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early a decade ago, Peruvian native Nina Zevallos came to Miami
and has been in love with this city ever since. She’s worked in several
eateries and watering-holes throughout the city but says she loves
working at Will Call because the venue is doing something very different. “I enjoy
live music and I think Miami really needs a spot like this,” she says.
In addition to the live acts, Zevallos boasts that Will Call has an extensive
liquor inventory that offers something for just about everybody — from the
staples to rare liquors to worldly brews. “Whatever cocktail you desire, we can
make it for you,” she says. This almost 24-hour establishment also offers fresh
fruits and juices squeezed daily to complement their cocktails.
What’s more, Zevallos loves engaging with patrons and often has to wear many
hats, occasionally playing babysitter, psychologist and even matchmaker — at
times simultaneously! One of her favorite parts of the job is when a couple arrives
during a first-date type situation, and they’re both awkward and nervous, neither
sure what to say or how to break the ice. “I immediately try to create a nice
environment for them,” she says.
When Zevallos is not slinging drinks or playing love doctor, she’s a dedicated
yogi and entrepreneur. In fact, she just launched her own fitness wear company in
June, Aktivaz Fitness Wear.
So what’s the best time to go to Will Call to meet new people? Zevallos doesn’t
hesitate. “Definitely happy hour on Fridays,” she says. “Everyone’s in a good mood
and ready for the weekend, plus the music isn’t excessively loud and the bar isn’t
too crowded. It’s the perfect environment to strike up a conversation and make
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