South Beach Secret Hot Spot
When you first show up at Bodega, you could easily mistake it for a popular neighborhood taqueria. Between the Airstream trailer serving tacos and the picnic tables, it looks like a low-key spot. It is that, but as you see the Ubers full of models and clubgoers arriving and disappearing into the small taco joint, you get a sense there might be something more going on. Look around for a guy with an earpiece at the back of the room and tell him your friend sent you, and you might just get directed to a back door that looks like an entrance to a Porta Potti. Pass through here and you’ll enter a graffiti-filled men’s washroom. It’s only after passing through yet another door that you will enter one of South Beach’s hot hidden nightclubs. The mixologists have an extensive menu that relies heavily on “illegal” mezcal, and the DJ keeps the room pumping all through the night. It caters to a friendly, slightly older crowd and makes for a good introduction to the South Beach scene minus the cover charge and lineups that you’ll find at clubs closer to the beach.
By David Brodie
Bodega looks like a simple taqueria, but beyond the hidden back door is a bumping al fresco bar. Bodega has two levels of comfortable couches and coffee tables lined with fun neon art, including large lit sinage of profanity that makes for edgy Instagram photos. For those who enjoy gin cocktails, Prescribed Fizz, a mixture of gin, creme liqueur, Mastiha, lemon, cucumber, egg whites and fennel. In South Beach, everything is a bit overpriced and somewhat formal. Bodega is the opposite. The menu is an approachable price point and filled with contemporary tacos varieties that are priced up to $4.50. The space is low lit and the comfortable seating lets things get intimate pretty quickly. Anyone who goes here will immediately fall in love. Whether with their neighbor or the city itself. It's easy to be seduced by Bodega's vibe of good music, flavorful food and celebrity appeal.
By GiAnna Wyatt, AFAR Local Expert
1220 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Sat, Sun 11am - 3:59am
Mon - Fri 12pm - 3:59am