Renowned bartender and cocktail aficionado, David Strauss, has signed on as a consultant at The Hall on South Beach and is working alongside celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn on an exciting new concept coming to the 1940s Art Deco property.
Strauss, who has more than 20 years of industry background, is the brains behind Stephen Starr’s Le Diplomate’s cocktail program. He also worked alongside Sasha Petraske of New York’s Milk & Honey for three years. Currently, Strauss operates The Sheppard, a hidden second-floor speakeasy in Washington DC, with Mendelsohn, and heads up the bar program at DC’s recently opened, The Ivy Room.
The upcoming project, which is expected to open before the end of the year, will be Mendelsohn’s third operating outlet inside the hotel, which isJoie de Vivre’s first East Coast hotel.
The Hall is one of the great Art Deco hotels on South Beach, featuring 163-rooms on a 1.4-acre playground. It was recently revamped to not only uncover and enhance its 1940s Art Deco history, but also create fun, unexpected places and spaces reflective of Joie de Vivre Hotels’ relaxed California roots.
Located at 1500 Collins Avenue, The Hall is nestled between the charming, colorful Española Way and 16th Street, and features a lush garden with an oversized swimming pool and poolside cabanas; Sunny’s, Mendelsohn’s courtyard eatery inspired by classic seaside cafes and beach bars from around the world; and Campton Yard, a backyard bar outfitted with tree-hung string lighting, social games and lounge areas.