Club Beats and Dance Loops
The new year brings new music, new faces and new experiences to the Living Room.
“We’ve pulled back the curtain that separated the Living Room and Los Fuegos restaurant so everyone can better experience the beauty of the space and enjoy the energy of live entertainment,” explains Richard Filippi, Faena’s VIP Nightlife Director. The highly curated music roster includes a lineup of Grammy-nominated artists that blow guests away on a nightly basis.
“It’s not common to see such talented musicians perform in a room as intimate as this,”
says Live Entertainment Director Alejandro Lista, who recently added two bands and two DJs to cater to both lounge and dinner crowds from Thursday through Saturday nights. All-star bands like American Gipsy, Mi Dulce Son and crooner Louis Amanti, as well as high-profile local DJs including DJ Diego Ciaramella play a range of music that spans from funk, pop and R&B to jazz and swing.
Showstopping performances are complemented by signature cocktails like Garden Party and Smoke & Sparks and a menu of gourmet bites featuring truffle sliders, quinoa fried rice and tuna tartare. The Living Room’s one-and-only Chez-Monique Johnson curates the crowd. “I create an environment where people can leave their problems at the door and have a great time,” she says.
“I don’t need to know who you are; you just need to come to me with the type of positive energy that will add to the atmosphere.”
Tipple a new-age twist on the classic Clover Club cocktail at Faena Hotel’s open-air tropical Sunbar.
The drink’s storied history dates to the 1880s where a high-powered sodality would convene at the oak-paneled Clover Club at Philadelphia’s Bellevue-Stratford Hotel to socialize and sip its eponymous signature cocktail.By the early 20th century, its original incarnation featuring raspberry syrup, gin, lemon juice, and egg white, had migrated to New York City finding its way onto menus at the Waldorf-Astoria and The Plaza Hotel. Around this time, the Clover Club’s cousin, The Pink Lady, arrived on the scene. Adding a dose of applejack to the mixture, the libation was a hit among the genteel ladies of the era.
Faena bartender Carlos Ramos presents his own take on the classic Clover Club recipe with a dash of Blue Curaçao, changing its hue from pink to blue. “I wanted to pay homage to the vintage ‘57 Chevys that swarmed the casinos and horse races during Miami’s Golden Era.”
With a tart taste and silky body, the libation is a perfect complement to a beachy afternoon with the sun on your shoulders. Farm-fresh eggs create a frothy head, gin gives it a solid body, and muddled fruit provides
“There’s good reason this cocktail has survived more than a century,” says Ramos.