There’s never a shortage of nightlife spots to write about when you live in SoFlo! This month, explore some of the hottest venues to open in both Miami-Dade and Broward County. A tiki-rific tropical bar, a Flagler Village social club with board games and dart boards, and a Hialeah-themed cocktail bar are just some of the best spots to hop to this month!
LEI BACK & RELAX
1600 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami
Who doesn’t love a good tiki bar? Head over to the latest at the new restaurant and bar, Esotico Miami. Inside, tropical wallpaper, Polynesian sculptures, a handcrafted Hawaiian surfboard, and other touches decorate the vibrant space. The drink menu features exotic signature cocktails and interesting limited-edition mugs like an Eastern Island head statue and an Elvis Presley-inspired bust. There’s also drinks for sharing; order the Treasure Chest—an actual treasure chest full of the “special punch of the day” that serves up to eight people. If you’re hungry, there’s plenty of “tropical chow” to go around. Order island ceviche, luau pig, peking duck, poke bowls, and more to satisfy your cravings!
GABRIEL’S GEM: BELLA
1100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
The Gabriel Miami, a dazzling modern hotel in the arts and entertainment district, features a hidden nightlife gem: Bella’s Bar. Take the elevator to the 14th floor to be met with scenic views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami that will have you in awe all night long. Located adjacent to the hotel’s sun deck pool and private cabanas, the bar features signature cocktails, beer, wine, and food for causal bites. You can enjoy the libations either outside or inside, as the bar has a balcony with black tables and pineapple accent décor, and inside, casual tables where a waiter will tend to you.
NO PLACE LIKE HIALEAH
1000 E. 16th St., Hialeah
La Cocina Coctelería is Hialeah’s first-ever cocktail bar, and so it only makes sense that it would be completely Hialeah-themed. The bar is overall an enjoyable concept that includes images guaranteed to bring about nostalgia to both locals and people within the Hispanic culture. A huge Cuban flag decorates the wall behind the bar, a “Ñooo! Que Barato” sign adorns another, and references to everything from Caso Cerrado to The Hialeah Spiderman will have guests giggling and snapping pics. The cocktails get in on the fun too, with names like “Que Cute,” “Brujería,” and “Pata Sucia.” Don’t worry about the food either—there’s plenty of croquetas, Elena Ruth sandwiches, and Jewban sandwiches to go around! Dale!
FILE ON IN!
704 N.E. 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Rank and File Social Club is one of the newest bars to hit the Flagler Village scene, which many have dubbed “the new Wynwood.” This bar that also incorporates a garden patio has a retro, laidback vibe, with furnishings that vary from distressed furniture and leather-bound books to a vintage motorcycle. It has lots to keep guests buzzed ‘n busy with dart boards, board games, two billiards tables, and even a dancefloor! Live music will ensure that the dancefloor will be used—the bar will include local acts, acoustic, and DJs, Wednesday through Sunday. As for drinks, expect yummy innovative craft cocktails served at their 35-foot island bar.
WISHING FOR WHISKEY?
1035 S.E. 17th St., Fort Lauderdale
Fans of dark liquor, you’re in for a treat! Whiskey Neat is an ode to brown spirits, primarily whiskey. If you doubt its dedication, all you have to do is walk in and get a glimpse of the wall behind the bar to stand corrected. A 17-foot tall wall displays over 200 bottles of whiskey, all illuminated in an eye-catching red light. Its design comes off as an underground hang-out spot, with dim lighting, mostly red and black colors, street art, and floral drapery as decoration. The bar will feature signature cocktails that include other spirits besides whiskey, as well as state-of-the-art enomatic wine dispensers that will serve “pours of the finest wines.” Sounds pretty neat!
GREAT MINDS DRINK ALIKE
803 N.W. 1st St., Fort Lauderdale
Orchestrated Minds Brewing opened just two months ago inside an old auto body shop, and its charming atmosphere and delicious brews have already attracted loyal patrons. The inside of the nano brewery is a 1,000 sq. ft. tap room, decked out in an edgy dark style that uses industrial black and chrome. A long bar welcomes guests to take a seat and look over the offered brews that are all made in-house in small batches. The magic happens in the back of the building in the 1,500 sq. ft. brewing space, and the results are a variety of blonde ales, pilsners, lagers, and their specialties: IPAs, sours, and stouts. Whatever you’re drinking here, you can bet it’s quality. Cheers!
By Aaliyah Pasols