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Pineapple, Coconut, and Rum. There’s nothing more tropical, tantalizing, or thrilling than this delicious combination. Just by reading or hearing the phrase, “Piña Colada,” we are already dreaming of a vacation on a luxurious Caribbean Island, right? This mental transportation to paradise is probably why this Cocktail, originally from Puerto Rico, has become one of the most popular and beloved drinks around the world. In celebration of Piña Colada Day, this Saturday, July 10th, 2oz Mag would like to suggest the best places in Miami to enjoy this idyllic Cocktail. So find a venue, kick back, relax, and take a sip of paradise. 

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Sexy Colada

ESOTICO 

1600 NE 1st Ave, Miami, Fl. 33132

In Miami, 22400oz of Esotico’s twist on the Piña Colada, “The Sexy Colada”($14) is sold every month, using around 1400 Pineapples monthly between their kitchen and bar, according to Elis Carriero, Bar Manager at Esotico Tiki Lounge. “To improve a Pina Colada is not easy, because it is already a beautiful and delicious drink, but our twist is definitely the best sellers in the house! We use everything from the pineapple since our concept is zero waste. We use 1/2 pineapple in the kitchen for our pineapple rice, chunk for cocktails, and for the fresh juice, with the skin we can prepare infusions and we use the leaves for garnishes as well. Our secret for the Sexy Colada is to do everything with love and very high-quality ingredients,” says Elis.

The Sexy Colada is a recipe from Danielle Dallapolla with Coconut cream re’al, Ginger syrup re’al, Bacardi Carta Oro, Pineapple juice, Pinch of salt, Lime juice, Coconut water from fresh coconut 

www.esoticomiami.com
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Piña Colada by Havana Rum

FINKA 

14690 Sw 26th St, Miami, Fl. 33175

On July 10th, Latin Gastropub Finka will host an event with Havana’s Rum brand Ambassador, Gio Gutierrez who will be around spiking drinks and giving out Piña Colada Shirts. Order a virgin Piña Colada and you will get a free Havana Club Clasico Floater. And who doesn’t love free t-shirts? Once your virgin Piña Colada is spiked, you will receive a hilarious, Piña Colada Day-inspired T-shirt to commemorate the occasion, while supplies last. Join the festivities from 6 pm to 11 pm. 

www.finkarestaurant.com

 

 

 

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Escape a la Orilla

ORILLA

426 Euclid Ave, Miami Beach, Fl. 33139

If you like piña coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain… Come to Orilla and Escape… yes, if you are looking for an elevated experience, check Orilla restaurant and mixology bar, for their “Escape a la Orilla” Cocktail ($16), inspired by the famous song “Escape” by Rupert Holmes. This unique take on the Piña Colada will amaze you. To celebrate this glorious day, Bar Manager and Mixologist Rodrigo Turbet created a Piña Colada-meets-Highball Cocktail. “I’m looking to offer a more refreshing drink without the density of the classic recipe. I didn’t want to use coconut cream but wanted the coconut flavor to be present so we’ll use the coconut in different ways. We add Ultrasonic Bacardi Carta Blanca with coconut meat, Bacardi 4, Rectified Pineapple Juice, herbal notes from Yellow Chartreuse, and Natural Coconut soda, carbonated. The Glass is garnished with toasted coconut flakes. It’s a simple cocktail that will transport you to a beach shore in every sip.”

Available from Wednesday 7th until July 11th, this unique take on the Pina Colada will amaze you. 

www.orilla.restaurant.com

 

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Shaun’s Colada

MINIBAR 

418 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach, Fl. 33139 

If you are looking to just get a good drink, maybe a little mystery, romance, or some really good feelings, you can find your ideal spot at Minibar, inside of Urbanica Hotels.  We recommend that you also look for “Shaun’s Colada” ($13)  on their Cocktail menu, with pineapple juice, coconut milk, Simple syrup, Velvet Falernum, Teeling Irish Whiskey, and a sprinkle of nutmeg. “It is the Original Vacation in a glass, once you drink it, you know it’s time to kick your feet up,” says David Cedeño, Director of Bars for Urbanica Hotel’s Group.

www.minibarmiami.com

 

Coco colada

The Coco Club

FOUR SEASONS  

1435 Brickell Ave, Miami. Fl. 33131

Nothing fights the summer heat better than an icy drink right by the pool. Add it into a coconut and you already feel like you’re enjoying a staycation. Kick back with the tropical and delightfully creamy concoction “The Coco Club” – Havana club rum, pineapple juice, lime, served in a fresh coconut ($25). Presented in a gorgeous white coconut with an intricate design, this drink will elevate your summer vibes, your day, and your photos! Be sure to snap a picture and make all your friends envy your poolside delight this Piña Colada Day!

www.fourseasons.com

 

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Our Piña Colada

SWEET BEACH POP UP  

1801 Collins ave, Miami Beach, Fl. 33139

For a salty breeze experience, we recommend that you visit Sweet Beach Pop-up at the Shelborne Hotel. At the hotel,  you can enjoy a Delicious Piña Colada honoring the classic recipe, while also laying down by the pool or enjoying their wonderful garden. Sip and enjoy “OUR PINA COLADA” ($16) with Bacardi Carta Blanca, Bacardi 8, Santa Teresa, Coco Lopez, Pineapple, Banana, Curry Powder, and Sea Salt. 

@sweetbeachpopupmia

 

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Frozen Piña Colada

LE CHICK 

310 NW 24th St, Miami, Fl. 33127

The outdoor patio at Le Chick, screams for a Tropical drink, and what better one than a frozen Pina Colada? “We created our Rum blend with Bacardi Coconut and Havana Club añejo, a great combination of flavors, caramel, soft fruits, spiced oak, and manuka honey… paired with a Pina Colada mix made by Kelvin Slushy mixes and topped with Angostura Bitters. The bitters cut down the sweetness of the drink releasing flavors of clove, tamarind, and cinnamon,” says Bar Manager Nikolas Mantzaridis. Piña Colada ($13

www.lechickmiami.com

 

Pina Colada with Teeling

Pina Colada with Teeling Whiskey

HOMETOWN BBQ  

1200 NW 22nd Street, Miami, Fl. 33142

Find your ideal, classic, nostalgic Piña Colada here. It has a  perfect balance of sweet coconut, tangy pineapple, and additional tropical fruits from Teeling Whiskey finished in Rum Barrels ($16). Enjoy live music every weekend because there is always a reason to celebrate a good time with good tunes! 

www.hometownbbqmiami.com

 

 

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Pepe Colada

LUCA OSTERIA

116 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables. Fl. 33134

Are you going to love the Pepe Colada? Claro que sí! This clarified cocktail has all of the refreshing, citrusy sweetness of a Piña Colada, but is much lighter and less filling. In celebration of Piña Colada Day, Luca Osteria is giving away free Clarified Piña Coladas sippers with any purchase of Havana Club drink on Saturday, July 10th during dinner service. Pepe Colada is made with  The Real Havana Club Añejo Clásico, Pineapple Juice, Coconut Water, Velvet Falernum, Dorda Coconut Liquor, Fresh Lime Juice, and Whole Milk*

www.lucamiami.com
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South Florida-based restaurant groups, Grove Bay Hospitality Group and Breakwater Hospitality Group are pleased to announce the highly-anticipated opening of their first collaboration, CH’I, set to open in the coming weeks in Brickell City Centre. The multi-faceted entertainment venue fuses multiple immersive concepts – the Garden; Mercado; Lounge; and Main Dining Room – into one dynamic and incomparable experience. CH’I’s high-energy ambiance is infused into every corner of the massive 12,000 square foot indoor and outdoor space that boasts three full-service bars; two DJ booths; several lounge and dining areas; and a unique menu of Chino-Latino cuisine that is intensely flavored, imaginatively prepared, and equally celebratory of its heritage. Inspired by the Chinese cafes that first dotted the streets of Latin America, and then of Miami and New York, CH’I has created a style of entertainment, food, and service all its own.

“We could not be more thrilled to launch our first venture together with Breakwater,” said Francesco Balli Co-CEO of Grove Bay. “We’re also thrilled to be adding more than 125 new job opportunities for the local community. Job seekers are highly encouraged to apply before the grand opening – we are offering a $1,000 signing bonus for all positions that employees will receive after three months of employment.”

“Imagine if you had the opportunity to enter one restaurant that offered four unique concepts to create one immersive experience…that is the magic of CH’I,” said Emi Guerra, co-owner of Breakwater Hospitality. “It’s clear that today, people expect so much more from restaurants and hospitality, and this partnership has allowed us to combine what we each specialize in best to deliver something special and unique to Miami. From the outdoor garden and market area, to the cocktail lounge and upscale dining room, there is something for just about everyone to enjoy.”

“This is one of the most exciting and unique concepts we’ve ever done,” adds Ignacio Garcia-Menocal Co-CEO of Grove Bay. “I can’t wait for everyone to check it out!”

CHI Interiors4In CH’I’s Garden, guests can take advantage of Miami’s gorgeous weather and the stunning views in the verdant open-air terrace. The full-service concept features an island bar with a complete beverage menu, plenty of outdoor seating, and cozy cabanas centered around a large-scale dynamic light installation. Guests can order from the menu available from the adjacent Mercado, like dim sum and other casual bites.

Upon entering the space, guests find themselves in the Mercado, modeled after an Asian-themed market featuring menu items like Soups, Salads, Bao Buns, Rotisserie and Wok items available via grab-and-go or counter service.  Visitors will feel like they are transported to a secret hole-in-the-wall market in New York’s Chinatown with bright neon signs mixed with vintage design, dimmed lighting and a floor to ceiling display of antique objects and curious knick-knacks. While waiting for their orders, patrons can entertain themselves with retro games.

Through a large wooden door in the back of the Mercado, the cool and vibrant Lounge can be accessed. There, guests are greeted with two large impactful murals by artist Mallory Dawn – pieces curated by The Art Plug –– atop a mirrored wall, and more than 150 lanterns strung overhead. Diners can check in at the hostess stand and, while waiting for a table or to simply enjoy the scene, partake in a vast selection of libations at a sprawling full-service bar.

CHI Interiors3CH’I’s Main Dining Room is a chic and sophisticated space with large plush booths, tropical décor, and Asian-inspired stylistic elements. The variety of textures and aesthetic components combine earthy brown and green velvets with hints of gold, vibrant jewel tones and sultry crimsons. Juxtaposing crystal chandeliers hang above with columns lined with wallpaper depicting tropical palm fronds running alongside wooden slats and exposed brick walls. Adjacent to the large luminescent bar, is additional seating perfect for large parties or celebrations. The menu, like the Mercado, features a variety of Soups, Salads, Dim Sum, and Small Plates, as well as more substantial Rotisserie; Wok items; and larger For The Table dishes ideal for family-style sharing. Lighting will play an integral part in the guest experience, depending on the time of day the space will be lit up in radiant jewel tones, glowing shades of blues, and muted ambers. Following dinner service, the lights go down, the music turns up and the celebration begins. A full bar and bottle service is available until close, as well as the Mercado’s late-night selection of culinary delights.

From its décor to food and beverage, CH’I embodies the veritable melting pot that is South Florida. The vibe is the ultimate combination of laid-back meets heart thumping high energy. It’s the type of concept that you can visit when looking for a great meal with family, or to stay up late dancing and enjoying copious drinks with friends.

CH’I is located at 701 S Miami Ave #339a in Miami’s Brickell City Centre. Website: chibrickell.com.

 To apply for a job or sign up to receive an invitation to opening festivities, please visit chibrickell.com.

Instagram @Chibrickell

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The Sylvester is thrilled to announce their reopening on April 15, 2021. Located in the heart of Midtown, The Sylvester is a vintage eclectic cocktail bar where Miami nostalgia meets cutting-edge cocktails in a fun and familiar atmosphere. “We’re serious about cocktails, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously,” is still our bar motto says Bar Director and co-owner Ben Potts.

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Into the blue

 Having survived the year long Covid shutdown the team is beyond excited to get the doors open again. “After being closed for over a year, we feel it is the right time to reopen the Sylvester responsibly. We are really excited to show our guests our exciting improvements and welcome them back to an even better bar with more thoughtful menus, programming, and ambiance,” says Potts.

The new cocktail menu will feature upgraded classics using next-level techniques, locally sourced sustainable ingredients, and Instagram-worthy presentations. Led by Ben Potts, the bar team will showcase the creations executed by Bar Manager Rensel (Ice) Cabrera, along with Tim Christakis, General Manager combined with the concept expertise from Gui Jaroschy and cultural flair provided by Josue Gonzalez. In addition to the exciting new cocktails, there is a crave-worthy menu of Miami-familiar bar bites to compliment the libations created by Chef and co-owner, Brian Nasajon of Beaker & Gray.

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Floradora

The cocktail menu pays homage to old and new Miami think: “The Floradora” an upgraded Moscow Mule using Ketel One Botanicals Grapefruit-Rose, raspberry syrup, fresh citrus, ginger beer and a fortified rosé aperitivo or the “Pink Panther,” a pretty in pink tropical gin sour made with Sipsmith Gin, guava-lavender syrup, Martini Bitter, bianco vermouth, fresh citrus and egg glair.   Another sure to be fan favorite will be the “Vaxxxed & Waxxxed” a spicy take on the modern classic “Naked & Famous” featuring Don Julio Blanco Tequila, Vida Mezcal, thai-chili infused Aperol, Chinola Passion Fruit liqueur and fresh citrus juice.  The menu also includes a rotating and unique wine list and as well as a selection of locally brewed craft beers.

The Sylvester will also be adding large format cocktails to the menu by putting their own spin on the current, seafood tower trend.   In true Florida fashion, guests at the Sylvester will be given the pleasure to embark on a tower adventure of their own. Imagine instead of oysters, crabs, shrimp, and all the fun things you normally find on a seafood tower being replaced by an assortment of pony beers, Lambrusco, curated shots and specialty cocktails all bottled and ready to go.  Guests will be able to select from a few options to build their very own cocktail tower style large format drinking experience. There will be three sizes available, Deluxe, Royale, and Grand for those high ballers.

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The 3,400 square foot space is decked out in colorful vintage wallpaper combined with tropical touches that play up the retro vibe while the repurposed antique furniture balances out the overall ambiance creating a cozy and relaxed feel. “We wanted to create a unique, inclusive space with something for everyone, a place where you would want to be stuck in a hurricane,” says Potts. 

The Sylvester is open Wednesday through Sunday, starting at 5PM with a casual and laid-back atmosphere for bites and drinks then transforming into a congenial cocktail bar with an elevated menu set to the tone of hand-selected contemporary sounds courtesy of your local DJ faves until 2AM on weekdays and 3AM on Fridays and Saturdays. 

For more information please visit: www.thesylvesterbar.com or @thesylvesterbar on Instagram.

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Los Altos is thrilled to announce the latest addition to the team, Lead Bartender and cocktail BOSS, Ray Guzman- Ray has been using this down time to re-vamp the already STELLAR cocktail menu.  Some new drink additions guests can expect to find on the menu are the Canta Rico $14, made with tequila and fresh blend of citrus juices, inspired by the classic Cantarito commonly found in the bars and cafes of Jalisco, Mexico, along with the TLC – (Tamarind, Love & Chile) made with scotch & bourbon, tamarind and habanero chiles.   Ray’s bartending expertise is extensive, having starting his hospitality career in Mexico as a teenager in the Los Altos region of Jalisco he brings an authentic Mexican touch to each cocktail he creates.

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Canta Rico by Los Altos

To comply with all social distancing measures and to make sure guests are safe they have rearranged the space to a more intimate cocktail lounge design with plush seating adding an extra cozy vibe.

In addition to the more intimate lounge concept, Los Altos is excited to announce they will now have a food menu featuring Mexican fare bar bites and small plates including three types our fresh made-to-order guacamole, six variations of burritos, and of course, our famous tacos where guests can mix and match choosing from eight different options.  Let’s not forget some staple Antojitos including flautas, gorditas, elote loco and quesadillas are also available on the new menu.

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Los Altos Lounge

Los Altos will now be open from 5 PM to Curfew on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  

HAPPY HOUR: Given the new hours, Los Altos is excited to offer a happy hour from 5 PM to 8 PM Thurs-Saturday where cocktails and appetizers will be 50% off during those hours.

Reservations are encouraged and bottle service will still be offered.  Groups of up to six are welcome and large parties up to 10 people.

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Image by Blazin Visualz

 Our Favorite new Cocktail: “Piña Ahumada”  Mezcal union, beefeater gin, pineapple, ginger, lime, angostura. $14 

Los Altos is located at 521 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130.

LosAltosMiami.com

IG: @LosAltosMia

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Ray Mozak - Bar Manager Novikov Miami

 How did you discover your career?

I grew up in a family-owned bar/restaurant that had nothing but chicken wings, burgers, and beer. Nothing really fancy, but I loved the hospitality aspect of it. I started bussing tables and bar backing.  I was also in the kitchen, but where I really felt most at home was at the bar. I loved the regulars coming in on a Friday night.  They’d listen to my stories and talk about their plans for the weekend and so on. I had a great time behind the bar. Believe it or not, I’m kind of a loner by nature.  When I’m not at work, I shut-in at home and am focused on whatever I need to do there. So it was a way for me to kind of open up and be more of a social butterfly. I love serving drinks and getting to meet people.

Growing up in northern New York, Rochester. There were no opportunities for me to build knowledge there, everything was just beer and wine and some spirits, but people didn’t want craft cocktails back then. Then one day I decided to quit my job and travel.  I did that for a year and then I was like “Ok, it’s time to move back to Rochester and start a career, a new life, and reinvent myself.” Not long after returning, I was like “Alright, just one more vacation and then I’m going to do this for real!” I went on Expedia and found a special package flight and hotel for a $600 weekend to Miami. I’d never been there so I figured, why not, let’s go explore Miami!

When I came down here, I just immediately loved it. The whole craft cocktail scene was booming. I’d go to hotel lobby bars and ask the bartenders what things were. They were making so many cocktails I’d never even heard about. It was really exciting for me because they were doing the same things I was doing at home, but at the next level. They were interacting with and educating the guest at the same time. That’s when I fell in love with the craft and realized it was more than just a job for me. I continued to come down to Miami and, after the 3rd trip, found a realtor and told her I needed to move here as soon as possible. I went back to Rochester and she called a few days later to say she had the perfect apartment. So I did what I had to do in Rochester and moved to Miami. 

I didn’t think I was going to find a job right away, but I found one within 3 hours of landing, I really did. The realtor picked me up, showed me my place, signed the lease, we did the walkthrough and then she pointed me in the direction of a furniture store because I came with nothing but my dog and 2 suitcases, so I needed a bed. On the way, I walked into a bar on 16th and Collins and walked out with a job. I told them I was from New York, that I was a bartender and have done this for a while and they said: “We like New Yorkers, they’re hard workers, can you start next week?”  And that’s how my career started in Miami. 

When did you develop a love for mixology?

It was when I found a job at 1 Hotel.  They had recently opened Beachcraft and I worked for the beverage director there, Charles Steadman.  He became my idol, the way he was talking about beverages, cocktails, mixing things together, this guy knew everything!  I was star-struck and kept thinking: “How do I become that?” That’s when my love for mixology started, discovering that you can mix so many flavors, you can mix 2 opposite flavors and turn it into something totally different and it pairs well together. I worked under him for a year and then he moved somewhere else. But he was extremely inspiring. Beachcraft was all about garden-to-glass, a lot of the ingredients were grown right on the property, which got me into sustainability and thinking more innovatively. There are multiple layers of bartending and mixology. Personally, I don’t like the term “mixologist” very much. I’m more into it because of the hospitality, the opportunity to create a good cocktail by throwing ideas together.  As long as the flavors match and pair well and go nicely with the food, hey, I’m happy. I just made your day and took you on a journey you will remember for a long time. I was having the most fun pairing food and beverages together.

Now that you mention it, what would be your favorite F&B pairing?

Well, I like a lot of sashimi, sushi, and raw food and I’ll pair it with any cocktail with a little bit of yuzu and sake mixed together. It’s like a palate cleanser and then you can taste the fish more. It cuts the acidity on the fattier fish. That’s my favorite nowadays. A couple of years ago, I was into pairing fat washing Bourbon with steak fat. I’m currently trying to create a drink that pairs well with duck since we are famous for our Peking duck.

Which specialty cocktail would you recommend we try at Novikov?

I would say the Smoking Gun cocktail. I just created this for Coconut Cartel and it’s a really simple drink but with a lot of flavor. It comes with a flavor bubble on top, which pops and then you get the aroma. It’s made with a vapor gun that you can add essential oils to. Right now I have grapefruit, rosemary, and citrus. It’s fairly new, we launched it at the beginning of March and we’re still figuring out the bubble! It’s very temperamental, so I’d suggest trying it at the bar. As for the ingredients, they are super simple, just add a little bit of sweet vermouth to Coconut Cartel rum and some orange bitters, which make it a very palatable drink. I’d recommend trying it as a digestif or with our chocolate lava cake.

What is your main source of inspiration when you create cocktails for the menu?

I love to observe and learn about our guest’s preferences. We have an amazing beverage program with a lot of fascinating ingredients and techniques. In general, I find that our clientele wants a drink that is fast and tasteful. They love exotic ingredients or odd pairings like wasabi and vodka, or shiso and yuzu. Something very easy to make but high on flavor.  I came up with the Shiso: it’s pineapple, yuzu, and muddled shiso.  It’s super easy to make, it goes well with every single one of our sushi rolls, our sashimis, our raw fish, anything. Then, we have a lot of drinks inspired by the balloon glasses, since people love them. So we did Strawberry Spritz, with beautiful garnishes…when people see it passing by, they order it. We also did a take on Moscow Mule, with salted cucumber infusion, Ketel One Botanical, cucumber, mint, and salt. 

The Oaxacan Sun I’m very proud of.  If this is not the number one seller, it’s definitely the second. It’s made with Mezcal, passion fruit, agave, a little piece of serrano, and topped off with ginger beer.  

Which drink would you recommend for:

A. Girls’ night out: Strawberry Spritz or a Lychee Martini 

B. Gentlemen after work: Oaxacan Sun or El Gringo 

C. Couple’s first date: Sake. I would stay away from the cocktails, based on my experience. You don’t want to drink fast, right?

Which wine would you recommend by the glass?

I’m a big fan of Sancerre and Chablis, especially with our cuisine here. They pair very well with a lot of dishes. 

What’s next on the horizon for you?

Since I’m still young, I’m just happy to get through the day and go home, hug my fiance and think “ok, let’s do this all over again tomorrow.” But I’m open to anything and I don’t turn away opportunities either. I love my job. I’m very happy with what I do. I don’t look at it like a “job,” so I’m lucky in that sense. I’d love to grow in my career as a Manager, whether it’s as a Beverage Director or Restaurant Manager. I just want to grow as a person and be able to build a better team, be a better teacher and a better leader. That’s all I want to do.

 

  • Check Ray’s Instagram for easy DIY at home Cocktail Recipes at @drinksbyray
  • @Novikovmiami is currently selling their top specialty cocktails to-go, 18oz pouches with garnishes included $45 (serve 4) call, order, and pick up!. Enjoy an Old Fashion, Wasabi Martini, Agave Picante, or a Cosmopolitan

 

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Miami Rooftops

Miami Rooftops

by intelprise

Miami Rooftops:

Imagine yourself on top of a building observing waves crashing on the beach while, just behind you, a gorgeous city panorama glitters invitingly. This contrast encapsulates the specialness of Miami, and it’s best enjoyed from a high vantage point!  A warm, tropical breeze is even better with a cocktail in hand and, unlike other major cities, Miami’s rooftop bar culture gives you that along with the breathtaking views. Whether you’re a tourist or a resident, rooftops are a must-visit! Check out our top 5:

  1. Watr at Hotel One (Miami Beach)
  2. Sugar (Brickell)
  3. Astra (Wynwood)
  4. Area 31 (Brickell)
  5. Juvia (Miami Beach)

We’ll see you upstairs!

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