Come to Miami for the beaches but stay for the incredible cocktails. The artful libations Miami bartenders are creating deserve to be celebrated, and on May 13, that is just what you should do. Consider popping into one of these incredible bars, and don't forget to tip your bartender.
Sweet Liberty is arguably the most celebrated cocktail bar in all of Miami. The pink neon "Pursue Happiness" sign at the back of the bar sets the convivial mood, and the drinks only enhance the atmosphere. Celebrate World Cocktail Day with the daily happy hour from 4-8 p.m. On-tap gin and tonics and manhattans are on special, along with 95-cent east coast oysters. Beyond the happy hour menu, there are more than 30 cocktails from which to choose. The house piña colada is unlike any other with a blend of three rums, fresh pineapple, coconut cream, Jamaican coffee, and PX sherry. If you're looking for something a bit lighter, opt for one of the spritzes like "Strawberries & Company," a satisfying blend of Lillet Rose, tequila, martini bitter, strawberry puree, rose water, and strawberry soda.
Whether you're looking for a quiet happy hour or a rowdy late-night crowd, Mama Tried is the neighborhood joint for you. The owners come from diverse backgrounds like librarians, bartenders, DJs, even snow cone peddlers, and they all wanted to create a comfortable, affordable place to drink in downtown Miami. Happy hour cocktails will only set you back $7. For World Cocktail day, create your own adventure and order the "Raspberry Beret" made with your choice of spirit, lemon, raspberries, fortified rose, bubbles, and pink peppercorn. It's a refreshing toast to the occasion.
Take a seat around the circular bar at Blackbird Ordinary and raise a glass to World Cocktail Day. Games like Jenga are scattered around the periphery, and the party vibes flow all night long. Happy hour is weekdays from 3-8 p.m., and the "Coco Plum" (rye, plum, and Angostura bitters, coconut cube) and "Penicillin" (whiskey, honey, ginger, lemon, smoke) cocktails are only $7. The regular menu cocktails are all named after birds, including "Scarlet Tanager," a refreshing mix of strawberry-infused gin, Punt e Mes, Cocchi Rosa, fresh herbs and berries, bitters, and ginger ale. Sip a cocktail and listen to DJs spin to keep the party going.
Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery
Green glass lamps and dark paneling add to the sexy, intimate feel of Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery inside the Stiles Hotel. The cocktail menu is very sophisticated, and there are more than 150 rums on the back bar. The "Florida Rum Experience" allows guests to sample four of Florida's premium rum brands for only $35. There are several Swizzle classics to try for World Cocktail Day, such as the house "Hurricane." It's a boozy blend of two rums, house-made grenadine, rhubarb puree, honey, ginger, fresh lime, and pineapple juices; all served on crushed ice with a chocolate-infused overproof rum float.
Cafe La Trova
Cafe La Trova is the best spot in Little Havana to get a perfectly made cocktail. The menu is full of Cuban classics as well as house recipes to toast with on May 13. The classic daiquiri is made simply using only rum, lime, and sugar, while the frozen banana daiquiri uses both banana liqueur and ripe banana to enrich its flavor. "La Chancleta" uses cachaca, ginger-honey syrup, and fresh lime and is a great way to beat the Miami heat. There's a variety of empanada flavors and croquetas to help soak up the alcohol. The Maine lobster croqueta is a slam dunk with saffron aioli.
Discover a backyard oasis at the Freehand Hotel in Miami. Broken Shake won Best Hotel Bar at Tales of the Cocktail, and the talented mixologists use everything as inspiration. Garden herbs, exotic fruits, spices, and infusions are common throughout the cocktail menu. "The Smilie" will bring a smile to your face using tequila, ginger-turmeric agave, and lime; an amped-up take on a margarita. Or, keep things light and fizzy with "Classic Randy" made with gin, grapefruit-rice reduction, citrus, and a hit of soda. The shawarma fries with harissa ketchup are the perfect snack to pair with delicious beverages.