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2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT CALLING BROKEN SHAKER A HOSTEL BAR THAT DOESN’T QUITE DO IT JUSTICE. But then, the same is true of the description ‘hotel bar’, which has to be the antithesis of this tropical flip- flops-and-sunglasses bohemia.
Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta are the schemers behind Broken Shaker, which now in its second year among The World’s 50 Best Bars, has fast become an industry favourite. Miami has always been a little suspect when it comes to serious drinking.
Perhaps all that sun went to bartenders’ heads, because the drinks have tended to be bright and brash. But that’s the old Miami, and leading the charge of the new generation is Broken Shaker, but not through mimicking more traditional American drinking haunts. No, this bar is an original. Just try to describe it. You almost can’t. Or at least it requires a few sentences.
Here goes. Broken Shaker is set in the Freehand Miami, a hostel complex and reinvention of the historic Indian Creek Hotel, one of Miami Beach’s clas- sic 1930s Art Deco buildings. There are single and dorm rooms, a pool, a restau- rant and gardens, and there is Broken Shaker. A bar inspired, says Zvi, by ’60s Havana meets Key West meets chintzy tropical bohemia-vintage Miami.
Broken Shaker’s menu changes every few weeks with the growing patterns of the hostel’s garden. Food, too, is locally sourced and flora led. It is tempting to say this bar is a one-off, but another opened this year in Chicago. We’ll just say there’s only one Broken Shaker in Miami.