Night Biz is Booming

As the nightlife focus shifts more and more towards bars rather than clubs, new venues and chill-spots continue to richen the SoFlo scene. Sip on mezcal at a 1920’s themed lounge, drink to honor lost members of the “27 Club,” and play arcade games at a Booze Garden!

207 N.E. 1st St., Miami

One of the newest spaces to pop up on the Miami scene is Mama Tried, a bar and lounge that’s 70’s-inspired, with sleek booths, red carpet, mirror-like orb lights, and plenty of greens and yellows. Pool tables and arcade games are throughout for late-night challenges between friends. Take a seat at the bar, where you can try new takes on classic blends as you gaze up at the night sky—well, it’s actually the ceiling, illuminated with tiny sparkling lights that act as shooting stars against the black backdrop of a simulated night sky, but same difference!

2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Many will remember Wynwood’s Electric Pickle taking up two floors, but today if you stroll past the nightclub, you’ll see a new creation present on the first floor. The former remains the Pickle, but the new kid on the block is now Melinda’s, a 1920’s inspired mezcal bar, that also serves gourmet late-night snacks. Craft cocktails take over the menu, which features truly addicting inventions like Melinda’s Mezcalita, a frozen drink that includes El Tinieblo Mezcal Joven, hibiscus tea, lime juice, and agave syrup. As for food, there’s Smashed Avocado, El Paso Nachos, and additional Mexican street eats and dishes. What a treat!

150 N.W. 24th St., Miami

Get 2 bars in 1 at Rácket, a new venue that promises alluring libations and a lively atmosphere to spend all of your crazy #MiamiNights. Enter to discover a covered atrium, a tiki-themed rum/tequila bar, and modern décor throughout. This first room is where you can start off with some of the best tequila concoctions around, only to then progress into the sky-lit room, which specializes in seasonal ingredient craft cocktails and local beers. This second bar tends to whip up drinks that contain vodka, gin and bourbon, and is also where DJs, musical acts, and performances will take the stage!

111-A, S.W. 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Step through large wooden doors to find yourself not inside, but, outside again. Booze Garden makes you feel as if you’re sipping brews in a friend’s backyard with AstroTurf grass, fake shrubbery, and garden lights hanging through the air. It’s the perfect place to hang out with drinking buddies for an entertaining, chill time. A giant Jenga, two arcade basketball hoops, a Pac-Man machine, and a single arcade machine boasting 650 games are situated throughout the bar for guests’ playing pleasure—Free of charge! If you’re up for a different kind of challenge, there’s also a coin-operated punching bag machine. You’ll definitely be able to tackle all of the them with a little bit of liquid courage, especially when their Happy Hour comes around!

701 E. Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

The Wilder exudes elegance, class, and a certain spirit. It aims to resemble a feeling, rather than a place, and is described as “watching your favorite film, dancing till the sun comes up,” and most importantly, “having that third Mezcal.” The drinks will certainly make you feel all this and more with attractive Instagram ready mixtures. The pink milky looking “Don’t Sleep On Me” contains Afrohead 7yr Rum, Giffard Vanilla de Madagascar, and Taro Milk Tea, which can be enjoyed either inside or outside. On the inside is a classic bar that has an Old World charm, while on the patio terrace, mauve seating, tall trees, pink flowers, and carved wooden tables will surely make you feel as if you’ve been transported elsewhere.

835 N.E. 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale

This bar and lounge began as a tribute to famed legends like Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and more that unfortunately passed at the tender age of 27, thus inevitably becoming a member of the “27 Club.” Their influence is apparent, with black and white photos of the greats lining the walls, including a mural with their faces sketched out above booths. Cocktails are paired with themed names such as “Amy’s Rehab,” a nod to the late singer. An outdoor area is also available for patrons, where white picnic tables, a walk-up window to acquire drinks, and a colorful mural depicting half open eyes by street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue are present, creating a lively atmosphere!

By Aaliyah Pasols