Last night we attended the first ever Time Out Miami Bar Awards right here in Brickell at the W Hotel rooftop – a favorite venue of ours. The awards were part of Time Out’s global bar program, celebrating the best bars, brilliant bartenders, most outstanding bar teams and extravagant bar designs that define the drinks scene in eight of the world’s most influential cities.The evening was filled with bartenders from all over the city, excited to see who was taking home what titles. We were cheering for all of them as we are fans of each and every one of the finalists. The evening was MCed, by our friend and Time Out Miami Editor, Virginia Gil.
Time Out, the leading global media and entertainment brand that inspires and enables people to make the most of the city, has crowned Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company Miami’s Bar of the Year at its annual Bar Awards celebration last night. Co-owned by award-winning bartender John Lermayer, Dan Binkiewicz and restaurateur David Martinez, the Collins Park cocktail bar has been a favorite among locals since first opening in 2015.
Other venues that woke up with bragging rights this morning include Employees Only, a popular New York City offshoot, which was honored as the city’s Best New Bar; Taurus Beer and Whisk(e)y House—a Coconut Grove institution—which picked up the award for Best Single-Focus Bar; and Lagniappe, a sprawling restaurant and bar in Wynwood, which scooped up the title of Miami’s Best Wine Bar.
Here’s the full list of Time Out Miami Bar Awards 2017 winners:
- Bar of the Year presented by Monkey Shoulder: Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company
- Best New Bar: Employees Only
- Best Bar Family: Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company
- Best Bar Design presented by Milagro Tequila: 27 Restaurant & Bar at Freehand Miami
- Best Single-Focus Bar: Taurus Beer and Whisk(e)y House
- Best Wine Bar: Lagniappe
- Most Creative Drink List: Zucca
- Best Restaurant-Bar Program: Beachcraft
- Most Instagrammable Cocktail: Giggle Water at Pawn Broker
To pick the award winners, presented in association with William Grant & Sons, the independent family-owned distiller, Time Out assembled an industry-renowned panel comprised of drinks experts, top bartenders and industry legends. Panellists across the country included cocktail connoisseur Eben Freeman, bartender Gabriella Mlynarczyk, Director of Brand Advocacy for William Grant & Sons Charlotte Voisey, Glenfiddich Ambassador David Allardice, Hendrick’s Gin Ambassadors Mattias Horseman and Mark Stoddard, Reyka Vodka Ambassador Trevor Schneider, Drambuie Ambassador Vance Henderson, Milagro Tequila Ambassador Jaime Salas, Monkey Shoulder Ambassador Sebastien Derbomez,Time Out’s own editorial team and many more.
Joel Meares, Editor-in-Chief of Time Out North America, said: “The Time Out Bar Awards once again celebrated and brought together the best and brightest of the drinks industry. These global awards enable us to showcase and capture the latest bar trends and innovations on an international level, and solidify Time Out as the ultimate guide for where you should be drinking this year—whether that’s in New York, L.A., Miami, Chicago and Austin or London, Paris and Lisbon. If you’re looking for the best cocktails in Miami the likes of Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company, Employees Only and Zucca are offering incredible, innovative drinks, served by great bartenders in stunning surrounds.”