Canyon Ranch Debuts New Carillon Room With 5 for $5 Happy Hour

Categories: Booze Hound
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Lee Klein
Edamame and apple-tini: $10
If you drive by Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, you'll see the word Carillon spelled out in baby blue letters against the white backdrop of the Hotel's rooftop. It's a leftover from when The Carillon Hotel was a shining symbol of Miami Modern style and a hot spot on the Beach. Now Canyon has named its new lounge after the original property, and are featuring a happy hour that offers a daily-changing menu of red wine, white wine, beer, cocktail, and appetizer, each for $5. As I am always appreciative of a good bargain, I headed to the Canyon and checked out the Carillon.

I took a seat at the bar. It's a small bar, and a small but cozy lounge. On a nicer evening I would have sat outdoors; the pretty ocean view from there would have made the hour that much happier. Signature cocktails include the Canyon Ranch Melon Ball, the Veev-A-Mojito, and all sorts of complexly concocted elixirs ($14 apiece). Special cocktail of the day was an Apple-tini, made with Rain organic vodka, apple juice, and homemade sour mix. A "house-made" maraschino cherry anchored the bottom of the inverted martini glass triangle, and tasted a lot more like a fresh cherry than a maraschino. Which is probably a good thing. I can't complain about the drink -- $5 is a deal -- but it was pretty plain and not especially well-garnished for a $14 cocktail

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Lee Klein
Artichoke fries
​(I should note that I'm not totally on board the concept of a hotel/spa committed to "wellness" serving hard alcohol.)

Executive chef Giovanni Arias oversees the new bar menu. The snacks aren't all that exciting: a grass-fed burger ($11); veggie burger ($11); crab cake sandwich ($14); and eight small plates, including red pepper hummus ($8); chicken satay ($12); Italian chicken sausage and mozzarella flatbread ($11); artichoke fries ($6); and organic edamame beans in the shell ($6). The $5 "deal" of the day was the edamame -- a savings of one buck. You'd think Canyon management would be more generous and offer something more compelling for the opening push of their new lounge. Whatever. I like edamame beans, and the mildly spicy soy dipping sauce was fine.

I also sampled an order of the artichoke fries, which come with organic ketchup that tastes a little like cold, fresh tomato sauce. The "ketchup" paired better with the snippets of baked and well-seasoned fresh artichoke bottoms better than expected; it was a very tasty appetizer and at $6, a deal on its own.

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Lee Klein
The Carillon Lounge as seen from the bar.
​Bottom line: Going for a $14 cocktail indoors? You can do better. But the Carillon is worth checking out for the 5-for-$5 deal, or anytime if you sit outdoors and take advantage of the breezy view.

Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. each evening. (The bar is open 4 to 11 p.m.)

Canyon Ranch Miami Beach
6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
305-514-7000


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6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

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Don't waste your time...
Don't waste your time...

Their regular menu prices are too high for the amount of food that is served, not to mention somewhat bland, it's "spa cuisine" after all...

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