On-Site Brewery Keeps Drinks, Crowds Flowing at Gordon Biersch
|GB's outdoor seating is spacious.|
1201 Brickell Avenue, Miami
Hours: Monday through Friday, 4-6:30 p.m. and late night happy hour is everyday from 10 p.m.-closing.
Deals: $1 off all house lagers, $2 off wines by the glass and $5 cocktails during happy. Select appetizers also go for $5 to $7.
Scene: It's hard to miss what Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant is all about the minute you walk into the Brickell location. You'd need blinders not to see the glass-enclosed giant metal silos behind the bar that cook up the brewery's brews (though separated from the restaurant the staff will give you a quick tour when they have a chance). It's quite a spectacle and more than just eye candy as brew master, Luke Erdody, consistently wins medals for his creations.
|It's nice to see where you brews come from.|
The happy hour crowd is starting to see more residents from the onslaught of Brickell residential towers and condos and they particularly enjoy the late night happy hour from 10 p.m. to close. When the sun goes down, the spacious outdoor seating on Brickell is a welcomed respite from cramped quarters at most other financial district spots. For most of the year they have live music on many nights which helps liven up the financial district's less than festive personality.
Conclusion: Gordon Biersch manages to tote the line between sleek, urban restaurant bar and restaurant without delving into pretentiousness. It's part of a large franchise which can lead to complacency of spirit but the care and effort required to maintain the built-in brewery helps it keep a distinct personality.