The 10 Best Bars On Miami's Upper East Side

Photo of Shyla Watson
9 February 2017

Miami’s Upper East Side is a very popular place to grab a drink or listen to some live music. Read our list to discover the 10 best bars on Miami’s Upper East Side.

Vagabond Miami | ©Ines Hegedus-Garcia/Flickr

Vagabond Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, Cocktails
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Fried Calamari Tapas
Fried Calamari Tapas | ©littlemaiba/Flickr
Vagabond is the restaurant and bar located in the 1950’s hotel of the same name. Enjoy your drink in a retro atmosphere, including rustic tables, pops of aquamarine furniture, and a 360-degree bar. Wines, which are available by the glass or by the bottle, come from Italy, Spain, France, and California. The drink menu also includes draft beers, and at least 10 signature craft cocktails. Try the ‘Upper Eastside,’ the ‘Clover Club,’ or the ‘Bibo Fizz.’ If you get hungry for a snack while you’re sipping on your drink, order a delicious bite to eat from the restaurant. The jerk chicken wings, fried quail, and ricotta gnocchi are some of the more popular menu items. Be sure to check out Vagabond during brunch for a unique list of cocktails and breakfast eats.

Barmeli Miami

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Add a touch of class to your Happy Hour by visiting Barmeli Miami. The popular neighborhood watering hole is a wine bar that also serves delicious Mediterranean tapas. Happy hour isn’t the only time that you’ll get a bargain — many of the menu items are $15 or less, including the dips, flatbreads, vegetarian appetizers, salads, cheese plates, and desserts. For something more filling, dine on their meat, poultry, and fish entrees. Pair your meal with a draft beer, classic sangria, or one of the many dozen premium wines available. Watch out for live music performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.


Bar, Restaurant, Brazilian, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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Sushi at Moshi Moshi
Sushi at Moshi Moshi | ©siralbertus/Flickr
Grab a drink at this international, Upper East Side hub. Boteco, a Brazilian restaurant and bar, serves everything from sake to sangria. Try traditional Brazilian cocktails, such as ‘Caipiroska,’ ‘Caipirinhas,’ and ‘Cachaca.’ Or, keep it classic with a draft beer or refreshing glass of wine. In addition to their extensive drinks menu, Boteco also offers delicious Brazilian eats, including various croquets, ‘eschondidihos,’ meat and vegetable skewers, and larger dinner entrees. Not only is this restaurant a great place to grab a cocktail with friends or dinner with family, but it’s also a great place to be a part of the community. With its numerous televisions, Boteco often hosts events where you can cheer on your favorite international sports team. They also put on events for kids, private parties, and more.

Moshi Moshi

Bar, Japanese, $$$
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One of the best kinds of bars out there is definitely a sushi bar and Moshi Moshi is the best sushi bar in the Upper East Side. Order a traditional roll, or branch out and try ceviche, rice and noodle entrees, sushi a la carte, soup, dumplings, and more. Pair your meal with a small glass of sake, available in various flavors. There are also traditional wines on the menu, available by glass or by bottle, as well as popular draft beers.

Tap 79

Gastropub, Pub, Restaurant, American, Beer, Pub Grub, $$$
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Charred Octopus
Charred Octopus | ©Glen MacLarty/Flickr
Tap 79 is an Upper East Side gastropub that serves delicious gourmet burgers and craft beers. Beers include drafts on tap, bottled craft beers, lagers, ales, and IPAs. You can also order a glass of wine, from a list of nearly 15 choices. Stop by during the week for special happy hour deals, including free wine Wednesdays for women. Tap 79 has a menu full of amazing burgers. Order the signature burger, made up of short rib, brisket, and chuck. There are also barca, BBQ, lamb, tuna, chicken, and veggie sandwiches available. If you’re looking to share, order an artisan cheese or cured meats platter for the table. Those, in addition to other appetizers, make for delicious pub grub.

The Federal Food & Drink Provisions

The Federal Food and Drink Provisions is one of the hottest restaurants in Miami’s Upper East Side neighborhood. The menu of modern American cuisine features items such as buffalo pig wings, charred octopus, jambalaya, bbq’d deviled eggs, and their famous buttermilk biscuits. If you just can’t decide, order the chef’s choice tasting menu and have the decisions made for you. No matter if you order an appetizer or an entree, there are drinks on the menu that will pair perfectly with your choice. Try one of the Federal’s signature cocktails, or keep it simple with a bottle of beer or glass of wine.
Address and Telephone: 5132 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 758 9559

Beer at the Bar | ©garywkfung/Flickr

Sweet Saloon Lounge

Bar, Pub, American, Dessert, Sushi, Tapas, $$$
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Churchill’s Pub Miami
Churchill’s Pub Miami | ©Phillip Pessar/Flickr
The Upper East Side has tapas bars and sushi bars but they also have dessert bars. Sweet Saloon Lounge provides amazing desserts, in the form of both cakes and cocktails. Stop by this sweet speak easy for a craft cocktail made with rum, vodka, or tequila. There are also craft beers, wine, and dessert wines available. Speaking of dessert, sample some of Sweet Saloon’s delectable cookies, miniature cakes, tarts, and more. Going to a bar is all about relaxing and having fun, so take the time to indulge at Miami’s Sweet Saloon Lounge.

Churchill’s Pub

Pub, Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub
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Rock out at Churchill’s Pub. The cool cocktail bar is always a party, with nightly music, sports, and special events. Catch a performance from a local jazz club or up and coming punk band. If you’re brave you can even get on stage yourself during karaoke nights. Churchilll’s also hosts community events and holiday parties. In addition to entertaining the locals, this popular venue also keeps their stomachs full by serving delicious food and drinks. Try one of their juicy signature burgers, homemade doughnuts, 10-inch pizzas, and more. Wash it all down with an ice-cold beer, glass of wine, or artisan cocktail.


In most cases, it’s impossible to have a world-class dining experience in a casual environment, but somehow Soyka manages to achieve both. The menu includes fresh mussels, deluxe burgers, wood-fired pizzas, and an array of entrees and appetizers. If you’re not hungry for dinner, pop in during Happy Hour and order one of the many specialty cocktails, wines, or craft beers available on the drinks menu. Soyka hosts live jazz on the weekends, in addition to a popular Sunday brunch.
Address and Telephone: 5556 NE 4th Ct Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 750 3117


Wine Bar, Wine, Italian, Argentina, $$$
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Ms. Cheezious Food Truck
Ms. Cheezious Food Truck | ©Muy Yum/Flickr
A rustic outdoor patio with strung twinkle lights? A warm, cozy interior? Delicious food and premium wines? Find them all out Miami’s Winewood. The relatively new restaurant and wine bar is a little piece of heaven in the Upper East Side. Stop by for Happy Hour to enjoy an artisan cocktail, sangria, craft beer, or one of the many premium wines available on the drinks menu. You can also get some gourmet grub, including lomo, mussels, chicken marsala, and a Spanish cured meats and cheeses platter. The outdoor terrace features lush greenery and farm tables, and is often used as a venue to host live musical performances. The interior is quiet and cozy and makes for a great place to relax.

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