by Rick Munarriz - 406 Reviews - 155 List
Your friends call you the social director of the group. Your job: Sniffing out the hottest bars (and clubs, if that's your scene) in town for nights of dancing and debauchery. From low-key neighborhood taps to pretty people lounges, we've got you covered with our list of the best new spots for boozing in Miami.
Updated: January 04, 2010
If velvet ropes and bottle service are your thang, it's probably best not to come here. The antithesis of Miami's scene, this tattoo lounge with a liquor license shines the spotlight on the work of owners Ami James and Chris Nunez, whose tattoo parlor starred on TLC's "Miami Ink."
Clubbing and new tech go hand in hand at this classy downtown hotspot. Tricked out-touches include LED glass bars that change colors, an interactive wall that ripples as guests walk by and an iBar counter where the bar-top is a multi-touch projection system where barflies can pull up digital menus, doodle or pay their tabs. This has to be where George Jetson met Jane.
More "club" than "supper," the real treat at this South Beach hangout is when the dining room tables are cleared away and the music gets cranked up. It's then when dancers strut down the runway and the action gravitates toward the dance floor and the throwback bar.
Step through a time machine into the 1970s, where this tribute to old school piano bars from the Northeast play on. Patrons can even smoke here, as the bar served no food. It's just stiff drinks on the menu as light fingers tickle the ivory keys.
Between the kilt-wearing staff, the Guiness-braised meats and the Irish trinkets on the wall, there's no mistaking that this is a pub. Those perceptions can be quickly altered for patrons who happen to stumble in during open mic karaoke or poker nights.
Passport envy takes on a sudsy flourish at this brew-based watering hole. Regulars can maintain virtual passports that are stamped as they knock off the whopping list of more than 400 beer varieties. Clearly this is a long-term goal for aspiring beer-trotters.