Miami nights: bars in Miami

Pawn Broker

Partying in Miami was high up on my bucket list, and my friend and I had three nights in the city: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

On our first full day, we lounged on the beach as we researched the best pool parties, clubs, and rooftop bars in Miami that we just had to go to. “Miami is a city that never sleeps”, all the reviews said, so we figured we were in for a pretty good night out!

But what did we actually think of our nights out in Miami? Here are all the places we went to.

Regent Cocktail Club

The Regent Cocktail Club

1690 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Both of our flights had been delayed on the Friday, and ten hours in the air had left me feeling pretty sleepy. Still, it was our first night in Miami, so we had to make it count.

Originally, we planned to go to Bardot in Downtown but it was shut, so we hopped in an Uber and headed over to Miami Beach instead.

Set in the art deco Regent Hotel, this cocktail bar oozes sophistication. You can relax in one of the many comfy sofas as you casually sip your drink, listening to the jazz band playing in the background.

We arrived at 11pm, and it was pretty busy for a hotel bar. The cocktail menu was small, so I opted for a vodka and orange instead.

Fairly chilled out, it was a good place for a quiet drink like we’d intended. It’s probably good for a weeknight too, although I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for a full on night out.

Repour Bar

Repour Bar

1650 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

So on Saturday night, we’d had a bit of a fail (you can read about it here). To cut a long story short, by the time we were ready to go out, all of the rooftop bars we were planning on visiting had shut.

We did however, find Repour Bar in Miami Beach. Even though it was located inside The Albion, it really didn’t feel like a hotel bar. The lights were dim, the cocktail menu was huge, and it was pretty busy, and I drank several cocktails in tea cups.

Wall Lounge

Wall Lounge

 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Go to Wall Lounge they said; it’s the best club in Miami they said. Google Wall and you’ll find the description “chic crowd and big-named DJs”.

Let me just give you a word of advice: don’t bother going here.

OK, so I had high hopes when I got out of the taxi to find that not only did they have a Hello Kitty fountain, but a Miffy one too! And my hopes were higher too as we walked through the terrace to get to the entrance, which was draped with fairy lights and filled with loungers.

But inside the club was another story. Firstly, the air con was on so high that I could have done with a winter coat. Secondly, the club was pretty empty (although somehow, we managed to get stuck with a couple of weirdos who were interrogating us for over thirty minutes… why does it always happen to us?!). Thirdly, I paid $20 for a single vodka orange… and it wasn’t even proper orange juice!

Unless you want to waste your money and get hypothermia in the process, don’t go to Wall Lounge.

Pawn Broker

 121 SE 1st Street, Miami, FL 33131

The Pawn Broker was on the roof of our hotel – The Langford – situated on the thirteenth floor. As it was voted one of the top rooftop bars in Miami, we thought that seeing as it was right above us, the least we could do was give it a go.

Considering we went on a Sunday night, it was pretty busy. I had a White Lightening with moonshine in it (taking me back to a certain night out in Lithuania), along with ginger syrup, ginger beer and lime.

It may not have been the highest bar in Miami, but the drinks were delicious, and the view was pretty good too. Plus, we were only a thirty second walk back to our hotel room, which can only be a good thing! It was a nice way to end our time in Miami.

Repour cocktails

Miami nights

I was expecting some seriously crazy nights out in Miami, but I was just left a little… underwhelmed.

I think if you’d gone to some of the massive clubs in Downtown then you really could have been out all night; but is it really so much to ask for a couple of classy cocktail bars? Really?!

When I thought of nights out in Miami, I envisioned lots of cocktail sipping on the roofs of several glamorous rooftop bars, overlooking the ocean. I suppose there may well have been places like that, but if there were, they all shut early.

Whilst I’m glad I FINALLY got to party in Miami after so many years of wanting to do so, I was left thinking that perhaps the city is a little overrated. All I’m saying is, Boston do nights out way better.

Find out more about what I got up to in Miami, or how I spent the rest of #Scandigoesstateside in New Orleans and Boston.

Elle Pollicott

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