Taking shots at the bar is already a performance: the dramatic tossing back of the head, the struggle not to make a puckered, that-was-rough face. Shots Miami's bartenders embrace that theatricality by creating a show around each of their handcrafted shots, outfitting drinkers with silly props like oversized sombreros and sunglasses. The goofy costumes complement more than 150 cheekily named libations, such as Fruit Punch to the Face, a watermelon-flavored vodka shot. Shots Miami?s crew mobilizes its liquor, props, and glassware for private and corporate events, where they happily adapt their concept and drinks around each soiree?s specific theme.
Looking for the antithesis of a South Beach bar? Get to Wood Tavern in Wynwood. Known for its outdoor bar with shared picnic tables, bleacher seats and plenty of standing room, this local hangout is miles away from the pulsing, expensive vibe found elsewhere in town. Graffiti is everywhere, from the walls to the tables to the classic Cadillac parked on the side of the bar, and the joint offers a wide variety of craft beers from local breweries, though more national labels are also available. Be prepared: seating is first-come-first-serve, and the place gets busier the later it gets. No reason to get dressed to come to this truly neighborhood establishment – people come to drink and socialize.
Nestled in Wynwood’s art district, the talented barbers and stylists of LaNu’s Barbershop create eye-catching hair designs. Within the shop’s chic, art-filled space, stylists trim overgrown heads or shave well-defined shapes into heads, making sure customers leave looking as dapper as a knight riding on a horse that's wearing a horse-tuxedo.
Meat and beer. It's that simple at The Butcher Shop, where patrons can either get their cuts prepared and served in the handsome beer garden. Just because the idea is simple doesn't mean it isn't executed thoughtfully, though. The butchers are very particular about their meats, using high-quality cuts such as hormone-free chicken breast, premium Kurobota pork, and USDA Prime Black Angus beef that's dry-aged for 21 days or more. Customers can approach the butcher counter to select a burger, sausage, steak, or fish for custom preparation, or simply grab a seat on one of the beer garden benches to order from a menu that includes everything from Spanish chorizo sandwiches to frisee and duck-confit salad.
In the bygone era of the saloon, few cowboys got to munch on endives stuffed with crabmeat and cilantro. And though nearly a decade old? The Lost & Found Saloon bears old-fashioned decor?a long wooden bar, rustic tables, and a wagon wheel chandelier?visitors aren't confined to period eats. Instead, they can enjoy spicy BBQ ribs, marinated eggplant with three melted cheeses, grilled shrimp with sage and thyme or a slice of wild berry pie with a zesty lemon crust. For breakfast, diners can enjoy eggs and omelets all day through 3 a.m. Throughout the day, sips of cold micro brews offset the heat from dabs of various hot sauces, including house blends and a variety of salsas.