When the Miami heat rises past 90 degrees, it can only mean one thing: time for an ice-cold drink. Good thing a bevy of local watering holes are serving up masterfully handcrafted cocktails in the perfect atmosphere. Here are the city's coolest bars in every sense of the word.
Cool Factor: You can go one of two ways here: the tropical-retro outside patio (for post-beach cocktails) or the cozy and effortlessly chill That 70's Show-meets-Mad Men drinking den (for anytime cocktails).
Coolest Drink: Whatever path you take, make sure it leads back to the Puerto Rican Samurai: a Don Q Gold Rum, fresh pineapple and ginger juice, soy reduction, and Miso Horny bitters concoction. A nori rim seals the deal. 1650 James Ave. Miami Beach, 305-913-1000
Cool Factor: If you're a Broken Shaker fan, you'll be obsessed with the Bar Lab boys' enclosed and AC-equipped extension of the insanely popular bar. Though dubbed 27, the vintage Florida-style bungalow is everything The Broken Shaker is and much, much more.
Coolest Drink: For a taste of Miami in a glass, order the Oaxacain' Taco. The ultra refreshing and complex libation has Olmeca Altos Tequila, sofrito reduction, cilantro, and mojo shrub. You might even say it reminds you of lechón, and you'd be right. 2727 Indian Creek, Miami Beach, 305-531-2727
Cool Factor: Looking for a summer date spot? 1930s House is it. The tapas and cocktail bar coolly resembles a Mediterranean villa. Sit outside and you can hear the ocean; sit inside and be serenaded by the live music ranging from soft blues to Cuban jazz depending on the night.
Coolest Cocktail: Remember the late Sra. Martinez from Michelle Bernstein? It's taken up residence here, bringing back favorites like the expertly chilled and shaken Buena Vista with Plymouth Gin, St-Germain, cucumber, lemon, and mint. 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-605-4041
Cool Factor: Miami's humidity and scorching temps are nonexistent in this South Beach stunner that's laden with beautiful people, potent air flow, and cocktails that pay tribute to the art of bartending. And if you happen to get chilly, take your beverage out to the terrace and enjoy the view of the Atlantic.
Coolest Drink: Take a custom copper pineapple filled with shaved ice and add Elyx Vodka, Palo Cortado sherry, salted caramel bitters, elemakule bitters, pineapple, and rosemary bitters for The Pineapple. Remove your lid to find a torched sprig of rosemary and dehydrated pineapple. 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-257-4600
Cool Factor: What this charming alfresco oasis lacks in air conditioning or fans (coming soon), it makes up for in its menu of more than 120 rums.
Coolest Cocktail: A few deadly Tug Boats (Mount Gay Black Barrel, Wray & Nephew Overproof, allspice, dram, ginger, lemon, and honey) mixed by cocktail master Rob Ferrara and you'll be in full-on Caribbean island mode. 1601 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, 305-695-0110
Cool Factor: Where else can you drink your way around the world? The vibe here might be warm and unpretentious, but the craft cocktails are ice cold, multilayered, and come in organic coconuts.
Coolest Cocktail: Put your wedge of lime in the fresh coconut from a nearby Florida tree, and pour the 2 ounces of Bacardi 8 on the side at your discretion. 3900 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-503-1120
Cool Factor: What's cooler than a semi-hidden speakeasy behind a taco-slinging airstream? The fact that Adriana Lima was spotted imbibing here.
Coolest Cocktail: The Brazilian beauty sipped a pico picante, but we suggest the Midnight in Paris, which combines Belvedere, Foro Amaro, blackberry, lemon, and orange bitters over a mountain of crushed ice. As the Most Interesting Man in the World would say, stay cool my friends. 1220 16th St., Miami Beach, 305-704-2145