As Miami locals, we are very careful to avoid places that promise a typical Miami experience. These types of places are generally expensive and unauthentic tourist traps. However, every once in a while, we come across a spot that offers a genuine "So Miami" experience. A place that, on its own accord, makes the perfect local hangout - like the Thompson Miami Beach's newly opened 1930s House.
The vibes at 1930s House are inspired by an awe-inspiring setting - a house from the 1930s surrounded by the hotel's pools. The house was originally located across the street on Collins Avenue but was moved onto the property piece by piece. The original structure, including the gorgeous Cuban tile and the intricate relief along the fireplace, was restored flawlessly to provide an intimate space for good drinks and good food à la Miami.
The drink menu is a little bit Ball and Chain, a little bit Broken Shaker. The Cuban and Spanish-themed cocktails are made with all fresh ingredients, including juices and syrups made on-site. We tried and enjoyed all five options during our visit, but we especially recommend the Buena Vista (Gin, St. Germain, cucumber, lemon and mint), Spanish Cobbler (Brandy, sherry, lemon juice, pineapple spice syrup, and fresh berries), and The Belmonte (Absolut Elyx, strawberry, basil, lime, and jalapeño syrup).
The current food menu is all about Miami's beloved Michy Bernstein. The Miami native is bringing back everyone's favorite tapas concept, Sra. Martinez, in our favorite pop-up du jour. We loved every dish we tried, but we left raving about the bread with chocolate, chorizo and chilis (trust us...) and the paella croquettas. In fact, all the croquettas, even the spinach and jamón y queso croquettas, were the best we've ever had.
If you need more excuses to visit, 1930s House has a live Cuban band on Friday nights and offers $5 valet parking - a price that is a godsend in light of Mid-Beach's limited parking options. See you there, Miami!