Best Bars For Foodies In South Florida

June 13, 2013 8:00 AM

If food paired with drinks is your passion, there’s nothing better than having a list of favorite joints. Most of the time, a well-tailored wine list or an impacting display of bourbons and whiskeys draws in that sophisticated crowd that loves unusual pairings. But for those who need substance with their libations, these following spots won’t disappoint.

The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions
5132 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 758-9559

It made it in the Miami Culinary Tours, in the 2013 Top Restaurants list by Urbanspoon and it conquered its own motto “Eat, drink, be merry.” It is a modern American tavern that brings genuine culinary traditions to multicultural Miami in a small street mall. The owners are veterans of innovative culinary experiments in South Florida and they make the dining experience an innovative one, one day at a time. For a foodie with a thirst for new delicacies, The Federal is the restaurant to keep under the radar.

Radio Bar South Beach
814 1st St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 397-8382

Taken over by Menin Hotels, the former Gospel radio station was promoted as a permanent to the delight of SoBe locals. Radio is that place where you feel comfortable in flip flops as well as in a suit, it almost has that thrift store feel. Born with a selected list of craft beers and cocktails to be accompanied by popcorns or nachos, it now has a grown-up menu of signature cocktails by its own mixologist and a full snack bar food catered by Menin’s Pizza Bar. With such a lineage of cocktail and snack combinations, the bar is a recurrent destination of whomever makes food a hobby.


1930 Bay Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-4441
From Brooklyn with love. Mark Iacono and Dominic Cavagnuolo are the owners of the first outpost outside NYC. Patrons in Brooklyn are already jealous that they will have to share those familiar faces with sunny Miami. There is only one size pizza, 20-inch pie (apparently the Miami water makes the crust even better than in New York), a brick oven and no menu, everything is written on a chalk. Instructions on how to order are very simple: only pizza and a max of four toppings. The tomato sauce is homemade and the cheese is fresh mozzarella and Parmigiano. Choose from a small selection of beer and wine to wash your pizza down.

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Harry’s Pizzeria
3918 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 275-4963
Defined as the casual neighborhood joint and situated in the heart of the Design District, Harry’s is the destination for thin-crust pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven. The detail of a blackboard in the bathroom invites patrons to be spontaneous and inventive. The series of pop-up evenings featuring James Beard award-winning chefs form around the nation attracts foodies and bloggers from all of South Florida. Short rib and rock shrimp are the cannot-leave-without pizzas to order. Grab a local beer on draft or a selection from the wine list for your drink.

Swine Southern Table & Bar
2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(786) 360- 6433
At Swine, everything revolves around pigs. Burnt ends, smoked brisket, spare ribs, house cut bacon and a burger made of a mix of short ribs, pork and brisket await at this locale. With a soft bar and lounge atmosphere, impeccably trained personnel and a top-notch leather-bound wine list with the best selection of spirits, you will be one very happy customer. Barrel-aged cocktails as well as bourbons and scotch conclude the libations, making Swine the perfect spot for a bar-hopping foodie.

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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