A new wave of bars and lounges on South Beach are designed to appeal to uber-cool Miami locals.
Minibar Minibar is a small space with a big attitude. It’s the Kevin Hart of the Miami nighlife scene. Overflowing with swagger and style, you quickly forget that the space isn’t much bigger than a master bathroom at the Continuum down the street. On any weekday night you’ll find it packed with equally chic locals. The SoFi crowd brings a mixed bag of Italians and Parisians, surfers and models. They are all gorgeous and tan, they can all get down with some Beastie Boys, and they all come to the beloved neighborhood watering hole where the leggy bartender knows exactly how they like their Manhattan. Speaking of libations, the bar offers plenty of creative cocktails should you be stumped on what will make you happiest at happy hour. You can’t go wrong with the South of Spritz (Aperol, prosecco, fresh Florida orange juice, club soda) or a Michelada. Don’t want to drink on an empty stomach? The homemade empanadas and/or (we say and) the “Incredible” popcorn (caramel, cheddar or spicy buffalo flavors) will do the trick. Now settle into your bar stool and wait to see who comes in next. The party is just getting started. 418 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 305.763.8934, urbanicathehotels.com
Sophie's If you’re continuing the night after a drink and a bucket of popcorn (or three, we won’t judge) at Minibar, Sophie’s—perhaps South of Fifth's sexiest bar—is your next stop. You’ll enter through velvet curtains where pink tufted couches, empire crystal chandeliers and wallpaper with scantily clad caricatures decorate the intimate, ’90s Parisian-inspired lounge. Order the Ménage à Trois (Absolute Vodka, sparkling rosé and cucumber water—a celeb favorite) while local DJs like Lose de la Vega and DJ Funktual set the vibe. 814 First St., Miami Beach, 305.318.7745
The Florida Room What do Queen Latifah, John Mayer and Lenny Kravitz have in common (besides topping the charts)? They were regulars at the Delano’s iconic Florida Room back in the early ’00s. At its prime, the lounge served as a low-key yet ultrachic respite for Hollywood glitterati. After a stint as FDR, the location was taken over by nightlife impresario Bruno Cardinali. He had a vision: revive the original A-list-adored space with a modern twist. Today, you might catch a glimpse of Mayer or Kravitz, but they’ll be dancing under a sparkling disco ball and neon signs that spell out “Lit” and “Dope”—aka exactly the kind of night you’ll have at the revamped hot spot.1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.479.8128, morganshotelgroup.com
Photography by: World Red Eye; Urbanica The Meridian Hotel; Sophie's