Best bars in Wynwood
The sign out front says it all: air conditioning, beer and cocktails. What more could you want in perpetually hot Miami? Perhaps weekly karaoke or a variety of local brews on tap? Don't forget the cocktails too (especially the Moscow mule). After a couple of those, walk outside and grab a slice from Gramps own tiny restaurant, Pizza Tropical. This Wynwood bar is popular for a reason and also hosts live comedy (Hannibal Buress and Eric Andre have stopped by for surprise sets) and live music from rising stars like Angel Olsen and Mitski.
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 manages to be intriguing enough for visiting tourists, while maintaining a loyal following of locals. The relatively new spot is Latin— Colombian, specifically—and shows its influence everywhere you turn. Certain furniture was actually shipped over from Colombia, the homeland of co-owner Nicolas Hoyos, which gives the bar a funky abuela vibe, and 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.
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. It’s also 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.
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. It’s all very casual here: Walk in, pick your bottle from the cooler (generally stocked from small-production wineries) and take your selection to the register, where it’s uncorked before you head to the back to enjoy.
Art galleries run rampant in Wynwood, but honest-to-goodness pubs? Not so much. Which makes Wood Tavern a particularly welcome addition to the neighborhood (and a great pit stop before or after a movie at the arty O Cinema Wynwood). The backyard patio features communal picnic table seating, making it easy to strike up conversation with a neighbor.
Wynwood Brewery is one of the neighborhood’s OGs, and was doing its thing long before everyone and their grandma was brewing craft beer. You’ll have to walk a couple blocks west of Wynwood’s main drag, but once you find this intimate neighborhood joint, you'll be glad you made it. There's no food available, but occasionally a food truck will be parked outside. Order any beer on the menu—it's all good. But definetely don't leave without trying La Rubia.
The Miami Mojito Company is yet another extension of the powerful Wood Group. Located just a couple doors down from the titular Wood, the Miami Mojito Company can be easily missed if you don't know where to look. The intimate tiki bar is hidden behind a store called Plant the Future. And it's also less than 400 square feet. When you've finally found it, plop down and order the only reasonable choice: the mojito. It's good—trust us. The drink comes with its own chunk of sugarcane to nibble on and is made with fresh sugarcane juice. These things go down easy, and it is not particularly hard to kill an entire afternoon at this bar, hidden in plain sight.
Your Brick experience probably depends on when you go. If you check it out while the sun is still out—perhaps a post-work happy hour—then you'll find a relaxed atmosphere. The crowd, trendy and young, sip beer and cocktails in the sun (Brick almost entirely an outdoor bar). If you head over on a weekend night, the atmosphere is decidedly more intense. Brick becomes a hip-hop dance party that sometimes has a line stretching out the door.
Founded by craft beer veteran and Magic Hat Brewing Company creator Alan Newman, this shiny brewery and beer hall in Wynwood is more polished than its local cohorts. The sprawling tasting room and “social hall,” where Concrete Beach regularly holds yoga classes and meet-ups is also bigger most. Pop in for a beer tour or to sample the wide variety craft brews available on top (as well as bottled and canned).
J. Wakefield Brewing combines two great American pastimes: Star Wars and beer. Murals of Yoda and Han Solo will watch as you sip delicious J. Wakefield originals. The El Jefe is one of the most popular. If you're an IPA fan, don't miss out on the Hops 4 Teacher. Space in the Wynwood brewery is limited, but outdoor seating is available if you're feeling a little cramped.