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Top Bars For Groups In South Florida

March 9, 2014 12:01 PM

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Photo Credit: Lido Restaurant

Photo Credit: Lido Restaurant

Miami has that advantage that no matter the weather, there are always options to spend happy times with family and friends. Parks and beaches are the norm, but when it comes to bars and restaurants, you can be outside or inside and can organize your girls night out or a family outing with kids in tow. There are options for everyone.

Photo Credit: La Piaggia via Facebook

Photo Credit: La Piaggia via Facebook

La Piaggia Beach Club
1000 S. Pointe Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-0647
www.lapiaggiabeach.com

The saltwater swimming pool and sand around it brings that Saint Tropez flair to South Beach. Located across from Murano Grande condominiums, it’s the ideal location to relax and let the cuisine entertain you. The renowned house rosé is the best companion to the French Riviera menu crowned with steamed mussels and French fries. Making a reservation for Sunday brunch is a must when you bring your family or friends to a made-in-France experience.

Photo Credit: Yardbird

Photo Credit: Yardbird

Yardbird
1600 Lenox Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-5220
www.runchickenrun.com

It is not only because it was a semi-finalist for the James Beard award or because it promises ‘honest goodness’ or because it serves the best fried chicken in at least the tri-county area, but it is because all of the above among other perks that makes Yardbird the go-to restaurant. You can spend time people watching while you enjoy the special cocktails at the bar or outside waiting for your reserved table. The cuisine is classic southern and meant to be shared, like the tall tables in front of the bar. Enjoy the flow of abundant plates and humble soul flavors, remembering one suggestion: leave space for dessert or you will regret it.

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Photo Credit: Rec Room

Photo Credit: Rec Room

Rec Room
Gale Hotel South Beach
1690 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-0199
www.galehotel.com/nightlife

Transport yourself back to the 1970s when you and your friends were playing backgammon or poker in your parents’ basement. Now fast forward to today and head over to the Gale Hotel on South Beach. Its subterranean lounge is a tribute to ’70s Miami and basement parties everywhere. The atmosphere is elegant yet approachable and the DJ even spins vinyl. You really can’t beat this place to hang out with your group of friends – that is unless you want to move back in with your parents.

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Photo Credit: The Mondrian

Photo Credit: The Mondrian

The Mondrian 
1100 West Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 672-2662
www.mondrian-miami.com

Since it opened in South Beach, the Mondrian is synonymous with Chill Sunday, the pool party that starts at noon and never ends. The stunning views of the bay, unparalleled sunsets, live DJ and impeccable pool service are the main ingredients to one successful gathering. Reserve a cabana or get there early enough to secure a few beds next to each other and let the atmosphere play its tricks.

Photo Credit: Lido Restaurant

Photo Credit: Lido Restaurant

Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill at The Standard
40 Island Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-1717
www.standardhotels.com

Let the sun kiss you while you enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine of chef Zeitouni. This is the only place in Miami Beach where you can enjoy a peaceful sunset with dimmed music and yoga at sunset classes on the dock. You can enjoy a spa day with your girlfriends and celebrate with drinks by the bay at the bar. Dinner will come naturally right after with organic meats and fish and bio-dynamic wines.

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A resident of South Beach for 16 years, Francesca Belluomini has long been an iconic presence on the local nightlife scene. Raised and educated in Tuscany, Italy, she has also lived in two fashion capitols, Milan and London. She writes about all fashions in Miami. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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