Crowned Miami New Times' Best Neighborhood Bar/North in 2008, Billy's Pub plays gracious host to a four-course spirits and stogie soiree. Patrons first choose vodka, bourbon, or scotch, and then swig on three drinks from the selected liquor tributary prepared in any combination of straight up, mixed, or semi-gaseous. With tongues and tummies properly marinated, lips and dexterous chin dimples can then puff on an aromatic, tobacco-leaf roll-up in such brands as Ashton and Dunhill. Sidle over to the pool and beer-pong tables, or exhale a smoke cloud to blind foosman goalies for a game-winning corner kick.
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.
Dixie Grill and Bar's uniquely embellished interior dons vintage trinkets and memorabilia for diners to feast their eyes on as they delve into a menu of classic American eats. Couples can jumpstart gustatory glands by sharing an appetizer of deep-fried mozzarella served with house-made marinara sauce ($7.95). Muting belly bellows more effectively than a swiftly thrown leather shoe, the grilled cheeseburger wedges a half-pound of Angus beef slathered in barbecue sauce, onion straws, bacon, and cheddar cheese between two grilled cheese sandwiches ($11.95). Thaw out a frozen palate with the spicy fire burger smothered in jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, and an optional coating of house-made fire sauce ($9.95). The Jack Daniels sauce chicken entree wins over tasters with two grilled chicken breasts slathered in a signature whiskey glaze ($13.95), while the Key West shrimp sports a fresh coat of crispy-sweet coconut batter ($14.95).