Enjoy a Cloud Nine cocktail with your head in the clouds at Brickell’s most refined bar and lounge. St~Germain, lychee, hibiscus and prosecco make up this deliciously sweet signature cocktail. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head into this sanctuary located inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel located on Brickell’s prestigious Brickell Key. The Mandarin Oriental Bar & Lounge affords the same understated elegance that is synonymous with the hotels and spas located throughout the world’s most exotic locations.
The Asian influences provide a zen-like backdrop to Miami’s dynamic restaurant and nightlife scene. It’s an urban oasis with serenity and sophistication. The comfortable space offers panoramic views of the metropolis’ skyline and water views of Biscayne Bay. The grand bar is luxuriously adorned in an interesting array of wooden shelves, ambient lighting, and naturally patterned marble bar tops. Bar seating is available, as well as intimate table seating with comfortable chairs and small tables.
Happy Hour is every weekday evening from 5-8pm and features discounted wine, beer, and handcrafted drinks, as well as small bites such as gourmet fries, sliders, and seafood appetizers. The Moscow Mule, a popular choice for happy hour, is a great way to end the evening while catching a magnificent South Florida sunset. The regular menu is offered all day and is an Asian fusion theme of sushi, small plates, salads, sandwiches and desserts. Olives and assorted nuts are served as complimentary snacks. I love to try unique takes on classics and the Signature Sliders are a must have, as they almost melt in your mouth. They are filled with Floridia lobster, angus beef and a creamy chorizo sauce that perfectly complement each other. Another great take on a classic is the Caesar Salad. It has focaccia croutons, the perfect dressing, and an option to add a skewer of shrimp which I highly recommend.
The menu is well laid out and the best part is being able to order a cocktail based on one of Miami’s many eclectic neighborhoods such as a Coconut Grove with tequila and coconut water and other ingredients which capture the laid back, artsy vibe of the neighborhood or the Wynwood, made up of Mezcal, egg white, yellow chartreuse, ancho reyes and grapefruit to depict the diverse nightlife, amazing murals, and vibrant galleries. If you want to “venture” further outside of Miami and go international with your taste buds, then opt for a Milk and Honey Cocktail, garnished with chocolate flakes, inspired by the Mandarin Oriental in the bustling crossroads of Asia’s East meets West, also known as Hong Kong.
Whether you are mingling with new friends, catching up with familiar faces, enjoying an after work libation or getting ready for a business dinner Mo Bar will suit your preferences. Visit on a Friday or Saturday night and you will be in for a musical treat of live entertainment from a Cuban jazz band or a Spanish guitarist. The music is upbeat, soothing and ideal for the environment, while still encouraging conversations. MoBar is located at 500 Brickell Key Dr. Miami, Fl 33131 and more information on hours, hotel amenities and directions can be found at www.mandarinoriental.com