Critic's Picks: After-Dinner Drink Spots
By Maria Argüello
Rose Bar at the Delano Hotel
One of Midtown’s only bars (for now), the plush sofas, naughty art and randomly tossed Oriental carpets make the place feel like a rock star’s lavish home. If you like your drinks paired with live music, then its strong lineup of local and touring acts is right up your alley. You can now browse the event calendar and cocktail menu via the handy iPhone app. 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-576-5570; bardotmiami.com
Whether you’re considering the open-air pool bar, the subterranean Florida Room or the lobby’s classic Art Deco-style Rose Bar, the Delano is a staple destination for a carefully crafted drink in a location that exudes Miami glamour. Some places never get old—they just get better. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-672-2000; delano-hotel.com
New York transplant Dream hotel offers High Bar, a breezekissed rooftop lounge done up in whimsical mod design (blue light cast across pod-like sofas). There’s also a purple-hued pool, privateish seating vignettes and sweeping views of South Beach. 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-8455; highbarmiami.com
Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill
Adjacent to a luminous pool and a deck that drops into Biscayne Bay, this eatery at The Standard Spa is one of Miami Beach’s most beautiful spots for a nightcap. There are plenty of quiet places for conversation, but get there early—last call is at midnight. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1717; standardhotels.com
Serving some of the most complex and delicious cocktails in Miami (such as their Lemongrass Ling, with Bombay Sapphire, sake, white peach puree, yuzu-lemon blend and lemongrass-ginger syrup), Living Room is also one of the most glamorous places for imbibing. Vaulting slate columns tower over playful décor such as purple ottomans and white Mongolian alpaca chairs. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3000; wsouthbeach.com
Magnum’s throwback ’70s style and rollicking live piano performances Tuesday through Saturday make for a charming drinking locale. The piano man takes requests, you’re welcome to sing along and drinks are reasonably priced. Added bonus: The kitchen whips up fantastic beignets and some darn good fried chicken. 709 NE 79th St., Miami, 305-757-3368
Modeled after the four Room bars in New York and LA, the tiny Miami iteration is pleasingly discreet and cave-like, with concrete surfaces and just enough candles to see the person in front of you. The chalkboard menu boasts myriad international micro brews and a few wines, but no hard stuff. Music comes courtesy of the bartenders’ tasteful iPod playlists. 100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-6061; theotheroom.com
Rumbar at The Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne
With dark woods, lots of leather and wicker ceiling fans that manifest a Colonial Latin feel, Rumbar is the ideal venue to sample aged New World liquors. Between its menu of 52 rums, cachaças and piscos from 18 different countries—and an off-the-beaten-path location on Key Biscayne—this lounge provides a bit of an escape from the standard Miami scene. 455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne, 305-365-4500; ritzcarlton.com
This nook of a bar is hidden away in a loft-like space above the dining room. Its mere seven alcove seats make for cozy conversation and lots of bartender attention. And the gourmet menu of libations changes quarterly depending on available ingredients, so you’ll have the opportunity to fall in love with many a drink. 4000 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-573-5473; sramartinez.com
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