Wine bars in Miami are a little more difficult to find than the lively bars in South Beach or the trendy restaurants in Brickell. But if you seek them out, Miami has some top wine bars that are certain to appeal to both connoisseurs and casual enthusiasts.
Miami is home to numerous top-notch wine bars and restaurants that showcase an impressive selection of wines from around the world. Whether you’re looking for a cozy, intimate setting or a lively, buzzing atmosphere, the city has a variety of establishments to suit every taste. Here is a list of the best wine bars in Miami.
Experience the beautiful and unpretentious ambiance of Lagniappe, a New Orleans-style wine house perfect for a romantic evening or a fun gathering. Lagniappe is an especially great wine bar for large groups, as the lush backyard is set up with large tables and couches. It’s like the wine version of a beer garden that comes alive at night. Or you can head inside for a more intimate setting accompanied by live music performances every night.
Create your own charcuterie board or order from the small menu of grilled items and discover new wines at retail prices rather than the usual bar markup.
Lagniappe is not just one of the best wine bars in Miami, it’s appeared on lists for one of the best wine bars in the country. Because of the ambiance and the fact that it is so different from typical wine bars, Lagniappe is my top choice for wine bars in Miami.
After several years up in Edgewater, Bunbury moved to the Arts & Entertainment district on the northern edge of downtown in 2019. This Argentine wine bar is consistently named as one of the best Argentinean restaurants in Miami.
Relax with a date in the bar area or enjoy dinner with friends thru a not-so-secret door that connects the bar with a larger restaurant featuring live music several nights.
Recommendation: Although I highly recommend the food at Bunbury, some of the best pizza in Miami can be found across the street at Miami Slice. You can add your name to the wait list before they open at 5pm and then come for a glass of wine while you wait. Or this is a perfect spot to come after pizza.
Happy Wine is a charming mom-and-pop establishment that has been delighting wine lovers in Miami since 2005. With over 1000 labels to choose from and a friendly and knowledgeable staff, this Miami destination offers some of the best wine prices in town. Grab a bottle of your choice from the retail shelves and for a small corkage fee, savor it alongside delicious tapa-style dishes. The Spanish tortilla and patatas bravas are a perfect lunch, and if you wait until 4pm they are discounted on the happy hour menu. But they also have paella, paninis, and even a Tomahawk ribeye.
Happy Wine on Calle Ocho hosts live music performances from Wednesdays to Saturdays, creating an atmosphere that guarantees a good time. Both locations do have more of a restaurant feel with a small bar and then mostly tables for seating.
Niu Wine Bar
Niu Wine Bar, led by wine expert Karina Iglesias, is a haven for wine connoisseurs seeking a unique and curated selection. With her expertise, Iglesias can guide you through the extensive range of natural wines on offer. It’s located two doors down from their highly recommended tapas restaurant, NIU Kitchen, so you can either stop by before or after your dinner reservation. Or you can make the wine bar your only destination and take your time exploring new varieties while indulging in food from the much smaller tapas menu. If you fall in love with a particular bottle, fear not – you can purchase it at retail price and bring it home to continue the experience.
Vinya Table is a wine lover’s paradise that offers a relaxed and inviting ambiance. Located in Coral Gables (and with a sister shop Vinya Wine & Market in Key Biscayne) this cozy spot also allows you to choose from their extensive selection of wines and enjoy them for a small corkage fee. The Latin American-inspired menu features a large menu of starters along with entree sized portions. Don’t miss out on their famous Vinya burger, a delectable creation with wagyu beef, aged gouda, bacon, a fried egg, and truffle aioli.
Recommendation: Their happy hour runs from 3-6pm daily and is the perfect time to visit for the first time. The menu includes discounted wine, sangria, and small plates. Their Peruvian shrimp ceviche with tostones is one of my favorite dishes in Coral Gables.
Prepare for a more unconventional experience at El Carajo, as this wine bar is tucked inside of a gas station. This hidden gem offers a staggering collection of over 1,500 wine bottles and 40 options by the glass. Delight in traditional Spanish cuisine like paella and garlic shrimp while savoring your chosen wine. Don’t let the unusual setting fool you; El Carajo is a must-visit for wine enthusiasts seeking a unique and memorable experience. It also has the best prices on this list of wine bars.
Margot Natural Wine Bar
Margot Natural Wine Bar, a chic downtown establishment located in the historic Ingraham building. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter, this bar is brought to you by the talented Bar Lab team, who also created the renowned Broken Shaker bars found in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and of course Miami. Discover a selection of over 75 natural wines, carefully paired with delectable small plates. The ambiance is a delightful blend of minimalist, Scandinavian, and 70s design, complemented by a fun music playlist.
Water Lion Wine + Alchemy
Escape the rowdy South Beach scene and discover Water Lion Wine + Alchemy, nestled within the elegant Sagamore hotel. Indulge in an authentic and memorable wine experience, complemented by smart cocktails and fermented spirits. Delight in the perfect pairing of oysters with a chilled glass of chablis, or explore a variety of other delectable dishes such as deviled eggs and duck liver pate. Set in an art-filled environment, Water Lion offers an unexpected and intriguing wine collection.
Paradis Books & Bread
Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Paradis Books & Bread, a unique establishment combining a bookstore, wine bar, and restaurant. With a selection of exceptional natural wines available for purchase, you can also indulge in delectable bites, including their renowned pizza, all enjoyed in the breezy outdoor courtyard. If space is limited, join a table and embrace the friendly atmosphere by making new friends. If you’re up for a drive to North Miami or find yourself in the area, then Paradis is worth stopping in.