Amongst the hustle and bustle that is Brickell, with its never-ending construction, noise and South American buzz, Red Bar stands quietly and unassumingly across from Mary Brickell Village. If you’re not on the hunt for a great cocktail, you’ll miss it. It’s a very small space with dim lighting that resembles the set of a 1980s party. The whole place brings about a sense of nostalgia to the days of neighborhood bars, were locals ruled and unpretentiousness was a must.
Recently, REDBAR was acquired by hospitality connoisseurs, Antar Sosa and Dobromir Dimitrov, who have more 15 years of experience and have given the place a small but poignant re-launch. The concept was simple: give Miami a taste of true cocktail culture, cut the glitz and the glam and offer a damn good place to unwind and sip the best.
Together, Sosa and Dimitrov recruited some of Miami’s most notable bartenders to put together a menu that is true to the spirit of greatness without having to break the bank. The new and improved REDBAR cocktail menu is curated by Miami’s most talented and esteemed bartenders, including: Ezra Pattek, Elad Zvi, John Lermayer, Carla Rivera, Freddy Diaz, and Todd Richman. With drinks like “After the Gold Rush,” “Cereza, Mi Amour,” “Spicy Rum – Old Fashioned,” and the “Cucumber Collins,” among many more, it’s no wonder we fell in love after drink numero uno. Overall, REDBAR also has one of the largest selections of premium spirits with more than 250 selections.
In addition, REDBAR taps in to Miami’s growing brewery scene and offers Florida Lager and a coconut infused ale called Big Rod – so drinkers of all kind are aptly covered.
REDBAR also has one hell of happy hour along with impressive drink specials. From 5-9pm (real Happy Hours don’t end at 7pm when most are strolling out of the office) you’ll find $3 beers, $5 premium wells and $6 craft cocktails. REDBAR also offers weekday specials (apart from their happy hour) like all-day $5 Whiskey Wednesdays with an impressive variety of whiskey ranging from Buchanan’s to Jameson. And listen up ladies, every Thursday is Ladies Night, which translates into free bubbly for all the gals and $6 craft cocktails until midnight. Total win-win here.
You’ll always have tunes to go along with your booze as REDBAR offers open format music from the 80s, 90s and millennium by DJ CRED. Think Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff meets Iggy Azalea, which makes us giddy inside.
Although you won’t find food here, the liquor-only rule works. Sometimes less is more.
Standout Cocktails: Collins Cucumber – a heavenly concoction of fresh cucumber, lemon, Aylesbury Vodka and Club Soda. I felt like I was drinking the most refreshingly light cocktail. Sweet sans morning-after headaches and if you consumer more than 2, these are also strong enough to get you dancing the night away. Seriously delicious.
Mel’s Recommendation: This is the kind of bar you want to bring friends to if they’re scared shitless of Miami’s pretentious reputation. Show them that there are in fact a few neighborhood bars that offer a lot with little attitude.