Love Hate Lounge
Founded by Ami James and Chris Nunez of Miami Ink—a reality show about a South Beach tattoo parlor—this bar channels a muscle-car-meets-tattoo-culture vibe. The banquettes are made to look like old Mustang and Pontiac GTO seats, and the walls and bar are plastered with tattoo art. Expect the requisite celebrity appearances from the likes of Kid Rock and Amy Winehouse.
Tip: The best nights are Friday and Saturday, when the place is slamming with rock, hip-hop, and bodies.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.