For that friend of yours who enjoys Spanish inspired snacks and cocktails.
By: Sabrina Pimentel
Location: Miami Beach
Address: 1701 Collins Ave suite 100, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Meal type: Happy Hour, Dinner & weekend brunch
Hours: Open for dinner 5PM-11PM (Tuesday- Sunday) & brunch 11AM – 4PM (Saturday & Sunday) Closed Monday
Cuisine: Modern American Tapas
Ambiance: Casual chic
Background music: Tropical beats
What to wear: Ladies wear your favorite cocktail dress with wedges and gents wear a button-down shirt with a nicer pair of jeans.
What to expect: The Bazaar’s Merienda Hour is located outdoors near the SLS pool. Guests may sit right at the bar or at a table to enjoy the Merienda Hour menu. Seating is limited so make your way to the SLS Monday-Thursday from 6pm-8pm.
The Menu: Just like your typical happy hour menu, guests have the option to order small bites perfect for one or great for sharing if you’re going tapas style. We recommend ordering at least 5 plates to munch on with a delicious cocktail. The menu starts at $4 so you’ll find something within every budget!
What to order: Croquetas de Jamón: The croquetas game in Miami is a hard one to enter. At every corner you have another Cuban bakery selling traditional croquetas but here and there you’ll find one that stands out. The jamón croquetas are made with real Spanish ham, which makes all the difference. One bite into the crispy croqueta and your exposed to a warm gooey center of ham.
Conch Fritters: We’ve had (what we thought) the best Conch Fritters before in the Bahamas but The Bazaar is clearly making us reconsider our favorite. This dish comes with 5 plump fritters making it perfect for sharing. Most fritters have tons of batter and never enough conch. The Bazaar takes the opposite approach of lump pieces of conch in a savory sauce held together by a thin, battered shell.
Beef Sui Mai: The Beef Sui Mai are hearty bites of tender beef with makrut lime and radish. The dumplings are amazing but what makes them a must-try is the Aged Soy Sauce, which adds an earthy smoked flavor.
Media Noche Sliders “Cuba meets Paris”: A Cuban classic is reinvented with a French lens to create this dish. Served in threes, The Bazaar swapped sweet bread for a buttery croissant and the pork for roasted pork belly. Just like the classic it’s also layered with ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and a tangy mustard sauce.
Tuna Ceviche in Half Coconut Shell: If you’re looking for a refreshing plate on a hot summer day to share we recommend the ceviche. The dish is served in a beautiful coconut on a bed of crushed ice keeping your ceviche at the right temperature. Avocado obsessed? There are chunks of avo, tuna and plantain chips to dip.
Jamine’s Margarita: If we had to pick our top favorite drink from their happy hour menu we’d pick the margarita. Tequila Blanco, fresh lime and pomegranate are shaken and poured in a glass with a sal de gusano rim.
Off the menu: If you want a larger plate we suggest asking for the full dinner menu to order the Creamy Coconut Rice and Cuban Coffee Rubbed Churrasco. The rice is cooked risotto-style making it very creamy with a crunch due to the coconut shavings on top. This pairs nicely with tender slices of steak drizzled with passion fruit to balance the savory taste.
How to score a table: Walk-ins are welcome but you can also make a reservation at their website! There may be limitations to reserve a table for happy hour so go early to score a table!