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Looking for a great bar in Miami to celebrate

bry520 Jul 30, 2012 08:27 AM

My step dad is turning 50 and I have been tasked with finding a great bar to hold a happy hour for friends and co workers to celebrate. I'm trying to find a place that will accommodate everyone's tastes, but still meet my step dads standards. He and I are very much into the food scene, so sub par simply will not do. I have so many different places running through my head that picking a single place has become exhausting. This is why I'm reaching out to the Chow universe.

Comfortably accommodate 15 - 20 people.
Within Dade county and only on the mainland. Unfortunately, Miami Beach isn't an option.
The happy hour will be on a Friday.
Great bar food would be a plus

I was looking at db Bistro Moderne, Area 31, and Bourbon Steak as some possible choices, but I welcome any input.

  1. The Chowfather Jul 30, 2012 08:48 AM

    Bourbon Steak bar/lounge area is perfect

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    1. re: The Chowfather
      bry520 Jul 30, 2012 09:17 AM

      That's my personal choice, but my only concern is the distance. Ideally, something in the Gables or Downtown/Brickell would be perfect since most people would be coming straight from work.

      1. re: bry520
        tpigeon Jul 30, 2012 09:23 AM

        I have never eaten there (but did try all their couchon 555 food which was great), but what about Edge Steak and Bar at the 4 Seasons?

        1. re: tpigeon
          Blind Mind Jul 30, 2012 09:32 AM

          Oh crap, Edge is also a great call.

    2. Blind Mind Jul 30, 2012 09:23 AM

      Bourbon Steak is a great call and what I would go with if I were in your shoes. Cant beat the food, drink, and atmosphere for a group like that.

      For something closer to Miami, The Local could also be a good call though admittedly I've not dined there in some time.

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      1. re: Blind Mind
        bry520 Jul 30, 2012 09:45 AM

        Bourbon Steak is my #1 choice by far, but I need the rest of the family to agree since this actually going to be a surprise and I know distance may be an issue.

        Edge and Local are both good options that I'm heavily considering. Local is great, but like BM, I have not eaten there in a while. And I honestly wasn't that impressed with Edge;however, the bar was fantastic and the outdoor lounge area was really nice.

        I really appreciate the input and welcome any further suggestions.

        1. re: bry520
          lax2mia Jul 30, 2012 11:22 AM

          I'd say given the area it's either Edge or db. There's Rusty Pelican if you want to get nostalgic, but my last experience wasn't very stellar.

          1. re: bry520
            Frodnesor Jul 30, 2012 12:51 PM

            I've had lunch recently at the Local. New chef Vince Tien (Cabrera is gone) has given things a bit of an Asian tilt here and there (a little more miso, kimchi, etc.) but otherwise pretty similar. Edge might have better food right now.

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          BigBonesBradley Jul 30, 2012 11:58 AM

          What about Eos, Zuma or Il Gabianno? I know Eos has a beautiful outdoor lounge area, as does Il Gabianno. I can't recall what Zuma's layout is like, but I believe it has a nice lounge with a nice view?

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