I had high hopes for this South Florida bar post… and then as I sat down to add more places, add commentary, and edit… and I realized… maybe, I don’t know a whole lot about GOOD South Florida bars anymore. Many of the places I used to go, expanded (blegh, lost its charm) or I haven’t been to in over a year, so yah know, they could still be awesome, but they could also be just terrible now— and I have no idea. Maybe I should start off by saying there really aren’t a lot of super amazing South Florida bars. Florida is newer than the north east and much of the country. We don’t have a lot of that older bar charm that other cities might have. There are a lot of beer laws here (well, everywhere too) and you’re not going to find the widest selection of micro-brews like you could out west or up north. (Even Orlando, two hours north has much better options). 99% of bars here are giant smoke pits, because smoking laws have yet to change (will they ever?). But, there is a lot of variety— and so you can’t really go wrong with that. I should also put out a good reminder on here, that choosing what kind of bar you like or don’t like— its an incredibly personal thing. Some people enjoy a club atmosphere, while others enjoy a lounge, a small dive, a loud pub, or a tv filled sports bar. I try to find bars with a nice beer or wine selection, while liquor is usually last on my list. I hate tvs in my bars (I’m there to enjoy drinks and friends, not watch television). And occasionally I enjoy smaller dive bar type places. If I’m in the mood to dance, I enjoy more of an indie dance crowd, with the occasional electronic or freestyle mix (not dub-step, thanks)— but those are all my personal preferences. (And I’m not at all implying that everything else sucks, there are a billion bars in this area, I haven’t been to 99% of them, and going out for me is a rare experience these days, so I try to stick to my favorite things). That being said, I tried to include a good variety on here— hopefully something that might catch your eye, when traveling, or whatever. There are probably more places to check out these days, but I don’t know. I’m pretty boring and leaving my house past sunset is like a miracle, so I’m not the best source of information for a late night party spot. Hopefully in the future, discovering more will be something I can do, until then, here is my South Florida bar recommendations.
|5501 NE 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33137
Dirty and fantastic. Depending on the night and the band it’s either completely packed—- or dead empty. Check out the event calendar first— because you may not want to go on a loud local death metal night—- seriously. You can get cider on tap 100% of the time. Decent bartenders. Decent beer and liquor too.
The Electric Pickle
2826 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Lounge, bands, DJs, backyard, it’s a good mix of a lot of things. Decent drinks. And you can gets dirty pickle martini, with a house made pickle or a bacon and bourbon cocktail. It’s different each night, so check the calendar. Last time I went it was an acoustic set downstairs, and a gay/lesbian dance party upstairs. I went upstairs, it was a blast.
The Vagabond (Vagabond)
30 NE 14th St, Miami, FL 33132
This was my favorite dance spot when I lived in Miami. I don’t think I ever paid more than a 10$ cover, but usually 5$. Three rooms. A smaller more indie dance one, a bigger one with a stage and more electronic to the right, and huge backyard, with a fire pit, sometimes late night munchies, and more bands and DJs. Decent drink options. Party until 4 or 5 am.
The Seven Seas
2200 S Red Rd, Miami, FL 33155
I don’t know how to describe this place–it might be impossible. My best description: A spanish speaking (singing) karaoke dive bar? The only karaoke place I’ve ever enjoyed.
The Blue Anchor
804 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483
A nice quiet pub atmosphere, feels different than the rest of delray, like it’s been there for a while and isn’t just another place to just be turned over. Good beer and liquor selection.