From the team behind Employees Only Miami
When Employees Only Miami suddenly shuttered last fall, the team promised it a comeback — and they delivered with the creation of new watering whole, Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery (1120 Collins Avenue), located inside the Stiles Hotel on Miami Beach.
The menu at Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery boasts a versatile cocktail list with a focus on classic and contemporary cocktails, as well as a mix of spirit-forward drinks and tropical libations. Think drinks like the classic Hurricane made with Banks 5 Island, Plantation Dark Rum and EO grenadine; a coffee-infused dark rum Banana Daiquiri; and the vodka, pineapple, and mint based Missionary Downfall. To soak up those cocktails, bites like Serbian steak croquetas filled with pork steak rolled up and coated in kajmak and paprika with Ajvar Serbian vegetable spread served on the side, along with Cuban sandwiches and Jamaican jerk chicken wings.
The bar features 24 seats inside and 30 seats in the neighboring lounge, along with an outdoor patio area by the pool with 30 more seats. The decor boasts a mural and walls lined with photos highlighting the history of rum that is meant to be museum-like, which the bartender will gives tours of when they aren’t too busy.
The new outpost is owned and operated by familiar faces to those who frequented Employees Only Miami during its time at Washington Park Hotel. Partners in this new venture include Jesus Perez, Milos Velickovic, Jason Tune, Strahinja Marjanovic, Nikola Dragojevic, and principal partner Danilo “Dacha” Bozovic, who was one of the original owners of Employees Only Miami.
Happy hour will be available every day from 5 to 10 p.m. along with weekly themed activations like Tiki Monday, Rum Smuggler Tuesday, and Prohibition Thursday, that will offer special menus and pricing.
Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery is located at The Stiles Hotel and is open Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and from noon to 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.