Gabe Orta pours one of his concoctions at Broken Shaker

Blackbird Ordinary
Blackbird revamped the old Transit Lounge spot, transforming it into a downtown/Brickell-area tavern with warm, dim lighting, woodpaneled walls, and cool booths with live plants embedded in tables. It gets kudos for deft musical curation courtesy of DJ Contra and friends and a cocktail menu created by noted mixologist John Lermayer. (Try the Laughing Falcon, a vodka-lime-ginger beer concoction with a hint of mint, served in a copper mug.) 729 SW First Ave., Miami, 305-671-3307

Broken Shaker
This pop-up cocktail lounge runs through July and easily charms with its boho-chic tiki garden and cozy, tucked-away bar behind the Indian Creek Hotel lobby, but it’s what they’re mixing here that counts. Bar Lab mixologists Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta make their own bitters, reductions, and infusions, and readily interpret your favorites. Or try one of their inventive, weekly-rotating creations, like a twisted oldfashioned, made with Cocoa Puffs. 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, 305-531-2727

The Corner
This drinkery just north of downtown has become a beacon for local creatives, with an old-time woodwork interior, lots of candles, and a grand, 150-year-old mirror. The menu is perfect for late-night cocktails (or a Death in the Afternoon, with absinthe and brut Champagne) and hard-to-find beers like the Belgian Tripel Karmeliet. Music, depending on the owners’ moods, can range from 1920s jazz to Modest Mouse and old-school hip-hop. 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-961-7887;

FDR Lounge
The Florida Room’s former digs under the Delano are now the exclusive subterranean locale for FDR Lounge (honoring the hotel’s presidential namesake). Lavish décor with glittering walls and international DJs bode well for this lounge, as do fresh, signature cocktails such as the cleverly named New Deal, with Bulleit bourbon, peach purée, and ginger beer, or the lighter Eleanor, with Plymouth gin, muddled strawberries, and lemon juice. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-924-4071

The best part about this place is its clandestine location: an unmarked door in an alley behind Barton G. Inside, there are two floors, the first with a pool table, classic arcade games such as Galaga, a center bar, and roomy booths with flat-screens. The upstairs features a lounge area with a collection of vintage rifles and guns. 1218 14th Ct., Miami Beach, 305-534-3511;

The Goose
Recently opened in Coconut Grove, The Goose should regale most beer buffs with its 12 taps (including Stone’s boldly bitter Ruination IPA) and a selection of more than 50 microbrews. Sit at the bar and take in the live bands, or enjoy a game of pool while admiring a mural depicting a warped vision of Miami with a motley crew of white and olive-green characters. 3008 Grand Ave., Miami, 305-529-6498

Jeronimo’s Bar
Located in the South of Fifth neighborhood, Jeronimo’s dark, minimalist setting is countered with fun details, such as a working popcorn machine and nifty bag hangers under the bartop. Cocktails include the Azucar Morena, made with Johnnie Walker Black, cream soda, brown sugar, and lime. When in downtown, check out the bar’s new location off Brickell Avenue. 814 First St., Miami Beach, 305-397-8382

Wood Tavern
This artsy, relaxed enclave is a welcome addition to Wynwood. Hipsters, art-walk crawlers, and collectors mingle, with the crowd often spilling out into the backyard late-night. Drinks include the Baby Guinness (Patrón XO Cafe and Baileys), moonshine punches, and bottles of Abita’s Purple Haze. 2531 NW Second Ave., Wynwood, 305-748-2828;

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