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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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