March means a handful of things: Miami Music Week, Spring Break, and tons of festivals. With all of this vibrant energy down here in SoFlo, you’ll want to release it all on the dance floor! Check out these bars, lounges, and clubs to spice up your nightlife!
RETREAT TO YOUR NEST
723 N. Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach
If you’re already a fan of The Lincoln Eatery, you’re about to love it a whole lot more. The food hall right off of Lincoln Road has just debuted a new sunset rooftop lounge called The Nest. Starting at 5 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, guests can take a ride to the top via a secret elevator inside The Lincoln Eatery. Up top, you’ll be treated to delightful views, a flavorful cocktail menu, and tasty bites from the below food hall restaurants. Try the Bird in the Hand, a libation with reposado tequila, Chinola passion fruit liqueur, Q Grapefruit Soda, and fresh lime. What could be better than a delicious drink and a breathtaking view?
LA DOLCE VITA
900 S. Miami Ave., Miami
Experience an Italian “piazza” right in the heart of Mary Brickell Village at Toscana Divino. This Italian restaurant has been renovated to include a gorgeous patio, along with a new bar menu that lists specialty cocktails and light bites for late-night snacking. The 2,000+ sq. ft. outdoor space was designed by Italian architect Fulvio Rottigni. On the weekends, the elegant area transforms into a lounge accompanied by live music. The fresh menu features intriguing cocktails like The Smoked Negroni, made with Campari, La Copa vermouth, Tanqueray and applewood smoke, while the bar bites lean toward creations like Salmon Cheesecake and Bruschetta Burrata Truffle. Delish!
HAVANA OOH NA NA
1642 S.W. 8th St., Miami
Travel back in time to 1940s Cuba at this little spot on Calle Ocho. Sala’O, a Cuban bar and pescadería (fish market), is reminiscent of this time period in Cuba’s history, with gorgeous wood finishes, opulent chandeliers, and a theme that centers around celebrated novelist Ernest Hemingway. The writer’s picture covers the wall adjacent to the bar, with one of his most famous quotes right next to it: “I drink to make other people more interesting.” The 30-foot bar is the perfect place to unwind, sip on a classic Cuban cocktail, and relish in the live Cuban-inspired music that plays in the space daily. Don’t hesitate to come here and have a wonderful Havana night!
THE ROYAL TREATMENT
350 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
The Royal Pig Pub claims to be “Fort Lauderdale’s Finest Pub & Kitchen” and…that seems about right! This renowned spot on Las Olas Boulevard is home to cooking that’s done “with love” and bartenders that will whip up nearly any creation you can think of. The interior is lovely with sleek wood tables, plenty of TV screens to view your favorite game, and even a charming outdoor patio, where you can dine on a not-so-hot day. An impressive list of craft beer is offered, as well as domestics, imports, and bottled. Plenty of different wines and a signature craft cocktail list are also on the menu—Take your pick, you won’t be disappointed!
AN ENTICING NIGHT
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
So you’re in the mood to dance, but you don’t feel like traveling all the way to Miami. Understandable, that drive is a killer sometimes. Luckily for you, you can throw on your dancing shoes and head to Entice, a lounge inside the brand new Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Various DJs spin here nightly, allowing you to feel the music and dance the night away! Cutting edge audio and visual technology add to the experience with quality speakers and fun lights that change colors and light up the dance floor. If you get a little parched, don’t worry—At Entice, there’s three full liquor bars. Say no more.
RIDE YOUR BOAT TO YOT
2015 S.W. 20th St., Fort Lauderdale
A Fort Lauderdale gem can be discovered at Yot Bar and Kitchen, a new restaurant located inside the Lauderdale Marine Center. It’s been described as a restaurant that’s easier to get to by boat than by car (If you drive a boat, the coordinates are 26º 05’ 53” N, 80º 09’ 58” W), but regardless of how you get there, it’s guaranteed to be a great time. 360° waterway views and “unforgettable hospitality” are highlights here, as well as the happy hour that runs from 4 to 7 p.m. everyday. If you’re not sure what to order, go for the Jack Sparrow: Bacardi Superior Rum, coconut water, pineapple juice, Natalie’s Orange Juice, and fresh lime. Mmm, refreshing!
By Aaliyah Pasols