Believe it or not, you can venture anywhere from old-school Coral Gables to college central Coconut Grove, ritzy financial Brickell Avenue to flaunting Miami Beach or trending Wynwood and still be able to find that place where you feel at ease entertaining a conversation, closing a deal or simply getting together with peers. Check out any of these bars and restaurants to make some new contacts in the city.
Town Kitchen & Bar
7301 SW 57th Court
Miami, FL 33143
Located in the heart of a bustling street, Town Kitchen & Bar is so versatile that you can rely on it for power breakfasts, business lunches, romantic dinners and the longest brunches in south Florida. With indoor and outdoor (hot but shaded) seating, you are greeted and accommodated promptly. The best networking time is the weekend brunch, mostly because you’ll find no shortage of unlimited mimosas and an extended menu that ranges from steamed mussels and oriental dishes to pasta and pizza, appealing to all tastes.
Mr. Moe’s Restaurant and Bar
3131 Commodore Plaza
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
An oversized grizzly bear welcomes patrons into a cabin-like setting in the heart of tropical Coconut Grove. It’s hard to find any Floridian resemblance from the inside either, just loud music, late gatherings and business hours ranging until 5 a.m., making it the place to be and be seen if you are a college student. Mechanical Bull Country Night, Karaoke Night and College Night are the favorite evenings of students from the neighboring universities that want to stay out until the wee hours of the night.
The River Seafood & Oyster Bar
650 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130
Next door to the oldest bar in Miami, opposite a private tennis club and two blocks from the heart of the financial district, you can often find a sizeable crowd of business people in their 40s unwinding from early-day trading. Fine dining with the best selection of oysters in town and genially-crafted cocktails are even better when the music is perfect to maintain a friendly conversation after closing a deal.
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1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136
On a corner and hidden behind columns, it is hardly recognizable. You would never expect such a pearl in a neighborhood where Golden Rush is around the corner and the club Space is one block south. On the other hand, with the Cisneros Fontanals headquarters across the street and Legal Art on the same block, the grounds are set for a niche crowd. A selection of over 50 hand-picked, rare imported beers and a gourmet menu that includes Croque Madame are some of the reasons why the bar is frequented by the hipster artists, photographers and designers who populate the area and coexist with a consistent homeless population. The word of its exquisite sandwiches went so fast that the restaurant is equipped with a drive-through window where you can order and mingle with a beer while waiting.
Smith & Wollensky
1 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
For Miami Beach networking at its best, Smith & Wollensky is the quintessence. Situated in the middle of multi-million public park South Pointe and the most expensive real estate in the East Coast, you will go and keep going for everything that this spot offers. The breathtaking views, the passers by, the breeze and the impeccably welcoming food and service are just a few highlights. The best and favorite time for locals and travelers is sunset when the colors, the cruise ships and elegance make for an unbeatable outing.