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Where to Drink Right Now in Miami, October 2019

October 13, 2019

Here’s a freshly updated guide to the hottest drinking dens and restaurant bars of the moment in Mimai & The Beaches. Rather than feature the favorites and classic go-to’s, this guide focuses on new places open for less than one year.

1. La Cocina Coctelería

1000 E 16th St
Hialeah, FL 33010(305) 887-8863Visit Website

Created by the masterminds behind popular local eateries like LoKalKushSpillover and Vicky’s House and Stephen’s Delicatessen, the space features bright neon signs, a large Cuban flag mural behind the bar, art installations with nods to Hialeah pop-culture references, and drinks with cheeky names like the Leeeeterally Lucy Lopez and the Piñaso. 

2. KAIDO Miami

151 NE 41st St Unit 217
Miami, FL 33137(786) 409-5591Visit Website

Brad Kilgore has teamed up with award-winning bartender Nico de Soto for his latest creation, Kaido, a Japanese-inspired bar and lounge. On the drink menu guests can expect Japanese-twists on classic cocktails, served alongside shareable bites like blue crab Rangoon and uni fondue. Tucked behind Kaido is its “secret” speakeasy called AMA, which offers its own drinking experience in a more intimate setting.

3. Hilton Miami Downtown

1601 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132(305) 374-0000Visit Website

Hilton Hotels & Resorts believes their guests should travel without tradeoffs. From a client meeting to a happy hour meet-up, enjoy classic cocktails with a twist — made through Hilton’s latest partnership with Eater. They’re only available at the Hilton Miami Downtown and other select Hilton Hotels & Resorts for a limited time, so catch these inventive, new flavors before they’re gone.

The Eater “Work From Hotel” Collins

Try this spin on a classic Tom Collins, which changes color from blue to pink thanks to the magical pea flower extract ingredient. 

Visit the Hilton Miami Downtown to see the full cocktail menu.

4. Bar Bevy

90 NE 39th St
Miami, FL 33137

Housed above David Grutman and singer/producer Pharrell Williams’ Swan restaurant is its sultry counterpart, Bar Bevy.  Boasting dark wood floors, velvet seating, images of women decorate the walls and serious Arabian feels, it has quickly become the go-to bar for the VIP set. And in true Miami fashion, there’s also a rooftop lounge with twinkling string lights perfect for outdoor cocktail drinking.

5. The Sylvester

3456 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127(305) 814-4548Visit Website

Housed in the former Bardot space, The Sylvester “pays homage to old and new Miami” with cocktails and bites from the Beaker & Gray team like the “Ñooo, Que Frio!” a twist on a Old Cuban or a the “Magic City Mule.” The space also keeps with the Miami theme in decor, boasting colorful vintage wallpaper, tropical touches, repurposed antique furniture, alongside games including a pool table, pinball machine, foosball, and plenty of board games.

6. Barter Wynwood

255 NW 27th Terrace
Miami, FL 33127(305) 310-9720Visit Website

This new Wynwood indoor/outdoor spot, as the name alludes, boasts shelves adorned with vintage and new items up for grabs and they can either leave their own item and take home some cash or leave the funds a get a bar tab.

7. Blind Barber

Nautilus by Arlo, 1825 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139Visit Website

This hybrid barbershop-slash-speakeasy offers haircuts during the day and drinks at night. Guests enter through a discreet rear door into Blind Barber’s backroom cocktail lounge. Once inside they can sip on a variety of cocktails like the Arlo Margarita or the Chai Mai Tai. Soak that up with six different varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches, or dishes like avocado dip, tomato soup, and ceviche.

8. Esotico Miami

1600 NE 1st Ave Suite 102
Miami, FL 33132(305) 800-8454Visit Website

This bright and colorful tiki bar creates an assortment of drinks influenced by tiki-cocktail history. Think drinks like the Nu Mai Tai made with three different types of rum, passion fruit, and a “very secret ingredient,” or the large format Missionary’s Downfall with rum, brandy, pineapple, and mint. To soak up all that booze Esotico Miami will serve up a full dinner menu with a variety of tiki-with-a-twist offerings, like black truffle dumplings, octopus hot dogs, and fish cakes can be found in the “pupu” menu. 

9. Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery

1050 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 421-6265Visit Website

The team behind the now closed Employees Only Miami (RIP) is back with their new bar creation, Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery. As the menu implies, rum is the star with a versatile cocktail list focusing on classic and contemporary cocktails, as well as a mix of spirit forward drinks and tropical libations. The decor is even boasts a mural and walls lined with photos highlighting the history of rum that is meant to be museum-like, which the bartender will gives tours of when they aren’t too busy.

10. Cafe La Trova

971 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33130(786) 615-4379Visit Website

Longtime friends and business partners, James Beard Award-winning chef, Michelle Bernstein, and cocktail maker and cantinero, Julio Cabrera, have joined forces again to create Cafe La Trova. Withclassic and not-so-classic Cuban-inspired cocktails and bites — along with a coffee counter to boot — it is an ode to 1980s Miami Cuban culture.

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