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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
100 Collins Avenue
phone: (305) 531-6061
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
For those in my native Milwaukee, a little analogy: The Room is to Abbey Brewing Company as the Palm Tavern is to Romans Pub. In the beer wasteland that is Miami Beach, both places provide a refuge. The Room is extremely dark, with a loungey feel seemingly leftover from the 50's or 60's. The beer menu is more than credible, heavy on the Belgians, lacking in U.S. micros. All very good, and yet nothing that truly stands out. Beer culture isn't great, but it isn't bad. I feel that somehow The Room was less than the sum of its parts -- on paper, I should have liked it more, and yet while it lacked something intabgible, it was still a good place. I'd go back, but only after a nice long visit to the Abbey Brewing Company.
02-27-2008 03:57:01 |
More by Flyer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
The Room offers a lot of beers, mostly in bottles, and seems to focus on imported beers and has a quasi-sophisticated atmosphere to match. This is better-beer Miami Beach-style, meaning that image is very important, even more so than substance. However, unlike many places in South Beach, The Room offers some substance to go along with the cool-sophisticated image it offers.
The room is a small bar that has a very lounge-y feel to it. Limited seating and darkness (candles, the bar iPod, and a small TV were the only illumination) make it not very cozy nor inviting.
Beer list is strong, but far more import-focused than US craft focused with a lot of emphasis on Belgian beers. I had a Val Dieu Triple and Des Rocs Tripel. Glassware was appropriate. A lot of interesting beers, and no garbage.
We had an attractive young female bartender who didn't seem particularly concerned with beer connoisseurship, but she was fairly attentive and seemed to know the bar inventory well (she knew they were out of Sam Smith Imp Stout without going to the fridge...although she should've erased it from the board).
Flyer and I discussed how a beer list doesn't make a beer place. And despite the selection, The Room doesn't feel very "beer-y."
I liked The Room, although I found Abbey Brewing more to my tastes. Still, it is a bright spot of beer selection in Miami Beach and I'd recommend it.
02-26-2008 16:23:30 |
More by BeerBelcher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
a real new york vibe in this place, cool post-modern architecture. Poured slab concrete everywhere. Clean and minimal. When I first got in there is was super quiet, but within a few hours filled up quite a bit and by the time I left it was totally packed.
They have quite possibly the best selection of bottles in South Beach (the best selection on tap would have to go to The Abbey) things are decently price about what I would expect to pay. The service was great and as noted on here the bartenders really know what they are doing, always using the proper glass wear something that not even the exhalted brooklyn bars always do right.
The room is definately worth checking out but I would make it the second stop after the Abbey.
12-08-2007 00:39:11 |
More by DaggerEyes
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Atmosphere was unique; intimate, classy, but not over the top. Gets crowded as the night wears on, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if you're a real connaisseur you might end up a bit annoyed by the sometimes unknowledgeable South Beach crowd. That said, service was great and extremely knowledgeable about all the beers offered. Nothing more could be expected. The quality of the beers is top notch, most of the big hitters from Belgium, many from Germany, otherwise not a huge selection if you're looking for 100+ beer menu, but all the brews offered are going to be solid to fantastic. I put the value at reasonable because while the beers are pricey in the grand scheme, I've never seen better prices (or generally even equivalent prices) for these beers in NY/DC, where I'm more familiar with the bars. Had mixed results with the attempt to order delivery food, but there are many menus there, so I left the food rating at n/a; maybe I just got unlucky. All in all, a fabulous place for good brews.
09-17-2007 15:29:09 |
More by fredandboboflo
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Atmosphere - Excellent....simple, minimalist decor that looks quite shabby in daylight, but really transforms itself come nightfall. It is, as its name implies, a room. Formidable bar on the right, a row of seating on the left, and a couple window tables. I like this kind of atmosphere - while it isn't your standard "dive-y" beer vibe, it is pretty cool, as if you've stumbled into a nice little candlelit place that no one knows about. Music by iPod, and the playlists here are easily the best in town, featuring eclectic alternative music, like listening to a *good* college radio station. Be aware, this place "opens," and I use the term loosely, at 7:30PM.
Quality is great - there's no crap on offer here.
The service couldn't be too much better. The young women at the bar know how to pour a proper beer, and they do so with great attention and care, always into appropriate glassware. While they are not beer geeks themselves, they do have to try any and all beers they get in, so they will render an opinion if asked.
Selection - while there are only about 6-7 beers on tap, there's a chalkboard noting quite a few bottles from around the world on offer. You'll find something to drink, with an overview of crafts from around the world. The general complaint you hear from the local beer cognoscenti is that there isn't enough focus on American craft beers. I'll agree partially, they could stand to stock a few more American bottles. Considering their very limited tap space, though, I'd say the tap selection is fine. I think the purpose here is to provide something of a worldwide overview of quality beer, which is a purpose that I feel is aptly met.
The Room serves no food, though they are more than happy to offer you a few menus of nearby restaurants that will deliver, or go for a walk and get the food yourself. Bring it back and and enjoy your meal with a great beer. You won't find quality beer in most of the area restaurants. Order up some eats from the Big Pink a block away and go to town.
Value isn't too bad. You're paying for the atmosphere and the privilege to drink world-class beer in South Beach. Personally, I prefer this place to the Abbey, as the ventilation seems slightly better here. I just don't want cigarette smoke with my beer. Also enjoy the dark, classy New York hole in the wall vibe. Open ridiculously late, if you are so inclined. I can't imagine wanting to head out for a beer at 3:30AM, but if you want to, you can, as this bar is open until 5AM.
Don't be intimidated by the sometimes-artsy, "fashionable" hipster-ish aspect of the crowd here. This is a beer bar through and through. I run into beer people here all the time, and frequently have good conversation. From the outside, it doesn't necessarily look like the friendliest bar in the world, but don't knock it until you try it. Great beer, great music, (often) cool people, I can't ask for too much more.
09-14-2007 02:08:41 |
More by Patrick999
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I came here by default after the woman I was with forgot her ID and we couldn't get served at The Abbey. Not a bad fallback option at all. In fact, this is an awesome beer bar. It's tiny (The Room is just that a single room) and the whole place is raw gray cement, top to bottom. There's also a bit of smoking to contend with though good air filtration keeps this under relative control.
But the beer selection is formidable. They only feature about eight taps and no cask ales. But bottled choices generously represent every established part of the brewing world and beers are served skillfully in appropriate glassware. Hefeweizens come in tall weizen glasses, abbey ales in goblets, and Kwak in that funny hourglass thing with the wooden holder. I visited on a Sunday and the place was comfortably full. I attribute this to the Miami Beach lifestyle, which from my brief visit looked perpetually festive. The Room may actually be too popular during peak hours from what I've heard.
No food is served here though they maintain a menu of menus from local restaurants that deliver, so you can eat in if you wish. Service was knowledgeable, professional, and arrived with a sincere smile. Only beer and wine are served no liquor and they're open 'till 5AM! Lighting is moody and intimate, prices are a bit steep.
A very classy place to enjoy a wide array of beers.
09-27-2006 00:42:43 |
More by RedDiamond
The Room in Miami Beach, FL