Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

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Celebrity Encounters and New Friends at Bodega
I was waiting for a friend outside of Bodega, a taco and tequila spot in the heart of South Beach, when a limo pulled up in front of me. I could see security guards discussing how they were going to inconspicuously lead their mystery client into the venue.

Is it JLO? I wondered. Maybe Gloria and Emilio Estefan? My Miami dreams were about to come true and I could already see myself dancing the night away with a winner of a Latin Grammy. As I got lost in my thoughts Atlanta housewife NeNe Leakes stepped out of the car and into the taco truck entrance. Darn.

Just as a got back to reality, my friend joined me and we also made our way into Bodega. As I mentioned, it's a taco truck and unless you're a local you might not know that there's an open air bar beyond the hidden back door.

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. Yes, we all took one.

My friend and I sat down and reviewed the cocktail menu. I'm a fan of gin, so I settled on the Prescribed Fizz, a mixture of gin, creme liqueur, Mastiha, lemon, cucumber, egg whites and fennel. It was refreshing and went down almost too easy. I had a few.

What I really liked about Bodega is it's casual appeal. In South Beach, everything is a bit overpriced and somewhat formal. Bodega is the opposite. Our server became our best friend, as did the patrons around us. The menu is an approachable price point and filled with contemporary tacos varieties that are priced up to $4.50. We could have stayed here all night.

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.
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1220 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
+1 305-704-2145
Sun - Sat 12pm - 5am