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Where to Find Fall Cocktails in Miami and Fort Lauderdale

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When fall comes to South Florida, you probably won’t feel a nip in the air. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with some festive cocktails that taste like this season of change. These delicious drinks might not bring back memories of hayrides and apple picking (South Florida has a decidedly less-cozy vibe this time of year), but at least you can enjoy them underneath the palm trees with a view of the water.

In Miami and Fort Lauderdale, many bars and restaurants are currently offering to-go cocktails for pickup and delivery so you can safely imbibe while still supporting your local spots. Try one with citrus and Grand Marnier as a reminder that just because it’s fall, that doesn’t mean that summer fun has to stop.

Read on for 9 of our favorite spots for fall cocktails in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

A number of South Florida restaurants have opened up for in-person dining with some capacity restrictions, mandatory masks, and social distancing. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for in-person dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit floridahealthcovid19.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Kaluz Restaurant

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3300 E Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
(954) 772-2209
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New American cuisine meets relaxing waterfront views at this popular Fort Lauderdale eatery. This fall, enjoy the temperate weather and sit outside in the breeze, or take your meal to go. Choose from modern takes on classic American dishes, such as hamburgers and crab cakes, or go for something more decadent with an order of maple leaf duck confit. Pair those succulent bites with a sour sip, like a Gilded Grand, a mix of Grand Marnier, grapefruit juice, honey, and lemon juice. You can also snack on some Grand Marnier-soaked bread pudding for dessert.

2. American Social

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690 SW 1st Ct
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 223-7004
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As soon as you walk into American Social, you’ll know: this is where the cool kids go for game day. With hip twists on patriotic decor, an expansive riverside patio, and big-screen TVs, American Social isn’t your dad’s sports bar. But you can try some funky takes on dad’s favorites, including two-bite sliders, St. Louis ribs, and mac and cheese. For cocktails, order an updated version of a Prohibition-era classic, the Corpse Reviver, made with gin, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, simple syrup, Sauvignon Blanc, a splash of absinthe, and a couple of maraschino cherries.

3. Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

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4251 Salzedo St
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(786) 703-9094
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Although Perry’s Steakhouse is part of a Texan chain, it looks, feels, and tastes 100-percent Miami. With the ambiance of an oceanside resort and a menu that includes indulgent fare such as Chateaubriand, a three-course pork chop Sunday supper, and escargot, you’re likely to forget all of your cares before your drinks arrive. Order for pickup or delivery to elevate your next meal at home.

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4. Fontainebleau Miami Beach

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4441 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 535-3283
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At the famed Fontainebleau Resort, you have your pick of high-end dining establishments all under one hotel’s roof. Sample Chinese cuisine at Hakkasan. Become a connoisseur of celebrity-chef-inspired meals at Scarpetta, Pizza & Burger, and Stripsteak. And enjoy the quintessentially Floridian fall experience of eating and drinking poolside at La Côte.

5. 1 Hotel South Beach

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2341 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(833) 625-3111
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Although 1 Hotel South Beach is home to several restaurants, the one that offers the most unforgettable experience is Watr at the Rooftop. With a unique menu of Peruvian-Japanese fusion fare and the breathtaking ocean and cityscape of Miami at your feet, Watr is one of Miami’s go-to outdoor spots for a staycation drink that feels like traveling the world.

6. The Setai Miami Beach

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2001 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 520-6000
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Under a canopy of twinkling lights, you’ll uncover the perfect scene for date-night ambiance: the Ocean Grill at The Setai is one of Miami’s best-kept secrets. Now that you know, you can partake in a selection of Mediterranean-inspired dishes with your someone special at the expanded beachfront seating. Order Chilean seabass or lamb chops, and have some fun with your cocktails: Setai offers whole coconuts spiked with your choice of libation. That’s fall in paradise for you.

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7. Cafe Maxx

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2601 E Atlantic Blvd
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
(954) 782-0606
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Locals say Café Maxx is one of the best restaurants in the area, but if you didn’t know better, you might miss it. This unassuming fine-dining destination serves up artistically plated entrees such as seared jumbo sea scallops and chimichurri grilled skirt steak — and it’s now offering delivery and pick-up service, so you can enjoy an award-winning meal and cocktails at home.

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8. 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

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1395 NW 57th Ave
Miami, FL 33126
(305) 261-4220
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This aviation-themed restaurant is perched so close to Miami International Airport, you can watch the airliners glide overhead as you eat. Order à la carte or opt for one of the eatery’s prix-fixe options, which include hors d’oeuvres, starters, entrées, and dessert. For drinks, try the house specialty cocktail called “The Kiss Above the Clouds,” a blend of tequila, lime juice, and blue curacao with a Grand Marnier float on top.

9. The Mighty

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2224 SW 22nd St
Miami, FL 33145
(305) 570-4311
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The Mighty Tavern + Eatery is a Miami favorite for its inventive burgers and full bar. From classic margaritas to PB&J shots, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during the “cooler” months (if you can even call them that).

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1. Kaluz Restaurant

3300 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

New American cuisine meets relaxing waterfront views at this popular Fort Lauderdale eatery. This fall, enjoy the temperate weather and sit outside in the breeze, or take your meal to go. Choose from modern takes on classic American dishes, such as hamburgers and crab cakes, or go for something more decadent with an order of maple leaf duck confit. Pair those succulent bites with a sour sip, like a Gilded Grand, a mix of Grand Marnier, grapefruit juice, honey, and lemon juice. You can also snack on some Grand Marnier-soaked bread pudding for dessert.

3300 E Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

2. American Social

690 SW 1st Ct, Miami, FL 33130

As soon as you walk into American Social, you’ll know: this is where the cool kids go for game day. With hip twists on patriotic decor, an expansive riverside patio, and big-screen TVs, American Social isn’t your dad’s sports bar. But you can try some funky takes on dad’s favorites, including two-bite sliders, St. Louis ribs, and mac and cheese. For cocktails, order an updated version of a Prohibition-era classic, the Corpse Reviver, made with gin, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, simple syrup, Sauvignon Blanc, a splash of absinthe, and a couple of maraschino cherries.

690 SW 1st Ct
Miami, FL 33130

3. Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

4251 Salzedo St, Coral Gables, FL 33146
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Although Perry’s Steakhouse is part of a Texan chain, it looks, feels, and tastes 100-percent Miami. With the ambiance of an oceanside resort and a menu that includes indulgent fare such as Chateaubriand, a three-course pork chop Sunday supper, and escargot, you’re likely to forget all of your cares before your drinks arrive. Order for pickup or delivery to elevate your next meal at home.

4251 Salzedo St
Coral Gables, FL 33146

4. Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

At the famed Fontainebleau Resort, you have your pick of high-end dining establishments all under one hotel’s roof. Sample Chinese cuisine at Hakkasan. Become a connoisseur of celebrity-chef-inspired meals at Scarpetta, Pizza & Burger, and Stripsteak. And enjoy the quintessentially Floridian fall experience of eating and drinking poolside at La Côte.

4441 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

5. 1 Hotel South Beach

2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Although 1 Hotel South Beach is home to several restaurants, the one that offers the most unforgettable experience is Watr at the Rooftop. With a unique menu of Peruvian-Japanese fusion fare and the breathtaking ocean and cityscape of Miami at your feet, Watr is one of Miami’s go-to outdoor spots for a staycation drink that feels like traveling the world.

2341 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. The Setai Miami Beach

2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Courtesy of The Setai Miami Beach

Under a canopy of twinkling lights, you’ll uncover the perfect scene for date-night ambiance: the Ocean Grill at The Setai is one of Miami’s best-kept secrets. Now that you know, you can partake in a selection of Mediterranean-inspired dishes with your someone special at the expanded beachfront seating. Order Chilean seabass or lamb chops, and have some fun with your cocktails: Setai offers whole coconuts spiked with your choice of libation. That’s fall in paradise for you.

2001 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Cafe Maxx

2601 E Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Courtesy of Cafe Maxx

Locals say Café Maxx is one of the best restaurants in the area, but if you didn’t know better, you might miss it. This unassuming fine-dining destination serves up artistically plated entrees such as seared jumbo sea scallops and chimichurri grilled skirt steak — and it’s now offering delivery and pick-up service, so you can enjoy an award-winning meal and cocktails at home.

2601 E Atlantic Blvd
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

8. 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

1395 NW 57th Ave, Miami, FL 33126

This aviation-themed restaurant is perched so close to Miami International Airport, you can watch the airliners glide overhead as you eat. Order à la carte or opt for one of the eatery’s prix-fixe options, which include hors d’oeuvres, starters, entrées, and dessert. For drinks, try the house specialty cocktail called “The Kiss Above the Clouds,” a blend of tequila, lime juice, and blue curacao with a Grand Marnier float on top.

1395 NW 57th Ave
Miami, FL 33126

9. The Mighty

2224 SW 22nd St, Miami, FL 33145
Courtesy of The Mighty

The Mighty Tavern + Eatery is a Miami favorite for its inventive burgers and full bar. From classic margaritas to PB&J shots, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during the “cooler” months (if you can even call them that).

2224 SW 22nd St
Miami, FL 33145

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