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Nicole Morales is
not a mixologist,
bar chef or cocktail
practices her craft
with blinding Bruce
Lee speed, but
also takes the time
to give guidance.
T E X T BY R O NY M O
PH OTOS BY KO R E Y DAV IS
ixology is definitely in my skillset, but I see it as a method
rather than a career,” says Nicole Morales as she delivers a
row of daps to a group of regulars. “It’s a term that tends to
disregard the social element that’s so important to bartending. She knows
as much about behavior as she does about beverages, as any graduate of
FIU’s Department of Sociocultural Studies and Grovetoberfest’s Marketing
Internship Program should. Her encyclopedic knowledge of craft beer,
knack for turning frowns upside-down and ability to keep regulars happy
has assured her positions at World Of Beer, Will Call and Blue Martini. Her
experiences have taught her that it’s a bartender’s responsibility to keep
the atmosphere festive. Mope around her bar for too long and she’ll assign
you and a partner the task of constructing a Giant Jenga tower under the
illumination of Christmas lights. “If that doesn’t brighten the mood, I’ll
mention Pancho’s Taco Car — every Ghostbusters or Tex-Mex fan should
see it,” she laughs. The converted ’59 Cadillac Miller-Meteor comparable to
ECTO-1 is permanently parked, but stands ready to exorcise your hunger.
Delight in late-night quesadillas, tacos, sliders and chicken wings while
sitting at communal picnic tables meant to encourage interaction, or
hang out on the custom-made bleachers designed for people-watching.
Wood Tavern set-up shop in Wynwood long before it was a cog in the
international art machine and has stayed there because the art space/
dance destination/Mexican cantina vibe makes everyone feel like it’s their
bar; 2531 NW 2nd Ave.; 305.748.2828; WoodTavern.com.
2 oz. Don Julio Silver
Tequila 1 tsp. Agave Syrup
Squeeze of Lime Juice
Dash of Habanero Hot
Sauce Muddled Cucumber
Splash of Club Soda
Cucumber Slice for