The Bar at Level 25
Miami, FL 33131
Miami New Times' Description
After an extensive and expensive renovation, the Conrad Hotel's picture-windowed 25th-floor central atrium has reopened as The Bar at Level 25. And despite the space's elegance, it is now an inviting, locals-friendly neighborhood bar, as its policy of free valet parking (with stamped ticket) attests. It's also far more than a watering hole, serving three squares daily. Best times to sample the more informal fare offered by chef Michael Gilligan, of the hotel's fine-dining spot Atrio, are Sunday brunch -- an elaborate all-you-can-eat-and-drink prix fixe spread -- and evenings, when the menu encompasses raw bar selections plus pintxos, Basque for tapas. But the food's scope spreads beyond Spain, with Asian- and Latin-inspired selections such as codfish esqueixada (a refreshing bacalao salad), rich duck confit cazuelita, sinfully satisfying foie gras and goat cheese empanadas, a trio of raw fish and meat tartares, tempura-battered soft-shell crab with spicy chipotle aioli, and other delectable dishes. The lounge offers weekday happy-hour specials with a wide selection of drinks between $5 and $8. But most of the prices are as high-end as the décor.
Last night some reckless gentlemen by the names of Johnny Walker, Jim Beam, and Jack Daniel took a crowbar to your liver and beat the bejesus out of your gastrointestinal tract. Or at least that's how you feel this morning. Like a steaming pile of turd smacked you in the face. Like a small, filthy animal curled up and died in your mouth. Like a freight train ... Okay, okay, we'll... More >>
Last night some reckless gentlemen by the names of Johnny Walker, Jim Beam, and Jack Daniel took a crowbar to your liver and beat the bejesus out of your gastrointestinal tract. Or at least that's how you feel this morning. Like a steaming pile of turd smacked you in the face. Like a small, filthy animal curled up and died in your mouth. Like a freight train ... Okay, okay, we'll stop teasing and tell you what you need to do to get over your stankin' hangover. Get out of bed, take a warm shower, get dressed, and head to the Conrad Miami. It's Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and you can feast, be pampered, and rejuvenate your weary, alcohol-poisoned internal organs. Fifty-five dollars brings you everything you need. Waffles? Check. Sushi? Hell yeah. Spectacular salads with all the toppings you could want? Oh yeah. Omelets and a carving station? Double-check. Besides the typical brunch fixings, there's also a hangover corner. Stock up on fresh fruit so delicious you expect it to be dangling from tree branches, fill your plate with a selection of cured meats and cheeses liberally studded with nuts and berries, and expect to make repeat visits to the dessert station. After that, hit up the balcony for a gander at the gorgeous 25-story-high view. End with Cuban coffee and biscotti, or hot tea served with lemon and a jar of honey for your raw throat. Ah, sweet relief.
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