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.
Tips from foursquare
Take your drinks to the balcony and you have your own private bar
Amazing place! Drinks are good and the balcony has a good view
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Before Hurricane Wilma blew out all the windows of the Conrad Hotel's 25th-floor lobby/restaurant, the space consisted of intimate... More on The Bar at Level 25 »