Miami
1. Don's 5 Star Dive Bar
MiMo

The Kush crew hits us with yet another brilliant tribute to Miami lore with this dimly lit drinking den paying homage to all the Dons who’ve made Magic City famous—Shula, Bailey, Francisco, you get the drift. The intimate 50-seat lounge in the Selina Gold Dust hotel is designed to trigger your strongest South Florida nostalgia, with naked Don Bailey billboards, Don Shula Expressway signs, and even a strategically placed photo of Donna Shalala (RIP Orange Bowl) in the bathroom. Cocktails are equally Don-ified, highlighted by the Don’t F*ck with Don Shula, a Negroni-style blend of mezcal, Campari, and vermouth.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

2. Black Market Miami
Downtown

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Miami was once a big-time football town. But step into this downtown drinkery for a game and you’ll be reminded pretty quickly. The walls are done up in memories of past gridiron glory, with Canes and Dolphins championship photos and news clippings making us yearn for the 1980s. Of course, the amped up food and killer cocktails make us glad that in 2021, sports bars have higher standards. Try the Eleven After This, loaded with tequila, lime, fresh watermelon, and muddled jalapeno to kick your night into high gear, and forget about the current iterations of our local teams.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

3. Tobacco Road
Brickell

This shit, most certainly, ain’t the real Tobacco Road. And the people behind this tribute bar three doors down from TR’s original location make it abundantly clear with a giant neon sign that says as much. Still, the reborn Tobacco Road in the old River Oyster Bar space retains the laid-back feel that once permeated Miami’s lone historic watering hole. You’ll find photos and relics from the old spot throughout, and the menu is filled with old classics like the Death Burger with jalapenos, jack cheese, sriracha, and spicy mayo. Plus, you can still grab a shot-and-a beer special for around $12, like it’s 1985 and you’re a Herald staffer who just got done covering multiple homicides.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

5. Margot Natural Wine Bar
Downtown

What started out as a breezy beachside pop-up next to Nikki Beach is now a permanent fixture inside the Ingraham Building, an unusual-but-welcomed addition to the historic downtown office complex. It’s another creation of the Bar Lab team—AKA the folks who brought us Broken Shaker—and boasts one of Magic City’s best collections of bubbles spanning over 75 different bottles. Not into sparkling stuff? That’s cool. Margot offers dozens of wines you’ve likely never seen elsewhere, and it’s the ideal place to try something new—especially when paired with light bites and Tapas from 27 Restaurant’s Jimmy LeBron.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.