You’re drinking wine in Miami? This may be the first question when you tell someone about the great little wine bar you found in the Magic City, but really the shock at discovering a fantastic bottle of wine in this tropical cocktail town is starting to fade. Miami’s wine scene is having quite the moment, and it’s no surprise to anyone living in the area that it’s quickly becoming one sought-after food & wine destination.
It’s easy to find a glamourous spot to dine on worldly cuisine and order something with a flashy label in almost every neighborhood throughout the city. However, if you’re craving something a little more low-key and you’re ready to wine-down for the night, check out one of these five local wine bars that will please any wine lover in Miami.
For the Francophile Wine Lover
5760 Sunset Dr, South Miami, FL 33143
If you dream of visiting a winery in France’s Provence region, but can’t quite spend the time or money to get there yet, head over to Domaine Souviou in the heart of Downtown South Miami on Sunset Drive. Inside, you’ll find a charming wine bar where you can order a white, red, or rosé wine straight from the Domaine Souviou vineyards in the Bandol region of France. If you’re craving French cuisine, Domaine Souviou’s South Miami wine bar has plenty of dishes to complement its wines. Come in for a tasting but stay for lunch or dinner and dine on Executive Chef C.R. Defuoco’s menu of mouth-watering southern French appetizers and entrées. Don’t forget to try the olive oils, also made fresh from the olive trees of Domaine Souviou. All wines and olive oils from Domaine Souviou can be bought and taken home in addition to ordering and enjoying on-site.
For the Happy Wine Lover
5792 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144
For someone visiting Miami, Happy Wine is a wonderful wine bar & shop to stop in and get a taste of the heart and soul of Miami on the famous Calle Ocho or Eighth Street. Definitely not a stuffy wine bar only reserved for the wine snobbery, Happy Wine is totally a happy place with shelves and shelves of well-priced wines that you can purchase to enjoy at the bar alongside freshly prepared tapas for only a $6 corkage fee per bottle. If you enjoy Latin music and dancing, Happy Wine regularly has weekend parties where wine lovers from all over the city come to enjoy good food, good vibes, and happy wine while dancing the night away.
For the Intimate Wine Lover
2889 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133
Vinos is so cozy; you might be surprised that there isn’t a “locals only” sign up on the door. This small neighborhood wine bar isn’t just for locals though, as it’s an extremely friendly atmosphere. Part of a group of wine bars that started in Key West, Vinos is a place to come to enjoy a glass or bottle of wine without any judgment. It’s a quaint space in Miami’s original artsy neighborhood of Coconut Grove close to hotels and other fantastic dining options. If you’re exploring spots for a glass of something before dinner nearby, stop in at Vinos and relax as you wine-down the night.
For the Super Casual Wine Lover
2465 SW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33145
Nothing posh here at this wine bar located inside of a working Mobile gas station off of Miami’s Dixie Highway. If you aren’t looking for fancy, you’ve come to the right spot. What El Carajo lacks in glamour, it makes up for in a unique location and damn good tapas and wine. If you can get over the fact that you’re drinking wine in the bodega in the back of a gas station, you’ll really enjoy this super casual wine lover’s dream bar.
For the Wine Loving Group
3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
In the heart of Miami’s Midtown neighborhood is a tiny building with a big back patio and an eclectic wine collection. Lagniappe’s shabby-chic style is part of its charm, and one of the main reasons wine lovers from all over town flock to this New Orleans-style bar on a regular basis. Even for experienced wine drinkers, there are always new bottles to discover. Rarely do you visit Lagniappe without finding a wine brand that isn’t commonly placed on regular lists. Grab a group, because Lagniappe’s patio is perfect for sitting with friends and sharing several bottles of wine and a bite from the menu. For date night, snag a seat inside where you can listen to the sounds of nightly live jazz bands while you sip your vino in the bar’s cozy living room.