“Feel the heat” as you step out this month for a night in the city! Put on your dancing shoes for a wild time at a Colombian bar, unlock the secret at a hidden Miami lounge, and wine and dine in elegance at a wine boutique in FTL. This month, let the music take over!
ONE-STOP MARG SHOP
1624 79th St. Causeway, North Bay Village
222 Taco recently launched their late-night concept, La Margarita, and it’s refreshingly good, but don’t expect your typical margarita at this bar. Different imaginative takes on margaritas are offered to amp up the fun like “MamaRitas,” which are made with rosé, sauvignon blanc, or pinot noir wines; and “OtherRitas,” which include spirits other than tequila like vodka, gin, rum, or cognac. If food is what you’re craving after these creative concoctions, the bar’s late-night menu has you covered with Cali-Mex favorites like Tacos Al Pastor, Carne Asada Fries, and Mexican Pizza! A bonus is the music that will play all night from a talented roster of all-female DJs, including DJ Brooke G and Pam Jones.
345 N.W. 24th St., Wynwood
A slice of Colombia can be found in Wynwood at La Poderosa, a bar full of vibrant colors, neon-lit signs, and tons of delicious drinks. Their dance floor urges you to break out your best moves while listening to the loud, upbeat Spanish music. After you tire out, take a break by their small cafeteria-like section, where you can rest your feet and order some Colombian-style tapas like empanadas and tequeños. Their Happy Hour is Thurs-Sat, 5-9 p.m. with $5 seasonal cocktails, $6 for 6 beers, and $5 well drinks! What are you waiting for? ¡Avanza!
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
860 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Shh Lounge is possibly the best kept secret on Collins Ave. Located inside the Franklin Hotel, the only way to gain entry is to apply for the password on the bar’s website. Once you learn the magic words, you’ll enter through a secret bookshelf door entrance that will lead you to the beautiful lounge. Designed to give off a NYC grunge feel, the whole lounge is supremely cool, with neon-lit signs, graffiti, and a vintage phone booth. Live DJs spin popular Hip-Hop music and the bar serves up signature cocktails that match the theme. Order the “Peach Emoji,” which is made with Absolut ELYX Vodka, Lime Citrus, Créme de Peche, Ginger Beer, and Angostura Bitters. Just make sure to keep your lips sealed about this hidden gem!
BEARD THE BEER
3301 N.E. 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale
If you’re in the mood for a laid back environment and a great selection of craft beers, drive on over to Bar Red Beard! A family owned business, the inspiration for the bar’s name came from the couple’s son, Mike, who’s the general manager. They insist: “You’ll know why when you come in and see him.” Their rotating craft beer menu offers 50+ handpicked beer tasting experiences, with selections like “Red Beerded Ale,” “Heart of Darkness,” and “Neapolitan Milk Stout,” which features rich balanced flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. For the oenophile, reds, whites, sparkling, fortified, and reserve wines are offered as well!
3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Cruise into Hugh Taylor Birch State Park for a boozy time at their restaurant, garden, and bar, Park & Ocean. Boasting “tasty eats, craft brews, and adventures,” this bar offers lovely nature views and an appetizing menu. Their in-house brewery, Shady Brewery, features a rotating draft list, various beer bottles and cans, multiple wine options, and even some tropical cocktails like the “Park & Ocean Mule” (Svedka Vodka, Gosling Ginger Beer & Fresh Lime). Their food menu allows you to dig in when hunger strikes with their salads, hand-helds, sides, and finger foods. Grab a drink and a bite and enjoy the ocean breeze!
WINOS, WATCH OUT!
837 N.E. 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Wine Watch, the boutique wine emporium in Fort Lauderdale, is a wine lover’s heaven. The design is creative and luxe, with grand cork chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling wine bottles, a lit-up wine barrel bar, and furry red blankets on every chair for some flair. The wine selection is wide and far, old and new, red and white, and everything else in between. You can also fancy up your evening by ordering dinner at the wine boutique; the menu changes daily, but you can expect pasta carbonara, truffle oil/ parmesan shoestring fries, lobster tartine toast, and other options. If you wish to opt for something lighter, the bar also serves artisan cheese and cured meats.
By Aaliyah Pasols