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Dive bars may have a reputation for being nitty-gritty coves with dodgy men, but they can also be ideal low-key hangout spots for mingling with interesting people. Music plays just at the right level to allow for conversation and their selections of craft beer are impeccable. Visit Miami favorites like The Corner in Downtown, Sandbar in Coconut Grove, or Gramps in Wynwood.
Rooftop lounges, the middle ground between low-key bars and upbeat clubs, are plenty in Miami. Look to swanky Sugar in Brickell City Center, a hub for middle-aged business magnates and foreign statuesque beauties, to network with your next potential boss. Drinks are pricey, but its views of Miami more than make up for it. Alternatively, Area 31 in Epic is a hit among twenty-somethings, as is Pawn Broker at The Langford Hotel for creatives.
Watch a film noir, documentary, or indie movie at O Cinema in Miami Beach or in Wynwood. Coral Gables Cinema offers an After Hours series of cult classics on Saturdays at 11:30p.m. ($8, plus free popcorn). If those don’t suit up, check out the calendar at University of Miami’s Cosford Cinema.
Instead of a traditional theater, cozy up on a blanket and camp out on the lawn at Soundscape Park in Miami Beach to catch a flick or a concert. The massive space hosts evening movies screened on the New World Center’s 7,000-sq-ft projection wall. Best part? Admission is free.
Soundscape Park, 400 17th St, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 673 3330
Grab a designated driver and trek to Homestead for craft beer and wine tasting tours at Schnebly’s. Grown on its own farms, this sprawling locale offers unique wines made from guava, mango, avocado, and other fruity flavors.
Every second Saturday of the month, Wynwood Art Walk offers free evening tours of its graffiti murals and galleries, and visitors can enjoy a lineup of street performances and indulge in some local grub from food trucks. On any other night, Wynwood boasts a surplus of casual locales perfect for barhopping; notable mentions include Wood Tavern and El Patio.
For an evening of wine, cheese, and live jazz performances, swing by Soyka any Friday or Saturday. This restaurant near Miami’s Upper East Side boasts a calendar full of Latin to Parisian Gypsy Jazz and usually packs a full house, so make sure to make reservations.
Soyka, 5556 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 759 3117
Feel like being a rockstar for the night? Grab a mic and belt out your favorite tunes at Titanic’s Restaurant & Brewery; sip $3 shots and sing all you want all night long, every Sunday (9p.m.–1a.m.). Blow off some corporate steam on Monday nights at Better Days, or hit up a real rowdy party on Thursdays at George’s on Sunset.
To step out of the Miami suburbs without puttin’ on the Ritz, head to Tea & Poets for a laid-back evening of poker playing, card reading, and open mic. The tea room hosts a variety of nightly events and now serves beer (because it’s always more fun with a light buzz).
Tea & Poets, 5701 Sunset Dr #126, South Miami, FL, USA, +1 786 216 7201
Not just for tourists, the open-air marketplace along Biscayne Boulevard is perfect for evening strolls brimming with possibilities. Book an evening boat tour on Island Queen Cruises, or dine at the Hard Rock Café for handcrafted cocktails and live music. Bayside’s also sweet place for a late date and some piña coladas.
Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd R106, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 577 3344
Stylish yet unpretentious, Lagniappe House is probably the best low-key hangout spot in Midtown, and its wine menu, yummy cheese platters, live jazz, and romantic outdoor venue can’t be beat. Travelers and locals alike come here to mingle, listen to poetry, or simply meet cute French tourists—let’s face it, meeting a potential love interest is the secret motivation for getting out of our PJs.
Lagniappe House, 3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 576 0108