There are countless places where you can get a great drink in South Florida, but what about those days you want an elegantly crafted cocktail? That’s why you’re friends with us, because we know exactly where to go. Here's a look at our top 4 picks.
2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach
Talk about fresh! The herbs and spices used to make one-of-a kind drinks come straight out of the bar’s very own garden, filled with mints, lemon, lime, mango, papaya, edible flowers, and much, much more. Relax in the garden bar, in the back of the Freehand Miami Hostel, and live like Alice with a Magic City Swizzle, where all the freshness around you has been condensed into one delicious drink.
1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
A long-time favorite for those in the 305, the quaint bar is adjoined with the newly renovated Gale Hotel, built in 1941 during Miami Beach’s Art Deco heyday. Make like the Rat Pack and sit back with a litany of classic cocktails as you listen to music from a live band or a DJ, or smoke a stogie out on the patio.
814 First St., Miami Beach
Located in the burgeoning South of Fifth neighborhood, past the raucousness of South Beach, is this laid back spot for great drinks without all the fuss. The cocktail menu includes a Red Ginger -- flor de cana, strawberry, lime, simple syrup and ginger beer -- and other unique libations. Plus, every Thursday is “Bourbon & Beats,” featuring a different rare spirit for guests to try.
109 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Exude your inner Gatsby at this 1920’s-inspired speakeasy in the heart of Fort Lauderdale's Himmarshee entertainment district. Not only is the interior like going to your rich friend’s house, fit with burlesque dancers and a classy vibe to match, but the bar is stacked with goodies. Try a barrel-aged Negroni, made with Spring 44 gin, or a New Orleans Sazerac -- rye whiskey, bitters, and absinthe.