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The Best South Florida Hotel Bars to Upgrade Your Cocktail Experience

Grant James

The Matador Bar at the recently opened Miami Beach EDITION
The Matador Bar at the recently opened Miami Beach EDITION Courtesy of Miami Beach Edition

When it comes to how you get your drinks, a number of bars at local hotels and resorts are upping the ante in a way that’s unpretentious but refined.

A Shining Pearl

Tucked away on Duval Street is one of the most luxurious hotels in Key West: The Crowne Plaza La Concha.

When it opened in 1926, the hotel offered a very different kind of space. Marble floors, private baths, opulent décor and wide ocean views made it the talk of the town.  

Luxurious rooms aside, La Concha’s bars are its standout feature. 430 Duval is the lobby lounge, bar and restaurant that specializes in signature cocktails made by a talented crew of mixologists.

If craft cocktails aren’t your thing, then head to Wine-O, which carries more than 200 labels from around the globe. Wine-O’s sommelier, Chance Parker, will expertly pair your wine of choice with the perfect Godiva chocolate.

Grand Escapade

Ocean-front dining and poolside cocktails make visiting the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale a must for those who want to treat themselves. 

The O2K lounge offers the perfect seaside setting to enjoy a well-crafted drink or two. Their 13 for 13 Handcrafted Cocktails menu features a curated selection of flavorful drinks that tantalize the taste buds.

Perfectly sized small plates compliment the cocktails served at the scenic bar, which overlooks both the tropical pool and the Atlantic Ocean. Every Monday is Mojito Madness. Order one from the inventive menu or boldly customize your own.

Raising the Bar

Opening a new hotel or resort in Miami Beach is certainly an undertaking. There’s plenty of competition to be sure, but mostly it’s a lot of hype to live up to and people to impress. When The Miami Beach EDITION opened last December, many wondered what it would bring to the already crowded beach scene.

As it turns out, visitors and locals alike have applauded the hotel’s elegant and urban design.

Inside, there’s plenty to choose from. The Matador Bar overlooks a serene pool deck that’s surrounded by Lucien Clergue photos. Outside, you can enjoy luscious dining at Tropicale, which offers a fresh, light menu, complete with tropical cocktails that compliment the setting.

The hotel also boasts an unlikely space in South Florida: Basement. The underground spot is equal parts nightclub, bowling alley and ice skating rink.