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Where to Go on a Date in Miami


First dates can be both stressful and exciting. Let’s take the stress out of finding the perfect place to meet so that you focus on the excitement. Here are some great hotel bars in Miami to set the mood.



Dark and romantic, The Living Room inside the Faena Hotel Miami Beach is perfect for quiet conversation and getting to know one another. Listen to live music, sample from the small plate menu, sip a bespoke cocktail – including the aptly named Faena Whisper. Your secrets are always safe with me.


Join me on a loveseat at the elegant Champagne Bar at the historic Surf Club which features the largest selection of champagnes in Miami. Nestled into a quiet corner of a space once frequented by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elizabeth Taylor, the ambience is sure to melt away any tension.


For a more laid-back location, let’s meet for Happy Hour in the backyard oasis of the Broken Shaker at the Freehand Miami. The award-winning bar, with its free-spirited atmosphere, is noted for an eclectic menu of tapas and cocktails made with exotic ingredients to set us off on an adventure well into the night.


For a stunning view of Miami Beach and some of the best sushi in town, Watr at 1 Rooftop, is a great option for a late-night meeting. Reservations are required for non-hotel guests but I’m quite confident that after we break the ice, you’ll want to slip away to a suite to continue a more intimate conversation.


No one will think twice seeing anyone coming or going in the hustle and bustle of the tourist-filled street that’s home to the Esme Hotel. Let’s rendezvous at El Salon, a space suited to a clandestine meeting. El Salon is noted for its crafted libations and tapas-style food, but we’re not really there for the menu.


If we’re lucky enough to meet for a weekend escape and music moves you, let’s hook up at Mo Bar and Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental in Brickell Key. We can chat at the bar and gaze out at the panoramic skyline or find a quiet corner of the lounge to enjoy the sounds of sultry Spanish guitar or Cuban jazz.


For a more out-of-the-way destination, let’s meet at Mamey on 3rd at THesis Hotel in Coral Gables. With an Asian, Carribbean and Polynesian influenced menu, Mamey is a great place to unwind in the spirit of the islands. Once under that tropical spell, we can catch the sunset and see where the night takes us.