Miami Winter Dining Guide: From Patios to Fireplaces

By Carissa Chesanek  |  February 10, 2014

Unlike other parts of the country that hibernate once winter hits, here in Miami we tend to take things outdoors rather than be locked up inside - because who doesn't want to be outside when its 70 and sunny? However, when you get that itch to participate in snowy, winter routines (sipping hot chocolate by the fire), there are plenty of ways to fulfill that urge too. Here are eight ways to enjoy Miami's winter season, whether it's relishing our great weather or pretending to be a snowbunny. 

  • Warm Cocktail: The Regent Cocktail Club

    This swanky old school lounge offers its warm rum-infused Tom & Jerry cocktail (topped with nutmeg and boiling water) ideal for those Miami nights that dip well into the 60s. 

    1690 Collins Ave.; 305-673-0199

  • Cold Cocktail: Barton G. - The Restaurant

    In such a whimsical setting, you can only expect to sip on equally extravagant cocktails inside this South Beach venue, including ones below -320 degrees fahrenheit that are made with liquid nitrogen and booze-infused popsicles. 

    1427 West Ave.; 305-672-8881

  • Comfort Food: Blue Collar

    This MiMo District hot spot offers all the hearty dishes you crave on a cool winter evening, like shrimp and grits made with bacon or pulled pork benedict with jalapeno corn bread when hunkering for a mid-morning pick-me-up. 

    6730 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-756-0366

  • Fireplace: The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions

    Head into this cozy Upper East Side neighborhood spot to enjoy creamy lobster couscous and a glass of Cabernet Franc by the intimate fireplace underneath the animal head-lined walls. 

    5132 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-758-9559

  • Patio: Smith & Wollensky

    As the sun sets and the temperatures cool down, there is no better spot to enjoy coffee and cocoa rubbed filet than at this classic steakhouse's large outdoor patio and waterfront cafe. 

    1 Washington Ave.; 305- 673-2800

  • Healthy Eats: Mi Vida Cafe

    When the weather heats up and you're craving something light and fresh, you'll find plenty of healthy organic items inside this MiMo cafe, including fresh pressed juices alongside raw vegan pizzas made with sunflower seed and almond-based crusts.

    7244 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-759-6020

  • Cold Coffee Brew: Panther Coffee

    This Miami-based coffee roaster provides its caffeine-craving customers a funky art-inspired space to sip on various coffees made of small-batch roasting beans including its signature iced cold brew that's fitting for an exceptionally hot, sunny day.

    2390 NW Second Ave.; 305- 677-3952

  • Hot Coffee: Serendipity 3

    While this South Beach ice cream parlor is known for its massive sundaes and iced hot chocolates, it also has offers plenty of hot caffeinated beverages, like the Nell Gwynne made of espresso, semi-sweet chocolate and whipped cream. 

    1102 Lincoln Rd.; 305-403-2210