Contrary to popular belief, hotel bars are not just for tourists. In fact, Miami hotels are home to some of the most luxurious bars and lounges, offering killer cocktails and impressive vistas of the Magic City.
With unrivaled panoramas of Biscayne Bay, this sky-high hot spot serves up a vast selection of classic cocktails reimagined. Take the old Cuban, made with rum, mint, lime bitters, and a splash of prosecco. If hunger strikes while you’re imbibing (and Instagramming shots of the picturesque view), order the taste of Miami, a mélange of grouper ceviche, braised short rib empanadas, mini Cuban sandwiches, and chorizo croquettes prepared from the adjacent Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room. 1395 Brickell Ave., Miami 305-503-6500
Rooftop bar and garden Sugar has been buzzed about since its debut at EAST, Miami this past summer, and continues to be a must-visit destination for locals and visitors alike (even tennis wizard Roger Federer made an appearance in the DJ booth during the Miami Open). Insider tip: Get there early, as tables with expansive water views are hard to come by. 788 Brickell Plz., Miami, 305-712-7000
Once you catch a glimpse of the luxurious environs of The Setai’s courtyard-style bar, you’ll feel as though you’ve been teleported to a Southeast Asian retreat. When you go, cozy up near the serenity pond and immerse yourself in the relaxed atmosphere, while you wait for one of the bar’s specialty cocktails. We recommend the chili passion martini, made with chili-infused vodka and passion fruit-infused rum. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-520-6000
With elegant interiors that hearken back to the 1950s—the period during which famed architect Morris Lapidus originally designed them—the Nautilus is a South Beach gem. When you enter the lobby, discover a sunken bar, where you can find a seat on a plush velvet couch and order from a register of artisanal cocktails. Among the Art Deco furnishings and vibrant artwork, you’ll feel like an extra on Magic City. 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-503-5700
A sultry hideaway tucked within Downtown Miami’s EPIC Hotel, LILT Lounge offers the ideal setting for post-dinner drinks (In fact, it’s just steps away from Zuma, the internationally acclaimed Japanese restaurant). The menu is replete with innovative takes on classics beverages, as well as more exotic concoctions. One of the current cocktails on rotation is the pineapple express, which features a pineapple and cilantro ice block floating in a vessel filled with Herradura tequila, agave, lime, and habanero syrup. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way., Miami, 305-351-7403
Regarded as the original craft cocktail bar of South Beach, Living Room Bar continues to live up to its reputation for offering innovative mixology in a sultry setting. This season, the cocktail program was revamped to include a roster of globally-inspired drinks like the tamarind fizz, made with gin, tamarind shrub, orange blossom water, egg white, and lime. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3000