It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, Wynwood was one of those areas you’d typically avoid. In less than a decade, it’s evolved from recording studios and art galleries to the trendiest and fastest-growing neighborhood in the 305. Now a haven for fun, this area is populated with both locals and tourists who are drawn to the incredible works of art on every wall and who happily stick around for its bars, lounges, and tons of great spots to grab a meal.
Here are seven can’t miss spots in Wynwood.
Uchi, from the James Beard Award-winning Austin transplant Chef Tyson Cole, has quickly become one of Wynwood’s hottest spots. The menu is composed of dishes that are Japanese-inspired with a non-traditional take on classic delights. Uchi, which means “house,” is one of those places that can feel fancy for a date night or like you’re hanging at home on a Tuesday, enjoying a killer happy hour of nigiri, oysters with habanero, cilantro, and koji, and crispy rice with broccoli and salsa macha. Make it easy on yourself by selecting the omakase dining experience with the option of six courses or ten. Or go all in and order a la carte — don’t worry, if you go a bit overboard, your tastebuds will thank you.
This is the kind of spot you’re going to need a reservation for. Since its opening in 2016, this spot has been one of the most solid restaurants in Miami. The dishes are made with an Asian flair inspired by chef Raheem Sealy’s travels around the world. The most popular dish on the menu? It’s the cauliflower that’s roasted and covered in goat cheese and shishito-herb vinaigrette. Large enough to share as an appetizer or enjoy as an entree, it’s a must when at KYU and is a perfect complement to the other smoked and woodfired dishes, like the Thai fried rice stone pot or the short ribs. But don’t fill yourself up too much because the massive coconut cake is one of Miami’s most talked-about desserts.
One of Miami’s very first food halls, 1-800 Lucky is ideal for lunch, a quick bite, or to dance all night while continuously ordering bites to help soak up the cocktails from its lively bar area. This indoor-outdoor hangout features several concepts with a range of Asian cuisines, including dim sum from Yip, sushi from B-Side, fresh poke from Poke OG, Chinese classics from Gold Marquees, award-winning dishes from Jeepney, and save room for dessert at Taiyaki. After you’ve eaten until your heart’s content, grab a record to enjoy at home or reserve the karaoke room for you and your friends.
Who doesn’t love a spot with multiple food concepts, two totally different bars, and a stage where you can watch free concerts nearly every weekend? That’s The Oasis in a nutshell. Recent live acts have included Charli XCX, Tiesto, and Ludacris. Get a taste of New York with Prince Street Pizza, nosh on sandwiches from Alidoro, go Greek at Mr. Mandolin, do it up with dumplings and bao buns at Buya, eat some freakin’ chicken at Chikin, or celebrate #TacoTuesday at Los Buenos. Each restaurant is located inside brightly painted shipping containers centered around outdoor seating. Those who want to take a break from the Miami heat can pop into Huacachina, the indoor bar that’s both pink and chic and screams 305 with its palm prints and velvet-lined seating.
Open late night and a little grimey in the best way, this dive bar prides itself on being one of the most welcoming in the city. Though it’s got a solid cocktail list (Rosemary’s Baby is a favorite made with gin, lemon, and earl grey rosemary syrup), this is the kind of spot you’ll find yourself going to for a beer and a shot combo. There’s always something going on at this wild watering hole – from karaoke to drag parties to Nerd Nites and bar trivia. Gramps is also home to Pizza Tropical, serving up some of the best slices in the area.
Le Chick Miami, inspired by Rotisserie Amsterdam, is known for its burgers, rotisserie chicken, and fun tropical late-night vibe. This vibrant hotspot is home to a happy hour that features $7 cocktails and $5 beers, several delicious bites, like street corn and fried chicken, and the infamous Royale With Cheese (dry-aged brisket 3oz double patties, cheddar, tomato, lettuce, house pickles, secret sauce with choice of skin-on fries, spiced sweet potato fries or coleslaw) for only $10. The cocktail menu is full of refreshing classics, like the sangria, Spanish gin & tonic, and a refreshing frozen margarita.
Slightly off the beaten path in the rapidly growing east side of Wynwood, you’ll come across Cerveceria La Tropical, a brewery that got its start in 1888 in Cuba. Determined to revive his family’s legacy, owner Manny Portuondo spent nearly two decades bringing La Tropical to life as he hunted down history and recipes from what was once Cuba’s most popular beer. The OG brew, La Original, is an Ambar Lager that’s a huge hit with thirsty beer fans, but every beer on the list is a winner. Paired with a Caribbean-inspired menu by beloved Miami chef Cindy Huston, this is one of those spots you can stop in for one drink and end up staying all night.