Miami food and drink: 6 local-approved restaraunts, bars and clubs for the ultimate authentic experience

Miami Food Drink
Miami Food Drink

The party ain’t hard to find in Miami, but beyond the tourist traps of Ocean Drive, there are plenty of gems to get your food and drink fix at that are not just locally approved, but locally raved-about. For a good time beyond the swanky lobby bars and Vegas-style megaclubs, hit up one of these 6 spots.

Miami Bars The Broken Shaker

The Broken Shaker
2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach

Located inside South Beach’s new trendy hostel—yes, hostel, The Broken Shaker is the city’s most buzzed about bar. A favourite for cocktail aficionados and hipsters alike, the spot is revered for its hand crafted, yet unpretentious drinks and its laid back atmosphere.

Miami Restaurants Makato

9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour

Located on the perimeter of Bal Harbour Shops (oh so conveniently near Marc Jacobs), Makoto is a modern twist on Asian classics. With plenty of small plates on the menu, the Iron Chef Makoto Okuwa-designed menu allows for try many of its delectable offerings. Must-orders include the Japanese risotto, which refreshes the Italian classic with brown rice, seasonal vegetables and truffle, and toro tartare, which tries its hand at the typically meaty appetizer with wasabi soy and osetra caviar.

Miami Bars The Corner

The Corner
1305 North Miami Avenue, Miami

Since its opening last year, The Corner‘s made so many top 10 lists for its cocktails, that we’d be remiss to mention its ability to intoxicate, both literally and figuratively. Its creative list of $13 cocktails is pretty epic, and includes Southern-inspired mixes such as Plantation (Plymouth gin, basil, grapefruit and Cointreau) and Whitey on the Moon, which includes Death’s Door white whiskey, clove, milk and lemon zest. You had us at Death’s Door.

Miami Restaurants Cecconis

4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Located in the main floor courtyard of Miami’s Soho Beach House, Cecconi’s brings its critically acclaimed Italian (its outposts in London and Los Angeles have been celebrated since the ’70s) to the oceanfront of the Atlantic. Glimmering lights strewn on Silver Buttonwood trees and absinthe green tiles set the stage for the most elegant Italian we’ve ever eaten. And as for the food: we’d be remiss to not mention that you may be in danger of downing an entire pizza yourself. Shout outs to smoked provolone!

Miami Bars Bardot

3456 North Miami Avenue, Miami

It seems like everyone has a good time at Bardot, Miami’s off the beaten path live music venue in the Design District. While an awesome venue for performances by the ultra hip likes of Twin Shadow and Neon Indian, it’s a great place to hang out on a weeknight as well.

Miami Restaurants Mandolin

4312 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami

Also part of Miami’s booming Design District, Mandolin has a handle on the city’s Mediterranean cuisine. With its long list of mezes small plates and salads, it’s the perfect lunch spot during a day of designer shopping, while dinner dishes like grilled whole fish, skirt steak and chicken kebab provide the perfect night-time flavours. Mandolin’s wine menu matches the Mediterranean vibe with highlights from Greece, Spain, Turkey and Lebanon.

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