Up until recently, the only people you’d find in Downtown Miami were those leaving a Heat game or an after-hours club. But now places like Mama Tried are finally overhauling the area. This new bar is equally great for a quiet Happy Hour or a big night out, depending on what time you get there. The wrap-around bars are sleek and completely redone, but they’ve kept the pool table from the previous bar. And with a good selection of beer and wine, and cocktails that are reasonably priced from $11-$13, it’s not surprising that someone suggested you meet up Downtown.
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ATV Records is a small Downtown club from the former Electric Pickle team. If a DJ you like is playing, it’s a fun room.
Meraki Greek Bistro
Meraki is a Greek restaurant in Downtown slightly hidden in a random little alley. If it’s a nice day, definitely sit outside.
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Esotico is a shiny tiki bar and restaurant near Downtown. The drinks are strong and they serve a surprisingly good octopus hot dog.
The Anderson on 79th is part trip to the 1980s with animal print and a disco ball, part tiki-bar with palm trees and rum cocktails.
La Cocina Coctelería
La Cocina is a cocktail bar in the back of Hialeah’s Stephen’s Deli, and it’s fun enough to visit whether or not you’re eating at the restaurant.
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1-800-Lucky is an Asian food hall in Wynwood - come with those friends who can never decide where to eat and get a frozen beer or slushie.
All Day serves the best coffee in the city, and some solid breakfast/lunch food, in an unexpected corner of Downtown.
Head to Palmar on NW 29th St. with a small group for some of the best Chinese food in the city, in a space that looks like a large green box.
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