While cities in colder climes are dreaming of distant Aperol Spritzes al fresco, in Miami, the good times keep on rolling. While spring in South Beach doesn’t exactly represent the ecstatic removal of puffy coats, that doesn’t mean it’s a not a good time to reassess where to grab a cocktail in these, well, even more pleasant than usual days. Herewith, your guide on where to drink in Miami this season.
No. 3 Social
Few watering holes hold as much appeal as ones perched above the fray, and No. 3 Social is just that. The space erupts with pops of color, taking cues from its art-filled Wynwood nabe. It’s part of Three, the restaurant down below, and James Beard-winner Norman Van Aken chefs up food that can be had at both. As for the cocktails, No. 3 Social keeps things tropical and bright–the perfect combination when you find yourself closing your eyes and feeling that breeze coming off from the Atlantic.
50 NW 24th Street Rooftop, Miami, FL 33127
Melinda’s Mezcal & Nacho Bar
Forget bar nuts. At Melinda’s, the snack of choice are nachos. And, as it turns out, nachos are the perfect companion to mezcal. While its name brings to mind what could have amounted to some sort of disastrous casualness, this Wynwood speakeasy is elegant and well-appointed, with moody lighting and decor that harkens back to another era.
2826A N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Guests of SIXTY LES will know that SIXTY has long been a fan of the tiki vibe, and those who feel similarly will feel right at home at Rácket. Avoiding the usual kitsch trappings, Rácket blends tropical touches in an industrial space for a welcome update on a well-known theme. The liquor du jour is rum and tequila. Plant du jour? Palms, naturally.
150 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
For a limited time only: The Craftsman landed in Miami late last year as a pop-up from Harlem in New York City. Since then, they’ve been serving up the same cocktails, beer, and sandwiches they became known for up north. Far from just a bar, their food menu is robust–and even features a section for “Avocado Lovers.” And who among us doesn’t fall into that camp these days?
900 S Miami Ave Suite 135, Miami, FL 33130
The Wharf Miami
When in Miami, you might as well get as close as you can to the water. The Wharf Miami, as its title might suggest, puts you right next to the tide. The open-air event space is located on the Miami River, and offers itself as a great place to grab a bev outdoors and watch some spectacular sunsets. There’s plenty of room to stretch out in this 30,000-square foot venue packed to the brim with food trucks and booze galore. And if you’re into yacht-watching, well, there’s no better place.
114 SW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33130
Black Market Miami
If there’s a big game you can’t miss, head to Black Market Miami, where thirty TVs hang overhead. With that many teles, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The bar, according to the people who run it, harkens back to the local ‘80s scene, when the University of Miami Hurricanes dominated the college football landscape. (To that end, an entire wall has been plastered with nostalgic images of the Orange Bowl.) Even if you’re not so nostalgic for this era, Black Market is still the place to come for a game. The beer is cold and the cable is on, after all, and you need nothing more than that.
168 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131
Header photo courtesy of Jia Jia Shum