The Ultimate Miami Formula 1 Guide

Miami is America’s guilty pleasure. A city of pure excess where you can taste world class cuisine, imbibe brain melting cocktails, and stay in some of the most luxurious hotels on the planet. It’s also a place that will probably be swallowed by the ocean in a few years and is currently teeming with tech and crypto bros. It’s (probably) legal to fight an alligator here.

And now it’s home to one of America’s newest Formula 1 track. While the sport has exploded in popularity thanks in no small part to Netflix’s Drive to Survive (renewed for a fifth and sixth season!), the amount of top shelf spots to check out can be overwhelming. Luckily Esquire editors have been sussing out the best joints in Miami for years. Here’s where we recommend going after the checkered flags come down.

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Ritz Carlton South Beach

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Ritz Carlton

The Ritz’s South Beach is quite possibly the most ideal home base for an F1 weekend. Besides the fact the hotel is dripping with luxurious amenities – a two minute walk from the beach, the spa offers a dazzling array of massage options — F1 fans can get access to the Silver Arrows Lounge at the race track. By partnering with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, the Ritz was able to create this exquisitely designed oasis that offers up full views of the track, world class cuisine, and a full bar. 1 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach

Faena Miami Beach

The Faena’a redesign was headed up by four time Oscar winning production designer Catherine Martin (Along with her husband, some guy named Baz Lurhrman.) making for a place that feels simultaneously exotic yet home-like. 3201 Collins Ave

St. Regis Bal Harbour

Located in a massive tower with expansive views, the St. Regis Bal Harbour also features massive balconies. The resulting experience is almost more luxury condo than luxury hotel. This is a place where you could stay for months at a time and feel perfectly at home. 9703 Collins Avenue

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La Natural

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Sure you could (and should!) chow down on any of the artfully rustic pies with local burrata or scallions and numbing Szechuan peppercorns but the cold-fermented dough here is so good that you can eat it alone, along with a side of anchovies, as a puffy, slightly charred rosemary bread. 7289 Northwest Second Avenue

Cafe La Trova

With plump empanadas, garlicky shrimp, and sips of masterful rum cocktails, this Little Havana staple headed up by chef Michelle Bernstein and barman Julio Cabrera is like taking a time machine to 1950s era Santiago de Cuba. 971 SW Eighth Street

The Surf Club Restaurant

How do you improve on a restaurant housed in a beautiful art deco building with a grand view of the beach? You call in acclaimed chef Thomas Keller (you know, the guy behind French Laundry) to create a menu that updates classic continental cuisine. 9011 Collins Avenue

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Mama Tried

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Mama Tried

Like an idealized ’70s Las Vegas bar that crash-landed in downtown Miami this place gets the delightful scuzzy details just right. Think: cheap beers, a cigarette machine, and excellent cocktails. 207 NE First Street

Lido Champagne Bar

Conveniently located within the Four Seasons Surfside, the Lido specializes in – yes you guessed it — champagne. Truly this is the ideal place to sip the bubbly stuff. The vaulted ceilings are like being in the world’s most fun church where an act of sacrament is imbibing a glass of Bollinger Special Cuvée. 9011 Collins Ave

The Anderson

It’s a piano bar! It’s a place for hipsters to hang! It’s an out of time rum runner shack that feels like it could be busted up by Elliott Ness at any moment. It’s all of these things and more, just be sure to order something with rum and make it dark (Don Papa) or funky (anything agricole). 709 NE 79th St

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Consider yourself lucky if your luggage gets sucked into a jet intake because then you can shop at this South Beach boutique where reliable streetwear labels like Stone Island are mixed with luxury items from big fashion houses like Givenchy. 1220 Collins Ave

John Elliott Miami

JE’s arts district outpost carries the LA based designer’s signature high quality (and often trippy) shorts and t-shirts which fit in perfectly in South Beach but also make you stand out. Bonus: hooded cashmere sweatshirts are available for when you fly back to colder climates. 119 NE 41st St

Curio at Faena Bazar

This is where the hippest kids in Miami pick up their threads with labels like ​​Officine Générale and Orlebar Brown on display. The important thing to remember is that each piece is carefully selected to withstand the brutal south Florida heat but also keep the wearer feeling and looking cool. 3400 Collins Ave

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