The Definitive Guide to Getting Drunk During Art Basel in Miami Beach
Of all the bartenders on South Beach, Angelo Vieira is by far the most serious. It's a Friday night and he's sloshing and rattling steel shakers filled with gin, lemon juice, crème de violet, and maraschino liqueur. To prepare a drink, he wields jiggers, strainers, bar spoons, and funny-shaped ice cubes. He's fast. He's unsmiling.
billwisserphoto.com Old Fashioned at the Regent Cocktail Club
And he's wearing a tux.
Three ladies sashay into the Regent Cocktail Club. "What's the best drink here?" asks one, sounding a bit like she has Instagram on the mind. Vieira pours his yellow-tinged potion into a vintage glass and responds, "Our menu changes every day."
In any other bar, he would seem curt. But not here. The Regent is among the best cocktail lounges in Miami. It's helmed by professional mixologists who've spent decades behind the bar. This is not where you come to be seen. This is where you come to listen to jazz, sip old-fashioneds, and get drunk on a bygone feel.
In the past few years, Miami has become a cocktail town, a city where bartenders have earned celebrity equal to that of chefs. So here are the best places to find a smile, which is really just another word for a good drink.