Bars have been able to open in Miami for a couple of weeks now, following Florida’s sudden jump to phase 3. And while there’s no rule against indoor service in bars (and clubs), a lot of folks still feel more comfortable eating and drinking outside. You can do just that at the bars on this guide. They’re all mostly - if not completely - outdoors.
Wynwood’s Gramps recently opened back up for outdoor table service only. Luckily they have a pretty big backyard, complete with a very good little pizza stand you can (and should) order a few slices from. They’re accepting table reservations via Instagram DM, so shoot them a message to be sure you’ll get a table.
Lagniappe has really always been a place to drink outside, and that hasn’t changed. You don’t need a reservation - just come by, pick out some beer or a bottle of wine, and find a table in the backyard. They’re still serving food too, in case you want a massive charcuterie plate.
Union Beer Store is a great little beer bar on Calle Ocho and they’ve just opened up some “jardín” seating in the back. It’s a simple set up that feels very much like a Little Havana backyard, complete with a wandering rooster. If you plan on coming here, shoot for Monday or Tuesday when the excellent dumping pop-up Haochi takes over the kitchen. You can check out the set-up on our recent Instagram ride-along.
Broken Shaker in Mid-Beach has outdoor tables available for anyone who’d like to drink some really good cocktails underneath a few palm trees. Walk-ins are welcome, but the outdoor bar is also accepting reservations online.
Wood, a very popular Wynwood bar, is back open. It’s mostly an outdoor spot and there are a decent number of picnic tables in the backyard where you and a few friends can drink a bucket of Red Stripe. They aren’t taking reservations at the moment, so have a back up plan, like Gramps or Veza Sur, in case they’re at capacity.
Taurus is one of the better places to drink in Coconut Grove. Their cocktails are very good (they’ve got some frozen options too) and their recently-updated menu (with a duck quesadilla, pizza, and a classic frita) is also tasty. They share a kitchen with Ariete, so how could it not be? There are outdoor tables on their front patio and in the backyard, which is bigger than it looks from the street.
The Wynwood brewery Veza Sur is open with outdoor seating. They have one of our favorite micheladas in town, some good beers, and a Chinese/Peruvian food truck parked on their property. Walk-ins are welcome.
Grails is a sports bar in Wynwood with a big back patio where you can sit, have some beers (or cocktails), and eat bar food like guacamole, burgers, and wings. It’s a solid place to watch a sport or two, and they’re accepting reservations online.
MiMo doesn’t really have any bars, but there is a little outdoor spot in the back of the New Yorker Hotel. Don’t expect much more than beer and simple well drinks here, but it’s a casual place good for a sunset drink, or some live jazz on Tuesdays.
The Anderson underwent some light renovations while they were closed - they built out a bar in the backyard and added tacos to the menu. There is still a fair amount of outdoor seating out back and you won’t need a reservation.
When Melinda’s was in Wynwood, it felt like more of a bar. Their new Downtown location (which was formerly the bar 1306) is more of a restaurant, but it’s also still a perfectly fine place to just come and drink, especially during Happy Hour (Wed-Sun from 5-7pm). They have an outdoor terrace, beer, cocktails, oysters, and we recommend grabbing a reservation online.
Casa Florida has a pretty cool outdoor space along the Miami River. Sadly, you can’t see any water from the tables, but there are some pink booths, an old repurposed bus you can hang out in, and some very good cocktails. They’re taking reservations online.
Tomorrowland is a Downtown bar that sort of looks like a vintage auto garage. But they have a big outdoor patio with picnic tables, where you can sit down and have some beer or cocktails. There’s also a food truck serving burgers and tacos if you get hungry. Reservations aren’t necessary.