August is undoubtedly one of the hottest months down here in the Sunshine State. Stay cool and wait until nighttime to head out and party! This month, there’s a ton of unique spots to drive out to for a great time. Do something different at a Hollywood kava bar, discover a secret speakeasy in Coral Gables, or try your hand at duck pin bowling in Fort Lauderdale!
2307 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Switch up your nightlife routine with something different at Twisted Roots Kava Brewery. Kava is a root sourced from the South Pacific that has been proven to decrease anxiety and stress, and can produce feelings of calm and happiness when taken. At Twisted Roots, you can sip on tiki-drink-like kava cocktails, with CBD upgrades to increase the drinks euphoric effects. The inside of the brewery is magical—its set up to look like an abandoned mansion in the middle of a jungle! It even has a custom designed “Lava Bar,” which uses over 3,300 LED lights to create the simulation of lava. Sounds fire!
GET IN THE CENTRO OF THINGS
299 N.W. 23rd St., Miami
Centro Wynwood is all about having a good time with good music. Nestled in the heart of Wynwood, this bar plays a combination of Spanish and Hip-Hop; the perfect sounds to get down to in Miami. The upbeat bar hosts a ton of weekly events like Peligrosa Thursdays, where ladies get access to a complimentary open bar from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. The inside of the bar is decorated with fake clouds that light up above the dance floor and neon signs that say things like “I’m good, luv, enjoy,” and “F**k dinner, buy me a drink.” What’s more 305 than Centro?
2530 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
Who doesn’t love a good speakeasy? They’re secretive, sexy, and full of surprises! Room 25 is Miami’s newest, and is located in the restaurant Seek + Find up a hidden flight of stairs. This prohibition-inspired bar is only accessible via secret password that you can find on the bar’s Instagram. Once inside, you will be treated to either a live jazz performance or a DJ, depending on the night. The bar specializes in new twists on the Old Fashioned cocktail. Try the Rm25: Woodford Reserve bourbon, sugar, Angostura & Regan’s orange bitters, and orange zest. Yum!
A MYSTERIOUS WOMAN
28 N.E. 40 St., Miami
In the Miami Design District, La Victoria resides…enchanting guests with her mystery and ambiance. This bar and social club welcomes guests to drink, socialize, dance, and party while surrounded by mystical blues, purples, and pinks. Flowers line the columns and a statue of a woman (La Victoria?) is the centerpiece of the bar, putting guests under a spell. There’s also a food menu for the foodies, with empanadas, tequeños, hamburgers, tacos, and more on the menu. This place truly has it all!
READY FOR RITA
1401 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Bar Rita finally opened last year after four years of construction and planning. The Mexican restaurant was created by the founders of Tap42, lending their charm and success to the new establishment. The menu features scrumptious delights like their signature dish, Truffle Street Corn Guacamole, and others like Bodega Bowls and Loaded Verde Burritos. A highlight of Bar Rita is definitely the rooftop patio and bar, where their handmade margaritas can be ordered back to back. Order the Don’t Be A Prick, which includes Casa Noble Blanco, prickly pear, orange liqueur, basil, and a half basil rim.
JUST SAY DUCK IT!
401 & 403 N.E. 8th St., Fort Lauderdale
Listen up, old-schoolers and vintage lovers, Rec Room is about to be your newest weekend hangout spot. This retro boutique sports bar, lounge, and game room offers plenty to keep you entertained! The highlight is duck pin bowling, which is a game that has been around since 1900, but has lost popularity over the years. Feel the nostalgia as you play this exciting variation of bowling! Other games include air hockey, indoor shuffle board, pinball, pool, and darts. Two full service bars will serve up drinks all night so you can have a boozy game night with friends. Make sure to come out for a drink and a bowl!
By Aaliyah Pasols