Miami’s neighborhood known as Little Haiti is the cultural haven for the Haitian Diaspora. The district boasts Haitian music and book stores, art galleries and the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Although the area struggled economically in the 1980s and ’90s, it is today experiencing its very own Renaissance makeover, with a handful of wall murals, voodoo shops, and traditional bars and restaurants. Step into the vibrant nightlife of Miami, with our top picks for the best bars in Little Haiti.
Probably Little Haiti’s most popular venue, Churchill’s has been the place for food, concerts and sports for more than 35 years. Still going strong after all of these decades, this spot has become ground zero for nightly live alternative rock and jazz to a Miami crowd that is not bothered by its unpretentious vibe. The pool table is also something to look out for if you plan a night of genuine entertainment with your friends. Churchill’s doesn’t offer an extensive menu, but you should watch out for the curry and Scotch eggs, not to mention the real beers.
Your Saturday night is sure to be one to remember after hitting this joint in the heart of Little Haiti. Gramps is the perfect mix of great cocktails, excellent beer selections and extremely friendly staff. Featuring a laid back yet full of energy vibe, Gramps is home to a range of cultural events, stand up comedy and live music. Miami’s nightlife scene is not dominated by places such as Gramps, so joining this party will guarantee an authentic and fun atmosphere. Address: Gramps, 176 NW 24th St, Miami, Florida, US, +1 305-699-2669
The arrival of Beaker & Gray on the Little Haiti nightlife scene has paved the way for finely crafted cocktails to meet Asian cuisine in a refined ensemble that will leave patrons wanting for more. The cocktails, designed to work alone, but also paired with this bar’s food menu, use simple, yet fresh ingredients that make for some of the most sophisticated drinks around town.
This cool beer bar came to be as an answer to Miami’s lack of creative, high quality and locally made craft beer. Thinking out of the box, its creators experimented with both well known and more obscure styles, as well as flavor profiles and combinations. With a fresh and unique vibe, Gravity Brew Lab serves over fifty local craft beers, but you will also get a taste of Belgium right in the heart of Miami.
Promoting a rather modern concept, this gastropub, located just west of the first bridge to North Bay Village and the beach, provides a much needed local haunt to grab a quick bite and a few beers. Its charm lies in the sophistication of its tapas menu. Ask about specials, as they are not always displayed but are usually fantastic. With a bar large enough to seat up to 25 people, a private dining area and an outdoor space, this pub often hosts a buzzing crowd of locals.
This tiny place in Little Haiti is an experience in its own right. With an extremely friendly staff, great music and a selection of wine that would make even the French jealous, Bar Meli promises a night you’ll remember for the rest of your life. The spacious bar seats about 20 people, meaning it’s usually lively and loud. Liza Meli, the owner, has focused on bringing unusual grape varieties to the Miami scene, in a genuine attempt to provide oenophiles with the opportunity to taste something new from Sicily or Mallorca and the like.