank dark wood embellishments and leather booths make it feel like it's its own Miami establishment. The menu includes unexpected items like lamb skewers with yogurt sauce, though classic meat dishes like lamb chops and rib-eye steak are also popular.

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6. Biscayne Tavern 146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 (Downtown)

Like any self-respecting tavern, Biscayne offers pub grub and drinks - the pub grub being American comfort food like crab cake sliders, short rib pot roast, and eggplant fries and the drinks a rotating menu of 30+ craft beers.

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7. Elwoods Gastro Pub 188 NE 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33132 (Downtown)

Run by a Brit and his American wife who drove from LA to open it, Elwood's filling you with plentiful taps (Harpoon IPA, Pilsner Urquel), bottles of Fuller's ESB and London Porter, and UK classics like fish & chips, their weekly Sunday Roast (soup, sala

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8. 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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9. The Corner 1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136

Awarded the New Times Best Cocktail of 2012, The Corner is open late and serves up delicious drinks and eats, like the "Favorite" which's got smoked turkey, Applewood bacon, cheddar, herb mayo, and arugula.

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10. 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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11. Verde 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33130

Verde, at the Perez Art Museum, serves up stuff like roasted New York Strip with chimichurri butter and the garlic-thyme Tsuyu mushrooms on the side, sugary doughnut holes made with Cuban coffee gel, and pizza called "squash blossom".

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12. 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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13. Railroad Blues 28 NE 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33132 (Miami Beach)

Railroad Blues, the dimly lit speakeasy, next to STEAM, is the place to enjoy classic craft drinks. When you're done, head outside for some live music on their patio.

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