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.
Got a vintage piece at home gathering dust? At Barter – a combination of cocktail bar and thrift store – money is entirely optional. Instead, the preferred currency comes in the form of unique, well-worn timepieces: think antique clocks, typewriters, lamps, briefcases and sports memorabilia. You can trade with your fellow partygoers or haggle with Barter staff to exchange your piece for a generous bar tab. If you don’t fancy going out with a typewriter in your bag, not to worry: cash is accepted, but we think it’s way more fun to bring a typewriter.
Home to Miami’s largest selection of hard-to-find and newly released American and Belgian beers, Boxelder is one of Wynwood’s original taprooms. Here, you’ll find over 150 bottles from around the world, with another 20 brews (which rotate weekly to give its regulars a reason to come back) on draft. The decor – suitably brewery-esque – features high ceilings, grey floors and high metal bar stools with some group-friendly tables and board games out back. While Boxelder doesn’t have its own kitchen, it regularly partners up with local food trucks to bring beer-pairing classics such as flame-grilled sausages, burgers and hot wings to its weekend punters. Check out the bar’s events schedule for all-you-can-drink festivals, tap takeovers, and beer and food pairings.
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.
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.
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.