Speakeasies became wildly popular in the U.S. during the Prohibition era. Also known as a blind pig, these sinful establishments quickly disappeared once Prohibition ended.
Today we are seeing concepts channeling the speakeasies of the past as trendy hidden bars.
For those locals and tourists looking for something much different than the swanky Miami club scene, these speakeasies are sultry, yet comfortable bars often with prohibition-style cocktails and good eats.
We are rounding up some of the most unique bars with speakeasy vibes in Miami, that may be easy to miss, but that’s part of the fun!
Located in South Beach in a back alley, a block off the infamous Alton Road in South Beach, is The Foxhole. Like its sister concept, Drunken Dragon, right next door, it’s not easy to find. There’s no signage, only a dim red light over a door.
You have no idea what to expect and I don’t want to give it all away, but the first room features a casual area with a pool table, some arcade games, a jukebox and a “I Found Foxhole” sign. The main area is modern with a centralized bar surrounded by comfy couches and tables against the walls. There’s a second floor that looks down at the first floor bar. There are more couches, a second smaller bar, and a VIP section upstairs. Guns and weapons ornament one of the walls upstairs and the TVs often play old gangster movies, when a big game isn’t on.
The bar prides itself on being the “first speakeasy bar of South Beach” and there is never a cover.
There is a daily Happy Hour from 5-9 pm and bar menu of bites from Drunken Dragon available 6-11 pm. In terms of beverage selection, it’s pretty traditional with craft beers and standard cocktails. There’s also a fully stocked bar.
So if you are looking for a place with underground vibes with a great happy hour, The Foxhole is just the place.
Address: 1218 14th Ct, Miami Beach, FL 33139
This is the newest speakeasy bar to open in Miami. The original Employees Only was opened in NYC in 2004 and there are others in Singapore and Austin. In February of this year, around the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the brand opened its South Beach location.
Although this bar is in Miami, it’s still feels very "New York," yet it’s a speakeasy that really feels like a speakeasy.
It’s hidden away in the back of a stone house and the front porch has a tarot reading shop. Behind the psychic is a curtain hiding a sleek bar in the back. One side of the Employees Only is a bar and the other is a dining area.
But the reason to visit this bar/restaurant is for the specialty cocktails, they are worth the typical Miami prices for drinks.
The menu is broken down into four sections– EO Classics, Apertifs, Cocktails and Long Drinks and Fancy Cocktails. Popular ones include the Billionaire Cocktail, with Baker’s Bourbon Shaken with Fresh Lemon Juice, EO Grenadine & Absinthe Bitters and the Lazy Lover, with Leblon Cachaça & Jalapeño-infused Green Chartreuse Shaken with Benedictine, Fresh Lime Juice & Agave Nectar.
If you are looking for a glass of vino, there is an extensive wine list too.
The full dinner menu features appetizers, salads and entrees and then there is also a late night menu with small plates, large plates, sides, and desserts. Having trouble picking? The Bone Marrow Poppers, Steak TarTar, and Bacon Wrapped Lamb Chops are popular choices!
Employees Only is just the place if you are looking for a place to have a romantic night or to escape the Miami nightlife, while also visiting a posh bar and restaurant.
Address: 1030 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila
Looking for some tacos to start off your night right? The front of Bodega is a modest restaurant serving an affordable menu featuring traditional tacos and Mexican street food. But, what do we mean by affordable? Well, there are $3 tacos.
Located in South Beach, the joint doesn't really fit in at all and this is what makes it great. Nothing about is pretentious. There's even a converted Airstream that serves as a kitchen and walk-up counter.
But, this isn't just an elevated Mexican dive.
Inside the dining area, you will find a blue portapotty door. This door will bring you to a tiny room with urinals high on the walls, but it's not a bathroom. Yes, you guessed it! This strange room is hiding a speakeasy. Walk through the door in the room and you find a hidden bar on the other side.
With a lighted sign saying “Love Me, F*ck Me,” cozy vintage couches against the walls, and a loft above the main bar– this is probably not what you were thinking you would find. It has a much different feel than the restaurant.
The cocktail menu features Cocktails, Specialty Shots, and Bartender's Choice drink with several Mexican-inspired beverages, including the Fuego shot with overproof bourbon infused with allspice, cinnamon, arbol chile and the La Gringa cocktail with Belvedere, Giffard's Lichi-Li, lemon, mint, raspberry.
Want another surprise? You can ask for one of the Bartender's Choice drinks like the "Make It Strong", a strong spirit forward cocktail, or the "Not Too Sweet," a cocktail with no or little sweeteners, and the bartender will pick and make your drink.
The most expensive cocktail on the menu is $13, making this bar the most affordable on the busy South Beach street.
Address: 1220 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139