The Democratic Republic Of Beer (DRB)

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Type: Bar, Eatery

501 NE 1st Ave
Ste 103
Miami, Florida, 33132-1960
United States

(305) 372-4161

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Added by vikinggod on 07-09-2011

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of kornybird
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of AjGuadarrama
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Conveniently located across from a Metromover monorail stop, the DRB has a dark reddish and black interior with a nice sized bar that can seat about 15 people. The rest of the place is small so I could see this getting crowded on a Saturday night. There is "outdoor" seating along the road, but it is covered with a roof and some decorative metal fence type walls. A few TVs adorn the interior walls. The only issue was web site stated they were open at noon on Friday, but they weren't during my first trip here. I showed up later around 6:00 PM and there was only a few folks in the bar.

All the taps are located on the wall behind the bar. When I entered I was greeted quickly and handed a beer and food menu. The beer selection was the best I saw my entire Miami / Miami Beach trip. Plenty of local Florida beers from Cigar City, Funky Buddha, Wynwood, and Florida Beer. Great Divide, Brooklyn, Weyerbacher, Breckenridge, Stone, and plenty of others were on. Plenty of beer styles were covered, which was also nice. I had a few pints and some were super fresh.

Service was very attentive and prompt, and samples were offered before I even asked. This is the one stop I would recommend to visitors to the area.

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Photo of desArmando
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

pricey but you could as well pay for airfare and get those same beers overseas they get beers I have not found on northeastern U.S such a long beer list maybe on Eulogia in Philly (only Belgians) they really have a good selection best in Miami for variety, nice passport idea ( have not been to the new location)

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by on a super soaked Wednesday night. I read the reviews that this place was small but small is kind of an understatement. I dont know if you could fit more than 30 people in here. Draft beers were a bit limited but high in quality. Boonville Hop Ottin IPA, Newcastle, DFH Festina Peche, Old Rasputin, Sierra Summerfest. The bottle list was enormous: the menu claims 11 pages, each page with about 30 beers. The only sad part is that there WAS NOT ONE Florida beer on the whole damn list; no Cigar City, no Tampa Brewing, no nothin. I was disappointed in that regard.

The atmosphere was super loud indie music with an open, industrial interior. Not too bad I guess. Should have brought my earplugs. The bar had 7 stools and there were 5 tables for dining. They have some outdoor seating but it was basically some tables sitting on the sidewalk. One thing I didnt like was that the bartender gal started lighting scented candles all over the place. If they were IPA scented, maybe; but they were apple cinnamon or some shit like that. It was a bit hard at times to taste my beer through the fog of Yankee Candle.

Prices were pretty reasonable for a downtown establishment. Bottled beers were $5 to $55 and draft beers were around $7. Food was about $10 per dish. The greek salad was really good.

I would come back solely for that fact of the selection. Outside of a couple places in South Beach, this may be your best bet. Give me some local beers and about 5 more drafts and this can be a 5!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This was a great place to hit up and must visit when you come to Miami.

The place is small, but comfortably cool. Seating outside, small bar to the left with ten seats and ten or so tables to the right. Capacity is probably around 70 people, so try to get here early on a busy night because people like ourselves were not in a rush to leave so quickly.

The quality of the food and beer was good too. Service was average and the bartender poured all of our beers into the proper glassware. The selection was as good as it gets and the prices were reasonable for the most part with some being a but pricey. I definitely would hit up this place again next time in Miami.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Stopped by this place for a late night dinner and beers.

It's located right on downtown Miami right next to the 1400 Biscayne Center building and across the Arts Center. Unfortunately it seems that they no longer have a deal with the parking lot next door so you have to cough up $5 to park your car.

The place is very small, just a few tables are set up along with the bar. It's very dark and is pretty much illuminated by the three TVs that are always on with sports and candle lights on the tables. It does have a nice atmosphere though. The service was on the slow side inexplicably since the place wasn't very busy at all. I think it took longer for a server to come to my table than they did to bring my meal. Food wasn't very good but I wasn't expecting anything great. They do have a pretty big menu with lots of variety which is nice.

The selection is excellent, they have a bunch of beers on tap and over 500 beers from all over the world. Unfortunately the prices are on the steep end so I won't be going to this place as often as I was hoping to whenever I'm in downtown Miami.

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Photo of rel
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is definitely home base for me in Miami. They have over 400 beers from all over the world, listed by country of origin, and always changing. 6 beers on tap that rotate constantly.

The owners and staff have always been VERY welcoming and knowledgeable! No complaints there. If service isn't perfect it's because the place is packed to where they cant walk about on Saturday night.

Most importantly, located in a city full of South Beach, this place constantly attracts a fun and unpretentious crowd to share that brew with.

If you're not bored, here's a small anecdote:
First time I visited the DRB with a friend, he parked in the adjacent lot that has a deal with the bar (we were told to park there). Apparently there had been some changes to the parking arrangement that the tow company was not aware of, and his car ended up on a tow truck. The owner came out, could not convince this tow trucker driver to drop the car, so he just paid the guy. I've been a fan ever since. Good peoples.

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Photo of vikinggod
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

The DRB was one of three place's I visited while I was in Miami. A small place just north of a performing art's district. It's not that big of a place, with bench seating along one side of the wall. They also have table's and seating outside on the sidewalk.

They have a extensive menu of beer's, at least four hundred, from dozen's of countries. The large majority of which are American craft beer's. They also have a long list of Belgium, German and English beer's.

The food here was very good with their version of dish's from around the world. On my three visit's to DRB the service ranged from very good to poor. On the first and third visit it was quick and attentive, when bringing the beer's the server's made comment's on flavor's and aroma's to look for. On the second visit I was lucky to see the server. It was after midnight on Saturday and they were not that busy. Of the four places I visited while in Miami this was the best.

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The Democratic Republic Of Beer (DRB) in Miami, FL
Place rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 11 ratings