Best Bars in… Miami

22nd May, 2013 by SB Staff Writer

Regent-Cocktail Club Best Bars MiamiThe Regent Cocktail Club
1690 Collins Ave, South Beach
The Regent dates from1941, but reopened at The Gale Hotel last December with Miami cocktail legends John Lermayer and Joshua Wagner at the helm pushing the town’s drinking culture forward. Inviting leather couches and a marble bar give it a boys-club vibe, and the selection of aged rums, New Orleans Jazz and fine cigars round out a space that’s modern in service, but timeless in form.

Blackbird Ordinary Best Bars MiamiBlackbird Ordinary
729 SW First Ave, Brickell
The Blackbird spread its wings in December 2011, with a programme devised by Gabriel Orta, John Lermayer and others. It’s now run by Fraser Hamilton, who believes in combining the highest quality ingredients with straightforward mixology. For something more experimental try Hamilton’s alcoholic slushies and homemade liqueurs.

Setai Best Bars MiamiThe Setai Miami Beach
2001 Collins Ave, South Beach
The menu at The Setai hotel is based around seasonal classic drinks with an Asian twist. Inside you’ll find innovative concoctions like rose petal-infused sake and and homemade syrups featuring lemongrass, ginger and Thai chili.. Molecular experiments abound: pineapple caviar in the Singapore sling and a whipped Jack rum and almond syrup foam. Open since 2005, the bar programme is now under the tutelage of mixologist Philip Khanderhish, and it shows.

Broken-Shaker Best Bars MiamiBroken Shaker
2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach
This former pop-up bar, now a fixture in the Freehand Hotel, is one of South Beach’s best places for a cocktail. The guys behind this programme have great relationships with local farmers and that camaraderie shows up in their cocktails that change by the week. Kaffir lime and bright Florida lemons get blended in with homegrown garden herbs like pineapple, sage and verbena.

Corner Bar Best Bars MiamiCorner Bar
1035 N Miami Ave, Downtown
This is the joint where bartenders spend their off hours drinking. Open till 5am on weekdays and 8am on weekends, the décor is warm and cozy with gilded mirrors and ambient lighting, and the cocktail list averages 20 drinks, split into categories of Classiques and Nouveaux.

Dolce Italian Best Bars MiamiDolce Italian
1690 Collins Ave, South Beach
Created under the umbrella of LDV Hospitality – the same company that brought Miami The Regent Cocktail Club – this concept, also at The Gale Hotel focuses on the flavours of Italy in cuisine and cocktails devised by John Lermayer. From a barrel-aged Negroni to a house Limoncello to their signature Bellini, it’s pure Italian with a Miami-style twist.

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