The Wharf has been packed with well-dressed Miamians since it opened on the Miami River back in 2017—it even spawned a Fort Lauderdale sibling that opened in 2020. In addition to booze, the outdoor bar is dotted with a selection of food trucks—the focal point being the beloved Mojo Donuts. The casual atmosphere wins every time: astroturf and picnic benches encourage mingling. There’s boat parking available for nautical folk too but anyone is welcome to enjoy some champagne during the day or liquor and dancing at night.
It’s a Miami-specific conundrum: so much water surrounding us, yet so few spots to actually enjoy it. But thankfully there are many places that have been taking advantage of their waterfront locations for years and a few newer ones that have popped up recently to maximize that al fresco potential. And we understand that when you’ve found a favorite watering hole—like one of the best bars in Miami—it’s tough to stray. But if a killer Miami happy hour deal won’t sway you to try something new, perhaps a round of drinks while you watch the sun setting over South Beach will. We indulged in the views and the chilled beverages to do the lord’s work and bring you this list of the best waterfront bars in Miami.