People have the wrong idea about rainy days. Most picture gloomy skies and a day that includes board games and movie watching on the entertainment dockett, but they’ve got it all wrong. Rainy days give you the time to explore the great indoors and in a region as creative as South Florida, the locals have thought of plenty of ways to make your rainy day rock.  After all, everyone calls Florida the sunshine state but they forget that South Florida has rainy season every summer. So read on to find out the best bars to have a great craft beer, play a round of pool, score a strike and get your skate on.

Sandbar Sports Grill

3064 Grand Ave.
Coconut Grove, FL 33313
(305) 444-5270

The Sandbar Sports Grill is kind of a multi-purpose establishment. On one hand it’s a collegiate hangout, home to Miami Hurricane fans and host to the Hurricane Hotline radio show. On the other hand it’s a great place to party during a rainstorm and hosts hurricane parties when the weather becomes inclement. This is mostly due to its spacious indoor bar and pool tables, which give partiers another form of entertainment aside from drinking. There’s also hardly any outdoor seating and no long wait outside for admittance, making this a great place to stay high and dry.

The Basement

2901 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(786) 257-4500

Opening up at the tail end of 2014, The Basement is Miami Beach’s newest bar but it’s already made quite an impression. When the weather outside is dreary, you can step inside and put on your choice of bowling shoes, ice skates or dancing shoes. That’s right, The Basement is a combination bowling alley, ice skating rink, bar and nightclub. It’s located at the base of the Seville hotel and features 2 bowling lanes, a small ice rink and a full dance floor all in separate rooms.  The crowd is eccentric, often wearing costumes to skate in, but if you are up for the unusual, this is the place for you.

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The Stage

170 N.E. 38th St.
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 576-9577

Arcades or skating rinks may not be your thing but everybody loves a live concert. The Stage is a nightclub and bar with an indoor stage and plenty of entertainers on tap from rock to rap and reggae. Tuesdays are open mic night, displaying all the local lyrical talent that South Florida has to offer and if the weather get worse, have no fear. The Stage has a backup generator to keep the party going all night long.


1218 14th Court
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-3511

The Foxhole is a cool place for cool people. More lounge than sports bar, this ubiquitous hideaway’s entrance is in an alleyway on Miami Beach. It’s the kind of place that you would never find unless someone told you about it, but once inside the seedy outside is transformed into tan-laden hideaway where you can hear the likes of Talib Kweli and ?uestlove live. There’s no gimmick here. Just a nice place to sit at the bar and listening to some smooth sounds while the weather rages on outside.

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