Best Places to Grab a Glass of Wine in These Top Miami Neighborhoods

Though it’s hard to deny the party-all-day appeal of spending time in Miami, occasionally, you might just crave the relaxation experienced when you sit down for a civilized glass of wine. In between the boat and the beach and regardless of what part of town you woke up in, here are some suggestions for the best places to grab a glass of wine in some of Miami’s top neighborhoods.


Brickell/Downtown

Some may call this area the “Manhattan of Miami,” but why compare? It’s a little unfair to New Yorkers when you consider the fact that people in Brickell and Downtown can see the beach from their cubicle windows.

In this area of Miami, the crowd is corporate, so expect the suits out around happy hour. For a glass of wine amongst the bankers, lawyers, and 20-something young professionals, check out these places.

Sugar at EAST, Miami

788 Brickell Plaza, 40th Floor, Miami, FL 33131

Those who suffer from acrophobia may have to sit this one out, but for anyone who desires a bird’s eye view of Biscayne Bay, Sugar is the perfect spot to grab a glass of wine.

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At 40 floors up in the air atop EAST, Miami hotel, this garden-style lounge is South Florida’s premier outdoor rooftop bar. Sugar’s Champagne list has all the best names, and if you’re going to sip up here and bask in the shimmer of the sun reflecting off the nearby buildings and Bay, you’re going to want to drink something that sparkles.


River Oyster Bar

650 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

For a more grounded experience, head over to one of the only buildings in Brickell that isn’t a skyscraper and grab a glass at one of Miami’s remaining iconic restaurants. River Oyster Bar is a top seafood restaurant in the area, so the wine list skews toward pairing with one of the many incredibly fresh dishes. The bar is usually packed during happy hour, but if you can squeeze in, order a cool glass of Chablis, Sancerre, or Grüner Veltliner with your oysters and enjoy the buzz of the local crowd.


Novikov

300 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131

Novikov is a Downtown Miami hotspot and a perfect restaurant for a two-hour banker’s lunch. Its prime location near many of the corporate office buildings and hotels makes it accessible for a midday libation or a midweek happy hour.

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The menu is Pan-Asian with an emphasis on seafood dishes, and the wine list is comprehensive and lengthy. Wine specials include a $23 bottle of Whispering Angel during their weekday three-course Business lunch, Sunday three-course Dim Sum Brunch, and at “social hour” from five to seven in the evening, making it even easier to rosé all day in Downtown Miami.


Wynwood

If you feel more at home in an area that commissions graffiti walls and hosts a monthly art walk along streets lined with eclectic storefronts and restaurants, then you may want to stop for wine in Wynwood.

Astra

2103 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Astra is a hip Mediterranean-inspired outdoor rooftop lounge and restaurant with the best views of the sunset over the Wynwood warehouses. Grab a glass of Bandol rosé, sit back on one of the oversized sofas, and be gently hypnotized by the chill beats emanating from the speakers. Are you in Miami or visiting the Greek Isles? The vibe is so real, you may not be able to tell the difference if you close your eyes.


KYU

251 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

If outdoor rooftop bars aren’t your thing, come back inside and experience one of Miami’s most talked about restaurants. If you want to dine at KYU, you better make a reservation well in advance. If you don’t have time to wait, grab a glass of sake at the bar and look around. Celebrity sightings are normal in this crowd. Between the fantastic Modern Asian cuisine and an interesting wine list, it’s easy to see why everyone wants to be at KYU.


Alter

223 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127

Alter is another staple in the Wynwood neighborhood with a fantastic wine list. Think about an industrial garden backdrop where you can sip a Chardonnay from Ontario, Canada, or a Roussane blend from Paso Robles, or even a Grenache from Chile. The possibilities are seemingly endless as to what exciting region and variety combination you will find, but you’ll never know unless you go have a glass.


Design District/Buena Vista

Hardly anyone comes to Miami and leaves empty-handed. You can tell by the abundance of luggage stores around town that Miami is a shopper’s paradise! Get your Gucci on in the Design District but loosen up before you hit the shops with a glass of wine from one of these nearby lists.

Swan & Bar Bevy

90 NE 39th St, Miami, FL 33137

Speaking of celebrities, Swan-Bar Bevy is the trendy indoor/outdoor bar and dining project of Miami’s David Grutman of LIV and Komodo, partnered with recording artist Pharrell Williams, in the heart of the Design District. Upstairs from Swan is the sleek and chic Bar Bevy, where the wine list may be more limited, but the décor is spectacular. Sit in the Arabian-inspired lounge and feel luxurious in the designer-inspired ambiance.


MC Kitchen

4141 NE 2nd Ave #101A, Miami, FL 33137

MC Kitchen offers a dining experience that is as sleek as the neighborhood where it is located. The bar area extends out from the restaurant and creates a welcoming atmosphere for passerbyers who want a drink but not to disturb the white tablecloth-diners.

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For a wine list, MC Kitchen offers a comprehensive selection of mostly Old World wines to pair with its Italian fare, but you can also find some enticing New World options. A welcoming restaurant with ample natural light and a big bar makes this a perfect spot to enjoy a bottle in the Design District.


Vista

5020 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Vista is an oasis in the emerging neighborhood of Buena Vista, just north of the Design District. With a bohemian courtyard setting and second story outdoor garden bar, it would be hard not to enjoy where you are sitting in this relaxed Latin American-Italian themed restaurant. Both the upstairs and downstairs bars offer customers friendly service and are a great place to relax with a chilled glass of wine on a warm day.


Miami Beach

For many, Miami Beach is really the only “Miami” they need to see, and that’s OK. There’s wine on the Beach too. From sexy sophistication to hipster relaxation, take a moment away from the mojitos and stop for a glass of wine at one of these Miami Beach hotspots.

Matador Bar

2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

The Matador Bar in the Edition Hotel is like a time machine that transports its customers to a period when the style was mid-century glam, and the setting was simply a perfect view of the ocean. Possibly one of the only spots in Miami where a glass of Cabernet is always in style, the Matador Room, Bar, and Terrace play homage to a by-gone era of Miami Beach mid-century class and style.


The Living Room Bar at Faena

3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

If Art Deco is a lifestyle, it’s alive and well at the Living Room in the Faena Hotel. Once you have a glass of something fashionably bubbly in this bar, it’s easy to forget that you aren’t actually living in an age of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Jazz, funk, soul, or Latin bands perform on a nightly basis and add to the stylish ambiance to keep you entertained well into the night.


27 Restaurant & Bar at the Freehand

2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140

For a glass of wine somewhere more low key, make your way to the upstairs bar at 27 Restaurant at the Freehand. One of the first and only wine lists on the Beach to include orange wine and other natural options, 27’s list is always a bit of an adventure. Much of it is geared toward pairing with locally sourced items on the menu, but if you want to unwind in a casual chic, surf-lodge inspired bar, 27 is the best place to expand your palate.


Coconut Grove

Slow it down and go see where the locals drink wine. Coconut Grove is a unique old neighborhood where natives live in million-dollar bungalows tucked away behind untamed palm trees and birds of paradise. Got a boat? Great! Park it at one of the marinas in the Grove and stop in to share a bottle at one of Miami’s no-fuss wine bars.

Vinos in the Grove

2889 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133

You may know Vinos if you’ve ever wine-bar hopped through Duval Street in Key West, but their outpost in the Grove is one of Miami’s wine bar gems! Super casual and mostly supported by locals, Vinos is a great spot to go when you don’t want to deal with the stress of the Miami “scene.” Down-to-earth bartenders will help you decide on the perfect glass of wine from their wide variety of options while you sit amongst a backdrop of familiar labels and corks. It’s hard to just do one bottle here, as you’re likely to make some friends who will surely make plans to meet you back here same time tomorrow.


Happy Wine

2833 Bird Ave, Miami, FL 33133

Happy Wine is a friendly wine bar with delicious Spanish tapas and the best wine deals in the area. The margins are low on bottles, and so is the corkage. Buy a bottle and stay to enjoy it! Festive Latin music keeps the party going well past happy hour, and the welcoming neighborhood feel keeps regular customers coming back. Happy Wine is one of those places that truly does live up to its name.


El Carajo

2465 SW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33145

El Carajo sits on the corner of US1 and 17th Avenue just outside of the Grove, but we are including it here because it’s a place not to miss. Don’t be thrown off by the Mobile gas station out front, head inside the store and past the snacks and gum to a little speakeasy-style Spanish wine bar in the back. El Carajo is no gas station hotdog stand, in fact, it’s one of the best wine bars around. Its unassuming location makes it a novelty, but you’ll be stoked by the quality and quantity of fine wines and tapas available at this modest bar. For something a little different in Miami, you must make a stop at El Carajo.


Coral Gables

This booming city within the city of Miami is a culinary capital. While walking along the streets of the Downtown Miracle Mile area, you’re sure to hear several different languages as you admire the European architecture and bask in the abundant options available for any meal you please. Perhaps make it a point to do Happy Hour in the Gables and enjoy a glass of vino at one of these City Beautiful favorites.

Fiola

1500 San Ignacio Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

One of the best restaurants in Washington, D.C. has made its way to the City Beautiful, and now visitors and residents of South Florida can indulge in Fiola’s elegant Italian cuisine and phenomenal wine list whenever they please. Stop by during the summer for the “Summer Somm Series,” when selected bottles of wines can be enjoyed at exclusive prices on Mondays and Tuesdays. The worldly sophistication of the bar will surely entice you to stay for one more, so why not just make it your plan to stop by Fiola next time you desire a glass of wine while exploring Coral Gables.  


Ad Lib

2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Modern and fashionable with gold and brass accents, Ad Lib’s design feels like something out of a mid-century interior decorating catalogue. With an eclectic wine list and chef-inspired dining options, Ad Lib is relatively new to the Gables’ restaurant scene but is quickly making a name for itself. Sit at the bar and order off the “Focus on Alsace” wine menu for something elegantly refined. The rest of the list is perfectly curated to give you options for whatever your palate desires.


The Café at Books & Books

265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

If you dream of sipping on German Riesling in an open courtyard surrounded by books, The Café at Books & Books in Coral Gables may be your heaven. For some, happy hour means nothing more than a glass of reasonably priced quality wine and a book, and that is exactly what this place has to offer. Occasional live music and author events may draw a crowd, but otherwise the Café at Books & Books is quiet and commotion-free, making it an introverted wine lover’s paradise.


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Jacqueline Coleman
Wine Journalist & Certified Sommelier at Winetraveler
Jacqueline Coleman is a certified sommelier, professional wine writer, wine judge and consultant based in Miami, FL.
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