2 Alfresco Eats to Try in Miami

Elevate a sun-kissed day or balmy night in South Beach with cocktails and bites at these chic, outdoor hotel bars

DiLido Beach Club

Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, this sleek outdoor bar and restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is idyllic for bikini-conscious lunches or refreshing libations in between sunbathing sessions. Tucked discreetly into tropical foliage at the beach’s edge, DiLido impresses with not only its Atlantic views but also its vodka-spiked grapefruit frosé, Peruvian-style local fish ceviche, and superfood salads. Those craving more than sips and bites should consider either a day pass or beach pass, the former offering swimming pool and resort access, the latter providing two chairs and an umbrella on the property’s full-service beach area. 

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From sunset to midnight, Thursdays through Saturdays (plus Tuesdays), Irma’s at W South Beach delivers a swish outdoor lounge scene that proves nightlife can prosper even in the age of COVID. Anchored by a tiki-style bar constructed from light driftwood and strewn with small wooden tables crowned by hanging lights, the bar attracts an easy-on-the-eyes, well-dressed crowd eager for a seductive evening vibe, inclusive of pulsing house beats, fabulous people watching, and mixology-based cocktails. From a menu from famed Living Room Bar (located indoors), choose from 25 plus artisan cocktails like the Pineapple Roast, an invigorating blend of reposado tequila, homemade roasted pineapple juice, chili liquor, and fresh lime.  

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