The bar at Bin No. 18

The Abbey Brewing Company
For more than 15 years, The Abbey has been a cozy sanctuary for locals of all stripes enticed by the housemade microbrews (each one created in Florida), the monastic stained glass behind the bar, and perhaps an inebriated game of darts, too. At press time, The Abbey was undergoing renovation to expand its small space. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t lose its hideaway charm. 1115 16th St., Miami Beach, 305-538-8110

Bin No. 18
With a décor of elegant chandeliers hanging from exposed industrial ceilings and wine barrels lining the middle of the dining room, Bin No. 18 is a prime pre-Arsht Center rendezvous spot, excellent for noshing on cured meats and cheeses from Italy, Spain, and France, paired with a nice bottle of Bordeaux. Beer ranges from Erdinger (a summery German hefeweizen) to the knockout, 13-percent-strong Belzebuth from France. 1800 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-235-7575

The Blue Piano
Situated in the hot but homey Buena Vista district, The Blue Piano welcomes locals via an unpretentious, wood-rich, boho environment with a lovely copper tile ceiling. Live music, various rotating wines from boutique producers, delish bites like the 2 am huevos (roasted crostini with white cheddar and truffle oil), and a friendly staff make this one of our favorite haunts in the area. 4600 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-576-7919

Cavas Wine Tasting Room
Key here is a tasting system allowing you to sample loads of different vinos via small, medium, and large pours—excellent for educating your palate, or trading flavor notes on a date. Spanish snacks like pinchos should round out a pleasurable evening. 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-372-8027;

The Cheese Course
A solid Midtown option, this shop offers courses of cheese arranged by region or flavor, from bold to mild. It serves wine to complement the courses, available by both the glass and the bottle, with standouts such as a fruity Long Boat Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and a spicy but not too big Truchard Syrah 2005 from Napa, as well as beers including Germany’s Spaten and Shiner Bock from Texas. 3451 NE First Ave., Miami, 786-220-6681;

A no-frills bar in the heart of downtown, The Democratic Republic of Beer boasts the biggest selection in town, with about 500 brews from around the world. Hard-to-find Belgians like the premium Tripel Karmeliet stand alongside Ethiopian stouts and various American microbrews. If you don’t find something you like here, then you just don’t like beer. 255 NE 14th St., Miami, 305-372-4161

Lou’s Beer Garden
A much-appreciated anomaly tucked behind the New Hotel in Miami Beach, Lou’s is a hideaway poolside bar where you can down craft beers such as Monk in the Trunk (brewed here in Florida), a Scottish Bitter & Twisted, or a Belgian Delirium, accompanied by Wagyu beef burgers, mini crab cakes, and thin-crust pizzas. 7337 Harding Ave., Miami Beach, 305-704-7879

The Room
A candle-lit neighborhood beer and wine bar with cool-cave ambience, The Room stands out for its unwavering New York state of mind, relying on good indie playlists, an impressive international selection of brews, and little patience for flippant posers, allowing you to enjoy your Belgian Chimay in peace. 100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-6061

Zeke’s Roadhouse
A prime location for settling into a laid-back vibe while peoplewatching on Lincoln Road, Zeke’s Roadhouse has loads of outside seating and is one of the more authentic drinkeries on the Road, and a safe haven for locals, serving only beer: 150 bottles and 30 on tap. 625 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-672-3118

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