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.
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.
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.
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.