Living in South Florida, it’s almost impossible not to take advantage of our proximity to water somehow. And if you’re one of the lucky ones out there who owns a boat, you’ll also know that it’s one of the best possible ways to make the most of it. Whether you have your own, or have a generous friend who you can use for a fun boat day, finding a great place to tie up and grab a drink can be a mission, especially if you’re trying to avoid the yachts and bottle-poppers. So here are our low-key favorites:

Tiki Tiki, Hollywood

Right along Hollywood Beach is this newer hangout, where a fresh coat of paint and a friendly tiki hut welcomes you. Tiki Tiki opened later last year  in the old Jimbo’s Sandbar spot and is already a local favorite among waterfront lovers. Order yourself a craft cocktail and a mouth-watering mahi sandwich and have a great day along the water.

Tiki Tiki

LE TUB, Hollywood

Le Tub is a waterfront saloon in Hollywood, dishing out seafood and grilled classics out of a former gas station. It’s overgrown and eclectic, filled with hand-picked water-themed items the restaurant’s owner found while jogging on the beach over the years. It has that homegrown, low-key feeling we all love, plus a burger that has been featured in GQ and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Le Tub

MONTY’S RAW BAR, Coconut Grove or South Beach

Monty’s is an absolute Miami staple, still serving the classic, outdoor tiki vibes we all love for decades. It’s a favorite for happy hour, where locals flock for their array of frozen drinks, beers on tap, and freshly-caught seafood. Whether you choose to visit their Coconut Grove or South Beach locations, both offer breezy views of the bay.

Monty’s Raw Bar

15th Street Fisheries, Lauderdale Marina

The Lauderdale Marina is a massive maze of boat-friendly necessities like repairs, services, whalers, and even a dealership. Among the labyrinth of palm trees and docks in 15th Street Fisheries, their most popular eatery. It might be a little more on the Disney side compared to some of the other spots on the list, but we assure you the experience is 100% local and fun.

15th ST Fisheries

Lido at The Standard, Miami Beach

If you’re craving classic ocean views and utter relaxation, The Lido Bayside Grill at the Standard is the place to be. This Miami Beach spot serves organic Mediterranean fare for the health and environmentally conscious, even featuring biodynamic wines. This spot sits right on Belle Isle, overlooking Biscayne Bay, making for a prime sunset-watching spot with a 360 view of Miami.

Photo by Adrian Gaut via The Infatuation

Shuckers, North Bay Village

For more casual hangs at a more conventionally beachy spot, you can always trust Shuckers to deliver. A beloved Miami classic, with fresh seafood, casual eats and cocktails, and a wide open patio with the best ocean breeze, it’s no wonder it’s a mainstay favorite. While it might be a beloved sports bar attached to a hotel, everything about this place oozes “locals-only secret” vibes, especially if you pull up via boat.

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