Everything you need to know about visiting Sugar in Brickell (788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131).
The elevator will pass 40 floors before you finally reach, Sugar, the ultra trendy rooftop lounge at the EAST hotel that’s quickly become one of the most popular bars in Brickell. Remain patient and soon you’ll be rewarded with 360-views of the city and surrounding waterways, Asian-themed cocktails (like the Sweet Life, a sugar-y cocktail blended with Thai iced tea, lemon and whiskey) and a place that feels more like a secluded, storybook garden than a bar.
When to go
It’s an unfortunate side effect of a popular bar, but if you time it wrong, you will have to wait in line to get to Sugar. And sometimes that line is very long. On Friday and Saturday nights, that line is almost always very long. The bar is small—maybe the size of a basketball court—so capacity is limited. If you really don’t want to wait, your best bet is to arrive early, before the happy hour crowd, and you should be fine.
The cocktail menu is simple, but should have something for everyone. A drink will cost you $12 to $15—a typical price for Brickell. The Lychee Blossom (vodka, sake and lychee) is a popular choice. There are rye, rum and gin-based options as well. We recommend the East of Miami, a refreshing zip of ginger, lime, green tea and gin that goes perfectly with the skyscraper vibes.
When going really anywhere in Brickell, it’s always safe to assume that you shouldn’t drive. Parking sucks in Miami’s financial district and, during rush hour, traffic can be an absolute mess. Luckily, there are Ubers on every block in Brickell. An even better option is the Metromover, Miami’s public transportation service that is actually highly efficient for getting around Brickell and downtown. The closest station to Sugar is Eighth Street station. Some Metromover stops have an attendant working them. If you’re confused about which one to hop on, just ask.
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