Best Places to Meet People in Miami and South Florida

June 20, 2018 0 0

What are the best places to meet people in Miami and South Florida? Going out is as much about mixing and mingling as it is drinking and eating, and it’s no surprise that towns like Miami and Fort Lauderdale offer plenty of options for singles looking to get themselves out there (or just people looking for companionship). So why not choose some places you know will have a bumping social scene? Don’t wait a minute longer, because The Social Room, Gramps, Blackbird Ordinary, and tons of other options on our list best places to meet people in South Florida make a great starting point when it comes to making some friends!

Grove Bay Grill

3381 Pan American Dr, Coconut Grove

Grove Bay Grill is casual enough that you’ll find yourself engaged in myriad conversations with locals. Don’t fight it. Sit back on the deck, and enjoy the view of the water as well as the chatter. You can order stone crabs, a Philly cheesesteak, or shrimp and chips. Plus, there’s a full bar, but you can also opt for pints of beer — Guinness, say, or a Black and Tan.

Himmarshee Public House

201 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale

Also known as the place that started the Fort Lauderdale Margarita Festival, Himmarshee is always packed full of single people looking for a good time, and one of the best places to meet people in Miami and South Florida. If you come here, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll meet someone. Be sure to order a little liquid courage via handcrafted cocktails like the Pink Manhattan or the Watermelon Mule. Plenty of IPAs are also on offer, like Free Dive or Space Dust, and lagers like the Toasted Amber.

Abbey Brewing Co.

1115-1117 16th St

The long communal tables at Abbey Brewing Co. are perfect for socializing. People come here for the beer, from the Father Theodore’s Stout to the Immaculate IPA, the Brother Dan’s Double to the  Brother Aaron’s Quadruple. Bond over which one you like the most, and then you can order in some food if you find yourself getting hungry.

Blackbird Ordinary

729 SW 1st Ave, Miami

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, Blackbird will make you feel at home. Make sure to try out specialty cocktails like the Creamsicle or the London Sparrow when you while you settle into the spacious booths. You can also try your hand at playing pool, but the dance floor is where you’ll find most of the action. The DJ will most likely be playing house music, but it’s not uncommon that you’ll hear local reggae or funk, too.

Churchill’s Pub

5501 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Miami

Churchill’s has been hosting live music since the ’80s, and you’ll be able to find almost every genre here. Sunday, you’ll find reggae, on Mondays there’s jazz, and the rest of the week is a tossup between punk, rock, metal, and alternative. Grab a drink and head over to the main stage area, where you’ll find yourself chatting with someone with similar tastes.


176 NW 24th St, Miami

Gramps is the ideal place to go to unwind after a long day. There’s live music on the weekends that spans every genre, trivia on Tuesdays, drag-queen bingo on Wednesdays and karaoke on Thursdays. There’ll be plenty of people, so grab a slice of pizza from the walkup window, a cold beer (or a cocktail, like The Hula Girl), and maybe even play some vintage Pac-man.

Rosie’s Bar and Grill

2449 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors

Everyone in Fort Lauderdale has a special place in their heart for Rosie’s. The atmosphere is always lively, and the food and drink specials can’t be beat. Sunday “fun day” boasts drag queens, pancakes, omelettes, and beer buckets all day. The rest of the week, you’ll find burgers with creative names like the Ivana Hooker, the Miley Highclub or the Rhoda Cowboy. From 11AM to 7PM, specials include half-off well drinks and domestic beer, which is one reaason Rosie’s makes our list of the best places to meet people in South Florida.

The Riverside Market

608 SW 12th Ave, Fort Lauderdale

The couches at Riverside will have you getting comfortable with people you just met. This is also the perfect place to dabble in the craft beer scene if you don’t consider yourself a connoisseur. The selection here is enormous, which will probably stump those who are indecisive, but also make for a great conversation starter.

The Social Room

1916 Harrison St, Hollywood

Play games like Connect 4, Jenga, or Uno, and your competition may end up being a new prospect. Hang out for the specials like $7 Moscow Mules on Mondays, $4 Coronas and Modelos, and $2 tacos on Tuesdays, half-off whiskey on Wednesdays, $5 wine on Thursdays, and weekend deals like $8 martinis and ladies drinking free. P.S: The Gangster Grilled Cheese here is the ideal drunk snack.

Chops Lobster Bar

101 Plaza Real S, Boca Raton

The bar scene at Chops is just as good as its menu. Order a surf and turf or a New York strip, and take a seat at the bar to mingle. The Gold Digger martini or the Platinum Moscow Mule is always a good option, and you’ll find plenty of other people with the same idea.

Cheat Sheet

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Christina Elia

Assistant editor Christina Elia is currently pursuing her BA in Art History Communications at Fordham University, and writes about various topics ranging from arts and culture to practical tips and how-to advice. She has been published on online platforms such as The Odyssey. You can follow her on Twitter via @stinaelia

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