South Beach Bars & Nightlife
Bars & Nightlife neighborhood
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila
1220 16 St., South Beach
The street-facing half of Bodega is a busy taco joint set up like a tricked-out auto garage with bright graffiti splashes and neon barstools. At the otherwise unassuming back door (which looks like the exterior of a Porta-Potty), you’ll see a bouncer occasionally motioning waiting guests into the speakeasy behind it, which has an entirely different feel. Dark and swanky, the space is set up with a wood bar that stretches the length of the bottom floor and plush couches that create pocket lounge areas for a full, buzzing crowd (that skews young). A winding staircase leads to an upper lounge that's perched above the bar.
1111 Lincoln Rd., South Beach
Juvia is located at the top of the Swiss-designed Herzog & de Meuron Lincoln Road parking garage, which sits at the east end of Miami’s popular pedestrian-only shopping stretch. The kitchen here is run by two stellar chefs: Sunny Oh (who spent a decade at Nobu), and Gregory Gourreau (who worked with Alain Ducasse and François Payard, and now runs the pastry program). It’s a pricier menu—that comes with a fabulous, sweeping view of the city, made for celebratory-feeling cocktails. Try the refreshing Cucumis—tequila with cucumber, lime, and a hibiscus salt rim.
237 20th St., Suite B, South Beach
Despite Sweet Liberty's being ranked one of the best bars in the world, locals actually drink here, and tourists, for the most part, do not. The space is a little too big to feel intimate, and the best seats are at the bar. No matter how well-versed you are, you can’t help but be impressed by the selection of premium spirits, and watching the mixologists at work is true theater. Come for happy hour: The drinks are, of course, excellent, and the fresh oysters (under $1 each) go down just as easy. The rest of the bar menu is all tasty, salty bites that pair so well with the drinks—the swordfish tacos with mango pico and Asian-style tater tots with crunchy seaweed and sesame are the standouts.
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