Best Bars & Pubs in Miami Beach
Great places to party in South
Updated In case you're part of the crowd bypassing traditional
mega-clubs in South Beach, we're happy to report the resurgence of
bars in Miami Beach where the service is friendly, the
door policy is non-threatening and the drink prices are single-digits.
We invite you to discover the great vibe at a variety of Miami Beach bars where the non-celebrity set
seeks refuge in the post-glitz marketplace for nightlife fun.
South Beach offers a
number of casual theme bars from Latin to Surfer to Trailer-trash chic that
promise to entertain everyone in your party on a blue jean budget. With
no cover charge or door policy, most bars on South Beach offer the
perfect respite from exclusive velvet rope nightclubs and a welcome
relief from sticker shocking drink prices.
Miami moves to a Latin beat 24 hours a day and no place captures that
frenetic energy better than Ocean Drive's favorite Salsa lounge,
Mango's Tropical Cafe. This crowded indoor/outdoor hangout (900
Ocean Drive) features reasonably-priced entertainment that captures the
imagination of visitors from all over the world who get caught up in the
giddy energy of sexy showgirls and thumping music that simply doesn't
Mango's Tropical Cafe on Ocean Drive
in South Beach
Mango's walls and ceilings are painted with tropical murals to create an
exotic oasis effect. This theatrical setting highlights hard-bodied
Latin dancers who appear as if by magic on bar tops and risers
performing perfectly synchronized salsas for an appreciative crowd.
If you've never sampled a Mojito, have your first one here. A powerfully
potent cocktail that's sweet, minty and refreshing, the Mojito packs
quite a punch. Friendly bartenders take a highball glass and add sugar,
fresh lime juice and whole fresh mint leaves to get things started.
Using a wooden muddle stick, ingredients are crushed together to release
their flavor. Crushed ice is piled on top of the muddled ingredients
along with rum and a splash of soda to create the perfect island-style
drink. Be aware that the local legend "One Mojito, Two Mojito, Three
Mojito... Floor!" is easy to achieve in no time, so approach the mojito
with extreme caution!
Fans of Food-TV's "Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives" appreciate the
as a uniquely American experience where the floors are sticky, the
patrons seem dangerous and the drinks are cheap and plentiful.
Slim's (1216 Washington Avenue) captures the spirit of the Trailer Park
without the grit and danger, offering a great deal of "down and dirty"
fun nearly every night of the week.
Automatic Slim's on Washington Avenue
While most South Beach nightspots offer cutting edge electronic music,
Slims has your favorite rock, hip hop or 80s anthem in constant
rotation. Drinks are strong and plentiful and before you know it,
someone's date has crossed the delicate threshold of sobriety and
entered the "Girl's Gone Wild" moment where hopping up on the handy
stripper pole seems entirely appropriate. What attracts locals and
visitors to Automatic Slims week after week is the no cover, no minimum,
welcoming attitude of the owners who try to recreate your favorite
college party. Guests of all ages who want to hang out in jeans and
t-shirts find a welcome relief from the posh velvet rope clubs that are
right across the street.
For a real dive bar experience,
Mac's Club Deuce (222 14th Street) is
South Beach's most popular dark and dingy escape serving drinks around
the clock to a host of regulars straight out of a Fellini Movie. Happy
Hour starts at 8am. That's not a typo. While the rest of the city
dresses for the workday or starts to stir with thoughts of hotel
brunches and chilled mimosas, the Deuce is pouring off-price cocktails
to the truly hardcore.
Club Deuce in South Beach
It's tough to be a dive in the heart of the Deco District when all about
you beams soft, friendly pastel colors and buzzy neon lights. It's tough
to maintain a surly growl when families, spring breakers and celebrities
frolic through sun drenched streets anxious to have a good time. Who
wants to be the grouchy Goth at the heart of Beach Blanket Bingo? The
Deuce certainly tries to maintain a level of dark decorum no matter the
That dedication to the Dive Spirit makes the Deuce something of a
local legend. Club Deuce bartender Melissa Burley keeps her camera
behind the bar and chronicles the ordinary and extraordinary moments as
they happen. Last year, her compiled works were released as a colorful
coffee table book with 450 of Melissa's best shots gathered into a sort
of Carny Yearbook of 13 years of patrons at play. If you're interested
in owning a copy or just checking to see if you made it into history,
stop by the bar and buy one for just $40.
On the newly fashionable west side of town, another legendary bar takes
pride of place with local hipsters and a new stream of visitors to the
bay side scene. Locals once dubbed this out-of-the-way surfer bar the
"Dirty Purdy" but that seems like a distant memory now that the west
side of South Beach is booming. Much like Mac's Club Deuce, the
Lounge (1811 Purdy Avenue) once enjoyed a steady stream of industry
regulars; off-duty bar and restaurant staff looking to relax and unwind
after shifts serving South Beach tourists at glitzier locations.
With popular theme nights like Chocolate Sundays, Kulcha Shok Surf
Nights and Drunken Spelling Bees, the Purdy leveraged its niche as
everyone's favorite corner bar. Much busier in recent years following
the renaissance of the Standard Hotel and Spa and a number of new
restaurants, the bar remains a stalwart anti-velvet rope hangout by the
Bay. Dimly lit like a basement turned rec room, there's no cover, no
door drama and no pretentious behavior. Stop in for a drink, a game of
pool and make some new friends.
The next stop in our low-key bar crawl is one of our all time favorite
spots for a blast of cool air, a sea of smiling faces and hours of
action. Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge (1691 Michigan Avenue) is an adult
bowling alley just off Lincoln Road opened 11am until 1am all week long.
This colorful playground offers a great escape on a rainy day or a
casual night of fun, friends and alcohol in equal measure.
Lucky Strike Lanes bar on Lincoln
Road in Miami Beach
The ample lounge area features 2 pool tables, cozy leather couches, a DJ
booth and giant flat screen projection TVs where sporting events from
American league play to European football matches are telecast all day
long. Friends can gather in modular seating areas to celebrate special
events, bachelor parties and college football weekends.
distinguishes Lucky Strike from your neighborhood bowl-o-rama is the
over 21 policy after 9pm when the scene is definitely date friendly.
Enjoy food and drinks right on the lanes that include comfy sofas and
high-top bar tables so everyone can watch the action.
With full entrees
and decadent desserts on the menu, guests can enjoy a full lunch or
dinner before, during or after the game. Next time you're out and about
and can't decide what you and your friends want to do, roll into the
Lucky Strike Lanes and score some pretty big fun.
Guests visiting from the United Kingdom (or even Boston) may take the
subtle evolution of their local pub culture for granted until they visit
South Beach. While we have a great number of friendly pubs tucked into a
relatively small portion of the city, there are few that can hope to
compete with the sometimes hundred year old taverns of Dublin, London or
Cambridge; friendly drinking houses where everyone knows your name.
For a more casual approach to an evening out, South Beach offers plenty
of traditional beer halls that are close enough to navigate on foot (or
on your knees). Here is a list of our "Lucky 21" Favorite Pubs to help
you find your way to a cool pint, a match on television, and some of the
friendliest locals you're likely to meet...
Nearby and enjoying a niche classification of dive-meets-pub,
Hideaway (124 2nd Street) has a bit of a frat party atmosphere with
rock on the jukebox, cheap beers, sports on TV and a busy pool table.
Ted's Hideaway South Beach
This popular pre-game spot gets mighty crowded with well-dressed club
goers because the price of a velvet rope round of drinks can equal the
tab for an entire night at Ted's. As the evening wears on, the air fills
with cigarette smoke and 80s rock and folks tend to get pretty loud.
Consider this the antidote to overpriced drinks and overblown egos.
Ted's is SoFi's "Cheers."
Locals and tourists often migrate from Ted's to
Love/Hate Lounge (423 Washington Avenue), the tattoo-themed pub
established by the TV bad boys from TLC's "Miami Ink."
Love/Hate Lounge in South Beach
Popular for it's mixed format music, the bar features Love to Hate
Mondays, Reggae Tuesdays, Ladies Night Wednesdays, Hip Hop and Reggae
Thursdays, Retro Rock Fridays, Ritual Hip Hop Saturdays and the very
popular Classic Sundays with DJ Self Born spinning a retro mix of 60s,
70s & 80s for a huge crowd of friends and fans. With no cover and a
non-threatening tattoo-centric crowd, Love/Hate offers a refuge for
revelers (not interested in electronic dance music) right in the heart
of Club Land.
Due north, Playwright Irish Pub (1265 Washington Avenue) is a fun
place to eat and drink while cheering your favorite team to victory.
Flat screen TVs surround the bar and pride of place is given to a giant
projection screen that's reserved for the evening's main event.
Playwright Irish Pub on Washington
While there are indeed better and more authentic pubs in Boston where
Irish populations are more significant, for South Beach the Playwright
gets high marks. Its proximity to the velvet rope nightspot Mansion
makes it the perfect foil for non-club fun. Drinks are 2 for 1 and
appetizers are half price at happy hour weekdays.
Finnegan's Way (1344 Ocean Drive) is a more comprehensive sports
bar with indoor and outdoor seating, a full kitchen and a weeknight
happy hour with specials on appetizers, cocktails and select dinner
entrees. Considering the busy Art Deco strip has more than it's fair
share of overpriced cafes, Finnegan's offers a decent respite after a
hot day at the beach or a hot night dodging pricier tourist traps. Their
second location (942 Lincoln Road) is little more than a quick oasis for
thirsty shoppers (or their weary husbands).
If you can manage six stops on your South Beach pub crawl, we're certain
you'll find great times awaiting you. Hit all 21 spots and they'll give
you the Key to the City!
South Beach Bars & Pubs...
||1901 Collins Ave.
||956 Washington Ave.
||613 Lincoln Rd.
|Beaches Bar & Grill
||4299 Collins Ave.
||1659 Washington Ave.
||1 Lincoln Rd.
|Bond St. Lounge
||150 20th St.
||437 Lincoln Lane
||840 First St.
||1020 Ocean Dr.
||222 14th St.
|Delano Hotel Rose Bar
||1685 Collins Ave.
||852 Alton Rd.
||1104 Lincoln Rd.
||918 Ocean Dr.
|Feel Good South Beach
||222 Espanola Way
||942 Lincoln Rd.
||1344 Ocean Dr.
|Free Spirits Lounge
||100 21st St.
||500 Ocean Dr.
||1625 Michigan Ave.
|Hofbrau Beerhall Miami
||943 Lincoln Rd.
|Larios on the Beach
||820 Ocean Dr.
||1560 Collins Ave.
||218 Espanola Way
|Love Hate Lounge
||423 Washington Ave.
||1691 Michigan Ave.
|Macaluso's Italian Cuisine
||1747 Alton Rd.
||665 Washington Ave.
|Mango's Tropical Cafe
||900 Ocean Dr.
||235 23rd St.
|Monty's on the Beach
||300 Alton Rd.
||1677 Collins Ave.
|Nikki Beach Rest. &
||1 Ocean Dr.
||1901 Collins Ave.
|Oriente at Cafe Cardozo
||1300 Ocean Dr.
|Playwright Irish Pub
||1265 Washington Ave.
||1811 Purdy Ave.
||640 Ocean Dr.
||1801 Purdy Ave.
||4441 Collins Ave.
||727 Lincoln Rd.
||1040 Lincoln Rd.
||100 Collins Ave.
|Shula's Steak House
||5225 Collins Ave.
|Sky Line Bar Lounge
||645 Washington Ave.
|Smith & Wollensky
||1 Washington Ave.
|Spiga Ristorante Italiano
||1228 Collins Ave.
|Spire Bar at The Hotel
||801 Collins Ave.
|Sushi Samba Dromo
||600 Lincoln Rd.
|Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant
||819 5th St.
||124 2nd St.
||1501 Ocean Dr.
|Texas de Brazil
||300 Alton Road #200
|The Abbey Brewing Co.
||1115 16th St.
||150 20th St.
||3025 Collins Ave.
||760 Ocean Dr.
||625 Lincoln Rd.