The best part of the week is finally reaching Friday, and what better way to celebrate than to visit one of these exciting nightlife hot spots? Check out a Miami bar that was co-created by Pharrell Williams, transport to Havana at Café La Trova, and throw some weapons while sipping on a drink! South Florida always shines in the nightlife department!
THE FEMININE TOUCH
90 N.E. 39th St., Miami
By now everyone in Miami has heard of Swan, the restaurant collab between singer/producer Pharrell Williams and Miami-based hospitality entrepreneur David Grutman, and its bar and lounge concept, Bar Bevy, is just as gorgeous as you would expect. Dark wood floors, velvet seating, and black and white photos of women all make up the design of the space. Both Swan and Bar Bevy heavily lean into feminine aesthetics. Their cocktails are comprised of scrumptious creative mixtures. Try the Mon Chéri to see for yourself: cherry-infused buffalo trace bourbon, vanilla, angostura, white chocolate. Delish!
814 1st St., Miami Beach
The motto of this bar aims to bring the cool back to South Beach, and it’s doing exactly that. Sophie’s Bar, a late 90’s French-inspired lounge, exudes coolness with its aesthetically pleasing design. Push through the red velvet curtains to enter into the main lounge, where you will find pink velvet couches, French empire crystal chandeliers, and exclusively designed wallpaper by artist Johanna Oceane Nault. The bar whips up delicious creative cocktails that are sometimes interactive. For example, if you’re feeling adventurous, order the “Let’s Get a Room,” a bottle of prosecco that comes with a hotel room at Urbanica Hotel for a discounted rate of $190!
971 S.W. 8th St., Miami
Café La Trova, appropriately located in Little Havana, is a restaurant and bar that is all things authentic Cuban. From the sounds of bongos and trumpets, to the décor that includes a backdrop of an Old Havana building and 1950’s car, you will feel as if you’ve been transported to the Caribbean island. The drinks consist of classic Cuban cocktails, and more creative inventions like the comically named La Chancleta (Yaguara ouro cachaça, ginger-honey syrup, and lime juice), and Cubano Viejo (Bacardi 8 rum, mint, demerara syrup, lime juice, bitters, and ginger beer). Enjoy your night in La Ciudad de las Columnas!
LET’S GET SAXY
107 S.W. 6th St., Fort Lauderdale
NYSW Jazz Lounge is the perfect place to go when you’re craving some jazzy tunes and a laidback vibe. The 1,500-square-foot, indoor-outdoor space hosts live music five days a week, and features premium spirits, light tapas, and even a small dinner menu. They also have some unique events every day of the week like Jokes ‘N Jazz on Wednesdays (a live band with guest comedians), International Vibes Night on Fridays, and more. If you smoke, the outdoor bar even provides an area for cigars.
THE ROARING TWENTIES
2032 Harrison St., Hollywood
Inspired by the surrounding Art Deco buildings in Hollywood, the owners of Hotsy Totsy Bar & Grill decided to keep the style going with their own 20’s style restaurant and bar. The cute, nostalgic bar serves up drinks like The Hemingway (Single Prop white rum, maraschino liquor, & lime juice) that lean into the 20’s theme. Wine and craft beers are offered as well for those more casual drinkers, and what’s a 20’s themed establishment without a speakeasy? Make sure to ask for The Sidecar Speakeasy for some extra excitement!
THROW AXES. DRINK BEER.
702 N.E. 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Unconventional? Yes. Potentially dangerous? Yes. Are you going to do it anyway? You bet. Chops + Hops is an axe throwing lodge that is also a bar, appealing to those looking for great drinks and a challenge. There’s ten cocktails to award you some liquid courage before you throw that axe, but don’t worry—there’s some safety precautions. There’s a limit to how much you can drink, and if they deem you too impaired, you won’t be able to throw the axes. Once you have a drink or two, you will retreat to your assigned ax range where you will meet your “axe-pert,” who will show you the ropes on axe throwing. Have fun and try your best to hit the target!
By Aaliyah Pasols