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Take a Sip of the 305: Miami's Best Cocktail Bars

by Fernanda DeSouza

posted on January 31, 2020

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Miami lives for the nightlife. With its myriad of clubs dotting the main strips of Miami Beach, it's easy to get lost in the glitzy, thumping, dancefloors — from Ocean Drive and beyond. DJs reign supreme here but it's the alcohol that fuels the sticky, designer-clad bodies well into the early hours of the morning. Whether you're looking to pre-game with your group or skip the EDM and settle in for a drink instead, Miami knows how to quench your cocktail thirst.

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Late night drinking is extra fun at this funky bar that's proved its staying power. Show up late Tuesdays, when there's no cover for anyone, and ladies get free drinks — including the signature Blackbird, a vodka-blackberry Arnold Palmer mix. Cheers!

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Free pizza on Thursdays, Woodpecker, Creamsicle, London Sparrow, Bird of Paradise

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Set sail on a drinking adventure at this nautical-themed bar, which showcases drinks with funny-sounding names and dynamic flavors. Wade into an expertly crafted Stem to Stern, made from apricot-infused rye whiskey, apricot jam, lemon and ginger ale.

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Smile You Son of a Bitch, Over the Barrel, Banana Cannon, Skipper's Daughter, Mutiny Milk Punch

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Sophisticated cocktails rule at a Miami original inside the Freehand Hostel, where a romantic, offbeat setting invites you to sit on mismatched furniture, play ping pong or dangle your feet in the outdoor pool as you munch on fish tacos and sip away.

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Coconut shrimp ceviche, handmade syrups, daily catch tacos, hard fruit punch, Thirteenth Moon

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The laid-back vibe at this kitschy neighborhood hangout combines a traditional pool table with comfy, retro couches that invite you watch Trivia Night throw-downs or chill with friends. Locals drop by to savor craft cocktails well into the night.

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Wednesday Trivia Night, Monday all-day happy hour for the ladies, PCP mixed drink, arcade games, Jenga

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Jump back to the Victorian Era thanks to antique wood decor and an ornate glass mirror by the bar. Party all night (literally) on weekends with traditional cocktails and upscale modern mixes combined with more than 20 beers on tap and pub fare.

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The Favorite, a turkey and bacon sandwich, Ginger Rogering mixed drink, Beauregard, Hurricane, Cham-Wow

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Every night here gives you something to do, from Trivia Tuesdays to live music or a DJ on Fridays that pair with classic movies on the big screen, lusciously strong cocktails and a casual atmosphere that includes the occasional alligator wrestling.

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Bingo Wednesdays, monthly parties, classic movies on the big screen

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