While Miami is filled to the brim with great options to get a good drink, not every place is perfect for an extended lounge with friends. We’re talking about those spots that you can spend hours at, running up a tab of delicious drinks and fun times. Even though the weather is now creeping up into less comfortable levels, day drinking is still a quintessential summer activity no matter the temperature. So here are a few of our favorite places for all-day, tipsy hangs:
Breweries are always a great option for lazy day drinking vibes. The endless options, laid-back atmosphere, and commitment to preserving Miami’s essence are why we’re currently obsessed with Dogfish Head’s newest brewery in Wynwood. They have a whole slew of brews specially made with South Florida in mind, and even a beer slushy that is addictively delicious. Their music selection is on-point (partnership with Sweat Records, of course), and even the food is worth checking out.
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For more homegrown 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.
One of Coconut Groves most beloved hangs, Barracuda Taphouse & Grill didn’t lose any of its nostalgic essence during the pandemic. In fact, they have taken over all of Fuller ST and filled it with trademark pink picnic tables so more locals can enjoy their endless menu of tapped beer. Check their instagram ever day for rotating specials and fun programming, and don’t skimp on the food–it’s definitely worth it!
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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–but we’re especially partial to the Grove original with its cover bands and walking distance from the historic neighborhood.
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 during the last few hours of daytime.
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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. For more day drinking vibes, though, might we suggest the famous frosé sipped ’round the world?
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It’s hard not to fall in love with every one of Kush Hospitality’s eateries around town–Lokal and Kush Coconut Grove being serious go-tos for those of us in that area. Their newest concept, a Euro-style Miami bistro, fuses the comforting we love from their repertoire with an elevated menu perfect for the MiMo neighborhood. Recently opened inside the Gold Dust Motel, Miami’s first official Selina property, this charming spot along the water is a great new addition to our roster of beloved hangs.
Cuba’s oldest brewery is now one of Miami’s youngest, and a current favorite discovery of ours. Ceveceria La Tropical recently opened on the edge of Wynwood, which makes its location perfect for not being too close to the craziness. The brewery and indoor dining space is massive and full of room, but it’s the outdoor garden area–with its overgrown foliage, built-in stage, and wrought-iron gazebo that makes it feel as tropical as its name insinuates.
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Cover photo via Cafe Kush.