Going ‘out on the town’ in South Beach terminology is synonymous with large clubs, skintight clothes, flashing lights, expensive bottles service and booming house music.
That is, until now.
A recent trend popping up on the beach is the presence of diverse and unique establishments meant for partygoers to take a break from the usual crazy nightclub spots. In these smaller venues, guests are able enjoy each other’s company, a good cocktail and maybe even have a conversation, versus having to shout over the usually loud music. These locales offer eclectic mixology and stimulating settings for night dwellers to frequent.
One of these newer establishments is The Flat Miami, located in the luxurious South of Fifth (SoFi) neighborhood at the tip of South Beach. This French-inspired cocktail lounge offers one-of-a-kind libations by mixologist Egor Polonskiy and boats a long list of cocktails (over 40!). One of the most interesting concoctions is the “Smoked Salmon Caviar Bloody Mary”. Polonskiy mixes smoked salmon-infused Alaskan vodka, for an unexpected twist, and garnishes the drink with a quail egg filled with caviar. Talk about sophistication!
The Broken Shaker in Miami Beach provides a seedier, shabby-chic atmosphere where guests can relax in an indoor/outdoor setting. The seating area is adorned with mix-matched furniture, ping pong tables and even a bocce ball section. Industry folks are regulars at this bar so the mix of people ranges from locals to hipsters and even the Euro crowd. The Broken Shaker has been nominated for a James Beard Award and features specialty handcrafted cocktails with elixirs, syrups, and infusions made from herbs and spices from their own garden, to fresh-pressed produce and exotic ingredients from around the world.
Walk across the bridge to Brickell and you’ll find Blackbird Ordinary that’s also at the top of everyone’s list. Guests can play board games and participate in nostalgic trivia contests while sipping on cocktails into the wee hours of the night. Also, Blackbird Ordinary grows their own produce and herbs including lemons, kumquats, passion fruit, basil, a variety of mints and more. Wherever possible, they use homegrown produce, locally sourced fresh ingredients, daily squeezed juices and properly paired ice.
These three unique locations offer something different for everyone to enjoy while still keeping the South Florida flavor very much alive. If you’re in the party mood but want to avoid the craziness of the typical SoBe clubs, be sure to check out these venues for a change of pace.