Miami for Hipsters

This guide will keep you surrounded by kitsch, mustaches, whiskey, and good music. Miami Beach has some well-curated trendster haunts that are worth checking out, soget on your flannel and trucker hat and get ready to hit the town. 

Freehand Miami

2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Freehand Hostel stands out because it has a very hip vibe, friendly service, and bohemian kitch décor. An adventurous hipster would feel right at home and the Europeans won't notice the bad service in the lounge. The Broken Shaker Lounge is the hostel's strong suit. Tucked away in a banyan tree forest, you can find respite from the madness of South Beach with an herb-infused cocktail and a soak in the pool. The atmosphere is so wholesome you'll want to sit around a campfire and have sing-a-longs. The double room had cool decorations and everything was clean and tidy. My only complaint is the noise, but that could be avoided if you don't stay on the first floor.

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Jazz on South Beach Hostel

321 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

This place is a little crazy and crowded, so if you like a boisterous, messy atmosphere it's not bad, especially for the bohemian trendsters. The location is great as it is footsteps to the beach and the price is perfect for the broke backpacker. The people staying there were pretty friendly, but the staff were a mixed bag. Some were grumpy dictators taking their job way too seriously, others decent and helpful enough. The place was cheap so I can't complain too much about the small, crowded, dirty rooms. Plus, if you're an art history buff you'll love wandering around the neighborhood admiring the historic art deco buildings. The people are friendly and cool at the full bar and lounge, so it's a great place for pre-clubbing libations. Also, they have a continental breakfast, which is a nice freebie after sleeping on hard prison beds.

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Posh Hostel

820 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Of all the hotels and hostels in South Beach, and there are so many, Posh Hostel is the most unique among them. The place is immaculately renovated with brand new modern furnishings and décor, plus a rooftop infinity pool. So, what could possibly be the downside to this place? The sea of dormitory-style beds in one room and the rows of open showers. Basically, the place is as posh as can be but there is no privacy whatsoever. Let's put it this way. If Versace had to design a prison and was forced to stay there on house arrest, it would look like the Posh South Beach Hostel. The benefit of this, however, is that if you're an adventurer traveling alone, the friendly hostel vibe is a great place to meet like-minded travelers. And in a city like Miami, friendliness is a priceless commodity. Plus, you get the added benefit of super cheap rates, which is good because you'll need the extra money since South Beach is so expensive.

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SoBe Hostel & Bar

235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

South Beach Hostel is perfect for solo travelers looking to meet people. Situated in the Deco District, you can walk around the neighborhood and take in the local architecture that Miami Beach is famous for. Also, the clubs and beaches are only a few blocks away. This hostel offers more amenities than comparable places in South Beach, which makes it a great value for the money. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they also offer free breakfast, airport shuttle, WiFi, and an Internet café. Also, the bar and lounge is a fun hangout before going out to the clubs. The only downside is the hard prison beds and tiny rooms, but after a night of partying with your friends, sharing a small space is great for bonding. If you're young and have an adventurous spirit, South Beach Hostel won't disappoint.

Dylan's Candy Bar

801 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Even if you're too cool for tourist spots, Lincoln Road is a great place to people watch and check out the local scene. Also, I can't stop myself from getting candy at Dylan's Candy Bar, especially their disgustingly good sour candy selection. They also have every sweet thing imaginable that can be dyed and emulsified to rot your teeth and make you get love handles. But after sweating in the Miami heat, you deserve a little treat. Plus, what other place in town can you get a rainbow-colored cocktail?

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Wood Tavern

2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

The Wynwood design district is a breath of fresh air, especially after experiencing the over-priced, over-the-top South Beach packed with tourists. At Wood Tavern you'll get to see the laid-back local scene, plus the drinks are cheap and they have free tacos on Tuesday that are actually decent. Any broke hipster can scrape up enough money to go to Wood, so a lot of artist types and lost souls end up here, which gives it an eclectic vibe. Just about anybody can fit in here, but I recommend not getting too dolled up because the place is pretty low-key.

Deco Bike

723 Washington Ave, Miami, FL 33139

Deco bikes are cheap and a great way to see Miami Beach. With stations all along South Beach, Mid Beach, and North Beach, you can take bike trips to most places in the area for 4 or 5 dollars. The beach walk is a good place to start and you can take it all the way to South Point to watch the sunset and the cruise ships setting out. The only problem is the herds of cattle that will likely get in your way, and they don't move when you ring your bell. Also, sometimes the docks don't work very well or all the bikes are taken. Most of the time, though, it's pretty easy and convenient.

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Kill Your Idol

222 Española Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Kill Your Idol is kitschy and slightly dirty, and on Wednesdays ladies drink free, which can really change the course of an evening. A few sore heads have surely been a result of this place, so maybe a more fitting name would be Kill Your Dreams? In any case, if this is the place where dreams go to die, it's pretty fun when it gets rowdy later in the night. The crowd is mixed so you'll see a wide variety of riffraff. Just don't forget to leave your dreams at the door.

Lucky Strike Lanes -- CLOSED

1691 Michigan Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

It doesn't matter whether you're sporty or intellectual. At Lucky Strike Lanes it's all about good times and making a fool of yourself. Whether it's gutter balls or strikes, it's a good excuse for drinking with friends and munching on greasy bar food. Even if you're bad at bowling, you'll still have fun trying, plus it's something different than all the other bars off Lincoln Road. It's one of the few places where you can blend in and not feel like a tourist.

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Gramps Bar

176 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

Gramps is a great place to look cool while drinking away your woes, and with two happy hours, it can fit any income bracket. Munch on free chicken wings, drink bubbly, and listen to local indie and dance music. The bartenders are also very nice and will gladly whip up a fancy cocktail or a crack open a beer if you're on a budget. The place is trendy and full of beautiful people trying not to look beautiful--that's so hipster--but anyone can fit in with the low-key vibe.

Rosa Mexicano -- CLOSED

900 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33131

This upscale Mexican restaurant will make you think differently of tacos. This place has soup that will make you cry, hand-crafted guacamole that will give you hope in life, and margaritas that taste like the nectar of the gods. It's pricey but well worth it. If you're on a budget, try out their 5 dollar tapas and margaritas during happy hour. It's on touristy Lincoln Road, but if you're in the mood for good Mexican and margaritas, this is the place in Miami Beach.

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Big Pink

157 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

I know it's such a first world problem, but there are too many choices at Big Pink. The menu is kind of ridiculous, but that's what makes Big Pink perfect for meeting up with large groups of friends. Everything you can imagine is on the menu, so everybody will be happy. It's also a great place to soak in the local scene and dip out of the madness of South Beach for a minute. Their strong suit is finger foods, salads, and pizzas to share.

Last updated at Feb 21, 2017