124 2 St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
This isn’t a place that’s easy to find––mainly because it’s hidden away behind The Big Pink restaurant. With its dark, smoky and intimate atmosphere, Ted’s is the very definition of unpretentious. While the word “dive” may come to mind upon entry to this bar, that doesn’t mean it’s dumpy; this is more of a jeans and T-shirt kind of place where you can relax and be yourself. With two happy hours, no cover charge, food, games, pool tables, a jukebox and affordable drinks, Ted’s is the perfect place to “hide” from the typical SoBe crowd. The bar attracts a predominantly male clientele, which may have something to do with the all-female bar staff.
170 NE 38 St
Miami, FL 33137
This best kept secret in Midtown is quite a find. While The Stage is no dive, it is hidden under an overpass in a dimly lit part of town. The bar’s cozy, coffeehouse atmosphere will draw you in and the live band will keep you here until close. The Stage has three bars – two indoor and one on the patio – all fully stocked with booze and bartenders ready to serve you. There is no smoking allowed indoors, so there is nothing to obstruct your view of the stage where they offer of live music and live theater from local artists. There’s typically no cover charge at The Stage, but the pricey $12 shots will quickly cancel out the perk of free entry. If you’re not looking to spend a small fortune, opt for the beers for $6 to $8.
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172 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Stroll into this neighborhood bar and you’ll find one of the most impressive beer selections around. Featuring 10 brews on tap and 22 bottle beers, The Bar’s bestselling pint is Corsendonk, which is brewed with port raisins and chocolate. Not just for beer connoisseurs, libation lovers will find liquor is served as well. The Bar wouldn’t want you to pair your specialty brew with pre-packaged, frozen food, so you’ll find all the fare is fresh and cooked to order. This place is dark, even in daylight, with antique beer bottles and vintage alcohol posters lining the walls and cozy booths and comfy chairs filling the space. There are plenty of games, including a dartboard and a computerized jukebox that offers an eclectic mix of music.
625 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
You’ll find Zeke’s on Lincoln Road tucked between a lot of upscale shops, which makes its surprisingly affordable beer selection even more mind-blowing. Zeke’s Roadhouse is a small place, but there’s room to sit outside and people watch if you get claustrophobic. If you love beer or are feeling adventurous and want to try a type of brew you’ve never had the courage to try before, then Zeke’s is the place for you. Zeke’s offers up more than 200 beer selections an astonishingly low $4 each. The bartenders here are knowledgeable, so ask questions if you don’t have already have a favorite beer. This is a cash only establishment so hit the ATM before you go. Carry your ID with you; you won’t be served without one.
297 NW 23rd St
Miami, FL 33127
www.cafeinamiami.comIn the middle of nowhere on a dark, lonely street, you’ll find this exquisite, modern bar and lounge that regularly attracts a young, hip crowd. Relax in one of Cafeina’s plush chairs or sit outside in one of the lounge’s hammock beds after an evening of dancing. The café con leche martini is surprisingly delicious and the venue serves a nice selection of what they like to call “small plate” varieties and signature tapas. Adjacent to Cafeina’s interior lounge is the Wynwood Exhibition Center, a 1,000 square foot art gallery that rotates exhibits monthly. Cafeina patrons can stop in and view the artwork on display before enjoying a specialty cocktail.Related: Best Tequila Bars In Miami