Whether shaken or stirred – or in this case neat – Wynwood’s premier watering hole Beaker & Gray is the ideal spot to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Wind down with the bittersweet Cocoa Boulevardier featuring barrel-aged Wild Turkey 101 bourbon, Campari, Cinzano 1757 and Tuthilltown cacao ($13); or sip on a classic Old Fashioned with Old Forester 100, sugar and angostura – available during Happy Hour for only $7! Beaker & Gray is located at 2637 North Miami Avenue in Wynwood. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, Noon to 4 PM; dinner is served Sunday through Thursday from 6 PM to 11 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 6 PM to Midnight. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 4 PM-7 PM & Monday through Thursday, 11 PM to 2 AM. http://beakerandgray.com/.
For National Bourbon Month, Glass and Vine, the garden oasis in the heart of Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park offer the barrel-aged spirit in the Commodore Sour ($13) with Buffalo Trace bourbon, yuzu, soy, and rice vinegar. Diners can enjoy this concoction and other specialty cocktails for only $8 during Happier Hour every weekday from 2 PM to 7 PM. Glass & Vine is located at 2820 McFarlane Road in Coconut Grove. Valet parking is available in front of the restaurant on McFarlane Road. http://www.glassandvine.com/
The modern, nocturnal playground Living Room located at the W South Beach Hotel & Residences, is known for its innovative mixology program and artisanal libations. At Living Room, cocktails feature exotic herbs; house-made spices and essential oils; edible flowers, top-shelf spirits, and locally sourced organic produce. For National Bourbon Month, Living Room has multiple options including the stylish American Splendor with bourbon, dry vermouth, orange-flavored liqueur, and pineapple juice; the Bourbon Wash Manhattan, a decadent take on a classic with fat washed bourbon, dry curacao, sweet vermouth, and whiskey barrel bitters; and the refreshing KiwiBonbourbon, apple cider, agave, kiwi, and fresh lemon juice. These globally-inspired cocktails can be enjoyed on one of the Living Room’s plush couches or outside on the patio overlooking the pool. Living Room is located at 2201 Collins Avenue in the W South Beach Hotel & Residences. Valet and metered parking is available. http://www.wsouthbeach.com
Celebrate National Bourbon Month with The Speck-tacular Now created by Bar Manager William Rivas at one of Miami Beach’s most beloved restaurants, Macchialina. For the savory cocktail, Rivas renders speck fat and infuses it into Old Forester bourbon, then adds a house-made honey clove syrup and Jamaican #1 bitters and tops it off with an orange peel. Macchialina is located at 820 Alton Road in Miami Beach. www.macchialina.com
Celebrate National Bourbon Month in style at Lincoln Road’s sizzling contemporary steakhouse, Meat Market. Order the popular Lonely Nights – Four Roses Bourbon, apricot peach jam, habanero, citrus, and honey; or try the Fig Old Fashioned – Bulleit Bourbon, Px Oloroso Sherry, honey, and mission fig bitters. Pair your bourbon cocktail with Meat Market’s delectable dishes, like the roasted cauliflower, prime short rib, or one of the flavorful signature steaks. Meat Market is located at 915 Lincoln Road on South Beach. Open for lunch and dinner daily, Sunday – Thursday from 12 PM to midnight; Friday – Saturday 12 PM to 1 AM; kitchen closed 4 PM to 6 PM. www.meatmarket.net