Abraxas Lounge

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11 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

407 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach, Florida, 33139-6519
United States

(305) 534-9005

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Added by clearwaterbrewer on 11-26-2008

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Photo of charlienyc
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of muchohobbies
3.54/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Located in basically the lobby floor of a building in miami beach, fl. that adds to the coolness factor. Bar area, few tables, couches making it easier to lounge, more coolness factor points. place is cool.I am a local. I live where others use as a playground, with that said, parking flat out SUCKS! its a NIGHTMARE, as well as RIPOFF!.
HUGE variety, selection. Rating isnt higher because I WANT MORE LOCAL to me & USA beer

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Photo of cyrushire
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The Abraxas Lounge may be located in Miami Beach but it lacks the pretentiousness that plagues the entirety of the area. It is hands down, my favorite bar in the area and always worth stopping into whenever on the beach. The tap and bottle lists are continually updated and rotated and there's a special nearly every night. Surprisingly enough, the nights I've been there that were the busiest were all tuesdays when they feature trivia for bar tabs. If you find yourself In Miami Beach and Mango's and Ocean Drive have become to much for you, stop in.

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Photo of marshmeli
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Not what you would expect from by the looks of the place from the outside, it is Miami Beach after all, but I heard from friends and via BAers this is the place to go - boy were they right!

Very relaxed atmosphere with a bunch couches, some tables, and good sized L-shaped bar. Dim lights and rock music (60s-through today) playing via Pandora or an iPod. Right when you walk in you see the chalk board to the left of the bar with tons of beer selections (wine and mead as well). It is best to ask (if they do not offer) to see the physical menu since it is more up-to-date and easier to read. They have 10 drafts that are constantly changing and a huge bottle list (both limited edition specialties as well as non-limited bottles). Prices are very reasonable considering being in Miami Beach and having such great beers. They feature a ton of both American and foreign beers.

The bartenders will offer suggestions, give you more information about the beers and even provide a tastes of what is currently on draft. Most likely you will meet the owner, Diego, sitting at the bar right along with you. He is very friendly and loves to talk about beer and knows his stuff. Easily the best place to enjoy beer on the Beach.

One thing to note: Since they don't serve food customers can smoke in the bar. I hate cigarette smoke but even spending two nights in a row there it was that bad at all.

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Photo of pria
4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

extremely reasonable prices. amazing beer selection (possibly the best in miami, definitely the best on the beach). staff and owner definitely know their beers and are very friendly. it's my refuge in south beach...not sure if it's a regular occurrence, but i have brought my own food in here a few times and they have been cool about it...hey, who wants takeout w/o beer?!?! i would also recommend the abbey and the room if you are in south beach, but both of those bars tend to be a lot more crowded and have a smaller selection, so it depends on the vibe you are seeking out. abraxas is a great place for a real conversation, a quiet night, or a beer adventure (they always have new stuff and rare stuff, so it's always an adventure!)

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Photo of ifij775
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This bar has a great selection of beers, and the owner definitely has a finger on the craft/Belgian beer pulse. There are a few detractors from this place. Cigarette smoking is disgusting, and frankly I'd rather breathe clean air. This place was a sausage fest the night I was there, so drinking some beers will have to be your number one priority. They don't serve food, but I did see a group get some food delivered. The music is chill and I kind of got into watching some boxing matches. This place has one thing really going for it: BEER.

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Photo of pomeroy41144
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was in South Beach for a the BC-Miami football game the day after Thanksgiving. It was like an oasis in a desert of trend.
When you see it from the outside, you might think it's some trendy lounge, but when you go inside it's Nirvana. Down and dirty, with Classic rock playing in the IPod. Posters of the Beatles, Santana, Hendrix and Miles, are on the walls. Now, the menu. I think I remember about 6 or 8 taps, and then the 10 page menu of bottles including a great selection of Belgiums. Now, the better part,Happy Hour with $4.00 beers until 9:00 p.m. (and not just the beers they are trying to unload). I had a Sierra Nevada Tumbler for four bucks! I even got my C----rs light drinking friends to try some Radeburger on draft. The bartender was helpful an knowledgeable about the selections and offered tastings of several different brown ales until my friend settled on the Sam Smith. Kudos to owner Diego Escobar who was a really nice, friendly guy to talk with. Spread the word!

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Photo of polisanl
4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This bar seems like somebody's livingroom. Couches and TV's all over. Very relaxed and laid back atmosphere. No dress code that I noticed. Crowd is great and more of a local type. Extensive selection of bottles and approximately 8 or so taps. A bit pricey but it's Miami Beach we're talking about. Easily the best place for craft on the beach. As the night progresses, the cigarette smoke in the air is thick. The staff is very friendly. It is usual to see the owner sitting at the bar drinking with everyone else. He welcomes bringing and sharing your own. Often times, he'll bring out and share special beers from the back. Parking is terrible, as it is in the middle of a residential area.

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Photo of jcdahophead
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have been to Abraxas 3 times during my trips to South Beach. Easily my favorite place in South Beach. It is more of a "beer lounge" with couches and tables as well as a bar. Very South Beach. No food is sold there, but people have ordered food from local restaurants and had it brought in. They have about 10 drafts and pages of bottles in their beer list representing some from all styles. I drank primarily 2 draft selections, Cigar City Jai Alai and Flying Dog Raging Bitch. The beer quality has always been excellent. Prices are about normal for Miami.

Service is great. It is a locals place where the bartenders are friendly and get to know you. The only negative is that smoking is allowed and it can get a little smoky sometimes, but that is the case in many places in Miami. Abraxas is a must for any BA visiting the area

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Photo of mothachugga6137
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went there on a monday night which was an "80's night/ In the biz night." We got there early around 9ish but was greeted by some pretty great service. The selection they have on tap is incredible I had a Raging Bitch IPA, a Delirium Tremens, a saxo, and an exclusive brew from Sierra Nevada that the owner Diego helped produce at an SN beer camp.I did get to have some bottle offerings from Stone (sublimely self righteous) and a DFH (Theromoba) and I may or may not have gotten to walk out with a Brooklyn Black Ops and a Beer Geek Breakfast but that's niether here nor there. The point is that this is a must go place on the beach for beer you feel like your haning out at a buddy's apartment or your ultimate beer room, the rarity of the tap selection is awesome. In my opinion this place blow's the "big beer" places on the beach away because of the tap and bottle selection and the customer service is equally great.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Here's a relatively recent entrant to the apparently growing ranks of South Beach beer bars. Another solid option along with the Abbey, Room, and Zeke's can only be a good thing. South Beach is becoming Miami's Beer Central; the mainland really has some catching up to do. I have good reasons for driving all the way to the Beach when I want to go out and have a beer - Abraxas has definitely become one of them.

Atmosphere: From the outside, it's another trendy-looking South Beach building, but don't worry, there really is a beer bar inside, not some pretentious hotel lounge. Once inside, you see a L-shaped bar, TV off to the left, couches alongside the walls. It's dark, mostly lit by the TV and candles. Music provided by Pandora.
Quality beers on tap, quality beers in bottle. No complaints.

Early evening, it tends to be quite uncrowded. Later, it can get pretty packed and smoky. For optimal beer-drinking, I would advise coming early.

If you come early, the service will be very attentive. If you come late and it's crowded, they are going to be stretched out. Either way it is clear they are trying their best. The owner, Diego, is a good guy and loves his beer.

As I said, the selection is the best in the county. There are even options for BMC drinkers, which I consider a positive. It's very annoying to be sitting in the other bars and constantly having to hear patrons ask "what's the closest thing you have to Bud Light/Heineken/Corona/etc?" Most styles are well-covered. This includes more of a focus on American craft beers than either the Room or the Abbey. If it's currently available in South Florida, more than likely you can find it here. Plus, if a special keg of something has made it down to Miami, odds are it's at Abraxas.

Like the Room 3 blocks south, this bar serves no food. You are free to order for take-out or delivery, and bring food inside. Ask your bartender for menus, and you will get a manila folder overflowing with menus from nearby places, many of which will deliver. If you're walking out to get food, in the South of Fifth neighborhood in which this bar is located, there are many good dining options, including Joe's Stone Crab (there is a convenient reasonably-priced take-out arm of this world-famous restaurant).

Value = par for the South Beach course. A little pricey, but no more so than the other Beach beer bars save Zeke's.

Verdict: This place is no joke. Any BAs visiting the Miami area, this is where you want to be.

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Abraxas Lounge in Miami Beach, FL
Place rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 11 ratings