Miami is home to ever-changing trends that can make it difficult for establishments to keep up with their customers’ needs. The longevity of some of these bars is a testament to the fact that they must be doing something right. The oldest bars in Miami are proof that standing out and staying true to their identity can be as important as serving excellent meals and cocktails.
Mac's Club Deuce a South Beach icon that dates back to 1947, originally opening its doors as Club Deuce Bar & Grill. The owner, Mac Klein, made sure everything was done right as he worked the bar almost every day until he sadly passed away in 2016. Mac’s Club Deuce continues to thrive and was recently named one of the best bars in the country by Playboy and CNN Travel. The bar is so popular, it even made a cameo in Miami Vice, and Anthony Bourdain still calls it his favorite dive bar in the city.
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Duffy's Tavern over at 2108 SW 57th Ave. has been around since 1937 but adopted the name Duffy’s Tavern a couple of decades later in 1955. Duffy’s has seen a lot over the years and brought in many high-profile celebrities from sports, politics, and the music industry. This old bar in Miami also has some sweet décor with everything from newspapers to license plates to neon lights. It’s probably wise to know that the place is cash-only, but if you forgot to bring a stack of bills, don’t sweat it! They have an ATM inside, so you can still get your drink on.
Located in Virginia Gardens next to Miami Springs, Bryson’s Irish Pub offers a great menu at an affordable price and has been doing so for over 60 years! This Irish pub also hosts weekly karaoke nights on Wednesdays and Saturdays and live bands on Friday and Saturday nights. It also has over 30 TVs, which make it a perfect place to watch any big sporting event.
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Speaking of karaoke, you can also showcase your singing skills at the Seven Seas Bar every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night. This Broward County favorite at 2200 SW 57th Avenue opens at 9:00 a.m. every weekday and has been a staple in the area for more than 30 years. Don’t forget to visit them on Sunday nights for awesome live music entertainment.
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You wouldn’t guess by The Bar’s popularity that it’s one of the oldest bars in Miami. It first opened its doors in 1946 and is still one of the hottest destinations in Coral Gables. The Bar has amazing happy hour deals and two-for-one specials that help bring in crowds from every generation. They also highlight local bands during their live shows throughout the week. Oh, and ladies drink for free on Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.!
If you’re a music-craving rebel, Churchill’s Pub is the place for you! Forget about all the mainstream vibes from Downtown Miami’s party scene, Churchill’s is where punk rockers and jazz enthusiasts have united to share their love of good music since 1979. The different lineups that perform during the week help make this revolutionary bar at 5501 NE 2nd Avenue a haven for metalheads, jazz lovers, and all kinds of misfits. Open mics are on Mondays!
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Get a pint and share a few stories at the oldest bars in Miami, which have plenty of stories of their own!
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