Jazz & Blues


The Bar and Courtyard

Miami-Collins Ave

4.6 / 5

May 11, 2018

The Setai’s swanky, sexy bar is an Asian-inspired oasis amid the hectic, non-stop energy of South Beach.

The Setai’s swanky, sexy bar is an Asian-inspired oasis amid the hectic, non-stop energy of South Beach. Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy, aka P. Diddy) loves the place so much he threw a party here for 100 of his nearest and dearest for the MTV Video Music Awards back in 2005. The decor is all subtly Asian in style and the focal point is a swish, pearl-topped bar, long enough to seat about 20. Its gleaming surface is offset by dark wood, dark suede seating and moody lighting. Outside in the courtyard there’s a spectacular feature pool, surrounded by palm trees and intimate seating areas. The Asian influence continues in the food and drink. Creative and perfectly balanced cocktails draw on exotic flavours of the East like rose, lychee, sake and and shochu. And the menu of small plates is a sophisticated, modern take on Asian cuisine – which can also be paired with a choice of global wine, Champagne or cognacs. A house DJ provides a backdrop of lounge music every night from Wednesday to Sunday – but while the pace may lift a little as the night goes on the atmosphere here is elegant and relaxed, and a welcome retreat from some of South Beach’s more frenetic DJ bars. 

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