Food & Wine Magazine’s 2012 Fifty Best Bars in America has singled out Living Room at W South Beach’s mixology program for its craft cocktail movement, use of unique ingredients, roast herbs and whimsical drink pairings. Each year, the magazine touts the most exciting watering hole, lounges and emerging trends.
Guest at Living Room at W South Beach can sip and savor enticing cocktails custom made by mixologists, under the direction of Nicola Siervo and Karim Masri of KNR Restaurant Group, who are responsible for starting Miami’s mixology movement. The Living Room’s infusions and flavored bitters are made on-site by mixologists, often touted as alchemists, using unique ingredients such as lavender, cinnamon, and basil which in-turn are blended with unusual spirits and unique liquors. While the traditional standbys are always on offer, the menu boasts creative libations such as the Chemista, a champagne cocktail infused with Flower blossom syrup and topped with Japanese cucumber foam. The Smokey Artichoke is made from Mezcal and stirred with sweet vermouth, Cynar amaro and spiked with tobacco bitters. Patrons can drop in before dinner at one of the W Hotel’s premiere dining establishments, The Dutch or Mr. Chow, or before a night of dancing at Wall to play the specially designed board games or choose to listen to the live in-house DJ spinning loungey Caribbean sounds nightly from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. Hungry? Snack on truffle popcorn; enjoy a fresh Greek salad or munch on a Dry Aged Burger complete with secret sauce from the Living Room’s exclusive menu. Naturally, mixologists will be happy to offer the perfect cocktail to pair with your meal.
Living Room at W South Beach is located at 2201 Collins Avenue in the W South Beach Hotel & Residences. Telephone: (305) 938-3000.
KNR RESTAURANT GROUP
Innovators in the hospitality industry, partners Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo of KNR Restaurant Group, develop and operate hospitality concepts that transform restaurant, nightlife and hotel food and beverage facilities into thriving, high profile destinations. Together the duo has created and been the driving force behind a group of highly successful restaurants including Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, open 2006, and Sosta Pizzeria, open 2009, on Miami’s chic Lincoln Road. Talented twin chefs Nicola Carro and Fabrizio Carro are at the helm of Quattro and Sosta, creating simple, authentic Northern Italian cuisine, with the finest high quality ingredients available. They’ve been featured in The New York Times, on the Today Show, Bravo and Martha Stewart, among others. Quattro recently received the prestigious American Academy of Hospitality Sciences 5 Star Diamond Award. Masri and Siervo are also the Miami partners of The Dutch, a critically-acclaimed, wildly popular New York City restaurant opened at W South Beach Hotel and Residences in late 2011. The Dutch partnership brings to Miami a restaurant concept created by revered chef Andrew Carmellini, a recipient of two James Beard Awards, and his seasoned hospitality partners Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom. The group also oversees food and beverage, banquet and in room service at the trendsetting W South Beach hotel.