Make Some Moves

In July, fireworks will be going off all night long, and pool parties and beach outings will be happening almost daily. With Fourth of July this month, everyone is in the party mood. Grab your keys and get out of the house, you deserve to let loose too! Check out a brand new Fort Lauderdale bar, a hidden Miami lounge, and a bar that focuses on clear spirits.

230 N.E. 4th St., Miami

Located in the lobby of the X Miami apartments is the sleek, minimalist cocktail bar, Jaguar Sun. This Downtown Miami watering hole has a reputation for delightful food and specially made drinks. Their food menu boasts fresh made pastas, oysters, beef short rib, tomato salad, and even a selection of desserts. Their drink menu offers wine, champagne, beer, and “Exotics,” “Patio Pounders,” and “Cocktails.” Try one of their stranger creations from “Exotics” like “Very Strong Baby,” which includes Mexican rum, calvados, strawberry Campari, vermouth, and black salt.

3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Another bar opens,” or, something like that. The Sylvester, a cocktail and coffee bar, just opened this past May in the space that once belonged to Boombox. Full of a tropical, vintage aesthetic, the bar embodies a fun, laidback vibe. Entertainment includes board games, a pool table, a pinball machine, and foosball. The cocktails keep things playful too with original combinations and clever names like “Ñooo, Que Frio!” If hunger strikes, prepare your taste buds! The menu has appetizing items like BBQ mariquitas (Plantain chips) and an arepa grilled cheese. Delish!

157 E. Flagler St., Miami

Lost Boy is a neighborhood bar that runs on a simple concept. “Straightforward. No Nonsense,” their slogan reads on their website. The bar embodies this essence with a combination between “a good English pub,” and “an old Captain’s tavern in a Colorado miner’s saloon.” It’s classy, old-timey, and welcoming. Their cocktails are “straightforward classics” with options like the “Chili-Passion Caipirinha” and the “CBD Espresso Martini.” The food is fresh and comforting with sandwiches, cheese boards, German pretzels, beef jerky, and more. Come get lost!

299 N. Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale

It’s usually Miami who takes the crown when it comes to rooftop bars, but Sparrow is about to give the city some competition. Located on the rooftop of new FTL hotel The Dalmar, this bar is all about that kooky ‘50s and ‘60s American Modernist aesthetic. Think abstract patterns, bright colors, and purple neon lights. The lovely design and spectacular ocean views are the perfect backdrop to enjoy while sipping on one of Sparrow’s cocktails. Their drinks menu is organized by mood, separated by “Cruise Control” for easy drinking, “Adventurous” for those looking for daring ingredients, and “Group Format,” if you’re open to sharing. Cheers to options!

660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Hotel bars can be either a hit or miss—one of these undeniable hits is Minnow Bar. You can visit it at Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach, where its bartenders specialize in clear spirits like gins, vodkas, piscos, and cachaça. Expect refreshing cocktails that utilize fresh local herbs, teas, fruits, and an array of captivating flavors. If you’re in the mood for something fruity, try the “Rey Mambo,” which features tequila, house-made mango shrub, lime juice, black pepper, and a basil leaf garnish. You can sit inside, where it’s both intimate and chic, or outside, where there’s comfy sofas and a fire pit.

788 Brickell Plaza, Miami 

Step into the elevator at the EAST, Miami hotel and hit the button for the 40th floor—An adventure awaits you. Most Miamians are familiar with the hotel’s rooftop bar Sugar, but few know about the hidden Tea Room. Once you knock on an innocent-looking door, a guard will let you in. Tea Room is a dim-lit, sexy, and swanky drinking den that provides a gorgeous 180-degree view of Downtown and Brickell. The Asian décor and cocktails set an exotic tone for the night. If you plan to eat as well, make sure you drop by during the bar’s Asian Night Brunch between 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., where dim sum, sushi, bang bang shrimp, and more will be served.

By Aaliyah Pasols