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PUBS, PATIOS & BARS: Sky’s the limit at new Moxy Miami

Why settle for one great rooftop bar when two will do even better? In fact, there are two other venues as well (should it rain) for four bars in total at the new Moxy Miami South Beach, the glittering new hotel offering in the south Florida city’s Art Deco District.

The eight-story hotel – the first resort-style property under Marriott International’s Moxy Hotels brand – boasts a stylish open-air concept that celebrates Miami’s cosmopolitan culture and breezy outdoor living with a design that blends the glamour of mid-century Havana, the artistry of Mexico City, and a tropical vibrancy that’s unmistakably Miami, and all located just a short walk from the famous beach.

Naturally, the colourful, contemporary style extends to the hotel’s libational gathering points, starting at the signature Bar Moxy, where guests can simultaneously check-in contact-free and order a handcrafted cocktail. Retro-style swivel barstools surround the oval-shaped bar, while an infinity mirror installation above contains the phone number of El Floridita, the legendary Havana watering hole, paying tribute to Miami’s Cuban heritage.

On the second floor, an open-air rooftop restaurant and bar, Serena, channels the enchanting rooftop and patio restaurants of Oaxaca and Mexico City. Located on a vibrant, lushly planted terrace, Serena has a laid-back yet sophisticated vibe featuring both lounge and table seating — plus a menu of shareable dishes and hand-crafted cocktails — creating an inviting atmosphere for sunset cocktails and nibbles, leisurely lunches and dinners, or brunches accompanied by live music.


The hotel’s eighth-floor rooftop bar, aptly named The Upside, has a shallow lounging pool, alfresco movie screening area, whimsical seating options, and 360-degree panoramic views of the ocean and Miami Beach.

Available only to hotel guests, The Upside’s sinuous canopy on the rooftop provides shade during the day, while showcasing a geometric mural by New York artist Edward Granger when illuminated at night. The piece is a nod to the thriving street art scene in nearby Wynwood and acts as a neighbourhood beacon for the hotel.

Adding to the mix will be a mezcal lounge, Mezcalista, accessed either from the back of the marisquería or through a discreet entrance on Washington Avenue. Opening in April, guests will be able to choose from an assortment of over 100 types of rare mezcals and tequilas in a seductively lit, catacomb-like lounge.

“We’re creating concepts that give people a lot of choice,” says hotel exec Sven Vogtland. “You can head up to Serena for a sunset drink and a bite… or enjoy the intimate energy of Mezcalista while the DJ spins. We’re providing a variety of vibes and environments, which in turn will attract a real intermingling of different types of guests.”

Moxy South Beach is located at 915 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.

With glass purposefully in hand, we at Travel Industry Today continue our series on some of the planet’s best bars, patios and rooftop venues. For more articles in the series, click here:



First published at Travel Industry Today

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