Coral Gables holds onto its identity as ‘the city beautiful’ with its tree-lined boulevards, fountains, and winding roadways. Its giant trees and wide-open streets make it one of the most desirable and quaint neighborhoods in Florida. Locals and tourists flock to bars along Coral Gables’ open streets to find the best drinks and bar bites. Stop by Coral Gables on a Friday night and become immersed in the atmosphere of the area’s most popular bars. Here’s some of our favorite.
Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Irish, American, Pub Grub, $$$
This Coral Gables bar was founded by Martin Lynch and John Clarke in 1989. John Martin’s was the first Irish restaurant and pub in the area, complete with a 20 foot mahogany bar, wooden floors, and other furniture and fixtures imported from a church in Ireland. Today, the two owners continue to be active, organizing live music performances and comedy nights, and offering a wide range of food items to please their ever growing supporters.
Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, American, Vegetarian, $$$
The Local is a great place to enjoy great drinks and locally sourced food. The 18 rotating craft beers on tap and a carefully curated selection of small-batch craft wine and spirits are served in a warm and welcoming pub environment. They have a chalkboard updated daily with seasonal food and cocktail specials, and they take pride in offering quality, responsibly sourced options to customers. Visit The Local, pair your favorite beer or cocktail with a burger or fried chicken, and just relax and have a good time.
This Little Havana bar and lounge celebrates Cuban culture and music. When you step inside you’ll be warmly welcomed and encouraged to enjoy not just their drinks but also the musical acts, some of which are new while others have already become classics in the bar. Hoy Como Ayer is a great place to make lasting memories with artists, friends and staff. Come by and take your pick from the careful selection of exceptional drinks and cocktails while enjoying live entertainment.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Hotel Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, $$$
Nestled in the heart of Coral Gables, the palatial resort of The Biltmore Hotel was built in the 1920s and stands today as a National Historic Landmark. The hotel features a restaurant and a spa among other amenities, but something that should be on everyone’s to do list is visiting their bar. The Biltmore Bar is located off the lower lobby and offers a sophisticated setting perfect for having good conversations with friends while you try one of their martinis or cocktails. Guests who wish to smoke can enjoy outdoor seating in the bar’s loggia and take advantage of the premium cigars available.
Sports Grill makes Miami’s best chicken wings, and for over 25 years this bar and grill has satisfied local and foreign appetites with reasonably priced dishes served in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Whether you’re a sports fan coming to cheer for your favorite team or you’re just stopping by to enjoy your favorite drink, Sports Grill promises that their delicious menu, great drinks and friendly staff will make for a great dining experience.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, American, Mediterranean
Ventanas, an eclectic restaurant and bar in the heart of Coral Gables, opened within the Four Points by Sheraton Coral Gables. Managed by Chef Jose Diaz, the restaurant offers a combination of international flavors and local products in its signature dishes, such as the Ventanas Burger. Their bar bites can be paired well with your choice of cocktail, beer, or wine. Ventanas Restaurant Bar & Lounge offers a unique fusion of flavors and drinks in a modern setting. This sophisticated yet casual establishment is a great place for a relaxed meal or for late night drinks with friends.