LOCAL GUIDES

Miami Vice: The City’s Best Dive Bars

Miami is rich with nightlife boasting bottle service, lavish lounges and all VIP everything. But sometimes a low-key night is in order. This is the perfect time to explore the city’s fabulously unpretentious hole-in-the-walls which are always packed with character. This is also the best way to experience the real Miami, share a drink with some locals, and feel like the typical tourist traps are miles away.

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The Broken Shaker

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The trendiest dive on this list, The Broken Shaker is the best spot in Miami for a truly unique, killer cocktail. The drinks at this James Beard Award semi-finalist's are next level—name a spirit of your choice and some flavors you like, and they'll come up with the classiest concoction you'll find in South Beach. Set in the back of a hostel, this dimly lit hot spot has an expansive patio area so you can take in Miami's warm salty evening air, while mingling with South Beach's creative set. Not only that but the founders are Israeli, so you can be sure the hummus on offer is some of the best in Florida.
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Churchill's Pub

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At Churchill's Pub, smack in the heart of Little Haiti, you'll experience one of the best live music venues in the city. Back in the day, Churchill's gave bands like Marilyn Manson and Social Distortion a stage to kickstart their careers, and the tradition continues today with new up and comers. For a more adult vibe, the pub has been hosting a jazz night every Monday for the last 13 years. Not to mention the drink specials run all night long.
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Ted's Hideaway

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Ted's Hideaway is probably where the saying "What happens in Miami stays in Miami" originated. Open until 5 am with enough drink specials to make you see double, this dangerous little dive is your answer to a fun night out without any of the fuss. The beautiful bartenders are reason enough to drop by and the colorful stories from the many locals who hang here, are reason enough to stay. Debauchery will ensue, so let the record show: you've been warned.
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Mac's Club Deuce

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The ultimate South Beach dive, Club Deuce has been serving up stiff drinks since 1926. Here you'll rub elbows with regulars and A-list celebrities looking for a drink off the beaten path. Dark, dingy but full of life, the bar itself is horseshoe shaped which is perfect for people watching everyone from Anthony Bourdain to Cameron Diaz who have dropped in. If stories dished up by the drinking buddy next to you don't keep you entertained, there's also a pool table and jukebox filled with all the classics.
The Broken Shaker
2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL, 33140
(305) 531 2727
Churchill's Pub
5501 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
(305) 757-1807
Ted's Hideaway
124 2nd St Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-9869
Mac's Club Deuce
22 14th St Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531-6200