The Drawing Room: Albert Trummer to Bring "Cocktail Prescriptions" to South Beach
Albert Trummer's Drawing Room Bar & Lounge is scheduled to open at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach in October. The lounge, along with Morimoto South Beach, is destined to put the resort on Miami's culinary map.
Courtesy of Albert Trummer Albert Trummer is taking his talents to the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach.
Trummer, an Austrian-born mixologist, has worked with some of the best chefs, including David Bouley and Geoffrey Zakarian, and opened New York hot spots Apotheke and Theater Bar. The "apotheker" also opened Drogerie, a mad scientist's lab of libations at the Albion Hotel in SoBe last year. Drogerie has closed, with an announcement on its Facebook page that "Trummer's Drogerie Pharmacy Bar MIAMI is moving to a new Beach location this summer!!!"
Drawing Room's concept of "ancient remedy meets modern mixology" sounds similar to his Drogerie concept of elixirs shaken by bartenders in lab coats, but the new space will be grander.
The bar, which turns the hotel's daytime library into a lounge, features Tennessee granite columns, leather couches, and brass cocktail carts wheeling the bar's special "selection of house medicines" to patrons. The gist is to order a "cocktail prescription" made with Japanese ingredients, fresh fruits, botanicals, and secret potions under categories like Stress Relievers, Pain Killers, and Aphrodisiacs -- all things Miami residents need on a regular basis.
We asked Trummer to explain his expansive, artistic, and psychotropic vision of a cocktail bar.
New Times: Does this replace Drogerie, your bar that is supposed to move to another location in Miami -- or is this a different concept?
Albert Trummer: The first year was strictly considered a pop-up to showcase my cocktail "art" as an exposition. Drogerie was something that the Rubell family allowed me to do while I was searching for a long-term location. When I left New York, I always wanted to continue the refinement of my skills with Apotheke, and this is the next result of that endeavor.
Is Drawing Room the new incarnation?
I could not pass on such an opportunity to work alongside such creative food and beverage teams both at Morimoto and the Shelborne. A chance to transform their space every evening into my own large Apotheke and once again create some fantastic medicinal cocktails was truly an exciting offer.