May 11, 2018
Enter the Matador Bar at The Miami Beach Edition and you’re instantly transported back in time to a bygone era of glamour and class. Overlooking the hotel’s pool deck, the centrepiece of the room is an eye-catching solid walnut floating bar, surrounded by custom-made furniture and banquettes upholstered in luxurious, jewel-toned velvet. The black walnut-panelled walls are adorned with photos by the renowned French photographer Lucien Clergue, dramatically depicting the art of bullfighting. This is a seriously sophisticated place, and something of a shrine to the classic cocktail experience and the art of bartending. The expert, tenured barmen use the freshest of ingredients to put together their bespoke crafted cocktails with effortless style and flair. Signature drinks include the Mexican Bull, which combines Cazadores Reposado tequila, pineapple, lime and cardamon syrup. The Barcelona G&T is a uniquely refreshing blend of Bombay Original gin, herbs, citrus, tonic syrup and soda. There’s also an extensive spirits selection, along with a finely curated list of wine and Champagne. The bar is next to the hotel’s Matador Room, where world-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has created an equally glamorous space, and an imaginative menu showcasing his interpretation of Caribbean, Spanish and Latin and South American cuisine with a seasonal selection of large and small plates.