April 2022: When prompted by any non-local friends to name our favorite Miami watering hole, it’s impossible not to take a long pause and really think about the answer. Of course, that’s not for a lack of amazing bars here. It’s just that with more options for going out drinking than ever, and even more creative spaces to do it in, Miami’s best bar really just depends on your mood that night (or day). Pick a vibe: Homegrown microbrewery, or natural wine haven? Chic aperitivo bar, or bohemian outdoor lounge? These days, finding your new favorite spot to imbibe in Miami is only a matter of stepping outside your door and choosing your adventure.
Miami has grown up, and so have our drinks. Sugary mojitos and frozen classics have their place, but when it's time to imbibe, the Magic City has so much more to offer these days. In stride with our ever-evolving culinary scene, Miami’s cocktail culture continues to raise the bar, producing star mixologists, thoughtfully crafted menus and curated spaces that delight the senses and help get us good and tipsy. Our beloved dives still offer a welcome reprieve from the chaos of the city. And sometimes an overpriced martini from a glamorous hotel lobby bar is just the thrill we need on our night out. But today, Miami’s many rooftops, speakeasies, wine bars and hybrid venues are carrying the torch for spirit-filled innovation. Is it happy hour yet? Here’s where to find the best bars in Miami, from Little Havana and Brickell to Wynwood and South Beach.