Little Haiti is home to one of Miami’s oldest bars, while Little River has one of its newest coffee shops. Whether you want to rock out all night, or sip a martini in style, you’ve got plenty of options.
These are just a few of our favorite places to quench that thirst in Little Haiti and Little River.
Punk’s not dead at Churchill’s Pub, Miami’s historic home for live music, all sorts of sportsball drinking, and guaranteed weirdness. Since 1979, Churchill’s has been a favorite stop for bands on the up and up, both local and international, while it has also boasted the city’s most notoriously gross bathroom. It’s a Miami icon and one of the oldest, most venerated, punk bars in the country – the backdrop for everyone’s best bad bar tales. Never change, Churchill’s. Never change.
Lakay Tropical Ice Cream
In the mood for some fresh pressed tropical fruit juice? Lakay Tropical is the spot among locals. It’s easy to miss along 54th Ave, but just keep your eyes peeled for the ever-so-South Floridian mamey-colored building. The all capital blue letters up top will tell you you’re at the right place. Walk right in and order to your heart’s content. Depending on the season you can get passion fruit, lemon, mango, watermelon and if you’re lucky even papaya. If you’re not feeling juice, they’ve got ice cream and Haitian snacks, too!
Limited Edition Caffé & Vino Buono
If you need a lift in Little Haiti, stop into Limited Edition Caffé & Vino Buono for a coffee break. Be prepared to stay awhile, because great coffee takes time. Fast wifi means you can prop open your laptop and bang out your emails at the few small tables and seating areas if you like, but we prefer meetings with actual humans here in the breezy Miami Ironside courtyard. With our tropical tastes, we recommend the iced coffee, shaken — not stirred — and served in a delightful Mason jar.
The Vagabond Hotel’s Restaurant and Bar is one of the greatest additions to Biscayne Boulevard. Self described as “part restaurant, part bar and part art gallery,” Vagabond has a killer tequila bar, awesome martinis, and seasonal punches. We recommend sitting outside and sipping a poolside cocktail.
Formerly the beloved Magnum Lounge Space, The Anderson opened in March 2016 to bring that 80s piano bar vibe back to the 79th Street neighborhood. Though technically not Little Haiti/Little River, this guide couldn’t be out in the world without this awesome spot for great cocktails, live music, and late night boogie-ing. Plus there’s a tiki bar! Come for the patio, stay for the gold-encrusted bathroom sinks.
(Photo courtesy of The Anderson)