Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

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There's joy in making a great cocktail.
Anyone can get behind a bar and mix a drink. For that matter, anyone can walk into a kitchen and prepare a meal. We've all cooked for ourselves at home, haven't we? But bartenders, like chefs, have many different levels of expertise.

Though 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. They 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.

See also: Miami's Top Ten Chefs

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 delectable creations.

These ten mixologists are the reason so many songs and stories have been written in -- and about -- bars.

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

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Ben Potts via Facebook
10. 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 mint 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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9. Isaac Grillo
Haven Gastro Lounge. The name itself describes a place that must serve inventive drinks. Isaac Grillo does just that, thinking of the most decadent, inventive, and outrageous libations to pair with chef Todd Erickson's equally imaginative cuisine. Using rare ingredients, and even precious metals, Grillo shakes up some of the most artistic and tasty cocktails in Miami. Grillo was crowned Miami's Ultimate Bartender at Magic City Casino after beating out seven other master mixologists and winning bragging rights and a $5,000. Haven was also named Best Gastropub in 2012 by Miami New Times.

Location Info

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Blackbird Ordinary

729 SW 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Haven

1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Lantao Kitchen - CLOSED

1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Restaurant at the Setai

2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Broken Shaker

2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Lure Fishbar

1601 Collins Avenue., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

PB Steak

1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

L'Echon Brasserie

6261 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Social Club

1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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13 comments
Car Nyc
Car Nyc

holy crap that is LUKE back there!!! hahahaha!!

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mvillarcpa
mvillarcpa

a lady from the broken shaker during their first year was my fave.  Good looking pale lady with tattoos.  She went up North for the summer, don't think she ever came back down, but she nailed every drink she ever made for us.

Lance Scott
Lance Scott

Emily Scott is not only the best but also the prettiest..

Halley Fitzsimmons
Halley Fitzsimmons

Robert J. Ferrara congrats!! I knew I would see you on here.. Yay

Brian Miceli
Brian Miceli

Irene from "Michael's Genuine," is my favorite!

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

Ben Potts= I have a degree. I'm working as a bartender not by choice

When you come out of school you're $50,000 or $100,000 in debt. You're lucky if you're making, you know, $30,000 or $40,000 a year.'Nearly half of working Americans with college degrees are in jobs for which they're overqualified 



Dear New Time miami, Please hire real people who know how to report on real stories. This is common sense.Yeah you're a fucking bartender, not a goddamn scientist trying to find a cure for cancer. No wonder the IQ and life expectancy of the average American recently passed each other going in the opposite direction. A bartering  article are you kidding me? Why no article about what’s really wrong with America’s education system? Or important article about how College Graduates are in Debt and Unable to Find a Job. what about the Miami VA hospital employee alleges crimes ignored. This news paper is only good for  Bird Cage Liners



omarseth
omarseth

congrats to gabe elad and phillip!!!

James Fleming
James Fleming

Can there really be such a thing as "best" when it comes to serving poison to people? ?

nomatterknowhow
nomatterknowhow

yay haven bartender so that we can drink liquid nitrogen again

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

Part of customer service is dealing with shit. If you don't like it, go show off how fucking cool you are somewhere else and get me a bartender that will get my fucking beer for me without acting like they are doing me a fucking favor

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