Enjoy the Lush Life at These 10 Lively Miami Bars

If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for good drinks and socializing, then our Miami guide to the 10 best bars in the area is just what you need. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Miami for hanging out and kicking back in. Some offer great, live entertainment for free while others open the mic to karaoke or requests for the pianist or just a simple juke box.

We've included long-lived mainstays like Mac's Club Deuce, a place that famed chef turned globe-trotter Anthony Bourdain loved so much he featured it on his show, No Reservations.

Also on our list are highly upscale joints like the Living Room inside the W Hotel, a place where cocktails and class abound. 

And then of course we had to add a few neighborhood favorites; down-to-earth drinking holes that are perfect for locals to wet their beak after a long work day and for tourists to quench their thirst for Miami culture: places like Gramps and The Abbey.

All of the places on this list have 10Best reader approval written all over them. Make them part of you next pub crawl, buy your drink a date at one, or just enjoy schmoozing with the locals. These bars are good for that.



One of Food & Wine Magazine's 2012 Fifty Best Bars in America, Living Room at the W South Beach features one of the most innovative cocktail programs in Miami. The funky lounge, located in the W SoBe Hotel & Residences, is operated by...  Read More

Abbey Brewing Co.


While a good portion of the SoBe night scene is as much spectacle as it is substance, this 16th Street watering hole makes no bones about its intent. The Abbey is the type of place where you can enjoy a tall, cold pint of ale, friendly...  Read More



One of the best casual hipster-esque lounges in Miami, Blackbird Ordinary offers its patrons a fully stocked bar with expert bartenders who mix your favorite drinks to perfection. DJ's provide the music on most nights while local funk and reggae...  Read More



The original Ball & Chain opened in 1935, when Calle Ocho was simply known as the Tamiami Trail, through which farmers would send oranges and other crops east to the Downtown Miami area. It has survived decades of reinvention, calling itself...  Read More

Upper East Side


Going to Churchills is an experience unlike anything else in all of Miami. Often called the CBGB's of South Florida, it's the type of place where you'll listen to dance to local punk bands one minute, drink while watching the World Cup during...  Read More



When work is done and you're looking for someplace to play, a place where you can drink and maybe enjoy some trivia or karaoke or even the occasional lecture, Gramps is where you want to be. This more-than-just-for-hipsters enclave has it all,...  Read More



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,...  Read More

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...  Read More



Bodega is South Beach's newest taqueria bringing cheap eats and stiff drinks to locals and tourists alike. It's vibrant interior makes you hungry for those delicious pork belly tacos everyone's raving about. But it isn't just tacos. Try their...  Read More



Just a few years ago, a hip little cocktail bar opened up inside the Freehand Hostel on Miami Beach. Today, it is one of the most well-known and sought out places to enjoy a well-crafted drink for a reasonable price. Frequented by locals,...  Read More


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