Cocktails/Wine Bars in Miami, FL
Tucked away on the second floor of Miami chef Michelle Bernstein’s Spanish-influenced restaurant is a little gem of a bar serving good cocktails prepared with high-quality spirits and homemade bitters and syrups. Bar manager, Julio Cabrera, designed the menu to match Bernstein’s food so you’ll note the Spanish and Latin American influences in your glass. Take El Quijote, a mix of Spanish brandy, dry sherry, maple syrup and homemade chorizo bitters or the Peruvian Ceviche-Style Pisco Sour, a blend of pisco, aji amarillo syrup, parsley, lemon, grapefruit juice and egg white. If you prefer something a little more refreshing, opt for the popular Florodora, prepared with gin, raspberries, lime juice, angostura bitters and ginger ale. Cocktail prices range from $12-$16.
This Midtown Miami restaurant is known for its commitment to sustainability. Dishes such as the butcher's board -- a plate of charcuterie including house made country pate and corned beef tongue -- and the "50-mile salad," prepared with ingredients sourced within 50 miles, make a visit worthwhile but don't overlook the bar. Beverage director, Daniel Tora, has created a menu of prohibition-era inspired cocktails using homemade ingredients and local fruits and herbs. Try the Elixir Magnifique, a blend of vodka, St. Germain, chartreuse, strawberry, black pepper and lemon; or the Small Revival, prepared with Bulleit rye, housemade shrub, lemon, orange bitters and rosemary. For oenophiles and beer enthusiasts, Tora has put together a well-thought-out list of wines by the glass and craft brews. Those on a budget will love Sustain's happy hour. Every day from 5 to 7 p.m., wines by the glass and draft beers are half off and house cocktails are a reasonable $6.
Part wine shop, part wine bar, part bistro, this Miami Beach wine warehouse has something for everyone. Shop the depot’s selection of 400-plus wine bottles from around the world and enjoy your choice at home or stay and drink it at the U-shaped bar or outdoor patio (the corkage fee is a modest $7.50 per bottle). Most bottles are priced between $10 and $30 and the friendly staff does a good job at guiding you through your selection. If you’re hungry, the adjacent bistro offers cheese and charcuterie plates, tapas, sandwiches and salads to accompany your wine selection. Wine Depot also hosts free wine and champagne tastings and occasional themed dinners.
Reasonably priced drinks, a laid-back, old-school vibe and no attitude characterize this relatively new bar in Wynwood. With drinks starting at $6 (a bargain by Miami standards), Wood Tavern is a good option to grab a cocktail or beer. Favorites include the Baby Guiness, a shot of Patron Cafe and Bailey's. The menu also features classics such as Manhattans, Mint Juleps and Old Fashions and standard drinks like margaritas and mojitos. Wood Tavern hosts ladies' nights, happy hours and the city's first bicycle happy hour: every Thursday, anyone arriving at the bar on a bike between 5 and 8 p.m. gets half off drinks.
A menu of comforting dishes using local, seasonal ingredients, unique desserts, and welcoming vibe make chef Michael Schwartz’s first restaurant a must-try in Miami. Its bar, under the direction of Ryan Goodspeed, is also worth a visit. Goodspeed has put his twist on the classic cocktails like the Manhattan, which he prepares with Bulleit bourbon, rosemary infused cherries and lemon, or the Negroni -- dubbed Newgroni at the restaurant -- prepared with Campari, Calvados, apple, pear, thyme-infused syrup and orange bitters. Looking for something a bit more refreshing? The passion fruit caipirinha or the bar’s mojito may fit the bill. The bar menu also includes wines and craft beers by the glass. Prices are reasonable for Miami with cocktails priced between $11 and $13. On weekdays, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., cocktails, wine and beer are half off. Get there early; the bar is small.