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Best Locals Only Bars In Miami

July 15, 2011 9:01 AM

Singer Gloria Estefan paid a recent visit to Tobacco Road. (Credit:

Miami is a hip city, well known for its flashy nightclubs and trendy bars. However, Miami residents are in on the secret that is the best locals only bars in the city. These bars offer a more low-key atmosphere, generally cheaper prices and a majority local crowd. — Kimberly Porter

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Singer Gloria Estefan paid a recent visit to Tobacco Road. (Credit:

Tobacco Road

626 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Fla. 33130
(305) 374-1198

Tobacco Road is actually Miami’s oldest bar. Open in downtown Miami since 1912, this bar attracts locals with its special Friday night Happy Hours, live music and multiple areas. You will find an indoor bar and restaurant, an outdoor patio area, and an upstairs cabaret available for public and private parties. Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 5 a.m., Tobacco Road also offers lunch specials every day and dinner specials Tuesday through Thursday. It is perhaps best known for its Happy Hour. Every year, Tobacco Road celebrates its anniversary by extending its Happy Hour length by one minute, but also raising prices by one cent. So, in 2010, when Tobacco Road was 98 years old – Happy Hour went on for 98 minutes and there were 98-cent drink specials.

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The walls at Duffy's Tavern are covered in sports memorabilia. (Credit:

Duffy’s Tavern

2108 SW 57th Avenue
Miami, Fla. 33155
(305) 264-6580

Duffy’s Tavern is the historic Miami sports bar. You will feel out of place on game day if you aren’t sporting your best and brightest Miami Dolphin’s or Hurricane’s gear. The walls are covered in sports memorabilia and Miami NewTimes has named it “Best Sports Bar” in the past. Open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., with daily drink specials, this out of the way landmark is definitely on the list of the best locals only bars in Miami. From college students to local businesspeople, Duffy’s caters to all ages of Miami locals.


5501 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 757-1807

Churchill’s is a small, English-style pub in northern Miami that has become a staple in the Miami music scene. Open since 1979, Churchill’s now houses a stage, dance floor, pool tables, arcade games, fully stocked bar, indoor and outdoor seating – and even a laundry room available to all patrons! Marilyn Manson actually played his first show ever at Churchill’s in 1989. This locals’ bar is open daily, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., and though there is the occasional cover charge for shows, the prices once inside are incredibly reasonable by Miami standards.

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