Mid-Beach Bars & Nightlife
The Continental (Closed)
2360 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
This is really a restaurant (they even have brunch), but given the old-school ambiance and excellent cocktails, you're more likely to find yourself here for a drink or happy hour. The décor, taking its lead from the Googie-esque architecture and vintage sign, skews mid-century, with a brightly colored patio, Verner Panton-style acrylic S chairs, and neon green barstools. As for the cocktails, their over-the-top garnishes give good reason to indulge in something fruity, like the Bump & Rind, a blend of tequila, mezcal, watermelon, and mint served with a pink flamingo, or the Dragonfruit Mule, a variation on the Moscow version that comes with dragonfruit purée.
The Broken Shaker
2727 Indian Creek Dr., Mid-Beach
At the corner of Indian Creek and 28th Street, tucked away behind the Roman & Williams–designed Freehand Hotel (a reimagining of a historic Art Deco building), you'll find the most charming bar in Miami. There’s a romantic, finished tiki-like space at the entrance, lined with vintage wallpaper and wood paneling. Beyond it, a brick patio sits in the middle of a tropical forest of plants and leaning trees, outfitted with mix-and-match chaise lounges and wicker chairs, strings of white lights crisscrossing overhead. A pool completes the feeling of the Instagram-worthy backyard you want to linger in all day. It’s not all adorable ambience, though—the drinks, which change by month and season, are great. Last time we were in town we had a vodka concoction with ginger, carrot, sage, and citrus (for starters), but the daily punch is a go-to for some regular patrons.
Martini Bar at the Raleigh (Closed)
1775 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Hidden inside the Raleigh Hotel, the Martini Bar has been a Miami staple for more than seventy years. The old-school mahogany bar (backdropped with every bottle imaginable) is staffed with some of the city's best bartenders, who specialize in cocktails made with super fresh ingredients, like the Russian Spring Punch, a vodka drink made with raspberries and lemon juice syrup, or the Never Say Never, a rum drink with strawberry, mint, and basil. Needless to say, an extra-dirty martini is still the order of choice.
1701 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
This Philippe Starck–designed club in the SLS has ridiculously good food and cocktails courtesy of José Andrés and Katsuya Uechi, which is a big part of the reason it's the place to go when you're in the mood for a rowdy, full-on South Beach pool party situation. Located inside the SLS hotel, you'll find beach access, a live DJ, and plenty of bright, striped cabanas and lounge chairs. Check the schedule in advance, since lines can get long (and covers can get expensive) when they have a big DJ on-site.
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