At Ace Bartending's 40-foot bar, ice clinks against glasses and prospective mixologists chatter during hands-on courses. Instructors wax informational about the history and production of liquor before outlining state and municipal legal requirements for serving alcohol or distributing liquor to horses. As students progress, they migrate to eight functional bartending stations that feature working carbon dioxide lines, and lessons feed hungry brains tidbits of information on the use of glassware and garnishes to craft a beverage with fitting aesthetic appeal. The curriculum bounds across a bubbling, colorful rainbow of 200 different drinks and recipes.
In addition to hands-on demonstrations and role-playing exercises, courses hand down lessons on how to land a job as a bartender and give tips for job interviews. The classroom's walls, like those of a real bar, are crowded with colorful bottles, lit by crackling neon beer signs, and held together by flyers for bands seeking bassists.
Though it’s a national brand with locations sprinkled across 14 states, Chevys Fresh Mex doesn’t succumb to shortcuts at any of its restaurants. The expert chefs at each eatery gather together fresh ingredients to prepare the entire menu from scratch, whether they’re infusing chicken enchiladas with chipotles or simmering fragrant cauldrons of their homemade tortilla soup. Even though this hands-on approach harkens back to the foundations of Mexican culinary traditions, chefs also give each dish a contemporary twist—tacos meet flavorful drizzles of chipotle aioli, slow-roasted carnitas mingle with fresh oranges and lemons alongside fajita platters. Meanwhile, bartenders engage in serious agave innovation with top-shelf margaritas in flavors such as prickly pear and spicy mango.
It's not every place that could serve both as your morning coffee and bagel spot as well as a late-night hangout. But Natalie's Cafe Lounge is versatile like that. In the mornings, it's a cozy cafe, serving coffee, tea, and espresso drinks to pair with steak and eggs, bagels, and other breakfast dishes. It's also open at lunch, with casual eats such as hot dogs, burgers, salads, and grilled cheese. By night, though, it morphs more into a cozy lounge, complete with wine and beer, plus DJs spinning music. Natalie's Cafe Lounge also hosts karaoke and open mic nights, and those who stop in for brunch on Saturdays can enjoy complimentary mimosas.
A spacious, open room with lofted ceilings and exposed brick walls, Limpy's Sports Bar & Grill encourages a festive atmosphere. Rows of flatscreen TVs hang from stadium-like rafters on the ceiling, broadcasting the latest game for patrons indulging in beers, cocktails, and food. Limpy's offers lunch and dinner menus, drink specials, and themed nights.
Last Call Pub Crawls? party-savvy guides steer revelers through lively city neighborhoods, stopping at esteemed watering holes along the way. The guides chart courses by strolling the predetermined route to ensure that bars are conveniently spaced apart and not tended by puritan librarians. Once the path is set, they invite explorers to embark with them on the tours, built around themes such as masquerades and drinking around the world, or set in distinct neighborhoods such as Brickell and Espa?ola Way. Each tour lavishes guests with half-off bar tabs and free shots at every stop on the crawl. Some venues may choose to enforce a dress code, so Last Call recommends that crawlers avoid sandals or shorts. Last Call brings photographers along for the ride to document the happenings of progressively hazy evenings and provide guests with new photos to attach to their resumes.
Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Jorge and Licet Torres aren't new to the Miami dining scene. They've lived and worked in Miami Springs since 1997, operating a duo of Latin-cuisine restaurants?both named Latin Cafe. In April 2014, the Torres's opened an eatery closer to their own neighborhood, on a prime corner just off of Circle Park. They called the spot Sabores Restaurant & Lounge.
At Sabores, the Torreses and their team skillfully prepare Cuban classics such as steak sandwiches, whole fried snapper, and smoked pork chops. A private area hosts special events, and a full bar keeps glasses filled with adult libations such as imported beers, creative cocktails, and blended tax returns. On Fridays nights, guests can take the karaoke stage to croon favorite tunes.