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The Best Bars for Foodies in Miami

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated February 26, 2020

The most tropical major city in the USA, Miami has a nightlife scene unlike anywhere else in the country. From the oceanfront party hotshots of South Beach to the hip lounges and live music venues of the Design District, the best bars in Miami come in many different flavors. But where are the savviest barflies and night owls getting their groove on in Miami? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We have pulled data from thousands of bars, lounges, nightclubs, and venues in Miami to zero in on the absolute hottest spots. Put on your favorite party dress and enjoy.

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4.8
4.8 (4258)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
South Beach
About the restaurant
The first LGBT oriented bar to open on always packed Ocean Drive, the Palace is a South Beach Miami institution that attracts locals and visitors alike. Live drag shows take place daily at 7pm and weekends sport daytime shows matched with an unlimited mimosa brunch special. After the show is over Palace turns into a late-night dance club complete with go-go dancers, touring international DJs and one of the most advanced sound systems in the city.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
If you want a good vibe with dinner and a show this is it ! Good service and Eye candy waiters ! LOL enjoy !
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4.4
4.4 (1272)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Wynwood
About the restaurant
Panoramic views out over the Arts District from the open air “Sky Garden”, where guests relax in cozy swinging couches, make Astra a favorite for both the after work and late-night crowds. Serving Mediterranean style plates alongside innovative cocktails and an extensive wine list, Astra invites diners to stay and play after dinner is over. Live bands and DJs take over the space after the kitchen closes, keeping Astra packed with a diverse and artistic crowd late into the night.
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Foodie305vip
Dined 4 days ago
We had an amazing time. We moved from the dining area to a high top near the bar area, and we had great views and vibes.
A photo of BAR RITA- Fort Lauderdale restaurant
4.4
4.4 (622)
$30 and under
Mexican
Poinciana Park
About the restaurant
With a Mexican food restaurant downstairs and a margarita bar upstairs on the rooftop, BAR RITA is a popular place to celebrate in the Fort Lauderdale area. Daily happy hour specials include $6 margaritas and discounts on house cocktails plus a variety of well-priced finger foods. When it is time to take the party to the next level, BAR RITA offers guests one of the most extensive tequila selections in South Florida.
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CraigE
Dined 5 days ago
Food and service is always great. We love sitting upstairs and enjoying the fresh air and view.
A photo of El Camino Mexican Soul Food - Mezcal & Tequila Bar - Fort Lauderdale restaurant
4.7
4.7 (905)
$30 and under
Mexican
Colee Hammock
About the restaurant
As famous for their freshly made margaritas as their locally sourced Mexican “Soul Food”, El Camino is a Delray Beach neighborhood favorite. With both after work and late-night happy hour specials, with both food and drink specials, it is always a festive atmosphere. More than a dozen different house margaritas cover an exotic territory, including the “spicy avocado”, while the tequila and mezcal flights allow for sampling some of the top spirits of Mexico.
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JimmyV
Dined 7 days ago
All good from service to diner, the people I invited, happy all of them
A photo of Mastro's Ocean Club - Fort Lauderdale restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3270)
$50 and over
Steak
Lauderdale Beach
About the restaurant
Waterfront dining on the canals of Fort Lauderdale is the main attraction to Mastro’s Ocean Club but the restaurant’s elegant lounge area is also one of the best bars in Miami to enjoy a meticulously prepared cocktail. A top-shelf liquor selection, an expansive wine list - much of it selected to match the seafood specials on the menu - and live entertainment give Mastro a strong local following.
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GraceHvip
Dined 1 day ago
outstanding atmosphere service and food. I will definitely return. whatever you decide to consume save room for dessert. The butter cake was the best thing I have ever eaten in my entire entire life and I don’t usually get dessert.
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4.8
4.8 (1041)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Latin
Wynwood
About the restaurant
An upscale restaurant, locally focused art gallery, and serious nightlife venue all in one, Wynwood’s R House dazzles multiple senses at the same time. Besides a progressively priced happy hour menu, where prices go up as the night goes on, the restaurant hosts themed parties with live DJs after the kitchen staff clock out and weekend drag brunch shows. A large outside patio allows for enjoying Miami’s tropical climate while enjoying a cold house-made cocktail.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
Best birthday ever, love this place food fire and drag show is super fun !! 10000% recommed
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4.6
4.6 (3769)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lauderdale Beach
About the restaurant
Located inside of the Auberge Beach Resort and Spa, DUNE is a comfortable and classy restaurant that also attracts those in the mood for a fine glass of wine. Tapping into the Northern California roots of the hotel, DUNE offers visitors an extensive selection of varietals by the glass and bottle, hand selected by the chef to go with the menu offerings. Keeping with the seafood-based seasonal food offerings, the bar also serves a variety of beach-inspired house cocktails specials.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Loved everything 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆
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4.7
4.7 (1753)
$30 and under
Mexican
Wynwood
About the restaurant
With over 6,000 square feet of dining and drinking space surrounded by a live cactus garden, BAKAN is an artsy modern take on the classic Mexican restaurant and drinking establishment. More than 500 different varieties of tequila and mezcal are housed in the bar’s four-story glass case, all available by the shot or even paired with the restaurant's menu selections. The kitchen at BAKAN specializes in authentic and traditional Mexican fare done to modern high-quality standards and imports its own ancestral organic corn directly from Mexico.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The chicken mole was very dry! Ordered a soft drink and was only available in a 6oz bottle but charged a premium!
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4.4
4.4 (479)
$30 and under
American
Coral Gables
About the restaurant
A gastropub named after the 42 different kinds of craft beer served on tap, Tap 42 is a local favorite in the historic Coral Gables neighborhood of Miami. The open floor plan and large outside patio mean that mingling in a must and there is plenty of room to accommodate friends old and new. Besides two daily happy hour sessions, one designed for the after-work crowd and one for the up all-nighters, Tap 42 also hosts weekly Ladies Nights on Wednesdays and bottomless brunches on the weekends.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Staff was very friendly and attentive. Had chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, street corn avocado toast with the calamari tower as an appetizer. Bottomless mimosas, not sure why they didn't give us champagne flute, it was kind of odd drinking mimosas from a cocktail glass. Seating outside was nice, music was at a nice volume so we were able to carry on conversation. Definitely will be back.
A photo of Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar - Kendall restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1310)
$31 to $50
Peruvian
Kendall
About the restaurant
A Peruvian themed restaurant in Miami’s Doral neighborhood, Pisco y Nazca also specializes in the South American countries famous distilled grape alcohol. Pisco is used to create both classic cocktails like the Pisco Sour, the national cocktail of Peru, as well as innovative takes on modern favorites like the Nazca Mule, made with ginger beer, lime, and Peruvian Pisco. During the hora loca (happy hour), drink specials, as well as a variety of house-made ceviche plates, are available at the bar.
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Bori24
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Great food. Went for lunch and ordered their combo offer of appetizer and entree which was a great value and food was very good. Service by Marco and Jacobo outstanding.
A photo of Marion restaurant
4.5
4.5 (757)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Brickell
About the restaurant
A restaurant and lounge located in Miami’s Brickell area, Marion is known for its brasserie-style Asian American dining, but it also draws a strong bar crowd to the lounge area. With a separate champagne bar and a rotating roster of well-known DJs, Marion has established itself as a place to mix it up with the Miami jet set. Handmade cocktails are on special during the week and the restaurants infamous Thursday Night Soiree cranks up the hit music and focusing on sharing cocktails and memories with new friends.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
The tip it’s included , but the waiter will make you think it’s not !
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4.3
4.3 (1316)
$50 and over
Mediterranean
South Beach
About the restaurant
The fine flavors of France and Italy are the inspiration behind the dishes at Villa Azur, a courtyard sporting fine dining establishment in the heart of Miami Beach on Collins Ave. Besides the critically acclaimed food menu, which focuses on both meat and seafood options, Villa Azur also boasts one of the most creative cocktail menus in town. From the lychee fruit infused vodka martini to the Truffle Paloma - a Patron Roca, grapefruit juice, St. Germain and club soda affair finished with truffle salt - the bar offerings at Villa Azur are each hand curated and made to order.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Villa Azur is amazing as always! Their Happy Hour is great- highly recommended to try! crispy octopus is to die for! Will be definitely coming back!
A photo of Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Pembroke Pines restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5283)
$30 and under
American
Pembroke Pines
About the restaurant
The Cooper’s Hawk Winery produces over 700,000 cases of wine each year, most of it used in its own restaurants across the country. The Pembroke Pines location of this Italian and American themed restaurant focuses on matching the house vinos with menu items in pairings that bring out the best flavor profiles. Happy hour at the bar takes place from 3pm to 6pm daily and allows visitors to sample many of the Cooper’s Hawk wine labels by the glass, as well as save on a nicely rounded selection of appetizers and small plates.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
I love the ambiance, the food and the service. I especially love Tony in the tasting room. He’s welcoming. Ernesto is also very nice and just an overall great person.
A photo of YOLO restaurant
4.6
4.6 (5703)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Calling itself a” foodies delight and a socialite's playground”, YOLO is a sophisticated restaurant and lounge in the heart of the Las Olas area of Fort Lauderdale. An outdoor patio, large dining room, and central bar provide diverse locales for enjoying the contemporary American cuisine, all of it prepared right in the brightly lit open kitchen. Seasonal cocktails and specialty drinks go on special during the daily happy hour, which runs from 4:30pm till 7:30pm and can be taken advantage of at the bar or fire pit area.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
There was a young lady at the front desk who was so welcoming to me and my wife!
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