The best wine bars in Miami

Sip, swirl and learn a thing or two about top-notch reds, whites and more at the best wine bars in Miami
La Centrale
Photograph: Dillon Burke
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At times it feels as though there are more watering holes than restaurants in Miami, which means there’s no shortage of bars in Miami. But it’s slim pickings for wine lovers looking to uncork new varietals or unwind with a rare vintage. For both die-hards and those who’ve just graduated from the boxed stuff, we’ve scouted the best wine bars in Miami. Ready to graduate from vino? Keep the party going—with a killer view, no less,—at one of the swanky rooftop bars in Miami

Best wine bars in Miami

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Uvaggio Wine Bar
Bars, Tapas bars

Uvaggio Wine Bar

icon-location-pin Coral Gables

It might look like a serious wine bar—sleek, modern and boasting dozens of varieties by the bottle and the glass—but Uvaggio doesn&nbspt take itself too seriously. The menu is equally filled with hilarious pop-culture references and insightful tasting notes. Swing by for happy hour on Fridays and get a bottle and a charcuterie and cheese board for $35.

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Happy Wine
Photograph: Courtesy Happy Wine/Alessandro Martino
Bars, Tapas bars

Happy Wine

icon-location-pin Coral Gables

The words wine and happy go together like chorizo and rioja do at Happy Wine. Beyond its reds and hard-to-find Spanish labels, the Coconut Grove shop/restaurant (with a sister location in West Miami) sells affordable sparkling wines (we’re talking $7 for cava) and offers a menu of delicious tapas should you want to stay and taste there.

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El Carajo International Tapas & Wines
Restaurants, Small plates

El Carajo International Tapas & Wines

icon-location-pin Shenandoah / Silver Bluff

Pumping gas has to be one of the most tedious tasks associated with driving, except when your neighborhood gas station doubles as a charming little wine bar. Bring a DD with you to El Carajo and choose from more than 1,500 bottles to uncork and savor for just $10 (corkage is the same if you bring your own and half-bottles are just $5 to uncork). There’s a full Spanish tapas menu available to pair with your vino.

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Cibo South Beach
Photograph: Courtesy Cibo South Beach
Restaurants, Italian

Cibo Wine Bar

icon-location-pin South of Fifth

It’s all about Italian styles at the South of Fifth wine bar and restaurant (with a sister location in Coral Gables). On Thursdays, ladies can enjoy free vino from 6 to 8pm while gents can take advantage of half-price wine, cocktails and beer from 4 to 7pm. Its two-story enoteca is stocked with 3,500 bottles, so there’s never a reason to sample the same varietal twice.

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La Centrale
Photograph: Dillon Burke
Restaurants, Food court

La Centrale Enoteca

icon-location-pin Brickell

Once you’ve shopped for fresh pasta on the first floor and eaten your weight in steak on the second, mosey up to the third level of La Centrale’s massive Italian food hall for lots of vino. The wine bar boasts 450 wines, 20 of which are special bottles that explore Italy’s numerous regions—drinking here is like taking a wine tour through the country. Take advantage of the prix-fixe enoteca menu, featuring your choice of two courses for $20.

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Lagniappe
Photograph: Courtesy Lagniappe
Bars, Wineries

Lagniappe

icon-location-pin Midtown

One step above cracking open a bottle of wine in your yard, Lagniappe’s outdoor patio is a chill alternative to Miami’s more buttoned-up wine bars. There’s no sommelier telling you what pairs with what, but there are several large coolers stocked with familiar labels and small-production wineries you can afford to discover—bottles are sold at retail price instead of the usual bar markup.

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Abaco Wine
Photograph: Courtesy Abaco Wine
Bars, Wine bars

Abaco Premium Wines

icon-location-pin Design District

It’s to be expected that the only wine shop in the upscale Design District would be stocked with rare labels and limited-production wines, which you sift through on iPads. Though most would be surprised to learn the sleek store holds fun interactive wine tastings and hosts frequent food-pairing events.

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Bunbury
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Michael C.
Restaurants, Argentinian

Bunbury

icon-location-pin Midtown

This Argentinean restaurant offers one of the better values on wine in Miami, especially during happy hour when glasses are just $5. Pair your malbec with a tabla of assorted meats and empanadas and you’ve got yourself a meal. Feeling something lighter? Try one of the refreshing wine-based cocktails, like a mojito or sangria featuring fresh fruit and herbs.

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BarMeli
Photograph: Courtesy BarMeli/James Woodley Photography
Bars, Wine bars

BarMeli

icon-location-pin Miami

Liza Meli stocks her eponymous wine bar with mostly natural Mediterranean labels she’s artfully displayed on the wall and clearly labeled for easy picking. Oenophiles interested in a deeper dive are invited to Meli’s monthly wine dinners on the first Sunday of each month, when she brings in winemakers from around the world to chat about their product over wine and tapas.

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Wine Vault
Photograph: Courtesy Wine Vault
Bars, Wine bars

Wine Vault

icon-location-pin Midtown

If a day of shopping drives you to drink, might we suggest hitting this tiny wine bar tucked inside the Midtown Miami Shops. Wine Vault offers a healthy variety of reds, whites and rosés, plus a selection of charcuterie and cheese boards to pair with your vino.

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