Newest to sprout in South Beach is the Regent Cocktail Club, a classic cocktail bar located at the back of the revamped Gale Hotel.
Interested to hear about this new concept, Chat Chow TV schmoozed with Joshua Wagner, Miamiâ€™s after-hours aficionado and managing partner of Regent Cocktail Club, over Manhattans and Mint Juleps.
â€œEveryone is jazzed up about new trends, food and beverage, everything along those lines,â€ Wagner observes. â€œBut I think we also need to make the standards of what our basics are, what our pars are, what our standards are as a city. So classics, back to the core, create the standard of what it should be and just really get back to the basics.â€
And the locals are loving it. Regent draws a mixed crowd, attracted to the venue for its unique recipe of curated cocktails and vintage vibe.
â€œItâ€™s all about approachability,â€ Wagner says of the atmosphere. â€œWe donâ€™t want this to be pretentious. You walk in here, itâ€™s Fats Waller, itâ€™s Ella Fitzgerald, itâ€™s John Coltrane. Itâ€™s a conversation and a cocktail. [â€¦] We have got 25-year-old young people inhere to 60-year-old couples that are coming to enjoy great music, great conversation and fundamentally great cocktails.â€
Club-goers can expect the libation basics to be perfect, with nightly shake-ups in its live music lineup (think Havana Nights or live jazz singers). Daily drink menus shift as well, with six new specialty cocktails to try each evening. Donâ€™t like whatâ€™s on-menu? Wagner highly suggests engaging with your barkeep about your spirit preferencesâ€”itâ€™s part of the experience. Serious sippers can keep tabs on their favorite tried tipples with Regentâ€™s passport, a VIP amenity for the bibulous barfly that also grants access to exclusive member-only events.
Check out the video above to see why Regent exudes a cool-kid Al Capone quality. Then stop in and get your passport stamped.Thank you for using Soul Of Miami!