Miami's Best Bartenders and Where to Locate Them

Miami's Best Bartenders and Where to Locate Them

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Bartenders, like chefs, have many different levels of expertise. Their thirst for knowledge about spirits is rivaled only by their passion to make the most delicious cocktail.

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    John Lermayer has made a worldwide name for himself for his energy, his knowledge, and, most of all, his cocktails. His pedigree is long; he's created beverage programs for some of the best bars in America.
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    You could say Virginia King is queen of bourbon, but you'd be only half right. The talented bartender is the ruler of all spirits that dare to come before her -- including the best damn Manhattan.
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    Ashley Danella does just that as the Pubbelly Restaurant Group's bar chef. That name alone should tell you volumes about the task at hand. Every cocktail is meant to pair perfectly with your meal while still holding its own at the bar.
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    Rob Ferrara, head mixologist at Lure Fishbar, is a busy man. From creating an entire line of nautical-themed cocktails to organizing charity events to spreading the gospel of gin, he's a major force on the Miami cocktail scene.
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    Philip Khandehrish takes the concept of elegance in a glass to an entirely different level, working with rose petals and rare spirits, infusing fruit with spice. The resulting cocktails are delicious, balanced, and lovely to both admire and drink.
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    Chad Phillips - Don't forget to ask Chad about the story behind the drinks, because each cocktail is fashioned after a person or moment in his life -- proving that all great drinks start with a story -- and all great stories start with a drink.
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    Isaac Grillo was crowned Miami's Ultimate Bartender at Magic City Casino after beating out seven other master mixologists and winning bragging rights and a $5,000. Haven was also named Best Gastropub in 2012 by Miami New Times.
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    A Miami native, Ben Potts has an MBA from the University of Miami and could probably be a CFO at some Fortune 500 company if he wanted. But what he wants to do is make beautiful cocktails.
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