Bars are more than plentiful in Miami, from high-end cocktail bars like The Regent to smoky dives like the Anthony Bourdain favorite, Mac's Club Deuce. Some, like the Bar in Coral Gables, become long-standing establishments, while others quickly go the way of the dodo before you even get a chance to check them out.
On the corner of NE 14th Street and 2nd Avenue, a one-story building has served as the second home and favored watering hole of Miami's hipster population since long before Wynwood became the art mecca it is today.
Once home to places like I/O Lounge, OHWOW's Bar and the Vagabond – not to mention the trendy art kid hangout known as PS14 – there's now a brand new speakeasy-style bar known as Railroad Blues.
Miami's bar scene gets a taste of speakeasy culture with Railroad Blues — Photo courtesy of Railroad Blues
Moonlighting as Railroad News in the daytime, outside you'll see nothing more than a simple news stand with Miami-related magazines on its racks. Once you spot the doorman, though, you'll be escorted inside past the bookshelves and into one of the most interesting bars in Miami.
Railroad Blues has transformed PS14's old spot and updated it to fit the modern needs of the downtown dwellers and Wynwood walkers.
PS14 was a bar that used to pride itself on serving PBR tall boys and keeping decor to a minimum, with nothing more than a pool table and a few chairs. In contrast, the new Railroad Blues spares no expense at giving its guests an authentic speakeasy experience, and patrons will feel as though they've been transported into an early 20th-century railroad car, with travel trunks piled high and wooden and metal furnishings throughout.
Craft cocktails like their Bathtub Gin & Tonic make Railroad Blues an interesting bar alternative — Photo courtesy of Railroad Blues
Known for its high-quality libations, Railroad Blues is the kind of place where you can order yourself an Old Fashioned without feeling old fashioned. Bartenders here are more than happy to shake and muddle all the ingredients to fix you a proper cocktail, all while wearing suspenders and corsets.
The bar has a good variety of craft cocktails to choose from, but those in the know will quickly request to view or hear about the secret menu. Although Railroad Blues lacks a kitchen, their bartenders are quick to suggest area restaurants that will be more than happy to deliver a meal right to your side of the bar.
Sway to the rhythm of blues and rock at Railroad Blues — Photo courtesy of Railroad Blues
As if you needed even more reasons to visit, Railroad Blues is also an incredible live music venue, specializing in blues and rock, but also frequently hosting everything from old-school hip hop to experimental jazz – a real treat when finding yourself in a city that ultimately worships its EDM DJs.
There are great things happening every night of the week at this fabulous speakeasy. Double Down Tuesdays means everyone can enjoy two-for-one drinks from 6 p.m. to close, while ladies get a special treat on Wednesdays for "I'm With Her," which includes special craft cocktails just for the females.
Three-dollar tall boys rule on Throwback Thursdays, while $7 is the magic price for all cocktails on Fridays. There's always live music happening on Saturdays, and Sundays are special, with classic hip-hop in the air all night long.
Get out of that never-ending line for Space, drive a few blocks north and slip in through the news stand for great drinks and better music at Railroad Blues.
When the inside gets crowded, there's always the back patio of Railroad Blues — Photo courtesy of Railroad Blues