There was a time in Miami’s not-so-distant past—before Wynwood bars weren’t as much as a blip on anyone’s radar—when the bars in Coconut Grove were the hot places for twentysomethings on the mainland to hang out. Weeknights in the Grove meant $1 Moose Juice at Mr. Moe’s, a funky log cabin that’s since shuttered, and penny beers at Sandbar Sports Grill, still one of Miami’s best sports bars. The local bar scene these days is less about cheap drinks and more about great craft-beer selections, boutique wines and convivial environments welcoming to all (of legal drinking age).
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Best bars in Coconut Grove
What is it? A no-frills whisk(e)y joint carrying hundreds of Irish, Scotch and American varieties, plus a sizeable craft beer selection and a handful of wines. Food offerings have improved tenfold since Proof Pizza and Pasta popped up in the back patio this spring.
Why go? Tuesday trivia night is a fun time for groups while Wednesday offers 30 percent off all whiskeys—plus Proof’s mouthwatering burger special until it sells out.
What is it? A chill University of Miami hangout that serves better-than-average bar food (people often tout the fish tacos), cheap beer and Hurricane-themed frozen drinks.
Why go? With two dozen TVs mounted throughout the bar, both indoors and outside, Sandbar is where you go root for the home team—just make sure your loyalty lies with South Florida teams.
What is it? A charming wine shop with a handful of tables (old barrels, actually) scattered between well-stocked shelves and a small but authentic menu of Spanish tapas.
Why go? The whole of Spain’s wine-producing regions are on sale here and both glasses and bottles are seriously cheap. Sampling more than one is a must.
What is it? The nautical-themed dive has the feel of a laid-back Florida Keys bar with the beer selection of serious taphouse, featuring 52 taps to choose from.
Why go? There’s more to do here than drink, like play pool, darts and pong. Wednesday’s Bottles and Beats night offers live performances plus 20 percent off bottled and canned brews.
What is it? A restaurant with a respectable assortment of craft beers, many of which are brewed right here in South Florida, and an ample bar for sitting and enjoying them.
Why go? LoKal is where you go to drink and eat. Pair your special-release double IPA (or any other limited variety on tap) with a juicy, grass-fed beef burger and be thankful for above-average “bar” food.
What is it? Prime happy hour spot located next to a marina, featuring tiki huts, a thatched roof and a small stage where calypso, reggae and salsa acts often perform.
Why go? Live music, water views and Monty’s dangerously strong frozen drinks always make for a good time.
What is it? A South Florida chain of family-run sports bars/restaurants, where kids, their parents and thirsty people of all ages happily coexist. The Flanigan family carries on patriarch Joe’s fishing tradition, which means the seafood on offer is always fresh.
Why go? Joe’s Meal Deals, Flanigan’s take on a combo meal, and the rest of the daily specials offer serious bargains on pitchers of beers, chicken wing platters and more.
What is it? A sliver of a dive boasting a steady crowd of regulars, most of whom live in the area or are affiliated with the University of Miami. Baseball caps and shorts are the tavern's unofficial dress code.
Why go? UM sports are a big deal here, so much so that a ticket stub from the day's game gets you a free drink.
What is it? A no-frills café and bar boasting a respectable selection of beers, wine and spirits. Expect live music and performances on select nights.
Why go? The Grove Spot makes a mean breakfast sandwich and serves coffee all day. Still hungry? Try one of the Dutch dishes on the menu, like the popular bitterballen meatballs.