This is your guide to the best places to visit while in Miami Beach. As locals we spend our time at local spots. Locations in Miami can be very touristy and may not truly represent the essence of our city. South Beach can be difficult to decipher. Many places are tourist traps and unnecessarily expensive. This is the reason why we’ve put this list together. There are some great venues that locals visit that represent the true Miami and South Beach. You may see a celebrity or you may even run into one of the neighbors that usually hang out at the hotel.
Lobster Bar Sea Grille is located in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. Elegant and upscale with modern nautical touches, the restaurant and its spacious bar, lounge, and patio is the perfect location for cocktails and an immersive culinary experience. Executive Chef Arturo Paz heads the culinary team.
Bagatelle Miami Beach redefines the French Mediterranean dining experience through an exquisite seasonal menu and a beautifully constructed space including outdoor seating. Designed by Celano Design Studio, Bagatelle Miami Beach embodies bustling Parisian bistro with classic décor, bold artwork and lively music.
The restaurant features a unique combination of classic fish house favorites like Crispy Clams Strips and Maine Lobster Rolls as well as the refined upscale menu options that have made the Prime Restaurants famous, like Holland Dover Sole and Hawaiian Ahi Tuna.
The menu’s originality is matched by a sexy décor that parts ways with the customary dark leathers and low lighting in favor of a lively, upscale atmosphere where the lights accentuate the meal and the hustle and bustle of the room creates a collective dining atmosphere that is second to none.
Recognized as one of the finest Mediterranean seafood restaurants in the world, Estiatorio Milos was founded by acclaimed chef Costas Spiliadis who has made it an unparalleled culinary destination in Montreal, New York, Athens, Las Vegas, Miami and London.
Before the glitz and glamour that has become “SoBe,” Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant stood as a spot for true seafood-loving locals and tourists alike. Established in 1913, two years before Miami Beach would even become incorporated, Joe’s has withstood the test of time.
Just over bridge on the mainland in Miami, Wywood is the city’s hipster mecca. This art gallery neighborhood is home to over 100 bars and restaurants. Come by day to see the beautiful graffiti murals that cover every building, check out the galleries and shop until you drop. Then by night you can bar hop along with thousands of locals that pour into the streets.
Española Way is another pedestrian street bisecting Collins and Washington, just a few blocks south of Lincoln Road. It’s a charming street with buildings epitomizing the Spanish colonial architecture found throughout South Beach with plenty of restaurants and entertainment.
This local’s place offers a bustling bar with tattoo-clad bartenders briskly shaking cocktails. “Are you dirty enough?” the bar’s motto asks in neon lights by the door. While some patrons gyrate to the sounds of ’90s hip-hop, others take in Miami’s weather on the patio.
This local’s bar is marked by a faint red light above an oversized door in a semi-hidden alleyway. Unless you’re looking for it, you won’t find it. Upon entering you’ll be greeted by a sign the reads ”I Found Foxhole” from there on the fun begins.The bar’s cocktails are crafted by a chosen group of skilled and attractive bartenders, until the sun rises.
Bodega looks like a simple taqueria, but beyond the hidden back door is a bumping al fresco bar. Bodega has two levels of comfortable couches and coffee tables lined with fun neon art, including large lit sinage of profanity that makes for edgy Instagram photos.
Sweet Liberty offers guests world-class cocktails and creative American food. Conceived and operated by award-winning bartender John Lermayer and Dan Binkiewicz along with restaurateur David Martinez, Sweet Liberty brings an intelligent selection of food and drink from sophisticated to simple to downright delicious.