Dancing All December!

It’s the end of the year: A time of giving and spending time with family, yes, but it’s also your last opportunity to really let loose before the strict New Year’s resolutions in January take over… So what are you waiting for? This month: A speakeasy in a barber shop, a Day of the Dead-themed bar, and a FTL nightclub that boasts an “alcohol mist machine.”

1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Get a fresh ‘cut and a fresh cocktail at Blind Barber. The barbershop, which includes a speakeasy in the back, has established locations in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles—with its new fourth location being in the Nautilus by Arlo Hotel in South Beach. Walk past the barber seats and mirrors into the backroom to discover sexy gold accents, pink and green furniture, and an overall sleek, lavish design. Explore their cocktail menu for both house and seasonal delights like the Arlo Margarita (Mezcal, grapefruit, rosemary, habanero, and lime), or grab one of their delectable grilled cheese creations if you’ve worked up an appetite!

1618 S.W. 8th St., Miami

Halloween may have passed already, but that doesn’t mean the devilish vibes have to subside. See just how good it feels to be bad at Don Diablo, a speakeasy located inside the Calle Ocho restaurant, El Santo. This Mexican roadhouse-style bar uniquely incorporates a Día de Los Muertos theme—expect to be greeted by murals depicting Day of the Dead skeletons, a wooden coffin, and spooky red lighting, upon entry. Their cocktail menu keeps up the theme with inventions like “Talk to God,” which is made with El Santo tiki blend, fresh lime juice, tropical fruits, and hibiscus chamomile tea reduction. Talk about a satisfying way to sin!

168 S.E. 1st St., Miami

Travel back to a time where shoulder pads and leg warmers reigned supreme. At Black Market Miami, a sports lounge in the heart of Downtown, the nostalgia of ‘80s Miami is paid tribute. The “Golden Years” of the city are shown throughout, which includes embellishments like classic images of sports figures, Heat jerseys, and newspaper printouts of famous drug busts. Over thirty 4K TVs allow you to watch games in style, and a specialty cocktail menu will provide all the courage you need to place that bet on which team will win. Oh, and there’s tons of finger-licking good food too. Try a Hall of Fame burger or their Black Market Wings. Delish!

307 S.W. 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale

Remember #00Saloon? The short-lived Western-themed nightclub has now been replaced with Shato, an Asian-fusion restaurant, bar, and nightclub. The huge 12,000 sq. ft. space has both an indoor and outdoor area and features six bars, three dance floors, and two patio terraces. The restaurant transforms into the vibrant nightclub from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., and music is spun by various DJs, sometimes featuring musical acts. The cocktail menu offers interesting custom cocktails like “Saketinis,” and they also have an alcohol mist machine, which allows you to inhale your shot of alcohol as it’s converted into a mist!

2301 N.E. 26th St., Fort Lauderdale

Craft beer is everywhere now, but what about a craft beer bottle shop? At Craft Beer Cellar, a craft beer bar and bottle shop, you can browse their ice-cold selection of 200 rare craft beers. Then you can reach in the fridge, crack one open, and relax in their 750-sq.ft. tap room, complete with tables and bar stools. The tap room includes 12 rotating taps that feature both local breweries and other options from around the world, like from Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands. Also adding to the beer-loving fun is the 1,900-sq.ft. beer garden that provides a view of the Middle River. This is definitely what you would call a beer aficionado’s paradise.

3599 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale

Ah, Mai-Kai. Every South Floridian is familiar with the famous Polynesian-themed restaurant, but what about its tiki bar, Molokai? This fun bar is designed as a turn-of-the-century seaport saloon, with long windows that have water cascading down them, and bartenders in bikini tops. The watering hole offers 51 specialty drinks at their full service bar—don’t miss out on their yummy libations like the Moonkist Coconut®, which is served in a fresh coconut, or the Barrel O’ Rum®, which is a smooth and strong rum concoction that comes in a cute barrel souvenir cup. And of course, after the tasty drinks, you can always catch the show or take pictures in the gorgeous tiki garden.

By Aaliyah Pasols