The Commodore, The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, 3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove
Barflies and boozehounds in the know have already been imbibing at The Commodore, The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove craft cocktail bar run by LDV Hospitality (of Regent Cocktail Club fame), but now the place is ready for the masses.
Whether you choose to take your drink inside at the regal indoor bar and lounge, or outside on the tropically lush covered patio is up to you. A harder decision will be choosing from The Commodore’s comprehensive cocktail list and menu of snacks designed to pair perfectly with the booze. From 9 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, there’s a jazz trio performing music that makes you crave a good, old fashioned martini or just a good Old Fashioned.
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A biography of boozy-sophistication, the drinks menu features more mod-mixes including the Socal with Amaras mezcal, lime, orgeat. and cucumber juice. There’s the Spicey Raspberry Collins starring Zyr vodka, lemon juice, jalapeno syrup and St. Germain. Or try the San Remo with Wild Turkey 101, Antica Formula sweet vermouth, orange juice, St. Germain, Campari and lemon juice. And then there’s the Papa Doble – Santa Teresa 1986, lime, grapefruit juice and Luxardo. All very fancy.
The snack menu is a 10-item list of everything from mushroom toast–country bread topped with prosciutto, fontina cheese and truffle cream, and beef sliders to 32-hour smoked chicken wings served with Greek yogurt and the locally bottled Taylor’s Ultimate Tuscan-style hot sauce. There’s also ahi tuna tacos and a massive meat and cheese board. All food is being created by executive chef Abel Veulens and sous chef Miguel Fajardo. The pair is also collaborating on something else that’s pretty exciting: The bar is a sneak preview of what’s to come when the LVD/Ritz-y collab concludes with a new restaurant, Isabelle’s, currently in development and scheduled to open sometime this fall.
The Commodore, commander of the cocktail, shakes things with a nightly happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring $9 signature cocktails, $7 glasses of wine, $5 Modelos and $7-$9 snacks. And while Uber or Lyft are the ideal ways to get there, the bar offers $7 valet parking to guests, which is a value in itself.