Miami's Ten Best Neighborhood Bars: After-Work Happy Hours, Drink While You Work

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Time to bust out another ol' list of best drinking spots in Miami. Every bar is good in our inebriated view, but some have better décor, drink variety, menus, bartenders, location, etc. All of these spots are popular places to meet up with colleagues to really get shit done, chat about overthrowing your boss, and pound some happy-hour booze.

What a makes a good neighborhood watering hole? It has to be gritty, of questionable character, and not a place that many people know about, says Jorge Blanco, 26, a local who avoids chain restaurants and bars as often as possible.

"It's not a neighborhood bar until a random person starts talking to you," Blanco says. "Support  your local small-business owner, man -- that's what America is all about."

10. Corbett's Sports Bar & Grill
You want a locals' bar? You got it. Screw the Yelp ratings -- you best come here rough and ready to brawl, down a few dozen shots of Jameson's, or at least have your washing machine ready at home to immediately scrub the cigarette-smoke-infused jacket you came in wearing. Tucked away in a Pinecrest strip mall on South Dixie Highway, Corbett's has been around for a long time, probably because of the reputation for a friendly staff and down-to-earth atmosphere. They have a full bar with bar food such as burgers and fries, onion rings, jalapeño poppers, and wings. The bar itself sits kinda in the middle of the joint, with darts, pool, foosball, and TV sets here and there blasting sports games, during which you can get $7 beer pitchers.

9. Abraxas Lounge
Miami Beach tries to outdo itself in so many ways to get you to walk into one of its clubs, and usually there is some sort of dress code/cover/know-the-doorman required for admittance. Not this place. It's located south of Fifth Street on Meridian, far removed from all the tourist traps. A chic, cozy, and dimly lit place is interspersed with TV sets and seating available with loveseats and small tables. Friendly bartenders, a good selection of 50-plus wines and champagnes, assorted sakes, and microbrews for beer snobs make this place full of win. Happy hour from 5 to 9 p.m. with $4 house wines and beers, and a weekly schedule of events that includes a Tuesday pub quizzer and Wednesday ladies' night.

Location Info



Churchill's Pub

5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Corbett's Sports Bar & Grill

12721 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL

Category: Music

Abraxas Lounge

407 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Stache Bar - CLOSED

1220 Normandy Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

The Corner

1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Elwoods Gastro Pub

188 NE 3rd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Filling Station and Garage Bar

95 SE 2nd St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Cutler Bay Sports Bar & Grill

20305 Old Cutler Road, Cutler Bay, FL

Category: Music

Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern

7221 SW 58th Ave., South Miami, FL

Category: Music

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I have been traveling around now for the past year or so (New Zealand, Australia) and you guys in Miami have no idea how lucky you are to have The Garage Bar in your backyard! I used to live in Mia and went there at least every Thursday. Since then, I have never been to a more chill place with such a high quality of service, wide selection of beer and delicious food. I especially miss Steve and Adam, the Mocha Porter and the Three Pigs Sandwich! 

Cheers guys! 


Correction, Bougie'S Reggae Night is on THURSDAYS


I have been to a few of these places and all have been great experiences!!!

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