South of Fifth, also known as SoFi, is a small exclusive affluent neighborhood in Miami Beach. Surrounded by water on three sides from the Ocean to Biscayne Bay, South of Fifth runs from South Pointe Park, a peaceful oasis with direct access to the beach, to Fifth Street. Among the luxury condos are casually upscale restaurants and bars serving phenomenal cocktails.
When South of Fifth in Miami, we suggest these exceptional SoFi drinking spots:
Il Mulino South Beach
In the Il Mulino New York tradition, the sophistication of New York melds with the elegance of Miami’s South of Fifth neighborhood. The upscale Italian restaurant indulges patrons with classic cocktails with a modern twist.
Drink: An Old Fashioned Affirmation
Wild Turkey Rye bourbon, Combier triple sec, and strawberry cordial; garnished with a strawberry and mint
840 1st Street, Miami Beach, 305-372-1221, ilmulino.com/south-beach, @ilmulinony
South Pointe Tavern
Inside South Pointe Tavern, you will find glowing lanterns, brick-lined walls, and a friendly staff. This cozy bar also boasts a large selection of whiskeys and tequilas as well as handcrafted cocktails.
Drink: Speyside Buck
Glenlivet Founder’s scotch whiskey, ginger syrup, fresh lime juice and Angostura bitters
40 South Pointe Drive, #109, Miami Beach, FL, 305-763-8368, southpointetavern.com,@southpointetavern
Lolo’s Surf Cantina
Lolo’s Miami, a casual Mexican restaurant, and bar, is located next to Ocean Beach Park. The Baja-inspired cantina is the perfect spot to relax and cool off, with one of their inventive cocktails or Mexican classics, after catching waves or rays at South Beach.
Drink: Sour Coyote
Tequila Reposado, lemon, passion fruit, chili, and egg white
161 Ocean Drive (park-side entrance of Stanton South Beach), 305 735-6973, loloscantina.com, @lolosmiami
Lobster Bar Sea Grille
Lobster Bar Sea Grille showcases seafood and prime steaks in an up-scale setting. The glittering restaurant has a vibrant bar, where the cocktail menu is the star.
Don Julio Reposado Tequila, Fresh Jalapeno, Pineapple Juice, and Tiki Thai Syrup
404 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, buckheadrestaurants.com/restaurant/lobster-bar-sea-grille-miami-beach, @LobsterBarSeaGrilleMiamiBeach
Izzy’s Fish & Oyster
This intimate New England-style oyster bar and restaurant has a modern seashore décor. Slurp on East Coast oysters or chow down a Maine lobster roll along with the latest cocktail creations from IZZY’s beverage manager extraordinaire, Jaime Russo.
Drink: Shuckin on Washington
Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Lemon, Pineapple-Cardamom Shrub
423 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305 397-8843, izzysmiami.com, @izzysmiami
A hip farm-to-counter eatery and wellness bar, DIRT serves great tasting clean food. Treat your body to Fair-trade, shade-grown coffee, teas in international styles, cold-pressed juices and 16 oz. smoothies.
Drink: Defense Smoothie
Thai coconut meat, ripe pineapple, fresh blueberries, dried blueberries, Thai coconut water, fresh mango and honey, -or sweetener of your choice. Blended until completely smooth, and garnished with a pineapple slice on the side of your glass.
232 5th St, Miami Beach, 305-763-8548, dirteatclean.com, @dirtrestaurant