When the days are too hot in SoFlo, stay cool by planning your night! July brings many new spots to hang out, drink, dance, and eat! Hit the dance floor in an 80’s themed bar, bring your dog along as you sip on local brews, and discover a bar that doubles as a coffee shop!
A H-ALE OF A GOOD TIME
3305 S.E. 14th Ave., Fort Lauderdale
LauderAle Brewery & Tap Room was the first nano brewery to enter the brew game in Southeast Florida, and it continues to serve as a top destination for beer aficionados. They operate on a three vessel, electric fired, three-barrel brewery, where they produce over 80 barrels per month! There’s certainly no shortage of beers to choose from either; categories span IPAs, Light Brews, Medium Bodied, Dark Bodied, Sours, and even Guest Tap & Special Releases like Milk Stout. Their 1,500 sq. ft. tasting room and lounge is the perfect spot to socialize as you sip on your fine brewed beer, and the best part? LaudeAle is dog friendly!
AROUND THE CORNER…
1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami
Downtown Miami doesn’t have many bars that are more on the “chill” side of the spectrum. It usually consists of loud music, bottle service, and long lines for entry, but if you sneak around the corner, you’ll run into, well…The Corner. This bar switches up the scene by providing a dim-lit space for the night owl who wants to focus on the drinks rather than the party. It maintains a more upscale feel with “Classique” cocktails, and light bites like deviled eggs, croques monsieur sandwiches, and more. Their drinks contain fresh ingredients and are known for being creative masterpieces; try the La Tacubaya for a spicy delight!
BACK TO THE 80’S!
709 N.E. 79th St., Miami
The Anderson Miami is a relatively new bar; it opened in 2016 with the help of The Bar Lab team from the Broken Shaker, and chef Alex Chang from The Vagabond Hotel. The whole theme is incredibly fun and retro, with red swanky booths, plaid wallpaper, a jukebox, and yellow chandeliers. Their cocktail menu has twists on “classics,” and their “Munchies” have some interesting additions from Chang like a Fried Banana Split, and a Pretzel Burger. If you have a desire to switch up the feel of the place, trek to the patio, where Caribbean-inspired décor and drinks take over!
GET YOUR KICKS @ 1306
1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami
The creators behind former music venue Grand Central have teamed up with Broken Shaker’s cocktail menu designer, Virginia King, to bring 1306 Miami to life. The bar serves classic artisan mixtures, but also has a “spirit-forward” menu, which is designed by King. The gray and black wallpaper on the walls as well as the plush seats and dim lighting make for an elegant setting to get your drink on. Head to the garden for a more serene environment, where pool tables, string lights, and candles on each wooden table make for an intimate atmosphere!
2432 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Blue Martini has many locations, but the one at the Galleria Mall is the place to be. Their happy hour is extremely popular with deals on specialty martinis, craft cocktails, and tapas. Monday-Saturday happy hour is from 2 pm-7 pm, and on Sundays 4 pm-7 pm. Fridays is “Toast to Fridays” with complimentary martini tastings from 5-7 and $8 Toast Vodka drinks all night. Live entertainment starts at 8 pm, and a DJ spins music until 3 am! The specials continue every day of the week with different promotions and events!
THE COCKTAIL NEXT DOOR
537 N.W. 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Coffee shop by day, bar/lounge by night, Next Door at C&I is quite the magic act. When the coffee beans are put away to make space for alcohol, BREW Urban Café becomes Next Door, and the party begins. It looks much like a library inside, with shelves of books serving as a backdrop as the bartender whisks back and forth behind the bar. The ambience is calm and inviting; they claim that their drinks are made to act as your first “ice-breaker” when conversing with others. Their craft beers and artisan cocktails are always on rotation to keep things interesting, and they host local musical acts and events like open mic nights and art installations!
By Aaliyah Pasols