The Miami business circle of life can be brutal. Just a few weeks ago we were on twitter mourning the loss of some of our favorite local restaurants that closed, especially go-tos La Gloutonnerie and Cafe Mistral. And, don't even get us started on last year's closure of our favorite neighborhood bar Public House (which we're still not over, by the way). But, when the Miami business gods take away, they open up opportunities for new kids on the block to fill the void left behind. One of the newest arrivals to the Miami scene is Libertine Miami, a new speakeasy-style bar in downtown that is giving new life to Space's Hip Hop rooms of days past.
Yesterday we re-emerged from the comfort of our apartment to welcome Libertine to the Miami scene and get a taste of the vibes they're bringing to downtown. Our two cents? Think Bardot, but with a focus on well-curated décor as well as the music. The space, which was designed by Thrilwall Design, features a gold lamé wall, an 18th century fire place lined with mirrored subway tile, and an eye-catching floor design made with thousands of real pennies (there are about $30 worth). The music programming will be under the creative direction of Supermarket Creative's Michelle Leshem and will include cult classics, new wave, indie (think Talking Heads, Groove Amanda) which will emanate from a Baby Grand piano that has been converted into a DJ booth. It is dope!
The low-key watering hole is bringing variety to the neighborhood so we're excited that it is officially opening this week! You can check it out Thursday through Sunday starting at 10 p.m. They had a soft opening last week and we hear the party went on until 8 a.m. the next morning so definitely expect the unexpected. Oh, and if you are having trouble finding it, use your GPS and look for the door next to the blue awning - trust.
What is your favorite speakeasy bar? Will you be visiting downtown more now that Libertine Miami is opening? After seeing the photos, what are you most excited for at Libertine - the cocktails, music, or the hangout itself? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!