Since its debut as the Miami New Times’s Best New Bar of 2010, Brickell Irish Pub has been dishing up hearty Black Angus burgers with porter-beer mustard and aged white cheese washed down with beer, whiskey, and cocktails, frequently to the tunes of live bands. Sports such as football, basketball, and thumb wrestling light up 20 HDTVs and a vast projection screen, and poker nights, sports nights with pool and darts, and other events keep crowds lively. The kitchen, meanwhile, infuses the air with the heady scent of glazed korean barbecue ribs, irish crab cakes, and chicken marinated in dijon mustard and topped with pecan-wood-smoked bacon and whole-grain avocado mustard.
The decor follows suit, traipsing along in the Irish trail that the beer and bites carve. Barrels of Guinness and Jameson lean against green walls in the mood-lit bar, and intricately carved dark woods and overstuffed booths lend the space a spirit soaked in heritage. Every year, Brickell lends its party-ready attitude to a rollicking St. Patrick's Day street festival, whose crowd toasts inside and in the streets.
Back in the kitchen, the chefs at El Vato Tequila and Taco Bar grill up only antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken and angus beef for their tacos, fajitas, and piñatas, all part of their commitment to humanely raised food. They also give vegans a chance to taste their Mexican street tacos and gooey quesadillas by offering the option of Smart Ground veggie protein and Daiya non-dairy cheese for any of their dishes. Liquid sustenance is just as important as the food here, and bartenders can be found pouring blanco, reposado, and anejo tequilas or mixing margaritas with ingredients such as lime juice, fresh cucumber, or chipotle spices. The Miami New Times described the eatery’s decor as a “Tijuana dive re-imagined as a backdrop for a music video,” thanks to the graffiti-like artwork behind the bar and the Buick Riveria-turned-banquette in the dining room.
Transit Lounge, one of Miami's favorite bars and live music venues, is located in Brickell just a block away from Mary Brickell Village. Transit features live music and entertainment all week long on its main and patio stages, including showcases by local and national bands. Come sing Karaoke with a LIVE BAND every Tuesday
Sporting Miami-Dade's oldest liquor license, Tobacco Road has been the city's quintessential bar for more than 100 years. A speakeasy where Al Capone reportedly once drank and gambled, Tobacco Road now specializes in what Frommer's lauds as "good and greasy bar fare." Bites range from houesmade empanadas and smoked baby-back ribs to the "death burger"—Angus beef crowned with grilled onions, jalapenos, and jack cheese.
As bartenders pour top-shelf liquors and beers, musicians rock out every night on the same stage once graced by blues luminaries, such as John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy. The party lasts until 5 a.m. every night, leaving just enough time for Tobacco Road's vampire maintenance crew to clean up before sunrise.
The most recent addition to Paragon Theaters’ repertoire of upscale movie venues, Paragon Grove Theater cushions customers in the plush luxury of its newly renovated theaters. Stadium-style seats pad posteriors as their owners gaze upon the silver screens from clear vantage points. An expanded concessions menu sates the palates of moviegoers by presenting a range of hearty fare and, for those of age, beer and wine.
Sony HD digital projectors bathe the towering screens in crystal clearness, granting films a visual crispness so pronounced it has enabled sponsors to advertise their logos in actors' pores. The company plans additional upgrades and outdoor seating to bring all the amenities found in its locations in Miami, Florida, and Burnsville and Rochester, Minnesota, to the new Deerfield Beach location.
Waxy O’Connor’s crafts an authentic Irish dining experience, from the menu of classic pub eats to the interior décor—each piece, including Waxy’s warm-toned, ligneous bar, stools, chairs, and flooring, was built by Truwood Joinery Shop in County Monaghan and shipped to America on giant four-leaf clovers. Cheer on your favorite rugby team while gulping a meaty shepherd's pie ($9.95) or a plate of bangers and mash ($9.95), then sip one of the 14 beers on tap, which include Guinness, Smithwick's, Stella Artois, and Chimay, before your throat is forced to start shedding its own thirsty tears. While their Irish-fare-filled bellies simmer in anticipation of authentic Irish eructation, diners can listen to traditional tunes or live music and enjoy the waterside views provided free of charge by the Miami River.