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.
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.
Though the menu at Top Burger may be simple, the chefs believe the preparation speaks for itself. Classic burgers, chicken sandwiches, and all-beef kosher hot dogs are made to order and paired with American staples such as hand-cut sweet-potato or classic fries. To make the shop?s signature Black Angus burgers, chefs pat together and grill patties, then top them with premium ingredients such as applewood bacon, jalape?os, and blue cheese. Tall glasses of soda and hand-dipped milk shakes complete the shop?s retro diner feel.
Emphasizing the pub in its title, Elwoods Gastro Pub has lots of grub from fish ‘n’ chips to potato skins, chicken skewers, fried mushrooms, and hummus and pita. Its house salad features roasted beets, red onion, arugula, goat cheese and citrus. It also has an extensive offering of burgers and sandwiches. For the vegans in the mix there is a nice selection of curry, wraps and vegetable burgers. For dessert, go for the Elwoods bites, cream puffs filled with homemade ice cream topped with caramel and chocolate sauce. There is also a weekend brunch with bottomless mimosa and bellinis. And on the first and third Tuesdays of the month there is comedy night, a lineup of professional local comedians. There is no cover, but the night is not suitable for children.
The bar looks like a beer-lover's rainbow, a row of draft handles representing more than 30 brews. While bartenders fill pints and 7-ounce flight glasses, flat-screen televisions air major-league sports from around the world, from football to international soccer to pay-per-view UFC bouts. These surroundings make the bar and grill the kind of place where fans can spend an entire day catching games while enjoying drinks and a menu of pub fare. Valet parking lends the sports-focused eatery a luxurious aspect only seen in the sports world when the Marlins wear tuxedos instead of their baseball uniforms. In addition to sports, Hoops attracts guests with special events such as Singles Mingles and karaoke.
Mr. Moe’s Bar and Restaurant gives the impression that it belongs in the Alaskan wilderness. The log cabin, slate rock, roaring fire and eleven foot grizzly bear may seem a bit out of place in South Florida, but the food doesn’t. This casual dining spot offers an American-styled menu with home-cooked Black Angus burgers, barbecue, pizza and pasta. The Old West and Americana artifacts and memorabilia that decorate the walls are fun to look at, and on Tuesdays, customers can try their luck on the mechanical bull. Mr. Moe’s is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., and offers live deejays on Friday and Saturday. It is the only place in Coconut Grove that is open till 3 a.m.