Wynwood Bars & Nightlife
Bars & Nightlife neighborhood
176 NW 24 St., Wynwood
This great little Wynwood bar, which famously opened with gator wrestling during Art Basel, somehow manages to feel all-in Miami without offering a hint of South Beach. Part of the formula has to do with owner Adam Gersten, a native Miamian with an excellent sense of humor who named the place after his grandfather. There's live music on a stage in the back most nights, and we recommend arriving a little early so you can skip the line and play bocce on the patio before it gets dark out. Check out the tables in the booths, which feature collages by local creatives under a layer of epoxy.
J. Wakefield Brewing
120 NW 24th St., Wynwood
Jonathan Wakefield went from tinkering around with a home-brewing kit to making some of the best craft beer in the world. A Crowdbrewed campaign led this quirky brewery in the Wynwood district. Floor-to-ceiling comic-inspired murals, heavy on the Star Wars references, cover the walls, and the fermentation tanks are named for planets in the galaxy (by which we mean the Star Wars galaxy). Wakefield excels at Berliner Weisse–style beers—cloudy, sour, and very wheaty. His Miami Madness, made a little sweet with mango, guava, and passionfruit, is the pint to order.
No. 3 Social
50 NW 24th St. Rooftop, Wynwood
No. 3 Social is the only rooftop bar in Wynwood, which makes it a destination unto itself—and a favorite among locals. There’s no way to describe the interior other than loud, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Fuchsia velvet seating, a turquoise tiled bar, and rattan shades suspended above—but somehow it all works. Just like the drinks. In a truly Miami move, the Beauty Secret cocktail is infused with collagen and blueberry extract for its antioxidant properties. Thursday through Sunday, a solid music program makes the deck festive and lively. And the light, tropical bar snacks—zesty ceviche and conch fritters, for example—will keep you in your (bright pink) seat late into the night.
2531 NW 2 Ave., Wynwood
Located in the heart of Wynwood around the corner from the walls, this tavern is filled with street art that rotates seasonally. We love it for the tacos, which taste even better when you eat them at the picnic tables on the open-air patio, and the clientele, which includes much of the city's creative class and is surprisingly free of the tourists you'll find across the bridge.
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