Ok, I did my research and found the chillest cocktails, sky bars, wine cellars and secret menus in Miami. And, if after a few drinks you start feeling like a show, you can switch out your cabernet for Cabaret or pick any lane and entertain yourselves with bowling and dancing at Basement.
As always if I missed your favorite spot, write it down in the comments so everyone can check it out.
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BROKEN SHAKER - well traveled mixologists tap into their own courtyard garden to create unique elixirs infused with fragrant herbs as well as exotic ingredients. Insider tip: order from the blackboard, sip it by the pool
MELINDA'S MEZCAL & NACHO BAR - prohibition era speakeasy in wynwood with moody lighting, small-batch mescal from Tamaulipas, barrel aged reposado and aged anejo, among other handcrafted spirits. Insider tip: ask for the ever-changing 'secret menu'. I hear they also have pretty good nachos.
THE MAYHAW AT ST ROCH - delivering hits from the prohibition as well as creative takes on the classics. There's also a 55 label wine list, specializing in rose and bubbles. Nestled into the 2nd story of the Design District
RACKET - sky lit atrium featuring a tiki-inspired rum & tequila bar with local beer and creatively named craft cocktails, such as Here's Johnnie, She's a Ten and I Can Pour My Own Coke...
BALL & CHAIN - playing live salsa and jazz in Little Havana, the music is some of the best in Miami. The drinks and tapas are supposed to be pretty good too.
CIBO - with 3,500 bottles of wine, Italian cuisine and a rooftop terrace, la vita è bella
BUNBURY - romantic back patio strewn with lights, which may or may not come with a Spanish guitarist (call ahead), and an extensive wine list
THE FORGE - they have one of the largest cavernous wine cellars in Miami, and the place is dripping in finesse - check the bubble wall
MADE IN ITALY - an Italian market and deli with over 2,000 bottles of wine and hard to find foods imported straight from the homeland
WD 555 - this is a wine depot, but it's exceptional in that it's led by a talented new chef who pairs small bites and entrees with reasonably priced wines to take home. They offer several events weekly, so call before you go.
NO. 3 SOCIAL - take the private entrance to the rooftop garden/tiki bar and maybe sip a cocktail called Beauty Secret (infused with collagen) while taking in the view
YAKU BY LA MAR - beautiful waterfront views in a chic outdoor bar with dj, serving Peruvian-inspired punch cocktails & small plates
JUVIA - incredible panoramic views are complimentary with food and drink, dressing up is required
WATR AT THE 1 - tropical ambiance with a Polynesian/Japanese influenced menu
LA COTE - panoramic views at the top of Fontaineblue, live dj and rooftop pool
AREA 31 - 16th floor of the Kimpton Epic, glittering views of the city, Biscayne Bay and Miami River, farm to table menu, innovative cocktails
REGENT ROOFTOP AT GALE - luxurious space with infinity pool, dj, cabanas and cocktails. open wed - sun
ABOVE MAYFAIR - intimate hideaway in a chic tropical, gaudi inspired lounge, live dj and private poolside cabanas
DOWNTOWN SPICE @ E11EVEN - open air night club with views of Miami skyline, live music and drinks, and a 3-course dinner offered wed-sat
C-LEVEL - 6th level views of the city and the ocean, free wifi and party vibes on the weekends with dj and dancing
WHISPER COCKTAIL LOUNGE - incredible views from the 50th floor of the W Miami, creative cocktails, pool & dj (only light snacks)
BOULAN - sky bar and loungy pool at the top of the Boulan hotel
SUGAR AT EAST - located on the 40th floor, this rooftop bar and garden offers cocktails and Asian inspired tapas
THE CAPE AT TOWNHOUSE - cozy bohemian inspired space on the 5th floor with curated cocktails and rare brews
EL TUCAN - a theatre style night club in retro glam reminiscent of 1940s Cuba. They have cabaret shows, a house band and dancing at night
FAENA THEATER - inspired by the glittering allure of Old Hollywood, the theater showcases sultry burlesque and cabaret performances
SAXONY BAR - a late night lounge steeped in old Hollywood glamour with live dj and meticulously crafted drinks
THE ANDERSON - bar lab cocktails and distinctive 80's vibes with animal print, vintage ads and video games. They serve stylish cocktails and have a beach bungalow shack in the back.
BASEMENT - The Edition Hotel's nightclub, bowling alley and ice skating rink, lit by neon and playing old school hip hop jams through a state of the art sound system. Chill crowd, hot dance floor. The drinks are $$$ but gratuity is included.
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