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Much has changed since the days hotel bars were just a waystation for jet-lagged, bleary-eyed travelers. Players in hospitality are focusing more than ever on turning their onsite watering holes into buzzed-about hubs for locals and visitors alike. From speakeasy-style drinking dens, like The Blind Barber at Nautilus by Arlo, to gilded havens that harken to a glitzy past, like Le Sirenous at Four Season Hotel at The Surf Club, these Miami hotel bars are shaking up the scene with the first-class service, prime people-watching, and plenty of personality.  

Minnow Bar at Kimpton Angler’s Hotel

If you love gin, head to Minnow Bar at the reimagined Kimpton Angler’s Hotel (also home to Seawell Fish n’ Oyster). The menu here spotlights herb-infused craft cocktails made to complement unique gins from around the world. The atmosphere is great, too — sip a martini inside at the intimate counter, or enjoy a G&T al fresco in the bar’s breezy outdoor terrace. Not the biggest fan of gin? Don’t worry. The talented staff can shake up something delicious with pisco, cachaca, or white rum as a base, and there’s a great wine and beer list, too. 

660 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

Boulud Sud at JW Marriott

Beloved by Brickellites for its great daily happy hour deals, the bar and lounge at Boulud Sud inside the JW Marriott is perfect if wine is your thing. The selection sources heavily from the Mediterranean (though you’ll find some French, South American and domestic offerings). We especially love their Greek and Middle Eastern wine selection, which includes Assyrtiko from Santorini, Agiorgitiko from Nemea, and rose from Lebanon — all available by the glass and served with a side of gorgeous views.

255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami

Zucca at Hotel Place St. Michel

Hotel St. Michel is one of Coral Gable’s best-kept secrets. A true hidden gem with nearly a century of history behind it, Hotel Place St. Michel is the best place to go if you’re looking for Old World charm in the heart of South Florida. The bar here is located inside the hotel’s acclaimed Zucca Ristorante and offers a great selection of light bites, charcuterie, global wines, and Italian-inspired craft cocktails.

162 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gables

The Biltmore Bar

The Biltmore Bar is famous for a number of things — it’s where you’ll find the best Vesper martini in Miami and one of the city’s most extensive collections of vintage liquor and cognac (the hotel even keeps a cognac expert on staff to help guests navigate the menu). And with its dark wood paneling, gleaming marble floors, and dim golden lighting, it’s the perfect place to unwind like it’s 1926. Get there between 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and you’ll enjoy half-off select drinks. Premium cigars are also available to smoke in the bar’s loggia.

1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables

Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Surf Club

For those who like to sip champagne with a heady dose of glamor, there’s no place like Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club — the first U.S. outpost of the iconic brand in Positano. The bar seems to exist between two worlds; housed in a ballroom where legends like Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra once danced, with white wooden windows thrown open to reveal the Atlantic Ocean, a crowd that’s always smartly dressed, and white-jacketed bartenders that serve the greatest negronis in the country, Le Sirenuse keeps you wondering if you’re truly in Miami, or if you’ve fallen through the rabbit hole and emerged somewhere on the Amalfi Coast. 

9101 Collins Avenue, Surfside

Edge Steak & Bar at Four Seasons Miami

Also popular among downtown Miami and Brickell’s professional scene, Edge Steak & Bar at Four Seasons Miami checks all the boxes. It has a great selection of bites, like chorizo and cheddar croquetas, spiced lamb meatballs, spiced onion rings, and foie gras and truffle bonbons. The craft cocktails are top-notch, blended with housemade syrups and infused spirits (you can’t leave without trying the Double Cask Auld Fashioned). The wine list is well-rounded and robust. And during happy hour, which happens on weekdays from 4-7 p.m., you can enjoy it all at a discount.

1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami

Blind Barber at Nautilus by Arlo

Speakeasy-style bars have become as commonplace in Miami as vape counters and exotic car rental shops. But Blind Barber at Nautilus by Arlo has managed to maintain ]a high cool factor with its unique brand story, its barbershop-meets-bar concept, and its delicious drinks. Cocktails here are creative, pairing flavors like hibiscus-infused vodka with sparkling wine, sage, and grenadine, or reposado tequila with Campari, sweet vermouth and cacao nibs. And while there’s a solid menu of small bites to choose from, the real gem here is the bar’s selection of artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches (there are five varieties in total).

1825 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

BLT STEAK

BLT Steak

 By Sherri Balefsky | Online Editor

1. BLT Steak {The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.673.0044}
Helmed by internationally renowned Chef Laurent Tourondel and Chef de Cuisine Danny Ganem, this modern steakhouse continues to attract locals and visitors alike for its chic ambience and expertly prepared steaks. All beef is Certified Angus and naturally aged for maximum tenderness and flavor; it’s then broiled at 1,700 degrees and finished with herb butter for a juicy, decadent taste. It’s no wonder that the Miami New Times named BLT Steak “Miami’s Best Steakhouse of 2014.”

2. Prime One Twelve {112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.532.8112}
Of course, no top 10 list of steakhouses in Miami is complete without Prime One Twelve, known for being the first modern steakhouse in the United States. Now celebrating its 11th year inside the Browns Hotel (Miami Beach’s first hotel, built in 1915), Prime One Twelve serves up some of the finest quality dry-aged meats in signature sauces alongside must-try favorites such as the Five Cheese Truffle “MAC” and Rum Baked Sweet Plantains.

3. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener {315 South Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown; 305.487.7130}
Located right on the waterfront overlooking the Miami River, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener is a welcomed addition to Downtown Miami’s dining scene. You can’t go wrong when ordering any of the menu’s signature on-premise, dry-aged USDA Prime steaks. Now a worldwide brand, Wolfgang’s operates eight locations throughout the United States, with outposts in Tokyo and Seoul, and several others coming soon.

Wolfgang's Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zweiner

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener

4. The Setai Grill {2001 Collins Avenue; Miami Beach; 305.520.6400}
Tucked away inside the exclusive Setai Hotel is the romantic Setai Grill. Executive Chef Mathias Gervaise and Chef de Cuisine Denevin Miranda have recently added a surprising Asian twist to the menu while still offering an unmatched selection of exclusive cuts of dry-aged meat from New York City’s highly respected butcher Pat LaFrieda & Son. Be sure to try the new six-course prix-fixe menu for only $115, with the option of an additional $65 per person to include wine pairing.

5. Morton’s The Steakhouse {multiple locations}
“The best steak … anywhere!” is just around the corner. Whether you choose to dine at the Morton’s in Brickell, Coral Gables, or North Miami Beach, you know that you’ll be getting the same quality meats and impeccable service that made Morton’s a favorite when it debuted in Chicago in 1978. Morton’s continues to wow visitors in cities throughout the United States and beyond.

6. StripSteak {4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 877.326.7412} 
Chef Michael Mina has done it again with Fontainebleau’s newest restaurant. This hip eatery inside Miami Beach’s trendiest hotel is a contemporary alternative to the traditional steakhouse setting, offering à la carte cuts of beef (many from the hotel’s on-site aging room and butcher shop). Be sure to stop by the StripSteak Lounge on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, when DJ Elle is present.

StripSteak

StripSteak

7. Quality Meats {1501 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.340.3333}
It was only two months ago that Quality Meats (voted the No. 1 steakhouse in Manhattan by Zagat Survey in 2014) made its Miami debut inside a historic Art Deco hotel on bustling Collins Avenue. The SoBe eatery has already proven to provide the same sophistication and superior cuisine as its New York counterpart. Partner and Executive Chef Craig Koketsu’s meat-centric menu features variations of only the best quality beefs, which are all cured, aged, and smoked onsite.

8. EDGE Steak & Bar {1435 Brickell Avenue, Brickell; 305.381.3190}
Situated inside the Four Seasons Hotel, EDGE is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. Executive Chef Aaron Brooks serves up a delicious menu of fresh dishes featuring only farm-to-table ingredients. If you’re lucky, try to score a table on the lively rooftop terrace so that after dinner, you can melt your own s’mores in front of the fire.

9. PM Fish & Steak House {1453 South Miami Avenue, Brickell; 305.200.5606}
PM Fish & Steak House is the Argentinian answer to a traditional American steakhouse. All meats are cooked on the restaurant’s signature grill. Because PM also specializes in fish, we recommend the Surf & Turf Puerto Madera, a combination of lobster (Bogavante from Maine) and Prime tenderloin.

PM Fish & Steak House

PM Fish & Steak House

10. Meat Market {915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305.532.0088}
Acclaimed Chef Sean Brasel is at the helm of Meat Market, Miami Beach’s trendy steakhouse located smack-dab in the center of Lincoln Road. The sophisticated menu changes seasonally to reflect the best flavors of the region. Whichever delectable slab of meat you order, we recommend enjoying it with the restaurant’s signature homemade MM A-100 Steak Sauce.