7 Downtown Miami Party And Dining Hotspots

Downtown Miami is known as the business as well as cultural center of the county. With huge skyscrapers, amazing views of the bay, and numerous places of interest for people to visit, it gives everyone a little something to enjoy. Included in the list of things that you can indulge in when it comes to Downtown Miami are restaurants, bars, nightlife options, and gourmet outlets.

Find out which of the many establishments are worth trying out and which ones are considered the best hotspots when it comes to partying and dining in Miami’s famous Downtown area.

1. E11EVEN

One of the only Ultra Club that is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week in the state of Florida, E11even has won a number of awards that helps make it one of the best party places in Miami. Located on 29 NE 11th Street, which is near the MacArthur Causeway, this club is one place where you can find almost everything you want and need for an awesome party. It is actually a combination rooftop lounge, strip club, mega club, and rooftop restaurant, which means it has something for almost everyone.

Its being open 24/7 may confuse you as to when you should come here, but people do recommend the weekends when the place is jumping with crowds of partygoers. Valet parking is available, only people 21 years and older are allowed, and be ready for a crush since it is usually packed.

2. The Corner

People call this a hipster bar, and for a good reason. Those who come here are considered cool and have a rather laid back attitude, which is essentially what a hipster is, and you will find a lot of cool and laid back people here. Located on the corner of 1035 N Miami Ave, this bar offers a variety of beers from around the world in both bottled and draft choices, as well as cocktails and liquors.

You will also find that they have a full menu of food that includes sandwiches, soups, salads, snacks, and even desserts. The Corner is open 7 days a week, from 4 in the afternoon to 5 in the morning, but does not take reservations. As with any bar and hangout, the weekend is the best time to be here.

3. Zest Restaurant & Market

Located on 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, this happening and hip place is open from 11:30 in the morning up to 8 pm on weekdays, and up to 11 pm on the weekends. This means that they serve lunch as well as dinner, and also serve cocktails to diners who are of legal age. Kids can come here for their meals and adults can enjoy alcoholic beverages from happy hour till closing time.

The food here is reputed to be phenomenal, with Caribbean food being the main theme here. The seafood is fresh, there are spicy options, and jerk chicken is on the menu.

4. 180 Degrees at the DRB

When you ask about gastropubs in Downtown Miami, this is the one place that people may immediately talk about. They are reputed to have one of the best, if not the best, burger in all of Miami, which is the 50/50 burger. There is also a long list of other popular items on the menu, like their Black Bean Burger and their Smoked Salmon Gyration, to mention but a few.

Open from 11:30 to 10:00 pm during weekdays, and up to midnight during the weekend, this restobar also serves wines and beer. The best days to be here is the weekend, as usual, and there is outdoor seating for those who smoke and who want to eat their meals al fresco.

5. DB Bistro Moderne

Located in the JW Marriot on 255 Biscayne Blvd Way, this restaurant is the place to go to when you want classic and award winning meals from one of the best chefs in the world, Chef Daniel Boulud. French dining mixed with Miami ingredients and staples, this place is a must when you are in the area. Expect such French favorites like foie gras, coq au vin, and duck confit on the menu.

They also have a great burger for those who do not want to go too haute cuisine. You need to take note of their lunch and dinner service hours, and reservations are accepted here. They are open from Mondays to Saturdays, but are closed on Sundays.

6. NIU Kitchen

One word people use to describe NIU Kitchen on 134 NE 2nd Ave is “cozy”. Another word that they also use to describe this restaurant is “amazing”. This restaurant serves tapas style meals and is open for both lunch and dinner. It is recommended that you make a reservation when you are planning to eat here however since they are open for only a few hours for both meal services, and can only seat around 40 people at a time.

The food here is Spanish and you can have Spanish wines served with your meals as well. They also serve beer to those who prefer it over wine. They are open 7 days a week, but close earlier on Sundays and at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

7. Zuma Miami

Another great restaurant that is found within a hotel in Downtown Miami is Zuma, which is located in Epic Hotel on 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, right across from the Marriott. This Japanese restaurant serves some of the best sushi in the state and is the perfect place to splurge or go to during special occasions. Reservations are recommended but people have been known to get tables even without it.

Open all days of the week for both lunch and dinner, you can get some of the best entrees and desserts in Miami here. The more popular dishes here include the Black Cod with Miso Sauce, Tuna Tataki, and the Grilled Skirt Steak. They also serve amazing desserts, with the dessert platter being one of the favorites here.