Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

At first look, it’s an Airstream trailer selling awesome $3 – $5 tacos (go for the Camaron BLT, with shrimp and, well, blt), as well as tortas and daily ceviche specials. But sneak through a secret door, and you’re in one of Miami’s hippest cocktail dens – where a cool, glitz-averse crowd downs Smoked Horchata shots and Don Diablo signature cocktails and grooves late into the night. Different.

The Downstairs at Hotel Astor

This chic Euro-centric dining destination in the Hotel Astor morphs into a more clubby scene later in the evenings. There’s lots of whitewash to put the focus on pretty people populating the seats at buzzy communal tables. Nothing life-changing on your plate, steakhouse bibb salad, farmhouse terrine. Party vibe means cutesy cocktails are front and center; go for a Bubbly Passion or Kumquat Capirinha.

Thompson Miami Beach

The long delayed Miami arrival of Thompson Hotels. As usual, design eschews the glitz for more low key chic – rooms have breezy, welcoming vibe. Seagrape resto also has living-room-comfy style, spills out onto laid back patio. The Crown Room and Havana-inspired 1930s House draw a sophisticated cocktail set. Nice poolside cabanas and garden.


Michael Mina’s signature restaurant tops beef with heaps of glamour and style – from elegant banquettes to sleek poolside outdoor seating. Brunch is a (pricey) hit, especially the signature Fizzy Bellboy Cocktail. But the main event is those Wagyu and Moyer Farms Angus cuts from the wood burning grill. So much for the new bikini.

1826 Restaurant & Lounge

Nightclub dressed as a restaurant (or is it the other way around?) – the food still draws raves. Mostly locally sourced, Key West snapper, local burrata, Florida avocado salad. Sports a cool 60’s mod dining area on the ground floor, with a more dark, sexy opulence in the upstairs lounges…which can be a real scene.

The Drawing Room

Serious about its cocktails, with a drinks program designed by Albert Trummer of NYC’s Apothéke. Hip crowd comes for cheeky selections classified as Stress Relievers, Pain Killers, Aphrodisiacs, Pharmaceuticals and…you get the idea. Start with an Aztec Medicine or Saffron Sazerac, move on to more perilous rounds of House Absinthe. Wildly mismatched furnishings and chandeliers give it a de rigeur postmodern cool.


Charmingly stylish, low key hang. Focus is on the “Globally Inspired” cocktail program, San Francisco Sazerac, Chilean Coquito, Mule de Provence, even Moroccan Tea Service – like a trip around the world without leaving Miami Beach. Also, growlers for stubborn brewheads.

Basement Miami at EDITION

Ian Schrager at it again. EDITION Hotel’s “nightclub” defies all logic. Four lane bowling alley for making those 7-10s while nibbling on delectable Jean Georges bites. 2000 sq. ft., LED lit skating rink – because what else would you expect in Miami? Club itself pulls top DJ talent, Questlove, Paul Oakenfold – DISCOBOX nights are the bomb.

Ted’s at YoungArts

A respected foundation for the arts puts on its own scene in its spectacular Frank Gehry designed space. One weekend per month, features special performances and cultural events, with dinner supplied by Stephen Starr Restaurants. Different.