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Craft cocktails and an Elvis sandwich keep the party going late at this Brickell pop up

Craft cocktails are the heart of this pop up bar with hearty bar bites.
Craft cocktails are the heart of this pop up bar with hearty bar bites. Handout

Open since August, The Craftsman is a trendy covered outdoor bar at the far end of Mary Brickell Village where everyone sits at tables outside. Take a seat at the curved bar and have the bartender make you a carefully mixed drink or deliver your choice of craft beer.

While the focus is on craft brews and cocktails, there are also hearty snacks to accompany the libations. It’s a pop-up, so get there while it lasts.

Start With These Dishes

A charcuterie board with coppa, speck ham and salami and choices of cheeses with toasted sourdough bread and cornichons are a good starter at The Craftsman. Handout

Get a charcuterie board with coppa, speck ham and salami with toasted sourdough bread and cornichons. Or go with the cheese board with aged gouda, soft-ripened triple cream blue cambozola and goat cheese. It comes with fig jam, walnuts, apple slices and honey for a savory-sweet combination. Deviled eggs come dusted in paprika. Shrimp tacos come with lime, cilantro and avocado in a flour tortilla with spicy mayo. Or just munch on a tin bucket of cheesy truffle popcorn. There’s also guacamole made with buttery Hass, diced onion and tomato, served with toasted pita chips.

Share With These Dishes

Shrimp tacos with lime, cilantro and avocado in a flour tortilla with spicy mayo at The Craftsman. Handout

Choose from salads and sandwiches to swap halves. The Lucas salad has sturdy kale with avocado, red pepper slices and sesame seeds in a zesty orange dressing. The Oriental chicken salad is tossed in tart tamarind dressing with grilled sesame chicken, mandarin orange segments and crispy wontons.

Sandwiches include the Elvis with almond butter, fig jelly and sliced bananas with cinnamon on gluten-free bread. It tastes of an upgraded childhood favorite. The Craft Club with avocado and tomato on hearty multi grain or the crab salad on a grilled, buttered soft roll are big enough to share. There’s also the Cuban on olive oil-rubbed ciabatta and a French dip with thinly sliced steak, Swiss and grilled onion aioli with a side of jus.

Craft cocktails are the heart of this pop up bar with hearty bar bites. Handout

A whole section of the menu shows avocado devotion. The Everything Avocado toast is on gluten-free bread with tomatoes, red pepper flakes and alfalfa sprouts. Avocado halves are stuffed with a corn-and-bean mixture or cucumber, red onion and tomato salad. The Tex-Mex Veggeritto is a burrito with avocado, quinoa, black bean and corn salad, greens and sriracha in a toasty whole wheat tortilla.

Save Room for Dessert

Get pie in a jar with a choice of guava cheesecake, French silk dark chocolate mousse or apple pie, all layered with graham cracker crust and whipped cream.

What Makes It Special

The Craftsman goes from a lively lunch spot to a party atmosphere after hours. Handout

Although it is a pop-up, the team behind it, Top Tier Hospitality in New York City, plans it to last a year or longer. There’s a rotation of craft beers such as Six Point Resin, a piney hop bomb IPA balanced by a light malty sweetness. Craft cocktails range from the Tequila Mockingbird (cold-pressed ginger, kale juice, lime, agave nectar) to the Derby with bourbon, creme de cacao and fresh mint. Owner Dustin Elmalem is from New York City, where he helped open Brother Jimmy’s BBQ and was brought to Miami to open another Jimmy’s where Craftsman now is. The first Craftsman opened in Harlem last March with Miami chosen for the second. The drinks are well crafted and the food is interesting enough to please regulars for lunch or a lively late night.

If You Go

Place: The Craftsman

Address: 900 S. Miami Avenue, suite 135, Mary Brickell Village

Contact: 305-400-8226,

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-4 a.m. daily

Prices: Small plates $7-$14, sandwiches $12-$17, avocado toast $9, desserts $9