Want the intel on Miami's most happening local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to discover which local businesses have been most discussed this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Miami businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.
Read on to see which spots are extra hot, right now.
Open since June, this cocktail bar and Hawaiian spot is trending, compared to other businesses categorized as "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, cocktail bars saw a median 2.5% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Esotico Miami saw a 55% increase, with a slight upward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to 4.5 stars today.
Fascinated so far? Per its Yelp page, it offers "cocktails and tropical chow in a tiki tropical setting."
Located at 1600 N.E. First Ave. in downtown Miami, Esotico Miami offers more than 200 kinds of rum; its signature cocktail, the Club Bali, is made with Cachaca Yaguara and Banks Island rum. Standout menu items include lua pork with coconut rice, black truffle dumplings, octopus risotto and banana bread pudding.
The business is open from 5 p.m.–1 a.m. Monday-Thursday and 5 p.m.–2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)
Tigertail + Mary
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Tigertail + Mary, the cocktail bar, cafe and New American spot is a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp saw a median 1.7% increase in new reviews over the past month, Tigertail + Mary bagged a 14% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a healthy four-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.4 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Curious about this business? It's led by James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Schwartz.
On its Yelp page, he sums up the recipe for success: "People flock for the delicious food, thanks to a commitment to quality sourcing and emphasis on seasonal ingredients at their peak. The lively bar and raw bar, formidable cocktail and wine program, and delightfully buzzy and sunny courtyard keep guests hungry for more."
Open at 3321 Mary St. since May, Tigertail + Mary offers vegetable-centric dishes like baby heirloom beets, stuffed fried olives and roasted carrots with curried cashew crème, cashew dukkah and Fresno chile.
The eatery is open from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5:30–10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5:30 –11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5:30–10:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The Egg Spot
Downtown Miami's The Egg Spot is also making waves. Open since April at 228 S.E. First St., the breakfast and brunch spot, which offers burgers and coffee and tea, has seen a 16.1% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.6% for all businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis The Egg Spot's review count increased by more than 200%.
Intrigued so far? We found more details about this business.
The menu features all-day breakfast, including its robust Son of a Butcher sandwich (with smoked brisket, two eggs any style and chimichurri aioli), guava French toast with maple bourbon syrup and lox on a brioche roll. Over the past month, it's maintained a strong four-star rating among Yelpers.
The Egg Spot is open from 7 a.m.–4 p.m. daily.