Many months ago Thrillist did an article on Whiskey Joe’s and it immediately peaked my interest! It was described as a bar on Key Biscayne on the marina near Rusty Pelican, with views of downtown. I love bars on the water, especially along marinas, and think they are unfortunately severely lacking in Miami. There’s Finnegan’s on the River (post here), which is decent and convenient to Brickell, but since it’s in the middle of the city it doesn’t have that tropical feel I love (and that reminds me of one of my favorite places- Key West). My favorite so far in Miami is Monty’s on the marina in Coconut Grove (post here) and then I love Pirate Republic in Fort Lauderdale (post about the Fort Lauderdale water taxi bar crawl here).
Despite it being high on my list to visit and living just across the Rickenbacker at the time I hadn’t visited. Then my friend went and thought it was great and it sounded like it was exactly what I was expecting. Finally this past weekend my friends and I had some time to kill after brunch at Perricone’s (post here) before I drove them to the airport so we made a stop!
Whiskey Joe’s has the tropical/Tiki bar look going right away from the outside. You walk up a set of steps to a large covered deck with a bar in the middle and tables lining the outside. One side faces the Rickenbacker marina and has pretty stunning views of the downtown skyline. Exactly what I love- open to the breeze, relaxed and rustic feel, on the water!
My friends and I grabbed some drinks- they have beer, wine, and a lot of tropical mixed drinks. We started with loopy lemonades, which were Three Olives Loopy vodka, cranberry juice, and sour mix. We then got their mojitos with Black Razz Bacardi. Pretty delicious and they actually were pretty strong for sugary mixed drinks like that!
Since we just had that huge breakfast at Perricone’s we weren’t super hungry, but we did get an order of chips and queso. In addition to that they have a lot of typical bar food with a seafood twist. They have appetizers like wings, cheesy fries, quesadillas, and nachos. They also have salads, soups, tacos, sandwiches, sliders, and a lot of seafood specialties. From my friend’s earlier recommendation and the queso I’d bet this food is pretty solid and will try it next time for sure.
Whiskey Joe’s Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4-7 PM. They have $2 off specialty drinks, $3 domestic draft, $4 import and craft beers, $3.50 well drinks, $5 house wine, and discounted appetizers!
A cool feature of Whisky Joe’s (to me) is that the marina was dropping boats on forklifts from storage into the water. This was really cool to see for my friend Michael and I (especially a sick silver Porsche boat), but it did come with some beeping when the forklifts backed up. It didn’t bother me at all or interrupt the relaxfulness of the place, but it might for some people.
Whiskey Joe’s definitely ranks up there with Monty’s as a top waterside bar. Since it’s much smaller than Monty’s it is even more relaxed and laidback, although Whiskey Joe’s probably would be more busy during Happy Hour (which are the only times I’ve been to Monty’s). They both have great marina/water views and a great vibe! I need to visit both more often!
Whiskey Joe’s has a convenient location close to downtown, but still a bit removed. It’s relaxed, laidback, and has amazing views of the water and the downtown skyline. Looking for a waterside bar, especially with that tropical feel? Check out Whiskey Joe’s!
Whiskey Joe’s- 3301 Rickenbacker Causeway Key Biscayne, FL 33149