April 2019: New to the list is the South of Fifth spot Minibar, which, in addition to having surprisingly good cocktails, has cultivated a very fun crowd. Another hotel bar, Minnow Bar, also makes the list thanks to its quality cocktail menu and chic decor. We had to cut the awesome Employees Only, which closed unexpectedly. And we’ve removed Purdy Lounge from the list. R.I.P.
Finding the best South Beach bars can prove tricky for both locals and tourists. There are a lot of distractions around that area—places that charge a ton and rarely deliver on quality. This has led some folks to ignore the area completely. But what a mistake that is. Does the South Beach of today still have some tourist traps? Sure. But it’s also now home to some of the best restaurants in Miami and the best bars in Miami—and things only seem to be getting better. So toss aside those tired expectations. It’s time to start drinking in South Beach again.
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