In the evening, El Salón will transform into a cocktail bar where guests can try the restaurant's proprietary spirit blends."Blending spirits within the same categories was inspired from an old bartender trick of blending sweet vermouth to build the best negroni," Hudnall tells New Times
. "I had always wondered why bartenders only experimented with sweet vermouth and why we didn’t use the same practice with all spirits — for example, blending gins together for the best gin martini and tequilas with orange liqueurs for the ultimate margarita."The Roof at Esmé will be composed of a series of rooftop decks that house a bar and restaurant, a pool, cabanas, and the hotel's wellness space. During the day, guests can take a yoga class, enjoy cold-pressed juices, or lounge by the pool and sample an all-day menu of healthy and nutrient-focused bowls, salads, and sandwiches.At night, the Roof will specialize in large-format cocktails, called "Spirited Jugs," featuring house sangrias and reimagined classics like the French 75 and the paloma
"We are using traditional, small-vineyard Spanish wines and balancing them to perfection with fresh fruit, herbs, spices, vegetables to create our sangrias," Hudnall says. "We're also taking it to another level of experimenting with Spanish vermouths, sparkling wines, and sherries to use as the base of our sangrias."
A short distance down the hotel's walkway, guests will find Bar Pintxo, a modern interpretation of a Spanish pintxo bar that will offer a rotating array of snacks along with Spanish beers and wines. The bodega-style concept will pair small bites such as pulpo pinchose (octopus with smoked paprika) and gilda (anchovy, pickled pepper and olive) with Estrella Damm beer, Spanish txakoli wines, and Basque ciders served from a porrón
. The space will also feature weekly activations by local artists and musicians, as well as chef takeovers."
Our inspiration was to develop an all-day unique journey for our guests, a sensory journey," Hudnall sums up. "We asked ourselves, 'How would we want to spend a day eating and drinking at Esmé?' The idea was to have a culinary and beverage experience that was simple, yet significant."
Esmé Miami Beach. 1438 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; esmehotel.com. Opening March 2021.