Where To Get A G&T And Give Back In Miami
21 spots to get a Botanist & Tonic and support the Independent Restaurant Coalition.
This content is produced by The Infatuation in partnership with The Botanist.
There’s a gin and tonic, and then there is a Botanist and tonic. To celebrate the hopeful spring season and support local bars and restaurants as they rebuild for the future, The Botanist is donating $5 to the Independent Restaurant Coalition for every Botanist & Tonic sold during April and May, up to a total donation of $25,000. Kicking off on National Gin & Tonic Day on April 9, here are some participating locations to find a Botanist & Tonic in Miami.
Housed in the Rubell Museum in Allapatah, Leku is a bright Spanish restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. They offer an all-day lunch and dinner menu and a Magic Garden menu that includes a full wine, spirits and cocktail list. Get a Botanist & Tonic with cucumber & sage to match the green and white interior.
Osaka Cocina Nikkei
Osaka in Brickell serves Peruvian and Japanese cuisine. The open kitchen and simple and clean wood furniture make this a great happy hour location to sit at the bar and enjoy a Botanist & Tonic with lime and jalapeño, plus some ceviche and a salmon roll.
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Lightkeepers is a good place to enjoy a weekend brunch and beachfront views. It’s located inside the Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne and serves dishes like oysters and crab cakes that can be enjoyed inside or poolside. Order from the full menu or drop in for their bar bites. Their full bar offers a variety of cocktails and, of course, you can order a Botanist & Tonic.
Make a reservation to enjoy a fine dining experience and coastal Italian food at Portosole in Coral Gables. The restaurant presents a diverse five-course menu written that includes everything from octopus to veal ravioli, mashed potatoes, and the catch of the day. Sit outside for a more casual experience for lunch and enjoy a glass of Italian wine or a gin and tonic.
Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery in South Beach harkens back to the 1920’s. This cozy, dimly-lit speakeasy seats 24 at the bar and another 30 in the lounge. They put a creative twist on their large assortment of classic and contemporary cocktails, so don’t be surprised if your Botanist & Tonic has a swizzle stick inside. The bar is open every day from 7pm until midnight, with Happy Hour ending at 9pm daily.
Cafe La Trova
If you like Latin music and traditional Cuban dishes, head over to Cafe La Trova on Calle Ocho. They have dine-in and takeout service for Cuban favorites like arroz con pollo and croquetas. They are open seven days a week, with live music nightly, Wednesday-Sunday. Order their Botanist & Tonic with Fiero aperitif, lime juice, and grapefruit bitters at the bar or at a table inside or from the outside patio.
Casa Jauncho in Little Havana is a charming, rustic restaurant that serves a variety of traditional Spanish dishes. This place has a great wine list, but they also have a very comprehensive cocktail menu, so you can order a variety of your favorite spirits, including The Botanist Islay Dry Gin. Eat in or order online for pick-up.
photo credit: Karli Evans
The Bazaar by José Andrés
The Bazaar by Chef José Andrés is a South Beach restaurant that presents a Spanish menu with Asian, Latin, and Caribbean influences. Reserve a table in one of their lounge spaces for indoor or outdoor dining. Attire is casual elegance, cocktails are classic and contemporary, and Happy Hour starts poolside at their Bar Centro at 6pm.
If you’re looking for a serious cocktail and a party, you can find it at Blackbird Ordinary. Drink and dance with your friends until midnight at this popular bar at Brickell City Centre where you can order a speciality drink named after a bird of your choice. You can also order a Botanist & Tonic and hang out on the large outdoor patio. Happy Hour starts at 5pm.
Beaker & Gray
Beaker and Gray in Wynwood offers a Latin-inspired American brunch and dinner menu. It has a sprawling dining area that is a mix of industrial and rustic with concrete floors and an exposed wood ceiling which makes it a good option for casual dining with a group from Wednesday to Sunday. Reservations for a four-course cocktail pairing in the evening are available, but their regular cocktail menu has a variety of options. We recommend trying the G & Tea with The Botanist, earl grey syrup, lemon, tonic, and bitters. Happy Hour is from 5-7pm.
1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop & Lounge Bar
There are four different places you can drink at the 1 Hotel in South Beach. Drift in the lobby is a good option for after work. Habitat is a nice choice for families - adults can order from the bar and enjoy an Herbal G&T with The Botanist, tonic, juniper berries, basil, cucumber, and lemon zest. Wave is their outdoor seafood restaurant, and Watr is their reservation-only rooftop restaurant with Peruvian-influenced Japanese cuisine that offers an impressive 360-degree view of the beach.
Located in the Miami River area, Casa Florida is an eclectic restaurant with several areas for diners to enjoy food and craft cocktails. They have an American-style dinner menu with vegetarian and seafood options on Thursday and Friday, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. You have a choice of four different spaces: the house for indoor dining, the playground for their cocktail lounge, the deck for outdoor patio dining, and the lawn for gathering in large groups or dancing. All are good places for their Pink G&T with The Botanist, tonic, and Angostura bitters.
Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar + Kitchen
Spanglish Craft Cocktail + Kitchen is a Latin and Asian fusion restaurant and bar in Wynwood that offers a variety of creative cocktails, classic drinks like a Botanist & Tonic, and small plates in a modern art deco setting. They’re open for in-person dining Thursday through Sunday.
photo credit: Adam DelGuidice
Mama Tried is a cozy and affordable neighborhood bar in Downtown Miami. You can go alone to have a quiet Botanist & Tonic at the bar after work, or get rowdy with friends after hours. It’s open from 3pm-5am, Monday-Friday, and from 5pm-5am on Saturday and Sunday. Happy Hour is from 3-6pm daily.
Chela’s Beer Garden
At Chela’s Beer Garden in Miami Lakes, you can eat outside with family or friends at one of the picnic tables under an umbrella or in an enclosed outdoor patio. They offer a Mexican-inspired menu, beer, and craft cocktails from 4pm to midnight Thursday-Saturday, but close at 11pm on Sunday. Takeout is also available.
This Italian spot in Coral Gables draws influence from all over the boot-shaped country - from Sardinian seafood dishes and Mediterranean salads, to Tuscan-inspired entrees.
The Ben is a luxury boutique hotel located in West Palm Beach that offers two dining and cocktail options. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, guests can check out the gastropub, Proper Grit, or enjoy a rooftop experience at Spruzzo’s, an Italian-inpired lounge with a full cocktail menu. Both restaurants are open until 10PM. Try their Pink G&T with The Botanist, tonic, and Angostura bitters.
Kayak Miami Beach
Kayak is a modern art deco boutique hotel on Miami Beach and home to Layla - a Mediterranean restaurant with the option of rooftop dining. The hotel also has its own cocktail bar. Try the Apple of my Eye with The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, apple cordial, amaro, strega, absinthe, tonic, and orange zest.
At Graziano’s expect grilled steaks, comfort, and generous portions. This Argentinian spot has four locations throughout the city, and are serving a Botanist & Tonic with lime.
Il Gabbiano’s waterfront terrace on Biscayne is the perfect backdrop for a romantic meal. They offer a fine dining experience with Northern Italian cuisine like linguine alle vongole and crowd-pleasing classics like veal Milanese.
Hutong Miami offers an upscale Chinese food experience under a sky-high ceiling and shape-shifting video wall.