Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

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Julio Cabrera via Facebook
Julio Cabrera and friends.
Anyone can get behind a bar and mix a drink. For that matter, anyone can walk into a kitchen and prepare a meal. After all, we've all cooked for ourselves at home, haven't we?

But, bartenders, like chefs, have many different levels of expertise.

While the person who pops your Budweiser can at a beach shack might be considered a bartender, there are others for whom building a beautiful cocktail is an art form. These are the people who make pilgrimages to bourbon distilleries in Kentucky and to Oaxaca to study mezcal plants. Their thirst for knowledge about spirits is rivaled only by their passion to make the most delicious cocktail they can.

See also:
- Miami's Top Ten Chefs
- Miami's Ten Coolest Cocktails For The Dog Days of Summer


Miami has come a long way in a short time. As little as five years ago, the best you could get in these parts was a "Goose and Bull" or a frozen blender drink made with corn syrup-laden mix. Now, there's a community of bartenders growing herb gardens, muddling fresh fruit, and using cutting-edge culinary techniques to make sophisticated and delicious creations.

These ten mixologists are the very reason why so many songs and stories were written in -- and about -- bars.

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Laine Doss
10. Jaren Rivas
Over at the patio bar at Bloom in Wynwood, Jaren Rivas is holding court. Juggling two shakers, he suggests a bourbon cocktail to a visitor from New York, kibbitzes with two young women at a nearby table, and pours wine at the service bar. But don't think it's all fun, games, and a show at Rivas' bar. Southern Living magazine just called his Tequila Beets cocktail Miami's best nightcap. There's substance behind that flash.

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Ben Potts via Facebook
9. Ben Potts
A Miami native, Ben Potts has an MBA from the University of Miami and could probably be a CFO at some Fortune 500 company if he wanted. But what he wants to do is make beautiful cocktails. Blackbird Ordinary in Brickell could be mistaken for any dive bar. But look closer and you'll find a space that grows its own herbs, fruit, and mints to be used in inventive cocktails named after flying creatures. It is there that Potts can finally let his creativity soar.

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Blackbird Ordinary

729 SW 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Haven

1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

SLS Hotel South Beach

1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Lantao Kitchen - CLOSED

1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

PB Steak

1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Swine Southern Table & Bar

2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Cypress Room

3620 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Regent Cocktail Club

1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

The Broken Shaker

2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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13 comments
jgilnew
jgilnew

What's with all the hate mail?? All of these people embraced their craft and are very good at what they do! You could go to a crap bar and have a crap drink made by someone who does not even care what they are doing. Give em a brake!! If they are a bit conceited they earned it!!

Bklyn305
Bklyn305

Wow. Haters! What's w all the profanity and insults?!?! I am appalled; hoping for a crash or a fire for Blackbird Ordinary! Are you serious?!what a pathetic excuse of a human you are. Name calling. Lol. You are the type of patron no one would want to tend to!

Btw there are pretentious bartenders anywhere you go!

Congrats to the winners, turn your cheek to ignorance.

RT Kitten
RT Kitten

Rob probably comes with that attitude at the bar and he wonders why no one likes him. I have had great experiences at Blackbird and Broken Shaker to name a few spots where the bartenders are nice and accommodating.

mzteachr
mzteachr

I love broken shaker and the regent. Congrats to all these bartenders that concoct me the perfect cocktail :)

RoscoeParrish
RoscoeParrish

Broken Shaker is a shithole, and Zvi and Orta are condescending hipster shitbags.  Ferrera > Potts>>>>>>>>>>>>>Teds rum and cokes> >>Eastern Euro sex slaves at Finnegans Lincoln>>>>Broken Shaker

Jen Die
Jen Die

^^^^WHOA...angry much.

Bilge Rat
Bilge Rat

all the bar tenders in this city are fucking snot nosed pricks! "heres your overpriced touristy drink sir, now I expect you to give me even more of your money" shit just a few years back the bartenders would at least give you the time of day not anymore now its just some cunt rag expecting you to chip in for her rent money.

usnavyfireman
usnavyfireman

Blackbird ordinary=hipster central. Avoid like the plauge!! We can always hope the building will burn down or some senior citizen will drive right thru the front door on a crowded night!

elisainki
elisainki

@Rob Nielsen so true!!!!And after u pay 18% service charge ,they don't even welcome and thank you,they don't smile...I mean ,if this are bartenders I.m GOD!!!!


concernedcitizen1
concernedcitizen1

@Rob Nielsen you're a cunt rag. now simmer down and go get another tattoo, you ignorant fuck

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

@Rob Nielsen So you shouldn't be disappointed ? Ever notice the consumer is always the loser in any alcoholic related transaction ? Starts at a bar with a drink, maybe ends up as a dui and even if it doesn't, the consumer whines about $ 8+ and tip for each drink, so sober up losers, you're being played ! To be honest, the eye candy is the best part of the whole experience. Nothing like a scantily clad hottie serving drinks. Yeah I know it's sexist, but that seems to be the standard for the industry.

JoseDuran
JoseDuran moderator communitymanagertopcommenter

@usnavyfireman I've been to Blackbird. Hardly hipster central. When I went there it was mostly South Americans who live around Brickell.

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