The food here is just as impressive as many meals in Barcelona. Sit outdoors to enjoy perfect winter weather, drink delicious wine, and snack on endless tapas.
Every third Friday, The Rhythm Foundation, a wonderful nonprofit devoted to bringing world music to Miami, puts on an evening called "Big Night in Little Haiti." There's always really good Haitian music and local art. A wonderful local vibe.
Open daily from noon until 5 in the morning, the no-frills Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is the spot for an al pastor tacos with spit-broiled pork and charred pineapple. And their speakeasy stirs a fine digestion aid — illegal Mezcal Joven, lime, fruit, and hellfire bitters, a.k.a Don Diablo.
Plenty of American craft and Belgian beers, and a dynamic event calendar introducing new brews, artists, and various food and beer pairings.
At the bar (a James Beard Award finalist), they use fresh juices in their very creative cocktails. It's relaxed and casual with very friendly, non-pretentious service. The sort of place for adventurous drinkers.
A Cuban music venue that is always packed but somehow never feels crowded. There's a revolving roster of acts, but it really comes alive when house band SPAM Allstars hold their Thursday night free-form descarga electrónica.
A refreshing break from slick-mod Miami, it's all wood-paneled walls, low ceilings, warm bar tiki table lights, well-worn bookcases, and vintage surfer paraphernalia. The DJ lineup is one of the best on South Beach, luring the crowds from surrounding hotels.
On your way to dinner at the Metador Room, swoon at the sexy, red-hued bar next door opened by Jean-Georges Vongerichten in The Miami Beach EDITION hotel. Sit under a wall of bull fighting photos by famous French photographer Lucien Clergue, and look out into dark ocean through floor-ceiling-windows.
The deep red poolside club at Shore Club hotel is one of the most in-demand nightspots in SoBe. Lounge on a silk slipper chair with one of their specialty cocktails in hand, or on Moroccan pillows near the bougainvilla in the garden.