The only thing better than a cocktail at Loews Miami Beach Hotel is a cocktail from the Bellhop Bar at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. For the uninitiated, the Bellhop Bar – located at the hotel’s Bar Collins – is a retrofitted steamer trunk packed with bespoke beverages stored in antique apothecary-style bottles. There’s not better way to spend a Happy Hour on South Beach.
“It kind of reminds of (Henry) Flagler, the East railroad … kind of a seedy prohibition thing with Al Capone,’’ said Michael Murray, Loews Miami Beach Hotel’s director of food and beverage. “It pulls up a lot of emotions – especially with the South Florida roots.’’
Those roots are exemplified in two Bellhop cocktails – Old Fashioned con Mango and Miami Startini.
The Old Fashioned con Mango features Angel’s Envy Bourbon, mango-infused simple syrup, mango bitters, orange bitters and a garnish of dehydrated mango. The Miami Startini is made with Hangar One Vodka, St. Germain liqueur, simple syrup, fresh star fruit juice, Cointreau, lemon juice and a garnish of sliced star fruit.
“Those two cocktails are very property specific,’’ Murray said.
In addition to the cocktails, the Bellhop Bar Additionally, a red and sparkling wine are featured – The Count by Buena Vista Winery – and Conundrum – one of the more recognized sparkling wines on the market.
The Bellhop Bar, a elevation is the hotel’s Traveller Bar that ended its two-year run this past January, is open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Jan. 13, 2019.
“It’s a great speaking piece that attracts locals and hotel guests,’’ Murray said. “They see the chest closed and begin circling it. When we open it, a beautiful bar comes out of the trunk.’’
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