Up until recently, the only people you’d find in Downtown Miami were those leaving a Heat game or an after-hours club. But now places like Mama Tried are finally overhauling the area. This new bar is equally great for a quiet Happy Hour or a big night out, depending on what time you get there. The wrap-around bars are sleek and completely redone, but they’ve kept the pool table from the previous bar. And with a good selection of beer and wine, and cocktails that are reasonably priced from $11-$13, it’s not surprising that someone suggested you meet up Downtown.
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Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill
Casablanca is a casual seafood spot on the Miami River. Most of the seating is outdoor waterfront tables, which is exactly why you come here.
Floyd is a club in Downtown that’s open late. It’s pretty small, so don’t expect a lot of personal space and be ready to dance.
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Mike’s At Venetia
Mike’s is a random Irish dive bar on the roof of an apartment building right by the Venetian Causeway. It’s got a good view of the skyline.
Esotico is a shiny tiki bar and restaurant near Downtown. The drinks are strong and they serve a surprisingly good octopus hot dog.
The Wharf is a crowded waterfront bar on the Miami River. It's loud, mostly outside, and there are food trucks.
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1-800-Lucky is an Asian food hall in Wynwood - come with those friends who can never decide where to eat and get a frozen beer or slushie.
All Day serves the best coffee in the city, and some solid breakfast/lunch food, in an unexpected corner of Downtown.
Head to Palmar on NW 29th St. with a small group for some of the best Chinese food in the city, in a space that looks like a large green box.
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