If you are familiar with the Miami hospitality scene, then you are probably familiar with Giovanny (Gio) Gutierrez aka @chatchowtv. His very popular instagram account (over 41,000 followers) and blog documents his adventures in imbibing and chowing around Miami; it is a must follow if you want recommendations in the area.
Gio is also a talented hospitality and bar industry insider, one of the most fun drinking buddies ever, thirsty family and partner in the Pineapple Awards. So who better to give us the scoop on where to drink in Downtown Brickell. There goes the neighborhood with @chatchowtv.
‘Hood Guide to Downtown Brickell Miami
BREAKFAST: All Day (1035 N Miami Ave)
All Day is a coffeeshop in downtown making the best breakfast sandwiches in town. Like the one-handed marble egg and sage sausage double cream brie on homemade McMuffin to soak up the previous nights boozy shenanigans. But back to drinking, All Day’s “???” is a rotating special that’s currently a blend of cold brew and rosemary limeade—is herbaceous, acidic, and revitalizing at once. It’s everything you need to combat four hours of sleep.
BRUNCH: Zuma (270 Biscayne Blvd Way)
Located inside the EPIC Hotel in the heart of Downtown Miami, Zuma is one of the most celebrated restaurants in the city. Known for its innovative Japanese cuisine, the restaurant also has one of the best bar programs in town. Believe it or not, Zuma Miami is already seven years old and still one of the hottest brunch spots in Miami. I think all you can drink cocktails has a lot to do with it with options like Umami Marys, Lychee Martinis or my favorite, Toki Highballs.
LUNCH: Kiki On The River (450 NW North River Dr)
A three-course lunch option priced at $25 is a steal for waterfront dining in Miami. Go for the grilled Octopus dressed with capers and olive oil. The Lavraki, a grilled whole Mediterranean sea bass with fine herbs, lemon and olive oil as your main course and the Greek Yogurt topped with thyme honey and toasted walnuts cannot be missed. But more importantly, the Kiki Mule is a great Miami version on a classic Moscow Mule made with vodka, mango puree and some cayenne pepper for an extra kick.
HAPPY HOUR: Edge Steak & Bar (1435 Brickell Ave)
For some, sports is their favorite past time (*cough* Gabe *cough*). For me, in Miami, its day drinking. And my favorite spot for this is Edge Steak & Bar in Brickell when needing a cocktail in the afternoon during their seven-days-a-week happy hour where craft drinks are $8, two-for-one apps are found and oyster are $1. Slurp!
SUNSET: Sugar (788 Brickell Plaza)
Just before the sun sets, head up to Sugar, EAST hotel’s 40th floor rooftop bar and garden, which offers cocktails and Asian tapas. Besides the amazing panoramic views overlooking the downtown Miami skyline and surrounding waterways below, drinks by Sugar’s Bar Manager, Karol Ansaldi, make it all the better with a Lychee Blossom – Russian Standard Vodka, Sake and Lychee; and the Evening Shade with Glenlivet 12, St. Germain, Peach, Rosemary and Lemon.
LATE NIGHT: The Corner (1035 N Miami Ave)
My favorite After Hours Bar in Miami is The Corner in Downtown, it is 5 minutes from where I live. Cocktails, classics, boilermakers, you name it. Did I mention it’s 5 minutes from where I live?!?
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