Coral Gables is one of the oldest communities in South Florida, first established in the early 1920s. Villas with gardens in Mediterranean-inspired style, the famous Biltmore Hotel and the most renown private schools can all be found in a community that is predominantly family oriented and old school. The neighborhood feel of Coral Gables can be easily found among its bars and local hangouts.

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The Bar

172 Giralda Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 442-2730

Decorated with that dark English pub feel that shies away from the sunlight, wooden oak booths, old bottles and stained glass lamps, The Bar surprises patrons with its dual personality. Early in the evening in a relaxed atmosphere you may sit at the bar and enjoy one of the largest variety of imported beers in the neighborhood. Later in the night, the volume gets loud and the bar area transforms into a dance floor. The Bar is not a dive where you may end up playing board games, but is intimate enough for a first date and warm enough to host a birthday party. The acclaimed Key Lime Pie is not to be missed.

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The Local Craft Food & Drink

150 Giralda Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 648-5687

Limited seating and cozy ambiance make this restaurant and bar a place where you want to meet with friends after work and unwind with a chilled specialty beer and some tapas, or as the The Local Craft calls it, gastropub flare. Frequented by a young crowd of twenty-something professionals that have share a passion for great American craft beer and conversation, this is a college student’s dream bar. The 24 rotating taps means that there’s always something new to sip on. Just save room for dessert––the bacon beignet with rosemary maple syrup and whipped cream is a must-try.

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Tarpon Bend

65 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 444-3210

In Miami, a restaurant that’s been in business since 1999 is the equivalent of an old staple, hands down. Part of a small chain,  Tarpon Bend still maintains its warm and casual atmosphere, welcoming its aficionados mainly for lunch and happy hour. This is the destination on the Mile for oysters and seafood and its famous Thursday Mojito Madness.

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Titanic Brewery

5813 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 668-1742

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The original concept for Titanic Brewery was a maritime themed microbrewery, and it was then extended to a fish and seafood restaurant (even the menu has ships everywhere) and a stage for live entertainment. Understated, unpretentious and laid back are the best attributes of both the crowd and the décor, since the center of the attention is behind the bar where you can see the beers being brewed as you drink them. Titanic is that typical hangout place to meet friends after work or to chill after a fishing excursion. As a drink to choose, with The Sampler you can have a taste of six of the brewery’s nine homebrewed beers to find your favorite. 

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19th Hole Sports Bar and Grill

Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 445-1926

19th Hole Sports Bar and Grill is the best kept secret in Coral Gables. Whether you are finishing up your 18 holes or coming out of the Baltimore Hotel’s spa, 19th Hole is a pleasant venue overlooking the course. This is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet lunch or a chilled drink at sunset with pals. There’s a spectacular view with a breeze and the waterfall of the pool serves as a soundtrack while enjoying a salad or a burger in a mini escape in your own backyard.

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