If you’re craving good food and a good time with plenty of alcohol, Miami’s got an almost-infinite list of options to keep you entertained and well-fed. Here’s our round-up of the best restaurant bars in the city.
Employees Only Miami
Restaurant, Bar, Cocktail Bar, Italian, American, $$$
After first opening in New York City in 2004, the famous cocktail bar debuted a location in Miami a year ago, and it’s still got a busy crowd buzzing every night. The dimly lit Art Deco space feels like a prohibition bar, where bartenders serve classic cocktails with Golden Age elegance. Guests can enjoy a selection of seafood appetizers, or entrees like pappardelle with zucchini and staples like the NY strip steak. There’s even a corner nook decorated with wicker chairs where guests can sit and get a Tarot Card reading from a psychic!
Plaid walls and retro red booths bring back 80s nostalgia at The Anderson. The restaurant-bar set in what used to be the Magnum Lounge, plays classic 80s and 90s tunes from its vintage jukebox while serving deliciously crafted cocktails named after famous tunes like “The Like a Virgin” and “The Let’s Dance” (which are both just as good as the songs). Craving a bite? Their ‘Munchies Menu’, created by Chef Alex Chang & Chef Orsenis Perez, offers finger food like nacho fries, tacos and veggie burgers.
Housed in the Freehand Hotel – also home to the Broken Shaker– the 27 Restaurant serves up an eclectic menu of Caribbean, Latin and Middle Eastern plates, all in a charming pastel-toned interior with picnic tables. Their bar serves beer, wine and cocktails with fun names like “Bee’s Knees, Ah Geez” or the “Star of Joshua” made with Don Q Cristal rum and starfruit, fresh lime juice and Peychaud’s.
Located in the heart of Wynwood, the wood-fired, Asian-inspired restaurant-bar boasts intoxicating cocktails and the best bao buns you’ve ever tasted. The menu created by Chef Michael Lewis and Steven Haigh offers a brunch, lunch and dinner menu with favorites like tuna tataki and Thai fried rice with pork sausage. Plus, the happy hour extends Tuesday to Saturday with draft beer, wines and specialty cocktails as well as reduced-priced bites. The only downside is this hotspot gets pretty packed for dinner, so make sure you make a reservation.
The very stylish Byblos is as popular for its interior décor as its Eastern Mediterranean food and wine. The high-ceilinged restaurant furnished with tufted sofas in blue and yellow gives diners a taste of the Levant with small, bite-size dishes like falafels and Turkish manti dumplings in a yogurt sauce. A cocktail menu serves classics like “Old Cuban” with Ron Zacapa rum, citrus, bitters, mint and Veuve Clicquot Brut champagne, and “Mule Royale” with Belvedere vodka, crème de pêche, ginger syrup, lime and grapefruit.