The Coolest Bars in Wynwood, Miami

Wynwood, Miami, Florida
Wynwood, Miami, Florida | Photo by Felipe Simo on Unsplash
Jessica Vincent

The birthplace of Miami’s craft beer scene, Wynwood is a worthy contender when it comes to choosing a night out in the 305.

Beer isn’t the only tipple on the Wynwood menu: al fresco wine bars, market-style drinking dens and Latin-inspired patios make this art-loving neighborhood one of Miami’s most diverse nightlife spots. Here is Culture Trip’s pick of the best bars in the area.

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El Patio Wynwood

Miami’s Latin influence is less prominent in Wynwood, but that’s not to say you can’t find somewhere to dance salsa, drink mojitos or eat a good empanada. El Patio – Wynwood’s favorite Colombian-inspired cocktail bar and late-night dance club – pays homage to its owner’s homeland with live salsa bands, meat-loaded tacos and vintage furniture. Some of it was specially shipped from Cartagena to give the bar its old-school, pastel-colored grandeur. There’s scotch, whiskey, beer and vodka on the menu, but what Miamians really come here for are the craft cocktails. El Patio prepares each mixed drink with the bar’s signature home-made honey-based syrup, a golden liquid said to owe its distinct flavor to the lychee field-raised honeycombs. Don’t miss the Queen Bee, a fruity concoction of Jack Daniel’s, mango, peach, limes, mint and plum bitters.

1-800-Lucky

Offering everything from tempura shrimp to poke and pad thai, the 10,000-square-foot 1-800-Lucky initially draws visitors for the food. But it’s not what keeps them here: come Friday, this party-starting indoor-outdoor food hall is transformed into a happening late-night hang-out with live jazz, hip-hop and Latin beats. The bar here serves a range of drinks, including craft beer, wine, tequila shots and coco locos. If you fancy making a night of it, book one of the Japan-inspired karaoke rooms, where you can sing, dance and order drinks straight to your private booth until the early hours.

Gramps

If it weren’t for the sign saying “air conditioning, cold beer and cocktails” out front, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the bright orange, container-shaped building for a dive launderette or diner. But inside this dive bar rests a homey, palm tree-dotted backyard strung up with technicolor bistro lights and a mismatch of furniture made from hand-painted recycled crates. A well-stocked bar serves craft beers, spirits and – Gramps’s pièce de résistance – explosive hand-crafted cocktails that see scotch served with black pepper syrup and tequila with smoked paprika and grapefruit soda. If you get hungry, there’s a pizza truck out back, too. Check the bar’s Facebook page for a schedule of drag shows, live music, DJ sets, bingo and trivia nights.

Lagniappe

If you’ve just about exhausted every craft brewery and cocktail bar in Wynwood, then you might be looking for something a little different. The New Orleans-style Lagniappe offers a selection of over 150 bottles, from full-bodied Spanish reds to light, fruity French whites. Once you’ve selected your favorite wine from the cooler, kick back a vintage sofa in the fairy-lit backyard. In true New Orleans style, come 9pm you’ll be tapping your feet to the sounds of Miami’s best jazz, folk, blues and soul bands. Don’t miss the Italian cold meat and cheese platters, the ultimate red wine accompaniment.

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