Great bar tucked away in a residential part of the beach so itís far away from all the loudness of SB. Really quiet and great atmosphere. Beer selection here is pretty good - great selection of bottled beers about 200 or so, and a great tap selection as well and itís always rotating. This bar also has a lot of very nice events.
An outstanding beer bottle selection (as well as wine and sake) is written up on a huge blackboard on the back wall next to the bar. But donít rely soley on that as they have what looked like twice as many bottles in a beer list behind the bar. We went in at around 8pm and sat on one of their extremely comfy couches next to a wall-mounted TV and got into talking with Diego, the owner and manager. He knows beer and beer culture and loves talking about it with other enthusiats. My favorite bar in Miami Beach, if not all of Miami. I only wish they had a cask or two. Return: Yes.
I loath Miami. Not only do I loath it, but I FEAR it. Thatís right, Fear and Loathing in Miami. With that being said, Iíve actually found a decent bar that I can hang at. The selection is great and the crowd isnít too pack like every other bar in Miami. Check it out. The owner knows his beer, thatís for sure.
If you are looking for a laid back place with couches and comfortable chairs and almost 150 beers in the bottle and a dozen taps then this is the place for you. Service gets dicey when the place is busy, but the owner LOVES beer and is very knowledgeable. One downfall is it is a big expensive. Still a cool place.
Beershine (850) The Sunshine State, Florida | September 26, 2008| Updated October 24, 2008
A small white heritage house converted into a bar. Purple neon sign. Wood floors, wood furniture, and long curvaceous wood bar. Dark interior. Small outdoor porch has a few seats. Excellent music, eclectic. Lengthy beer list, doubtlessly the best on the Beach, includes seasonals. Expensive but saved by an all-day happy hour on Friday (until 10 PM, select brews only). No kitchen but ask first, and you can bring in something to eat. Owner appreciates beer. They are trying with the glassware and have a better selection than most but need some improvement in that area. Tripels and wit beers are served with a pint glass. Not automatically using frosted ones would help too. Itís very loungy. Too dark to see your beer or your notebook so not really that conducive to rating, unfortunately. But is a great place for conversation and meeting friends and already feels like a local institution even though itís fresh.
Oakes (800) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 26, 2008
Quality spot, with some drafts and a large bottle selection. The vibe is laid back and apparently it doesnít really get going til after midnight (itís open til 5am, like a lot of place on South Beach). You can bring your own food as they donít have a kitchen. Basically just a laid back hangout on the ground floor of a house. Music is not your usual South Beach fare, more chill, and so are the beers. Prices are as per the area. Nice spot.
A decent place with about 20 or so taps of good beers across the country with a few CCB on tap. however, the place is very small, service is somewhat shoddy and its smokey as hell!!!! Needs an outdoors area to make it alot better.
Visited on December 2, 2012, with a bunch of friends. We got there not that long after 7 pm when they opened and was very quiet until we showed up. I left around 2 am and it was still our group who were the biggest attendance, loudest and bought the most beers. Fair amount of taps and good amount of bottles. Some of the bottles tasted sort of old though. Easy enough walk from Miami Beach, not a whole lot of places to eat close though once you left the beach walk. Decent service. Neighbourhood is a bit dodgy perhaps, one friend asked me to walk her to her taxi. Toilet (was only 1 I think) had what looked as a keg storage in it, made you wonder at first if you took the worng door. Best selection in Miami that Iíve found, Iíll likely go back next time in Miami.
I went this past Friday for their 3rd Anniversary and the tapping of the Sierra Nevada Rhymes Wit that the owner helped brew at a camp at Sierra Nevada. I along with a few friends pull up and I liked the way the place looked. Itís a converted house in a residential neighborhood. It was pretty busy already around 9. It took us 30 minutes easy to get a bartender to acknowledge us despite being looked at numerous times at the end of the bar with no drinks in hand. There were 3 bartenders on and they all seemed to just be paying attention to the middle of the bar and not the ends. Then we were told there was no more Gonzo on tap but just a bit later saw it being poured from. Luckily Diego, the owner, made better later on in the night. Yes it was busy but 3 bartenders at a small bar did not all need to be bunched in the middle of the bar, ignoring people on the sides that are waiting. The selection was really nice and well laid out on a chalk board with pricing that seemed fair. Once the guys from Fresh Beer showed up we had a real good time. We shared some beers with them and Diego and had a good time. I would definitely go again. I just hope the bartenders spread out a bit.
Edit: I went there again last night and it wasnít nearly as busy before and the service was pitiful. I feel bad because the owner is so nice but he needs to do something here. It took almost 10 minutes to be asked what I wanted while others on either side of me get served. Then 10 minutes after asking for the beer other new people are served. Completely forgotten.
Dark, smokey lounge with a couple of couches and sports on the TV. they play different types of music on different nights of the week - see their myspace page. Big selection of bottles and a small but good selection of taps. Diego, the owner, is really nice and is really into beer. The only drawbacks for me were it was too smokey and a bit pricey ($7 Torpedo bottle, $9 Old Guardian draft). A cool place to hang out for a couple of beers, but not a place to go for a long session.