The second of two eateries and bars by The Cocktail Cartel and chef Giorgio Rapicavoli has officially debuted in Wynwood. Housed next door to their other new outpost, Grails Sports Bar, Spanglish Craft Cocktail + Kitchen (2808 North Miami Avenue) is inspired by the different Hispanic backgrounds of the owners.
Named after Miami’s “unofficial” langue of Spanglish, a hybrid of English and Spanish often heard in the Magic City, the chic bar celebrates the city’s multi-cultural background and is a reflection of the food the team grew up eating, the music they listened to, and how they celebrated holidays and birthdays.
The bar-friendly menu created by Rapicavoli shows off his signature creativity with items like croqueta ‘buns’ made with Jupiña hoisin, cucumber, sesame and served in a bahn mi; churrasco tiradito with salsa anticucho; timba frita made with crispy queso blanco, guava, and Spanglish sauce; and ‘arroz con pollo’ made with creamy rice, peas, crispy chicken, and sofrito.
The cocktails are as creative as they are Instagram-worthy. Think drinks like the cafecito Old Fashioned that is served in a cafetera, or the Spanglish and Chill, a tequila-based cocktail with strawberry infused sweet vermouth, tangerine, lemon, and pink peppercorn, served in a “popcorn bag” topped with caramel popcorn and chicharrón dust.
The space’s interiors are inspired by the Art Deco era architecture of NYC, Miami, Havana, San Juan, Mexico City, and Buenos Aires, boasting a mix of tropical decor with forest green seating and gold lighting fixtures throughout. Artist Tatiana Suarez (aka Tatunga) was tapped to create an interpretation of an Art Deco era woman holding a Cuban parrot, which serves as the focal point of the space, while Brazilian artist Tiago Magro pulled in a street element by combining prohibition era posters with graffiti that cover the walls and ceilings.
Spanglish Craft Cocktail + Kitchen is now open Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m. Visit here for more information and reservations.