Miami becomes a playground for locals during the summer. The crowds thin, leaving more room at the bar, in the pool and on the sand--not to mention on the road.
Of course, any outdoor activity in Miami's summer heat demands a body of water nearby. We've picked our favorite spots for summer drinking, by the pool or the ocean.
|WATERING HOLE|| WHY YOU SHOULD DRINK THERE
|Restaurant Michael Schwartz
|The latest Michael Schwartz restaurant is new, but The Raleigh retains its vintage charm. Flanked by a gumbo limbo tree, the outdoor bar overlooks a gorgeous pool worthy of Esther Williams. Follow a dip (call the hotel to reserve a poolside spot) with a fine martini.|
|Retreat to The Bazaar's outdoor bar after a day at the beach. Arrive when Bar Centro opens at 6 p.m., and ensure ample time for a languorous cocktail hour overlooking the pool. Dry Cava-based white sangria might even refresh you enough for a sunset walk on the water.|
|Remember Key Biscayne? Even if you don't, head to The Ritz-Carlton anyway and settle in under the thatched hut facing the ocean. As you sip a Margarita made with one of the 100 premium tequilas available at the bar, make a mental note to come here more often.|
|Yes, the bar at the Freehand Miami hotel appears in Tasting Table often, but with good reason: How can we not mention the subtropical poolside paradise, especially when it serves cocktails like The Life of Mr. Pryor, made with rum, local mangoes, coconut pulp and allspice syrup?|
|You may already know Edge Steak & Bar at the Four Seasons, but have you been to Bahía, the outdoor lounge? Get lunch and a Mango Pisco Sour. Stay for the pool, solo ($25 per person) or with friends ($75 for a cabana for 4). Should you become overheated, retreat indoors for a Hibiscus Mojito at the bar at Edge.|
|Social Club and Sandbar
|Both bars at the Surfcomber Hotel are relatively under the radar. That means easier access to terrific cocktails created by bartender Chad Phillips. Drink the frothy, rum-laced New Cuban at the bar in the front of the hotel. Outside at Sandbar, order a Pimm's-based God Save the Queen after a swim in the pool.|
|The Local House
|Technically, you won't see water while you lounge at The Local House. But the ocean is only a block away, close enough for a salty breeze. Soak it in, along with a stunning Martini made with a splash of Lillet. It's served with a Kumamoto oyster garnish and another oyster on the side.|
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