July 2019: Wynwood’s nightlife scene continues to rapidly evolve, keeping pace with the new restaurants and galleries popping up in the arty neighborhood—and so it was time to overhaul our list of the neighborhood’s best bars. We’ve kept our favorites and introduced Veza Sur, the Latin-inspired beer maker with the big, inviting lounge area, and added Wynwood’s two fabulous rooftop bars, Astra and No. 3. Plus, for our cash-strapped friends, there’s Barter, a place that lets you trade your old stuff for drinks. It truly doesn’t get more Wynwood than this place.
The best bars in Wynwood come in many shapes and sizes. Within just a couple of miles, you’ll find options bursting with live music, incredible beer and amazing cocktails. Sure, Wynwood might not be the place to go if you’re looking for one of Miami’s best rooftop bars—but the neighborhood ranks high on most every other drinking list, which is impressive considering its tiny size. The best craft beer bars in Miami? Wynwood makes the list. The 25 best bars in Miami? That’s a no-brainer. See what else the neighborhood has to offer its thirsty patrons.
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Best bars in Wynwood
What is it? The closest thing to a South Beach club in Wynwood is Rácket. Its large, industrial layout fits three bars, an upstairs lounge and covered, open-air seating.
Why go? When it comes to nightlife, Rácket covers all the bases: Shoot pool, have a bite and enjoy a cocktail while the sun’s still out, or pop in after midnight for bottle service, a DJ and a jam-packed dance floor.
What is it? The sign out front says it all: air conditioning, beer and cocktails.
Why go? This oasis in perpetually hot Miami hosts weekly karaoke and a live comedy show (Hannibal Buress and Eric Andre have stopped by for surprise sets), plus it’s home to a variety of local brews and boasts the best Moscow mule in the city.
What is it? This Latin-inspired brewery puts out unique ales, combining American craft-beer techniques with Latin American flavors, and boasts a large, indoor/outdoor tasting room you’ll actually want to spend in.
Why go? Veza Sur’s micheladas are the real deal (read: no tomato juice). Stop in after 2pm on Sundays and enjoy them in limitless quantities during the brewery’s asado lunch, featuring grilled meats and plenty of yard games to keep you entertained all afternoon.
What is it? This homey coffee house/bar from the folks behind Beaker & Gray serves small bites, craft cocktails and looks—the tropical wallpaper, vintage accents and old-school arcade games add to the Sylvester’s charming aesthetic.
Why go? Not one to stand around at a bar? This place won’t relegate you to an uncomfortable stool, instead providing plenty of plush couches and armchairs to sink into while you sip your coconut-water negroni.
What is it? This massive indoor/outdoor spot is part vintage shop, part bar. And as its name indicates, Barter lets you trade your old stuff for sweet drink deals.
Why go? That creepy old painting grandma gave you for Christmas? Bring it to Bartner and turn into a bar tab. Every deal is created on the spot, unique for each customer and item—so there’s no telling how much your hand-me-down gem could be worth.
What is it? One of two rooftop bars in Wynwood, Astra boasts a coastal feel thanks to rows of oversize cabanas and a chill, down-tempo playlist resonating throughout.
Why go? Astra offers a welcomed, laid-back alternative to the high-energy neighborhood. When Wynwood’s frenetic pace gets to be too much, slip away to a cabana for delicious Mediterranean fare and refreshing cocktails.
What is it? The neighborhood’s first rooftop bar that literally elevated Wynwood’s nightlife scene. It’s small with limited lounge set-ups but the third-story bar space packs plenty of charm.
Why go? No. 3 offers one of the best happy hour deals in the area, featuring $7 cocktails and $5 wine and beer from Tuesday through Saturday, 4 to 7pm; and Sundays from 2 to 7pm. Yes, you can even drink cheap on the weekends.
What is it? El Patio is unlike anything in Wynwood—which, considering the depth of options in the trendy art district, is high praise. The mostly outdoor bar is Latin— Colombian, specifically—and shows its influence from the music and the cocktails to the furniture.
Why go? Resident DJ, Mr. Pauer, curates a masterful playlist of old school Latin, reggae, electro, and everything in between to guarantee hips never stop shaking. Add to all that one of Wynwood’s best happy hours (featuring $1 beers and $4 cocktails) and you’ve got a place worth showing up early and staying late.
What is it? Part market and part taproom, Boxelder is the place to mix-and-match the perfect six-pack from an assortment of 150-plus bottles and stock up on your local favorites—among them J. Wakefield and M.I.A. Brewing Co., which even created an exclusive scotch ale on nitro for the bar.
Why go? Drink and learn something while you’re at it. This is where you’ll discover new brews, both by sampling any of the 20 beers on tap (which rotate daily) and partaking in beer and food pairings and “brewer versus brewer” events.
What is it? Founded by craft beer veteran and Magic Hat Brewing Company creator Alan Newman, this shiny brewery and beer hall in Wynwood is polished and spacious.
Why go? Concrete’s sprawling tasting room and social hall hosts regular events, like yoga classes, tours and meet-ups. Plus, it’s dog-friendly and Fido could use a night out.
What is it? A night at Lagniappe feels like a backyard bash at a friend’s—if said friend had a spacious yard filled with mismatched lawn furniture and strung-up bistro lights.
Why go? A casual vibe that lends itself to intimate date nights as well as big group outings. Walk in, pick your bottle from the cooler, take your selection to the register and head to the yard to enjoy. It’s that simple.
What is it? This honest-to-goodness pub doles out cheap drinks in a hip, laid-back setting.
Why go? Miamians aren’t particularly friendly but something about Wynwood’s communal tables makes it easy to strike up a conversation with a stranger here. Maybe it’s time you made new friends?
What is it? One of the neighborhood’s OGs looks just like it did when it launched a decade ago as Wynwood first proper brewery.
Why go? The tasting room isn't much of a looker, but the beers will change your mind about this place quickly. From La Rubia to the namesake Wynwood IPA to the assortment of rotating brews on tap, everything coming from this brewery is worth your while.