Who wants to deal with traffic on South Beach when there are new bars and lounges opening up all the time in downtown Miami? For a fun evening out, skip the ocean and head to the river. Right on the Miami River you’ll find River Lounge and Club 50, the latest in the downtown/Brickell nightlife scene.
River Lounge is located on the ground floor of the Epic Hotel on Biscayne Boulevard Way. Thirty-foot windows and an outdoor seating area offer direct views of boats cruising along the river. Since its packed opening party, River Lounge has become the place for young professionals to meet for a post-work drink or to party all night.
If you’re bored with your usual cocktail be sure to check out River Lounge’s creative drink menu. In it you’ll find tempting tipples like the Blushing Geisha (sake, TY KU citrus liqueur, sour mix, fresh lime juice and simple syrup), Amante Picante (tequila, cucumber slices, cilantro, fresh lime juice and a dash of green Tabasco), and the Jalisco Sidecar (Hennessy VS Cognac, Patron XO Café tequila, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup). My favorite is the Brazilian Passion, a caipirinha made with passion fruit puree.
If you’re hungry head up to the 16th floor to Area 31. The Mediterranean-influenced menu features some of the freshest seafood in downtown.
Directly across the water from River Lounge is the towering Viceroy Hotel. At the top you’ll find Club 50. Half indoor bar, half outdoor pool lounge, it’s sophisticated without being pretentious.
If you’re looking for a great view of Miami, this is the spot. West-facing windows making Club 50 the place to be just before sunset. While watching the lights of the city come on you can sip one of Club 50’s signature cocktails and nibble on light fare.
The pool area is open only to Viceroy guests and residents of the adjoining Icon Brickell during the day, but at night it’s transformed into a club with a DJ spinning music. Windows on all sides let you enjoy being outdoors without worrying about the wind.
Club 50 wins the prize for having the bathrooms with the best views. Large windows let you peer down towards Brickell Key and the water. Even if you don’t need to visit the restroom, it’s worth checking out before you leave.
When you’re ready for dinner, head to Eos on the 15th floor. Award-winning Chef Michael Psilakis modernizes dishes from his native Greece with a menu that includes Mediterranean and Asian influences. The lobster and sea urchin risotto is out of this world.
With River Lounge and Club 50 within a short walk of each other, you’ll just have to decide on which side of the river to begin your night out.
River Lounge is located inside the Epic Hotel at 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way.
Club 50 is located inside the Viceroy Hotel at 485 Brickell Avenue.