Looking for a low-key evening filled with great drinks and an exclusive environment? While Miami may have its share of top spots to check out that attract the mass crowds, there’s also a few hidden gems that offer the best of the city without all the crowds. Here’s a look at some of our favorite hidden bars in Miami.
The South Beach hot spot was the first to enter the scene as a true speakeasy bar, and has quickly become one of the top nightlife destinations in the city. Seriously, what could be better than killer cocktails and tacos + an exclusive speakeasy lounge in the back? Not much, and that’s why Bodega is coveted by locals and visitors alike. With a hip taco bodega out front boasting the best Mexican bites in the city, through a secret bathroom door near the other side of the entrance, guests will enter through to find a two-level lounge bursting with energy. As you finish your night, make sure to grab more tacos for the road or stop by its sister bar, Ricky’s (which houses the NY transplant Artichoke’s Pizza), next door.
What at first glance seems to be just another stylish Mexican restaurant on South Beach has something special to offer. Behind what looks like an industrial meat locker door is one of the few speakeasy bars in Miami. The restaurant itself, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, offers fantastic Mexican street food and authentic Mexican drinks. A very special eye catcher is the converted Airstream caravan that serves as a kitchen and serving hatch. The cook, Bernie Matz, got inspiration for the menu from his extensive journeys through Mexico. The result is a modern interpretation of Taco dishes made from chicken, steak or pork that are crisply roasted on a rotating spit.
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Palm trees, blue waters, and great food, that’s what Miami Beach is about. What better way to end a day out in the sun and satisfy your hunger than with a filling sub and a refreshing beer. At Halves and Wholes located on the corner of Alton and 16th, you’ll find just that, and more.
A small and cozy shop with some big and bold flavors, you’ll find an array of over a dozen different sandwiches, from classics like the Stacked Ham and Turkey with ham, turkey, bacon and Swiss, and Meatball parm to the unique Pig Out with pulled pork, bacon, cheddar and BBQ sauce. Along with seasonal specialties coming and going, soups, salads, and bowls, you have plenty to choose from.
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Otam is one of the rare yards that made the transition from a high-performance custom yacht maker to building 100-plus-foot flybridge superyachts. The Genoa yard’s performance roots came out at the Cannes Yachting Festival with the company’s announcement that it would be planning a new 100-foot performance yacht with two 2,700 hp MTU diesels connected to Arneson surface drives. That kind of horsepower will propel this Otam to speeds that other 100-footers can only dream of—such as a 43-knot cruise speed and 48-knot maximum.
While heavy on speed, the Umberto Tagliavini–designed yacht is also a sleek, single-deck beauty, minus the stacked decks of most 100-footers. At the same time, Tagliavini was meticulous about optimizing the yacht’s interior and exterior spaces to ensure the utmost pleasure and privacy for owners and guests. The 100 HT (hard top) has its own crew-specific passageways to limit interactions with owners and guests, while the interior and outer spaces are designed for social occasions. The aft cockpit, for instance, has two large lounges and alfresco dining table for 10 guests, protected from wind and sunlight by the overhang of the hardtop. One of the doors separating the cockpit and main saloon drops into the floor, creating a connected, open-plan space. The saloon, measuring about 400 square feet, has multiple lounges and a wet bar toward the rear, with a separate center dining area for 10 guests. A wet bar is positioned forward.
Italians, as anyone knows, are passionate about their food, so there is a third dining area on the foredeck that, once again, has table and seating for 10. This area is positioned beside a sunbed. This whole section is protected by a sliding bimini that delivers shade. The area is very much in sync with the rest of the boat’s svelte profile. And while one can easily forget this performance boat is a superyacht, Otam even says there is space for a touch-and-go helipad on the bow.
The 100-footer’s accommodations are all on the lower deck, with a full-beam master suite that includes a large en-suite bathroom. Two VIP suites sit just in front of the master suite, along with two more guest staterooms behind the master. The crew quarters are also belowdecks but privacy is ensured by a bulkhead and an entrance that is separate from the guest staterooms.
Although Miami is known for its Cuban flare and culinary spice, there’s no denying the fact that Floridians can toss up a hot slice of America’s all-around favorite food. Whether a fan of thin-crust, deep-dish or multi-topping, you can easily find the best of you favorite in almost any neighborhood and here’s the proof.
And while Miami doesn’t have its own distinctive pizza style (yet), it still boasts great options from across the pizza universe.The city’s pizza scene is booming with a cornucopia of distinctive and delicious pies. And Miami’s pizza calling is so strong, that a whole bunch of out-of-town pizza chains are converging onto the city.
Popular late night pizza spot Artichoke Pizza has made its way down to Miami. Set up inside of Ricky’s South Beach, it serves whole pies and slices including the Margherita Pizza, Sicilian Pizza the namesake Artichoke Pizza made with artichoke hearts, spinach, cream sauce, mozzarella, pecorino romano cheese.
If you haven’t grabbed a slice at Artichoke Pizza yet, you are really missing out!
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