Bars

If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Miami guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Miami for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like Mac's Club Deuce to busy places like Wet Willie's that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the South Beach area? No fear - we share all the facts!

10 Bardot
Live music, album/CD release parties, DJ bashes and other activities of a musical nature await at this hip Wynwood lounge. Bardot fills a void in Miami culture by providing the venue and the menu, which includes funk, electronic, blues, singer-songwriter and more. Cocktails--at $12, less expensive than most South Beach bars and lounges (that means affordable by Miami standards) range from the signature Honey Mule (Russian Standard Vodka, Honey Syrup, Pressed Lime & Hand Crafted Ginger Served in our Signature Copper Mug) to the Skinny Jeans Margarita (Corzo Silver Tequila, Cointreau, Organic Blue Agave & Fresh Lime Juice) to the simple Brown Sugar Mojito (Bacardi dark, Brown Sugar). Top-shelf liquors abound. Overall, even if you're not into the vibe of a particular musical guest, the experience at Bardot has come to define Miami's Wynwood and Design District nightlife. ((305) 576-5570)

9 RSMAS Wetlab
Boasting beachfront views and cheap beer, the Wetlab is one of the most unique and well-loved bars in Miami. Embedded in the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the bar has a charming school cafeteria feel and a patio offering beautiful views of Biscayne Bay. At the graduate student-run watering hole, beers are priced less than $3, and it's just $9 for a pitcher. Mixed drinks range from $2.75 to $4.25.

8 Scully's Tavern
This relaxed neighborhood tavern offers lots of fun and great deals that make it a hit among a diverse range of locals. Perhaps the biggest draw is the live music that is featured on weekends. Top rock and alternative bands from around the region often play to a packed house. For football games, particularly if the Dolphins are playing, this is one of the best places to be, with rowdy crowds coming in for great deals on drinks and food. Happy hour at Scully's is known for its extensive free buffet, though a full menu is also available. (305-271-7404)

7 Wet Willie's
You know what you are in for as soon as you hear the name of this bar's most popular drink — the Call A Cab. Just about every alcoholic beverage is combined in this fruity concoction that often lives up to its name. There is a long list of sweet, slushy drinks, but they are far more potent than they appear. The lively crowd is diverse and friendly, and the view from the second-floor patio is one of the best. Grab a coveted spot here and watch the ocean and the action on Ocean Drive. ATM machines on the premises. (305-532-5650)

6 Clarke's
For Miami Beach visitors, this bar's casual coastal atmosphere and menu full of comfort food promise a fun and relaxing evening out. Clarke's wooden decor, low lighting, extensive wine list and variety of draft beers, including Guinness, Stella Artois, Harp and Yuengling, give the bar a comfortable Old World feel. The menu consists of regional American favorites, as well as traditional Irish pub fare like bangers and mash, shepherd's pie and corned beef and cabbage. (305-538-9885)

5 Botequim Carioca Brazilian Bar & Grill
What could be better than a Brazilian sports bar, located almost directly across from American Airlines Arena? Stop in before or after a Heat game for a terrific steak sandwich, made with sirloin and cheddar cheese (but called a cheeseburger de picanha) or the house special chicken sandwich with mozzarella and dried tomatoes. Tasty apps that go great with beer include spicy calamari or a bowl of feijoada, served as soup. For a light, sophisticated sweet, try the "Romeo E Julieta" guava jam with catupiry cheese. Then watch a futbol game on tv or a basketball in person, and watch other athletes burn calories; after all, you stay svelte by cheering. Just beware, during Brazilian national games, of the clamor of the vuvuzuela. (305-675-1876)

4 Globe Café & Bar
Coral Gables' answer to the South Beach crush, this popular cafe is a veritable magnet for upscale young professionals on weekday evenings. The work day done, they gather for intriguing cocktails and socializing, eager to slough off the cares of necessity — after a quick stop-off at home to freshen up, of course. If food's in order, the menu offers appetizers, pastas, seafood, steaks and sandwiches. Live jazz adds to the ambience, and on Friday nights, the party even spills out into the streets — with police approval. Should you desire a VIP experience, the elegant Black Room is a members-only refuge. (305-445-3555)

3 Zeke's Roadhouse
Beer aficionados find this Miami Beach bar's selection to one of the best. The impressive spread includes beers from all over the world, even unusual options such as Cristal from Peru, 33 Export from Vietnam and Prestige from Haiti. Most of these thirst-quenching brews come in bottles, but the bar does offer several drafts, including Purple Haze and Young's Chocolate Stout. Although Zeke's only accepts cash, all beers are reasonably priced at $4. (305-672-3118)

2 Mac's Club Deuce
Mac's is fondly known as South Beach's premier dive bar. Barflies, trendy types, and drag queens mix and mingle at this simple nightspot, where rock and roll on the jukebox provides the only entertainment — other than people-watching, which is endlessly entertaining here. Casual wear is recommended, but people show up in all manner of attire, from cutoffs to cocktail dresses. Another claim to fame at Mac's is the cheapest beer in South Beach, served to you with no frills in a basic plastic cup. The consummate seediness of the bar has made it a favorite with those from all walks of life. Smoking permitted at the bar. (305-531-6200)

1 Fox's Sherron Inn
Take a step back in time at this appealingly nostalgic bar that still looks much like it did back in 1946. The interior may be slightly worn from more than 50 years of business, but that simply adds to the laid-back charm of the place. Locals love to meet here for martinis and conversation, with classics by Sinatra and friends playing on the well-stocked jukebox. Bargain-hunting bar-lovers will appreciate the frequent two-for-one drink specials. Fox's is also known for great pub grub, from French dips to burgers. (305-666-2230)


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Bardot 10Best List Arrow
Type: Late Night / After Hours, Live Entertainment, Lounge
Neighborhood: Wynwood
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RSMAS Wetlab 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Beach Bar
Neighborhood: Key Biscayne
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Scully's Tavern 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Sports Bar
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Wet Willie's 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Late Night / After Hours
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Type: Bar, Live Music
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
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Type: Bar, Late Night / After Hours
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