Oh, Miami, we love you for so many reasons. One of them being the glorious patios that are perfect for day drinking, happy hours and nightcaps (aka the trifecta). And while a good patio buzz is hard to beat, it’s safe to say that some outdoor spaces have better ambience than others. Here are our favorite patios on the block.
Our 9 Go-To Patios for Lounging (and Drinking) in Miami
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Transport yourself to Greece at Miami’s premier alfresco dining destination. If you have some serious catching up to do or are looking for a more intimate place to say cheers, you’ve found your haute drinking hole.
4312 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-749-9140 or mandolinmiami.com
Need the opposite of SoBe chaos? Head to Cecconi’s, where the courtyard tables are quiet, the lights twinkle, and the avocado and chickpea dip hit the spot.
4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-507-7902 or cecconismiamibeach.com
Is it the cozy patio, the ridiculously cheap happy hour ($4 dips and $8 spiked slushies) or the French-onion pizza that makes us love this place so much? We don’t know and, frankly, we just want another slice of pizza.
749 NE 79th St., Miami; 786-391-0300 or minasmiami.com
As far as we’re concerned, it’s not happy hour unless there are oysters, frosé and stunning views of Miami’s downtown waterfront. (And maybe a cheese plate or two.)
422 NW North River Dr., Miami; 305-440-4200 or seaspicemiami.com
La Mar By Gaston Acurio
This primo spot on the water is where you go to shrug off a tough week with ceviche and a couple rounds of caipirinhas.
500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami; 305-913-8358 or mandarinoriental.com
East, Miami Sugar
On the 40th floor of the East, Miami hotel at the Brickell City Centre, you'll find a lush rooftop garden bar stocked with all the good stuff. Think braised beef buns and lychee blossoms. Yeah, we’re in.
788 Brickell Plaza, Miami; 786-805-4655 or sugar-miami.com
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
This friendly neighborhood spot in Wynwood is known for its creamy guacamole and ropa vieja empanadas, but the charming back patio is also one of the few places in the area where you can dine while being literally surrounded by vibrant graffiti-clad Wynwood Walls.
2550 NW Second Ave., Miami; or 305-722-8959 or wynwoodkitchenandbar.com
Enjoy the open skies of downtown Miami atop the Pubbelly Boys’ renovated bar and restaurant space, Pawn Broker. Pro tip: Book a table for an early dinner before the, ahem, late-night types descend. (You know the ones.)
121 SE First St., Miami; 305-420-2200 or pawnbrokermiami.com
Sometimes life works out: One of our favorite patio bars happens to be in the same building as our favorite restaurant (oh hey, 27 Restaurant & Bar). Which means we don’t have to choose between dinner and a boozy punch bowl.
2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727 or freehandhotels.com