The hottest pool party in Mid-Beach.
The 1930s-era Indian Creek inn is bursting with new life as the Freehand Miami. Located just two blocks off the Miami Beach boardwalk, the Freehand is a destination unto itself—a hipsterish upscale hostel shrouded in a lush landscape of native Florida palm trees. Since it opened in 2012, it has become synonymous with wild pool parties and cutting-edge cocktails. At the heart of the property’s social scene is the Broken Shaker, an indoor/outdoor drinking den run by the two best barmen in Miami: Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi. Their handcrafted concoctions, composed of fresh-pressed produce and exotic herbs and spices, are so successful that the hotel itself is something of an afterthought: People come for the lauded libations, and stay because the night has suddenly slipped away from them. Retreating post-party is a pleasure in the Roman & Williams-designed guestrooms, which manage to pull off the rakish charm of a bachelor’s private beach-house. Rooms are decorated in a bright palette of navys, reds, and whites, complemented by golden hardwood floors and an eclectic selection of local artwork. Fold-out tables and the occasional wall-mounted oar play up a nautical theme in both private rooms and shared bunk-bed spaces. For all intents and purposes, the Freehand Miami is the perfect getaway for those of us refusing to grow up.