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Compass C o nn o isseur
There are restaurants with beverage programs and then there are those, like these, that aim to elevate their
drink designs to a level worthy of being presented side-by-side with their chef’s culinary creations.
T E X T BY R O N Y M O
Cafeina is a Wynwood watering hole that combines the lively atmosphere of a tapas bar with that of a
culturally vivid art space. The diverse mix of socializers attracted to this place dine on Latin-inspired plates
including Chèvre Croquettes resting in pools of guava gravy & parmesan and chorizo-stuffed Medjool Dates
wrapped in bacon that make for a sweet and smoky escape from reality. Their bartenders pass on artificially
flavored spirits that deliver on hype but rarely on taste. Instead, they choose to infuse their house vodka
with espresso roast coffee. The addition of Crème De Cacao, Amarula Cream Liqueur and a gentle dusting of
freshly ground cinnamon creates their signature Café Con Leche Martini. Feel the buzz at 297 NW 23rd St.;
BAY OF SWIGS
Havana 1957’s recipes are like tasty time-capsules of Pre-Revolution Cuban cuisine. During those glory
days, no dinner party was complete without frequent trips to the host’s rum cabinet. The sugarcane spirit
enjoyed by rebels and the right-wing alike is well represented behind 1957’s bar with over 120 varieties to
choose from. These mojito masters have collected every premium rum from Appleton Estate in Montego Bay
to Roaring Dan’s in Madison, Wisconsin — and they know how to use them. The laughs flow as freely as the
liquid courage and no one will dictate when or where you can dance. Take a day trip to this drink destination
located in the heart of Brickell; 1451 S. Miami Ave.; 305.381.6651; Havana1957.com/Brickell.
Tuyo’s philosophy on feasting is simple: Everything that fills your glass is as important as what’s framed by your
plate. Their take on the Bay Breeze cocktail (appropriately named The Guava Cooler) starts as a blend of Bacardi
Light Rum, guava nectar, cranberry & lime juice and ends with you ordering another. Few can find the strength
to stand after delighting in an entrée as indulgent as the Roasted Rack Of Lamb Persillade, but The Boulevardier
gives it a run for its money. The after-dinner drink, sometimes referred to as the back-talking brother of the
Negroni, eschews the usual London Dry Gin for Kentucky Bourbon layered with equal parts Campari and
Carpano Antica sweet vermouth; 415 NE 2nd Ave.; 305.237.3200; TuyoMiami.com.