Miami is well known as a place where people can go to relax and take it easy, and there’s no better way to relax and enjoy yourself than with a cocktail in hand. Fortunately, Miami is not a BYOB type of city. Just about anywhere you go in Miami, there’s a poolside bar, a cocktail lounge, or some place nearby where you can get an adult beverage. The options are nearly endless and it’s hard to go wrong wherever you go, but here are some of the best places in Miami to enjoy a cocktail.
Regent Cocktail Club
In some ways, having a drink at the Regent Cocktail Club inside the Gale South Beach hotel is like going back in time. This place creates a delightful atmosphere with the playing of soulful jazz music and an old-school vibe that makes it one of the classiest cocktail destinations on South Beach. The Regent is also home to some of the best bartenders in Miami, as they create unique and delicious variations of classic cocktails on a daily basis. The service, the setting, and the drinks are all top of the line and among the best you’ll find in Miami.
Ball & Chain
If you find yourself in Little Havana, the place to go for a cocktail is Ball & Chain. This place was a happening jazz club when it first opened in 1935, and remained so until it closed in 1957. Fortunately, it was brought back to life in 2014 and has picked up where it left off nearly six decades earlier. Ball & Chain remains a great location to listen to live jazz music, and it has a food and drink menu that is as unique as the bar’s history. The Cuban influence is obvious in the type of signature cocktails they make, giving customers a wide array of unique and tasty options. Between that and the history of the club, Ball & Chain is truly a special place.
The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach is one of the newest cocktail bars in Miami, and it may be the most unique bar you ever step foot in. This place takes mixology to the next level, treating homemade cocktails as if they are prescription medications. If guests need a stress reliever, a painkiller, or an aphrodisiac, there are cocktails at the Drawing Room specifically designed to solve those problems through the right combination of alcohol, fruit, Japanese herbs, and perhaps a few special ingredients. This is undoubtedly one of the most innovative cocktail bars in Miami, and a place worth checking out whether there’s something that ails you or not.
Finally, if you’re in Miami but in the mood for a little taste of New Orleans, simply find your way to the Corner on the outskirts of downtown Miami. The place is a little on the small side, but the ambiance is reminiscent of a New Orleans speakeasy, as are the cocktails offered, which can go toe to toe with any bar on Bourbon Street. Of course, there’s enough South Florida culture in the bar to keep you from thinking you’ve left Miami. Perhaps the best part about the Corner is the fact that it stays open more or less until the sun comes up, closing at 5 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends, so if you want one last drink or feel like partying all night, find your way to the Corner.