Drunken Dragon: Tiki Drinks and Korean BBQ in a Hidden Lair

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Photos by Laine Doss
Tiki drinks: Order one, or disturb the gods.
Drunken Dragon opened just a few weeks ago, but already it's one of the buzziest places in town.

Located in a strip mall on a patch of Alton Road that more resembles a war-torn town than South Beach, the small restaurant is unassuming from the street. In fact, the only way you know this is the place is the fact that people are walking in and out of the unmarked spot. That, and Siri tells you the Drunken Dragon is located between Bank of America and Domino's.

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Inside, it's a different story altogether. After taking your name (better make a reservation to snag a coveted barbecue table), pretty hostesses lead you to the bar, where you can sip a tiki libation while taking in the ambiance. Drunken Dragon partner Jarred Grant tells us it's a mix of local neighborhood English tavern and Japanese izakaya.

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It's best described as a modern version of those classic tiki palaces of the 1950s and '60s complete with an A-framed roof, nautical rope accents, and chinoiserie wall decor. After pointing this out, Grant agrees the bar does have a "Polynesian look to it," adding that he and his partners didn't actually get renderings for the space. "They wanted to charge us $10,000, so we opted out. Luckily, it turned out well. It was taking a leap of faith and hoping for the best, and it did, because it turned out great."

Location Info

Drunken Dragon

1424 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music


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Chan Oh
Chan Oh

Julian Galeano No sir, haven't been...doesn't look Korean at all, but might be good.

Paola Wolowitz
Paola Wolowitz

Jessica Reyes this ins next on the list of to do

Cary Glines
Cary Glines

Jennifer Sanchez we should check it out sometime

Stephen Gonzales
Stephen Gonzales

Melissa Chiarella Tony Senita Tony Alejandro Espinoza Alicia M Palma-Espinoza Michael Perez Cary Valdes-Perez Rudy Vee Castillo

Pow-Pow Ramos
Pow-Pow Ramos

Yuh duh.. can't be going in there like a monster. Yuuk

Kristin Isom
Kristin Isom

Bish what?! Oh we in that thang. Gotta get the body right first tho Pow-Pow Ramos

Jessica Alonso
Jessica Alonso

Thanks Gabriella Mazzotta now I really can't pick lol

Pow-Pow Ramos
Pow-Pow Ramos

Nah brah. Apparently there's a spot in South Beach that's the bomb diggity but it's hidden. But Soraya and Krystle found it. And what Soraya and Krystle approves, I approve. They say it's a mix vibe of Las Olas and Wynnwood. \U0001f48f\U0001f491\U0001f470\U0001f46a\U0001f495\U0001f44c\U0001f44d

Lacey Emily
Lacey Emily

Joe Manser I think we might be going here instead

Manuel Costa
Manuel Costa

Chinita \U0001f44d might have to swing by

Arlene Delice
Arlene Delice

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Mary Morales
Mary Morales

TAKE ME ON A TACKY DAAAATEEE Elizabeth Fragela

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