Sip & Savor: sexy sips and bites at STK Miami Beach

Photo/Ocean Drive
Photo/Ocean Drive

The bar

STK in Miami Beach

The Vibe

Everything about STK on South Beach is carnal, sexy and sleek, from the dark and minimal decor and animal bone motifs, to the beautiful waitresses dressed smartly in form-fitting black. In the background, the soundtrack alternates from sultry disco classics, like A Taste of Honey’s “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” to the thick, pulsating electronica you might hear in an underground lounge. The staff is well-informed and conversational, and there’s a general sense of casual familiarity.

Something to sip

STK’s Cucumber Stilleto, made with Ketel One citroen, St. Germain, muddled cucumber and mint, is as cool and sexy as the restaurant itself. Tall, refreshing and a balance of sweet and minty, it’s a blast of winter air ($8 during happy hour).

cucumber stilleto

Cucumber Stiletto

Other sips

Fans of mezcal and Old Fashioneds may gravitate toward STK’s Smokeshow, a sweet and smoky concoction made with Don Julio tequila, mezcal, aperol and carpano antica sweet vermouth ($14). If you’re looking for something with some bite, the Secret Affair will hit the spot, made with Purity vodka, lime, red chili pepper, watermelon, and a tajin rim, ($14). Or skip dessert and go for the Strawberry Cobbler, made with Absolute and fresh muddled strawberry, garnished with a graham cracker crust ($8 during happy hour).

secret affair

The Secret Affair

strawberry cobbler

Strawberry Cobbler

Something to savor

STK’s lil BRG is true to its name. It’s a bite (or two) of Wagyu beef burgers, served with a side of truffle fries. If you’re in the mood for Mexican, there are the Pork Belly Tacos, made with pickled red onion, cilantro, fried shallots, house made pickles and STK sauce. Or get an order of STK’s crispy cheesy Tater Tots served with spicy aioli. All are $8 during happy hour.

lil BRG

lil BRG

pork belly tacos

Pork Belly Tacos

tator tots

Tater Tots

The deal

STK’s happy hour takes place Monday-Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and features extended hours every Thursday for Lip Service from 6 p.m. to midnight. Happy Hour features a collection of craft cocktails, house wines and small bites for $8 a piece, as well as $5 shot specials.

The rest

2305 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The recipe

Cucumber Stiletto

1 1/2 ounces of Ketel One Citron

3/4 ounce of St. Germain

3/4 ounce of lime juice

2 slices of cucumber

6 mint leaves

Muddle the mint leaves and cucumber slices with the lime juice and the simple syrup. Add the vodka and St. Germain. Shake and strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of cucumber.