The Clevelander on Ocean Boulevard is a really lively place that almost seduces you to join the party when you walk past! There is always a party atmosphere going on in the Courtyard, and everyone there is up for it.
We were walking past last Friday afternoon, and there was a D-J banging out tunes of the moment, lots of people grouped round the various bars, and everything and everyone looked great! I looked at the cocktail menu and decided to have a bottle of Pino Grigio listed at $26, which I thought wasn't a bad price, but then it was 4 pm on a Friday afternoon, which is part of their "Happy Hour". I had decided that we wouldn't eat here, preferring the more sedate ******* in which to spend my penultimate dinner in Miami! The food flying past did look pretty good for bar food, and everyone was clearing their plate.
What did annoy me, was when I asked for the tab. The Pino Grigio I had ordered had been substituted by a $42 bottle of Pino Grigio, and whilst it was a pretty decent bottle of wine, the fact I considered that I had been "ripped off", spoilt the whole experience for me.
My advice to anyone indulging in an afternoon of cocktails and/wine, no matter where they are in Miami, is to confirm the prices with the waiter. In doing so, you will satisfy for yourself early on, exactly what you are likely to be paying. Other than that, I highly recommend the place. don't be taken in though by the waiting staff's apparent difficulty with the language. It only occurs when there is a problem, and in my experience, most waiters in Miami, are (a) Highly professional and (b) multi-lingual.