Miami Dive Bar Guide

Old School Miami's Dive Bar Underbelly

The best thing a dive bar can be is a refuge from pretention, gentrification, image and maybe overly complex craft cocktails. All of those attributes and more can be found in Miami, a city that benefits greatly from the dive bars that balance out some of the ostentatious consumption that can be found within the city.

Look no further than Miami’s unquestioned dive bar king, Mac’s Clube Deuce, a dive bar that has somehow managed to resist its South Beach location and remain true to its 1926 roots. Anthony Bourdain of all people once called Mac’s Club Deuce one of his favorite places on Earth, high praise for a space two blocks off of Ocean Drive.

Happy’s Stork Lounge & Liquor Store provides another dose of old-school Miami, a dive bar on a series of island dredged from the bottom of Biscayne Bay. Dean Martin once owned a club nearby and Frank Sinatra once played next door, giving Happy’s Stork Lounge all the credibility it needs before accounting for the fact that it is open for drinks and to-go purchase until 5 AM.

And what would a trip to a Florida hub be without a nautically-themed dive bar, in this case Seven Seas (sometimes written Se7en Seas because why not). The vibe here is like drinking (and singing karaoke) in the hull of a pirate ship and it’s hard to overstate just how perfect that is for a Miami dive bar.

No city is ever one thing and Miami is not defined by its high image, high profile districts, people and bars alone. The city’s dive bars provide a source of balance to entertainment options in Miami, many of them with roots that stretch back into the city’s fascinating past.

Miami Dive Bars Not Yet Reviewed

Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Coral Terrace

Seven Seas / Se7aS Bar

2200 SW 57th Ave
Miami, FL 33155
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Hollywood

Octopus Garden

1942 Hollywood Blvd
Miami, FL 33020
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Little Haiti

Churchill's Pub

5501 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
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Miami Beach

Happy's Lounge & Liquor Store

1872 79th Street Causeway
North Bay Village, FL 33141
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Miami Beach

Mac's Club Deuce

222 14th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Miami Beach

On The Rocks

217 71st St
Miami Beach, FL 33141
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Other Dive Bar Options

Reader Submitted

Dewey's

852 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Barracuda

3035 Fuller St
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
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Billy's Pub Too

732 NE 125th St
North Miami, FL 33161
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Bougie's

7221 SW 58th Ave
South Miami, FL 33143
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Corbett's Sports Bar & Grill

12721 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33156
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Eddie's Place

12606 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33184
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Jada Coles

2845 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33145
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Keg South

10417 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33156
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Mike's at Venetia

555 NE 15th St 9th Floor
Miami, FL 33132
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Spinnaker's Bar & Grill

18145 NE 19th Ave
North Miami, FL 33162
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Ted's Hideaway

124 2nd St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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VFW Post 3559

650 West Ave #5
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Wood Tavern

2531 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
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