The loss of John Lermayer is still deeply felt by all those whom he touched and although he is sorely missed, his legacy lives on through his family, friends and fans. I vividly recall John saying that the neon sign he custom ordered for his bar, Sweet Liberty, was way fucking bigger in size than he expected but he made it work. That sign reads, “Pursue Happiness,” and is not only the philosophy of his beloved bar, it has become an ethos and a daily mantra for the industry over including those who knew John and those who feel like they did.
Last year, weeks after his passing, the city of Miami officially declared June 21st, John Lermayer Day. In honor of John’s memory and his lust for life, Sweet Liberty along with pop-ups by some of their bar family will be celebrating on June 20th and 21st. If you are in the Miami area, we encourage everyone to head to Sweet Liberty for a toast in pursuit of happiness in John’s honor. And may we suggest a glass (or heck, bottle) of Krug to celebrate.
Beginning at 7pm, Sweet Liberty will play host to a rotation of internationally beloved food and beverage hotspot pop-ups, that are flying down their top bartenders to take over Sweet Liberty’s bar for the evening. Welcoming: Café la Trova (MIAMI), Basik (NYC), Katana Kitten (NYC), Ghost Donkey (NYC), Spare Room (LA) Occidental (DENVER), and special guest DJ who was also a long time and dear friend of John, Chris Bostick. Then on Friday, June 21st, the celebration continues with LIVE performances by Brendan O’ Hara and The Swayzees, followed by late night tunes with Reid Waters.
Pursue Happiness Forever!
- Thursday, June 20th
- 6:30PM – Cafe La Trova
- 7:45PM – Ghost Donkey
- 9PM – Basik
- 10:15PM – Spare Room
- 11:30PM – Katana Kitten
- 12:45AM – Occidental
- Friday, June 21st (will update as soon as announced, follow @sweetlibertymia)
Sweet Liberty Drinks and Supply Co. Details
237-B 20th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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