There have been quite a string of openings recently in Midtown and the Design District (both restaurants and certainly shops), which is really exciting! One of those openings is Bar Louie right in the middle of Midtown. My friend loved Bar Louie from its locations in Ohio and decided to throw one of our work happy hours there the other week. In honor of it’s opening (both to bring people in and train their staff) they had a deal from 6-9 every night with unlimited martinis and a free appetizer per person.
Bar Louie is your typical sports bar, very similar to Yard House in the Grove, with a lot of booths, tables, and TVs. It’s a good place to go to eat and drink, but still be able to talk and hang out with your friends. During the special of free martinis and appetizer it got quite busy and crowded, but it never got to the point where it was really clubby like what a lot of people turn into in Miami.
Since we were a large group there were a lot of appetizers and martinis that the group tried overall. The martinis available really ran the gamut from regular martinis to various citrus ones to interesting concoctions like the S’mores martini. They were actually decently strong but also packed full of sugar. Someone got the S’mores martini, which everyone kind of laughed at, but it ended up being almost everyone’s favorite. It was a perfect combination of alcohol, chocolate, and marshmallow flavor. The waitress was really nice about getting me a version without the graham cracker crumbs around the rim, even though with the free deal there weren’t supposed to be any substitutions.
For appetizers we had a variety- cheesy tator tots (also with jalapenos and bacon), hamburger sliders, wings, shrimp, and chicken nachos. All of the food (from what I tried and what others said) was good quality bar food.
A week later or so after being there for happy hour I went with some other friends there before going out in Midtown. The special was over, which was fine because it wasn’t so busy and crazy. I had a couple ciders and also tried the truffle butter popcorn (truffle is one of my favorite flavor!) and a fried Louie burger. The truffle popcorn was good (truffle butter, parsley, and parmesan cheese), as was the burger (bacon, cheddar, and fried egg). My friend got chicken flatbread that smelled absolutely incredibly!! Similar to the food we’d tried before it was good quality bar food and maybe even better!
I really liked the laidback, hangout vibe of Bar Louie. There’s often times I’m home in Brickell wishing I was close by to Bar Louie to eat, drink, and just hangout with the club vibe. Since it’s across the street from work I’m sure I’ll be spending a lot of time at Bar Louie. If you’re looking for a chill bar to hang out, watch sports, or just eat some good bar food definitely check out Bar Louie in Midtown!
UPDATE: the review on the food and such still applies, but to be honest I’ve been really disappointed with Bar Louie’s service the last few times I’ve been there. It’s just incredible slow and takes forever to get new drinks, get your check, pay your check… I have a number of friends that pretty much refuse to go there anymore because of bad service that they’ve gotten. You would think sitting at the bar would get you fast drink and food service but it’s the complete opposite. I haven’t had a good experience at the bar unless it’s been super empty. Sitting at the tables it will really vary based on how busy it is overall and your server. But pretty much always the drinks will take awhile because the bar is so backed-up. But there have been a lot of times where it just gets ridiculous how long it takes to order your food or another drink, ask for your bill, then get the waiter to come back and pick up your credit card, and then get it back to you. It’s unfortunate Bar Louie hasn’t figured it out and staffed more people at the bar or something because it has been this way for months.
Bar Louie- 3201 N. Miami Ave Miami, FL (off of the inner courtyard near Hurricane Grill and Lime)