The Best Bars In The Design District, Miami

Wood venue
Wood venue | Courtesy of Wood Tavern
Sierra Brown

Miami’s beautiful Design District is a trendy neighborhood home to many restaurants, bars, lounges and nightclubs. The city comes to life when the sun goes down, so check out these five popular bars and enjoy the live music, the food, and of course, all the drinks they offer.

Churchill’s Pub Miami

1. Churchill’s Pub

Pub, Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub

Churchills Pub in daytime
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Churchill’s Pub has been a popular establishment in Miami since 1979, promoting the city’s live music scene and giving a chance to musicians and bands like Marilyn Manson, the Mavericks, and countless other local bands to jump start their music careers. Churchill’s began as a small pub and eventually grew to accomodate a spacious stage, a dance floor, two billiard tables, arcades and games. Churchill’s Pub features a full liquor bar, an outside bar and patio, and a kitchen. If that’s not enough to make you want to stop by, they also broadcast sports, both local and international games.

2. Wood Tavern

Bar, American

This tavern specializes in serving quality craft beers, and their libation library is always growing and changing. The idea behind the Wood Tavern was simple – to open a bar where everyone feels comfortable. This is a great place to meet up with friends and grab a craft beer or a cocktail. They’re always playing good music, creating the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a drink at one of the picnic tables on the patio. Wood Tavern isn’t just a place where people come to drink, customers come here to kick back and have a good time with their friends in the friendly environment.

Wood venue | Courtesy of Wood Tavern | Courtesy of Wood Tavern

3. Gramps

Bar, Nightclub, American

3. Gramps
Courtesy of Good Exposure
Gramps is a popular hangout spot serving delicious cocktails and craft beers and offering live entertainment from music bands to comedy nights. This one-of-a-kind bar continually attracts patrons with its exclusive daily events. The bar hosts Dr. Wayne’s sing-along and trivia thunderdome on Tuesdays, ladies night ‘glam shots’ on Thursdays, Friday night live with Benton & Mikey, Caribbean party on the first Sunday of the month, and karaoke on the last Sunday of the month. Needless to say, any day is a great day to stop by Gramps and take advantage of everything it has to offer.

4. Cafeina


Cafeina offers so much more than drinks to its guests. Cafeina is a joint lounge, gallery, tapas-style restaurant, and events space. This hotspot ‘layers art upon nightlife upon celebrated cuisine,’ providing a unique and complete experience. The Miami New Times called this destination the hangout of choice for many locals, and CBS Local named Cafeina one of the ‘best secret bars in Miami.’ Cafeina encompasses all that is exciting about the neighborhood it’s housed in.

Address & telephone number: 297 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL, USA +1 305-438-0792

nightlife | © Matthias Ripp/Flickr

5. The Embassy of Well Being and Debauchery

Gastropub, Pub Grub

The Embassy was established in 2012 and is the latest venture of Chef Alan Hughes, an internationally renowned Argentine chef of British descent. This quaint gastropub offers a wide selection of local and domestic drafts and bottled beers as well as an extensive wine list focusing on ‘rare finds’ and ‘small producers’ from around the world. They also serve ‘worldly’ cuisine at affordable prices. Chef Alan Hughes has crafted a menu that features global inspired dishes, from Catalan style pulpo (octopus) to lamb burgers. Additionally, customers can enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night, showcasing local and international artists.

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