July 2019: The Coral Gables bar scene is as consistent as the historic city itself. Seldom do new businesses pop up and it’s rare to see a bar close, though it does happen. Out is beloved wine bar Uvaggio, the Miracle Mile spot known for its buzzy happy hour, and in is the second-floor speakeasy, Room 25. We’re also widening our scope to include Coral Way favorite Jada Coles. While technically outside of Coral Gables’ city limits, it’s a few blocks away and sits on Coral Way, which cuts through the neighborhood—so we think it’s fair game.
What makes for a great bar in Coral Gables? That all depends on the day. Weekdays are reserved for cheap drinks at one of Miami’s best happy hour spots. You’ll know it’s time when you see a herd of thirsty bankers and lawyers swarm in as if someone had rung some kind of corporate dismissal bell. Weekends are considerably more relaxed and admittedly more refined as neighborhood folk swirl and sip at one of the best wine bars in Miami. The best bars in Coral Gables are wide-ranging but contained within a small area—perfect for your next boozy crawl.
Best bars in Coral Gables
What is it? An expansive, two-floor Spanish restaurant with a commanding center bar where expert bartenders sling craft cocktails as intrepidly as they herd the constant happy hour swarm.
Why go? The drinks and buzzy bar scene. Sure, you'll have to elbow your way to the bar on a Friday night but Bulla's unique take on the margarita, featuring Spanish sherry, is worth it.
What is it? Just outside Coral Gables proper, this neighborhood bar offers friendly service, above-average pub food (bonus: the kitchen stays open late) and dozens of bottled craft beers, including rare brews and seasonal releases. Don’t sleep on the cocktails either—they’re just as tasty as what’s on tap.
Why go? A large bar with comfy stools and a band of sharp bartenders make the Mighty a great place for solo drinkers.
What is it? This not-so-hidden speakeasy above restaurant Seek + Find is a dark, Prohibition-style bar you’ll need a password to enter.
Why go? Once you’ve secured the entry code from the bar’s Instagram and Facebook pages, it’s smooth sailing right up the second floor, where craft cocktails, like the tequila-heavy Day of the Dragon, await.
What is it? Coral Gables’ top cocktail bar touts an elevated mixology program that draws inspiration from the Far East, Europe and beyond. Chandeliers, stylish baroque wallpaper and tufted couches set the mood just right.
Why go? Fanciful, handcrafted cocktails you’ll want to Instagram, like the stunning La Vie en Rose—a French-sounding drink with a flavor profile that’s decidedly Mexican thanks to a heady mix of Don Julio blanco tequila and Del Maguey Vida mezcal plus a spicy vanilla foam topper.
What is it? A shadowy neighborhood stalwart with rows of cozy booths to tuck into for a game of Connect Four and a beer. Music tends to be on the louder side, especially when live bands perform.
Why go? Friday’s happy hour is a steal for ladies, who drink free from 4 to 7pm, while the guys enjoy a commensurate two-for-one special.
What is it? A gastropub with more than 50 brews on tap and a shaded outdoor area that’s ideal for day drinking—just ask the massive brunch crowds who knock back mimosas here every weekend.
Why go? It’s hard to beat Tap 42’s daily specials, like weekday happy hour at the wine and half-of bottles of wine on Wednesdays.
What is it? Zucca’s adjacent cocktail lounge is at once upscale and casual, boasting roomy banquettes for large parties and live music on Thursday nights.
Why go? Italian riffs on classic American cocktails served in bespoke glassware are Zucca’s specialty. Stop by during happy hour and sip one of these good-looking drinks for half the price.
What is it? The closest thing to a traditional dive bar as Coral Way can get, Jada Coles is small, dark and very popular with the locals.
Why go? There’s more to do at Jada Coles than just drink—try your hand at pool, watch a football game or showcase your singing talents during Wednesday’s karaoke night.
What is it? A University of Miami institution and local craft beer pioneer—owner Ken Rusk started brewing Titanic beer back in 1997, long before Miami’s spate of breweries even existed.
Why go? The in-house brew, which comes in six varieties and is only available there, and entertainment. Daily programming is a blast and revolves mostly around music, featuring live bands, karaoke nights and open-mic performances.
What is it? A landmark Irish pub in the heart of downtown Coral Gables. It’s more Cuban than Celtic these days, but the Guinness and Jameson still flows.
Why go? When the other parks fill up or close up early, John Martin’s is the reliable watering hole that stays open late and always has room for one more.
What is it? An upscale jazz club in the style of old New York and 18th-century Paris, featuring nightly performances and a lively, mature crowd.
Why go? It’s one of the city’s few jazz bars, though you’ll hear Latin music and other genres occasionally.