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Hottest Bars in Miami

Miami's dining scene is on fire right now with a slew of much-anticipated new restaurants and almost too many must-try dishes to count. It's been a winning season for bars too, ushering in new cocktails from the Menin Hospitality guys, a South Beach spot dedicated to all things whiskey and a replica of a famous NY speakeasy. Here are Miami's 10 hottest hangouts right now. Drink up!

South Pointe Tavern

NewSouth Beach
This South of Fifth watering hole mixes clever concoctions using a wide range of whiskeys and tequilas both well known and rare to pair with an artisanal menu of ceviches, crudos, flatbreads and charcuterie. The corner spot offers a wraparound terrace, plus a cozy interior sporting exposed-brick walls, French bistro–style seating and artwork that pays homage to 20th-century artists.

Must-drink: The Miami State of Mind cocktail is made with tequila, fresh watermelon and lime juice, agave and jalapeño. 

Insider tip: Happy hour takes place from 5–7:00 PM on weekdays, when wine, spirits and beer are 50% off. The bar also offers a full traditional English breakfast menu every day from 8 AM–3 PM.

40 South Pointe Dr.; 305-763-8368

Employees Only Miami

South Beach
New York City's famed speakeasy makes its way to the Magic City with this close replica at the Washington Park Hotel in South Beach, complete with Art Deco décor, white-jacketed bartenders and nightly psychic readings. The original prohibition-style libations headline the menu, backed by elevated bar fare such as hand-cut steak tartar, bone marrow poppers and bacon wrapped lamb chops.

Must-drink: Try the Ready, Fire, Aim, one of the bar’s signature cocktails, made with mezcal, honey pineapple syrup and pink peppercorns.

Insider tip: As the night winds down, around 3:45 AM, Employees Only offers the remaining patrons a cup of chicken soup while playing music by Tom Waits — a musical tradition that began with Igor Hadzismajlovic, one of the bar’s original five founders. The soup is homey and comforting thanks to warming additions like allspice, cardamom and clove, and serves as a gesture to say thank you to those that have made it to the end of the night.

1030 Washington Ave.; 305-421-6108

Ricky's South Beach

NewAmericanSouth Beach
One part bar and one part eatery, this nightlife concept from Menin Hospitality (Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Halves & Holes) offers nostalgic carnival-inspired American fare like smoked corn dogs, Nashville hot popcorn chicken and waffles, and funnel cakes, plus an elaborate cocktail and beer program. The decor mixes industrial and retro elements, with arcade games and neon lighting adding to its hangout appeal.

Must-drink: A frozen take on an Irish coffee, the Frojoe is made with whiskey and cold brew and sprinkled with chocolate and coffee beans.

Insider tip: For a raucous Sunday Funday celebration, don't miss the Smashed Flamingo, a beer garden pop-up within Ricky's that features DJs, craft beer, cocktails and $2 food specials every Sunday from 2–8 PM.

1222 16th St.; 305-704-3602

Baby Jane

Brickell Area
The Ariete team is behind this bungalow-style Brickell eatery and bar, serving housemade bites (think duck and foie gras croquettes and grilled wings), plus local beers and craft cocktails into the wee hours. Brick walls with hanging elk horns, bright blue church pew seats, a fireplace and a tile bar create a cozy yet hip feel.

Must-drink: A balanced blend of smoky, sweet and spicy flavors, Baby Jane’s signature cocktail, the Bebito, is made with Montelobos mezcal, Luxardo maraschino, green Chartreuse, fresh lime juice, jalapeño, rosemary and salt.

Insider tip: The bar is currently hosting a pop-up by Shimuja, a ramen specialist featuring traditional noodle bowls, along with small izakaya plates. 

500 Brickell Ave.; 786-803-8004

Commonwealth Miami

NewSouth Beach
Brown liquor grabs the spotlight at this South Beach hangout, pouring over 120 kinds of whiskey, anchored by beers, cocktails and a New American menu offering charcuterie boards, duck fat fries and pork tacos. Wood accents, sculptural lighting fixtures, cushy banquettes and a wall made from whiskey barrels create a cozy ambiance for sipping into the wee hours.

Must-drink: Sip an Irish Clover, a frothy concoction made with Paddy’s Irish whiskey, vermouth, blackberry shrub, egg white and lemon.

Insider tip: Whiskey tastings are complimentary every Wednesday from 7:30–9 PM in the Abbey Room.

1216 Washington Ave.; 786-773-1813

Pawn Broker

Downtown
From the The Pubbelly Group comes this rooftop drinkery in Downtown’s revamped Langford Hotel (also home to Pubelly Station), serving classic and inventive cocktails plus elevated bar fare into the wee hours. In addition to an industrial-chic indoor bar, there's an outside lounge with plenty of seating space and sweeping views of the Miami skyline.

Must-drink: An elevated version of the American Hooch (aka Mountain Dew and white whiskey), the White Lightning is made with Troy & Sons moonshine, kaffir ginger syrup, lime and Fever Tree ginger beer.  

Insider tip: Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy a front-row view of a Downtown landmark — the 47-story Miami Tower.

121 SE 1st St.; 305-420-2225

Sugar

Brickell Area
Crowning the EAST Miami hotel, this sleek rooftop bar on the 40th floor offers stunning views of the Brickell skyline plus globally inspired tapas like curry Korean chicken wings and lamb kebabs, plus craft cocktails. The lush, tropical setting with chic, Asian-inspired furnishings, a large outdoor bar and comfy seating nooks sweeten the deal.

Must-drink: The Sesame Sling, made with gin, sesame oil, hibiscus syrup and a mix of mango and Key lime juices

Insider tip: Come during sunset for some of the most stunning views in the area.

788 Brickell Plaza; 305-712-7000

Copper29 Bar

Tapas BarCoral Gables
A former La Mar bartender and a Cantina la Veinte vet team up at this Coral Gables modern speakeasy showcasing artful cocktails with several savory options, as well as aged spirits. The food is decidedly drink-friendly, while the room has rich, retro touches like a mahogany bar, vintage lamps and leather sofas, plus a living wall.

Must-drink: The Lost in Japan cocktail brings together Asian and Mediterranean influences. Served with the air of a tea ceremony, the drink is presented in a ceramic bowl with a large frozen orchid ice cube and sprinkled with 24k gold flakes. It's made with sweet-potato-distilled shochu, Greek mastiha, yuzu and coconut matcha tea.

Insider tip: The daily happy hour runs from 4–8 PM, and ladies can get two-for-one drinks on Wednesday nights. 

206 Miracle Mile; 786-580-4689

The Anderson

Upper East Side
The Bar Lab team (The Broken Shaker) and chef Alex Chang (The Vagabond) bring this Upper Eastside watering hole to the former Magnum Lounge space, showcasing updated takes on old-fashioned cocktails, including savory options, plus food that's decidedly drink-friendly. The room pays tribute to its '80s past with a jukebox, red leather booths and animal-print wallpaper, contrasted by a Caribbean-inspired patio out back.

Must-drink: For a bracing sip of Wild Turkey rye, mezcal, Cynar 70 and cardamom-infused Italian vermouth, order the Mr. Anderson.

Insider tip: Hidden behind a curtain in the front of the bar, there's a secret third bathroom that rarely has a line. 

709 NE 79th St.; 305-757-3368

1306 Event Space and Bar

Downtown
From the owners of now-shuttered Grand Central comes this Downtown hideaway serving craft cocktails designed by a Broken Shaker alum, plus bar bites, until the wee hours. The red neon "Bar" sign outside points the way to quaint digs decorated with damask wallpaper, tufted couches and a vintage feel, capped with a garden to the rear.

Must-drink: Daisy de Lolita, with Ilegal reposado mezcal, yellow Chartreuse, lime and mint

Insider tip: The aperitivo bites are free every day during happy hour, from 5–8 PM.

1306 N. Miami Ave.; 305-377-2277

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