South Beach sippers will be hard-pressed to find a better plan this Friday night than the grand opening of THE BLACKSMITH, a pop-up drinkery making a new home within the woody confines of The Well at 444 Arthur Godfrey Road. The ski lodge inspired watering hole (adjoining the legendary Forge Restaurant) hosts nightly happy hours and features bar bites by Forge Chef Dewey LoSasso, except on Fridays when the entire joint jumps to an impressive roster of local musicians and the culinary musings of OLA Chef Horacio Rivadero.
Bar bites are served on small plates making it easy to sample and share. Chef Rivadero, who also crafts delicious dishes at South Beach’s The Dining Room, will feature a trio of sliders filled with tender sliced pork lechon, grilled beef and duck breast. Creating a riff on the Cuban classic, the Blacksmith menu includes Pan con Bistec Skewers, sliced steak paired with a crisp crouton as well as a bright and citrusy shrimp ceviche marinated with fresh Florida grapefruit. A DIY whiskey bottle service cart is available with a unique variety of gourmet mixers to help you craft your own potent cocktails or stick with house signature sips designed by Soho Beach House mixmaster Chris Hudnall.
Celebrating the first of many memorable Friday nights will be Miami guitarist Buffalo Brown who makes ambient, psychedelic music in the band Cog Nomen. Stop in around 9pm to enjoy free drinks and bites and check out the cozy cabin-like interior of this Mid-Beach speakeasy.
The Blacksmith pops up Fridays at 444 41 Street on Miami Beach. Hear more from this Friday’s guest artists at http://soundcloud.com/cog-nomen