Finding a well-made cocktail is the stuff of legend. Something you’re constantly craving and can’t wait to introduce to fellow friends who would appreciate. Many of Miami and Miami Beach’s cocktail bars are covered with too many bells and whistles, crazy decor, and too-loud music that completely overshadow the drinks at hand. So, in honor of National Cocktail Day on the 24th, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots that serve great vibes AND great drinks.
Discovering gems is our absolute favorite thing, and this Upper East Side spot is exactly that. Nestled along the waterway, Tigre is a beautiful new Argentinean eatery busting out delicious food and drinks in a moody location. If you want to grab drinks while detached from the rest of the world, this is a great place to start.
Address: 620 NE 78th St, Miami, FL 33138
With Downtown’s food and bar scene at a steady incline, it’s no surprise that The Broken Shaker’s, Brian Griffiths has already brought a new favorite to the neighborhood: Over/Under. While the long-awaited watering hole was forced to open during the pandemic, that didn’t stop it from becoming an instant classic that feels like it’s been there for years. Badass branding and merch aside, Over/Under has everything you want from a beloved go-to joint.
Address: 151 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131
While we all wait patiently for clubs and bars to re-open, you can still support some of the music scene’s most OG names by spending a refreshing afternoon at Melinda’s in Downtown. Their luscious and romantic, fan-filled patio is a perfect backdrop for an extended happy hour. Throw in a few spiked glasses of Kimberly’s Frozen Treats while you’re at it.
Address: 1306 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136
We know that ordering a cocktail at a brewery is like ordering a salad at a burger joint, but we have to take a moment to comment on how complex and delicious the drinks here are, too. The Malakor, their take on a Thai-fueled margarita features the smoky undercurrent of mezcal; we appreciated the cooling hint of cucumber in the Moscow Mule-inspired Shiso Lit; and relished in the sweet decadence of the Thai Me Up with its toasted almond lychee cream. If beer isn’t your thing, just know that their mixologists have eliminated any excuses you might have not to come here.
Address: 701 S Miami Ave, Unit 412A Brickell City Centre, Miami, FL 33131
The Freehand Miami became an instant hit among locals for giving South Beach (and neighboring Miami) a chill, low-key spot to hang and actually hear each other speak. Beautifully luscious and beach-y, The Broken Shaker will always be one of our favorite spots for drinks in the city. While they might not officially have happy hour, it should still be on the list for being one of our favorite outdoor spaces to grave a drink.
Address: 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140
The Broken Shaker
We will never not love this Coconut Grove stronghold. You have the historical dive bar feels from The Taurus, whose back patio is bumping with great tunes and specials during happy hour. But don’t let the laid-back digs fool you into thinking that you’re getting average pours and picking from mediocre selections, their portfolio is impressively extensive and their bartenders know just what to do with it.
Address: 3540 Main Hwy c103, Miami, FL 33133
Thursday – Sunday, make sure to head to the Miami River quadrant of Little Havana where Casa Florida proudly stands as one of the prettiest and most tropical escapes in town. The entire site is built on a historical Florida inn that acts as a perfect backdrop for a great drink outdoors with friends. Dive deep into their complex cocktails and enjoy some of their funky programming while you’re at it.
Address: 437 SW 2nd St, Miami, FL 33130
Nestled under the culinary royalty of L’Atelier Joel Robuchon, Le Jardinier comes to us from the mind of Michelin-starred Chef Alain Verzeroli. The bright and airy dining space calls to mind exactly what its French name would suggest: a garden. The drink program, helmed by the award-winning rising star, J.C. Santana is incredibly refreshing, versatile, and approachable. You don’t need to break the bank to feel like you’re sipping the upper echelon of what Miami has to over.
Address: 151 NE 41st St Suite 135, Miami, FL 33137
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Unique cocktails and killer food made their way into Wynwood via Beaker & Gray. It’s hard to find a spot in the arts district that doesn’t have booming music and people looking to get utterly sloshed, but this space keeps the neighborhood somewhat classy. While the menus evolve with the seasons, we remain loyal to the pumpkin gnocchi and their masterfully done classic cocktails (sours, Palomas, you name it). Even the mocktails are worth the visit.
Address: 2637 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
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For a city so stunning as Miami Beach, it’s ironic that so few rooftop bars offering views of the destination actually exist. Casa Faena’s Gitano rooftop is here to break that drought with a jungle-inspired space that’s worth the trek. Not only is the space entirely Instagram-worthy, but their drinks and food are also notably inspiring. We highly recommend heading here if you need a little break from the bells and whistles but still want to feel, well, bougie.
Address: 3500 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Many of us know this South Beach bar for its stellar cocktails and epic weekend parties, but we’ve already raved about its happy hour steals. It’s a respite from your usual beach bars and clubs, a portal into vintage vibes and all the things we love about this city. We must admit though that we come back for their cauliflower nachos and chicken wings, as well as a well-made drinks of course.
Address: 237 20th St suite b, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Cover photo of The Broken Shaker at The Freehand Miami via their Facebook.