Where to Day Drink in Miami

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where to day drink in miami

Café Americano

Take a break from all the shopping at Brickell City Centre, and enjoy a drink or three at Café Americano. The Latin-inspired eatery is perfect for a quick cocktail and a sizeable, satisfying meal.

Standouts on the cocktail list include the beloved espresso martini, the basil cucumber margarita and the Pinky Swear, a tasty and refreshing mix of gin, raspberry vanilla reduction, and lemon juice; the bar can also whip up a mean classic like a Manhattan and old fashioned.

To make sure you pace yourself, order some baja chicken tacos, double smash burger or a molten chicken parm – either of them won’t disappoint.

CJ’s Crab Shack

For day drinking with a view, head on over to CJ’s Crab Shack on Ocean Drive. The prime location on the beach makes CJ’s ideal for people watching while enjoying specialty drinks galore. At $12 a pop, the drinks here are a steal.

Expect to find fun twists on classic cocktails. Case in point: Hurricane Molly, Jori’s “Soon-to-be-Famous” Margarita, and Chris’ Famous Rum Punch. If it’s one of those days, opt for a 20-ounce souvenir cup with discounted refills. Make sure to nosh on some fried shrimp, crab cakes, and snow crab while you’re at it.


Few pairings are iconic as burgers and beers, and LoKal delivers both in spades. The Coconut Grove burger joint is home to creative creations like the spicy Miami Heat and the Frita By Kush with guava jelly and potato stix.

Beers are always rotating, so odds are you’ll always find something new when you visit. That said, there are mainstays like the Kaptain Kush series, which includes the Kaptain Kush pale ale and Dr. Dank hazy IPA. You won’t go thirsty – that’s for sure.

LoKal is located at 3190 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. For more information, visit their official website.  


Don’t let Thorn’s location fool you: This bar at the foot of an apartment complex is home to some spectacular bar food and cocktails – and they’re open for lunch! Located a few blocks away from their sibling Lincoln’s Beard Brewing off Bird Road, Thorn offers fun bites like cauliflower tahini, bulgogi fries, wagyu meatballs and smash burgers.

Complementing this mouthwatering menu is an assortment of stiff cocktails like the Voodoo Doll with bourbon, tamarind, ginger, red wine and egg white as well as Thorn’s tasty take on an espresso martini. Before you leave, grab a sweet treat from on-site Crybaby Creamery; the cookies and ice cream are phenomenal.

Thorn is located at 6976 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155. For more information, visit their official Instagram.

Toscana Divino

At Toscana Divino, you can spend an entire day going through the Brickell restaurant’s famed wine list – it’s among the largest in Miami. The Italian restaurant also serves up exceptional Italian fare that pairs nicely with your wine of choice.

We suggest a hearty pasta like the lasagna Bolognese or the spaghetti to help balance everything out. While wine is the main attraction here, there’s also plenty of beer and spirits to keep you busy. And if the weather is nice, sit outside for the ultimate people watching experience. 

Union Beer Store

Beer lovers should head on over to Union Beer Store for their daytime brew needs. The Little Havana watering hole boasts a rotating selection of delicious brews from within the state and across the country; you’ll usually find something new at each visit. Options are affordable, and the bar doubles as a shop (hence the name) so you can get some drinks to-go. Hungry? Order a slice or pie from Far Out Pizza, their pizza shop next door. 

Union Beer Store is located at 1547 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135. For more information, visit their official website.    

Geoffrey Anderson

Geoffrey Anderson Jr. is a contributing/staff writer for Dish Miami. For over six years, he has covered the South Florida dining scene with his wife for the award-winning local food blog Miami Food Pug. When he's not writing about food, he's eating it—or attending rock concerts and traveling.

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