Miami is home to the best beach bars in the world | Courtesy of Pixabay
Picture this: a frozen, cool daiquiri with a pink umbrella, a pair of sunglasses, the smell of suntan lotion in the air and everyone around you is having a great time. No, you’re not dreaming, this is reality. All you have to do is go to Miami and experience it for yourself. Drinking specialty cocktails and soaking up the sun on Miami Beach go hand in hand, at least we think so. It’s always a reassuring notion that — when you get tired and need a place to eat and drink — Miami has some of the greatest beach bars in the country, places that stimulate the senses with delicious food and cocktails, music and atmosphere. For the tourist and native, a few hours at a beach bar could change one’s outlook after a hard day.
Nikki Beach Miami is comprised of a large oceanfront complex that features the signature beach club, an award-winning restaurant and cabana bar, a second-floor nightclub and a lifestyle boutique. It stands at Southpointe on Miami Beach and is without a doubt an anchor landmark for tourists, celebrities, and native Miami Beach residents. Since its inception in 19998, Nikki Beach Miami has established itself as a quintessential Miami Beach bar. Party all day and all night if it pleases you, this beachside bar stays open after hours where the nightclub offers a unique taste of the Miami Beach lifestyle.
Located inside the Freehand Hotel on Miami Beach, The Broken Shaker is famous for their handcrafted cocktails, which are composed of elixirs, syrups, and infusions and made from ingredients that are hand-picked from their in-house garden. The Broken Shaker has a great reputation as one of Miami’s best bars, and it has won awards for its creativity, design, and rich ambiance. The highlight of the space is a tropical courtyard where strings of globe lights drape over citrus trees and a garden full of mint, rosemary, and lavender.
Located in the heart of South Beach, this outdoor terrace bar and lounge is incredibly inviting, and why wouldn’t it be? With over 100 different varieties of rum available, this bar is an islander’s paradise. Having been closed this summer for renovations, The Rum Line is ready to open again and you can be sure the clientele have been eagerly awaiting the date of the new opening. The bar’s name is actually a salute to Prohibition days, when ships sneaked contraband Caribbean rum to the Florida coast. It’s good to see that nearly a century after Prohibition, the people of Miami are still enjoying the time-honored tradition of drinking mojitos on the beach!
Looking to go out for happy hour drinks on South Beach? Don’t look any further than Monty’s Sunset Bar, the place to go for relatively cheap drinks and a festive atmosphere. Perfect for a lunch date, a happy hour drink, or a special occasion, Monty’s Sunset, which is located poolside and waterfront on the docks of the picturesque Miami Beach Marina, is one of South Beach’s best spots for casual dining. The drinks are stiff, the service is excellent, and the fresh-caught local seafood, raw bar, and live music simply add to Monty’s unique appeal.
This waterfront outpost of South Florida’s favorite sports bar has two-for-ones all day, every day, a sprawling pool deck, more flat screens than you can possibly watch, and, you guessed it, a live DJ. In Miami, even the most ardent of sports fans need to hear a little bit of live music, and they feel more comfortable knowing that they have a club upstairs where they escape after an evening of burgers, drinks, sports, and waterfront views.
Technically, this bar is above the water, not on it. But instead of getting hung up on the details, just know that MO Bar was voted one of the 11 best bars to open in 2014 and shows no sign of giving up such a prestigious ranking. Located on the second story of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, this bar is the only one where you can get up close and personal with the Brickell skyline while sipping craft cocktails at a five-diamond hotel.