Miami's Top Ten Hipster Bars

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Photo by Daniel De Las Casas

Have you accepted that you're a hipster?

Probably not. It's in your nature to deny it. Shit, even that is becoming cliche.

On most nights, though, you're inadvertently (or deliberately?) trendsetting at a handful of offbeat, edgy boozing joints around town.

So, sorry to blow up your spot. But here are Crossfade's top ten hipster bars in Miami.

See also:
-Ten Best Live Music Venues in Miami

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Photo by George Martinez

10. Wood Tavern
Wynwood's Wood Tavern bills itself as "a bar's bar." Stroll in on any given night, and the dim main room and adjoining string-lit beer garden evoke its other motto, "laidback-n-local." In 2012, Forbes named Wynwood one of America's 20 Best Hipster Neighborhoods. Yes, the arts district lures fixed-gear riding, American Spirit-puffing rascals who happen to frequent this watering hole. But it is Wood's mellow vibe that cuts through the pretentious bullshit. There's Taco Tuesday, serving up delicious $2 Mexican street food out of a converted station wagon. And then you've got Sunday's Backyard Boogie, an easygoing outdoor party with plenty of music, friends, and drinks. Affordable craft beer, mountains of booze bottles, and a Baby Birdman meet-and-greet? We'd say that's pretty chill.

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9. Bardot
The now-defunct Studio A was a hipster haven abutting the elephantine Space on NE 11th Street. It was Miami's quintessential dance-club-slash-music-venue, catering to the folks who fancied a Cat Power show on Thursday, and craved an Avenue D boogie-down on Friday. When it closed in 2008, the Miami scene was in limbo. The midsized Grand Central's similar indie likability saved our asses, but there's another music house brewing in Midtown. Namely, Bardot, whose inconspicuous alley entrance, floor-level "Carpet Stage," and no-photography rule set a semi-secret insider vibe. Of course, the lounge still provides bottle service and boasts a VIP area. And those elements are a tad "affluent hipster," but the tunes are what we're here for. After all, underground indie, hip-hop, and electronic musicians like Peter Bjorn and John, XXYYXX, and Felix Da Housecat have all hit the rug.

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Wood Tavern

2531 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Bardot

3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

The Vagabond - CLOSED

30 NE 14th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

The Corner

1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Gramps

176 NW 24th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Kill Your Idol

222 Española Way, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Blackbird Ordinary

729 SW 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Electric Pickle

2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

The Broken Shaker

2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

The Garret at Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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62 comments
Pablo Lalaguna
Pablo Lalaguna

If Forbes declares Winwood to be one of the ten hipster neighborhoods in America, then it must be...they and most of miami are only yearssss behind what was really happening there.

Alex Correoso
Alex Correoso

Many hipsters dress differently... You have your indie music hipster, your artist hipster, your button down with shorts and a beard hipster, clean cut hipster, etc. It's definitely not all about the clothes. They all have many things to offer from environmental culture to technology.

SO2010
SO2010

Seriously those same people again. What? does Miami only have 5 professed hipsters? 

Danny Portal
Danny Portal

do people that like dragonballz fall under hipster? you know just wondering

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

so there is more to being a hipster? im not a hipster, i think? i do like underground music, art and culture? am i hipster? but i dont dress like they do

stianroenning
stianroenning

Actually, I took that photo of Daniel de LaCasa with Daniels camera ;-)

Flavio Rocha
Flavio Rocha

What an incredibly vague definition. You could just go through life lumping people into one category for the sake of convenience...or you could embrace people's individuality and learn something new from them. Your choice

Rod Deal
Rod Deal

"Hipster" or artiste?? hmm.

Luis Villanueva
Luis Villanueva

Seriously? Hipster is much more than just clothing, it's a lifestyle: listening to obscure music, being mainly liberal, following art and other forms of culture, environmental consciousness, among others.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

electric pickle is not hipster, being hipster is just a clothing style, bars have nothing to do with being hipster...

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............."Ladies sip complimentary vodka cocktails (from 11 p.m. to midnight)".............

HUH ? this is supposed to be an attraction to women ? or is this intended to save their boyfriends money on the date ?

i know being YOUNG only comes around ever so often so it's a good time to let the inner idiot out but after using cut quality crystal such as waterford glasses i got it down to drinking cheap booze out of an expensive cup as the BEST combination

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

well anyone who remembers EVER being young will undoubtedly recount some hole-in-the-wall place(s),  that became THE summer hang-out with all these same factors - overcrowded, loud, where macho meets high-maintenance and of course alcohol-fueled, dives

i guess if you"re not intending to pay your student-loan obligations or if your parents who are supporting you aren't paying their mortgage then there is money available to piss away at these places

what it means is we grew out of it, eventually, but here i sense an immaturity that goes with the shabby clothing and grubby food and plastic cups and indebtedness that will never be repaid sealing the irresponsibility and accountability necessary for maturity - and do any of them realize america has been at war for the last dozen years (okay maybe that's unfair since it was my generation that got us involved,  not these kids)

one thing the kids DO have over us olde timers is the no smoking so good for them and i suppose everything works out in the long run anyway - right ?

Steve Small
Steve Small

So the beach is back in. I mean out. Whatev. Hipster what? Bring mrwhen you get thrown out of the Duece at 7am

Steve Small
Steve Small

So the beach is back in. I mean out. Rock stars getting thrown out of the Duece at 7am. That's hip.

a.m.ruiz85
a.m.ruiz85

Seriously, I am sick and tired of all the negativity that has been pinned to the word ‎#hipster. I don't know how people who are labeled like this are anywhere else, but in Miami it has been a great improvement! I remember in 2000 all the XL Shirts and Pants, and hanging ass boxers, bad manners, bad language, and all the disrespect, hanging booties, and baby blue everything, etc (you get the picture)... I could not relate, still can't relate. I don't consider myself anything, but if I had to choose a popular trend to be in place ‎#hipsterism does not sound half bad. And for the record, some of these "hipsters" are the most open minded, innovative, educated, culturally aware people in our society. Yeah, some are just there for the look...but I would rather them have this look than the one that was here before this X 100. Oh, and its a mesh of some of my favorite trends and fringe movements galore! Postwar era—beat, hippie, punk, goth, rocker, and even grunge. Artists, art aficionados, musicians, intellectuals, dancers, actors, scientists, artsy peeps, the normal person trying something new, etc. That's right, I said it! ‎#hipsterpride

TK Small
TK Small

Miami has hipsters now? werent any when I left in 05' ,who let them in?

Vanessa Black
Vanessa Black

Legit, Miami New Times cannot go one week without mentioning something hipster-related. Way. Too. Into. Yourselves. #expandyourhorizons

Andy Torres
Andy Torres

Only if they play Daft Punk in these bars. ;-)

Lou Ce Fur
Lou Ce Fur

Eat shit Constanza Camargo ! Lol

Manny Rossi
Manny Rossi

Damn hipsters- you should join the I hate Hipsters page

Lou Ce Fur
Lou Ce Fur

Manny Rossi I had a hipster the other day, interviewing for a job ... Wearing fucking converse red shoes .... Fuck my life !

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

This list seems like the known about spots that are frequented by a "mixed crowd" of hipsters and those chasing cool hipster spots (all the while complaining about the hipsters). The real hipsters (whatever that means) probably read this list as "places I used to go before they were cool but don't go anymore". Just my $.02.

Lou Ce Fur
Lou Ce Fur

Punks would have stabbed those fucking hipster and the rest of the granola eating mother fuckers Ryen David

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

The freedom to be just like all your friends.

Smart Alex
Smart Alex

So depending on what music you listen to & how you wear your jeans is how one should brand the person, the patron, the customer, the artist, the vendor & the establishment? If it was 2003 these said people would be labeled Emo. If it was 1993 they would be called Alternative. If it was 1983 they would be marked Punks! I have an idea how about placing the label gun down. Its obvious that when a particular group in society can not connect, can not share the similarities of that in another group they feel defensive for the lack of trying to engage in a lifestyle that they feel is different from their own. Freedom, now there's a label that many wish they can wear, exercise, express & even live to tell about it, but can't. I think that's the bigger story.

Erin Healy
Erin Healy

i think all miami bars are hipster bars at this point. think about it. can you name one bar that isn't hipster? (on the mainland - not miami beach)

Sam Baum
Sam Baum

Broken Shaker got #1? On South Beach? No Churchills? Oh the questions....

Zachary Ralph
Zachary Ralph

@ the shaker right now. brown bag MHL. doesn't get more hipster then that

SO2010
SO2010

where's the raccoon eyed blonde chic?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i think its simply necessary to LABEL the era with who populated it at the time of youth, hence, as YOU mention that i am familiar with, the BEATS (intelligencia against the powerful) throught to the HIPPIEs (anti-generationalists against the government) to TEA-PARTY partiers (anti-everything OBAMA says)

now it's your political position, same as during the late 1700's, so that's come full circle, for a while it was what you drank and later what your drug of choice was and for a while it was your geographic location as in ZIP CODE

as it is all based on human nature there comes a time to move on to want to identify oneself with a freedom of expression and classification unique to your particular group

i suppose even the swastika will come back at some point in the future

a.m.ruiz85
a.m.ruiz85

@TK Small Thankfully, everyone.

a.m.ruiz85
a.m.ruiz85

@Manny Rossi because hate is the next best thing to nothing right? what has a trend that has lessened the the burden of XL Shirts and Pants, rude language, boxer showing,  (you get the picture) etc.. done to you? It's made Miami a better place. Yeah, some "hipsters" are not so hip... but the trend has brought forward cultural awareness and good taste. Miami lacked this.

a.m.ruiz85
a.m.ruiz85

@Lou Ce Fur Get over yourself. Maybe inappropriate attire, but "fuck my life" I interviewed a "hipster" for a job? ... really? It can't be that bad. Would you rather have someone wearing XL pants and their boxers hanging out? Converse are an improvement, people keep forgetting about that.

SO2010
SO2010

@dannyisaninja @SO2010 well, you, the spanish girl blowing smoke, the bartenders & the dj. Just don't see the short blonde girl, she must be in class or something.

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