Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
I am sure Jorge will chime in with lots of Recs.
at your service
Vino Bevo, it depends a lot on what your "scene" is and how much free time you have.
River Oyster Bar is a favorite of mine, and the block that it's located on is pretty solid. it includes tobacco road (oldest bar in miami) which has live music and a cool scene on the weekends, and is about a block from transit lounge. which also has live music and other fun stuff going on during the weekend.
if you're looking for something more "Miami", I would suggest Mary Brickell Village. It's pretty much where are the local, typical "Miamians" go and it's in Brickell which is just South of downtown and one causeway-ride away from the beach. Mary Brickell Village has tons of bars, lounges, and restaurants and plenty of gorgeous people. when your trip nears, just bump this post and i can give you specifics as to what's good.
as for "good wine", we don't have much to be honest. there are some wine bars, but they're kinda lame. i do all of my wine drinking at LWS tastings. again, as the day nears, let me know and i'll look into anything that might be worthwhile.
as far as going out in Miami Beach is concerned, you need to be very selective as it's changed a lot
over the past 3 years. most "clubs" are either tourist traps, or very.... urban. there are a few that are still good and outright amazing, but it's not like it was 6 years ago when you could just walk down Washington Ave and just pick a place (Mynt and Rokbar still absolutely rock).
anyway, a lot of this depends on your personal taste. there's a lot to do here, and a lot to avoid. what are your interests? what else do you like to do?
you can email me if you prefer, jorge at artisanmg dot com