Thriller Nights

Even though the spookiness of Halloween will be in the air this month, don’t be discouraged to go out and have a thriller of a time! Support the fight against breast cancer with a pink drink, let loose at a Wynwood dive bar, and travel back to the 60’s as you wine down!

1309 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale

Who needs a club when you’ve got a balcony? At The Balcony on Las Olas, enjoy street views and great company while sipping on craft cocktails! This NOLA-inspired new venue just opened this past May, and it’s already one of the most sought out places to grab a drink in Fort Lauderdale. The open-air rooftop and balcony is illuminated with green lights and serves up craft cocktails and New Orleans inspired cuisine like tapas style small plates. Live music is offered downstairs in the actual restaurant, and upstairs DJs spin out popular tracks to keep you movin’ through the night!

280 S.W. 6th St., Ft. Lauderdale

Tarpon River Brewing is one gastropub that isn’t playing around. With a full line of craft beer made on-site, and a beer inspired food menu, it’s no surprise that most customers are regulars. The 11,000 sq. ft. tap room and restaurant also has yard games, and proudly boasts that they’re dog friendly. An Old-Florida feel lingers in the warehouse that once was the Snyder Stables in the 1920’s, making it a historical treasure as well. So head out and raise your glass of The Pink Slip, a brew made with real strawberries, that will have all its proceeds go towards the fight against breast cancer.

1828 E. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale

Walk into this cute lounge to be transported back to the 60’s! Modern 60’s Wine Lounge wants customers to feel comfortable and relaxed in the nostalgic atmosphere. With multicolor stripes lining the walls, atom shaped chandeliers, and retro furniture, the lounge definitely lives up to that sentiment. Live music is played every Saturday, and they stay open “as late as the party goes!” Ten craft beers are offered, as well as over 65 wines, ranging from red blends to white wines. Cold tapas, hot tapas, and some chocolatey desserts are available as well for some light bites!

2898 N.W. 7th Ave., Miami

Las Rosas in Wynwood doesn’t want to be known for craft cocktails or a perfected late night snack menu. They just want to be known as a local’s spot for good drinks and a good time. It seems like they’ve succeeded in their mission as this is one of the most admired dive bars in the area. With red lights lighting the inside and their neon LED rose logo, their edgy theme is definitely different from other bars in MIA. Here, you can let your guard down as you bask in the dive bar culture, take a few pictures in the photo booth, play a game of pool, and maybe try a few arcade games!

500 Brickell Bldg, Miami

This “American kitsch paradise” known as Better Days started off as Brickell’s very first pop up bar, but it was so popular that it had to make a permanent move to SoFlo! Modern craft cocktails, beer and wine are served here, while a backdrop of retro décor, pool tables, string lights, and more emit a 1970’s vibe. Be sure to look out for their “Cocktail of the Day,” which always consists of innovative creations! Past drinks have included “The Lemony Snicket” and “Leblon James.”

1650 James Ave., Miami Beach

Isaac Grillo had family and imagination in mind when creating Repour Bar, and it’s turned into quite a gem. Fresh herbs for the cocktails are grown in the bar’s very own garden, and mismatched furniture allows for a homey feel. Inspired by his upbringing in Colorado, Grillo also included hints of his home’s influence. The bar is made from repurposed wood from Colorado, and the drinks are sometimes cooled with frozen Colorado River rocks. That’s not where the kookiness ends either—drinks are also sometimes cooled with black tea Jim Beam ice cubes. Oh, and don’t be surprised if one of your cocktails has Pop Rocks on the rim!

By Aaliyah Pasols