Oak Tavern — Uniquely Constructed Cocktails With Historical Roots

In this episode of Across the Bar, brought to you by the Foodable Network, we bring you to Oak Tavern in Miami. Host Paul Barron speaks with the kick-ass bartender, Megan Bardoe about how some of the cocktail creations were inspired by history, including their take on a mescal old fashioned, the Kumbaya made with zignum mescal reposado and a flamed orange peel as a garnish. Watch the full episode to hear the back story behind the Black Gold, a uniquely constructed cocktail and the October 2014 winner of the NYC Barenjager National Cocktail Competition.

Mixology as an Art at Oak Tavern

Who says that pubs can’t be modern? Especially, nowadays with the influx of upscale and elevated bar concepts that are still approachable and not stuffy. Restaurants across the nation are adopting this design. They are creating spaces that are relaxed and comfortable, yet are still modern and chic. And even though the environment appears to be more relaxed, the menu is still sophisticated. It is certainly not easy to find that balance.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink is not the only restaurant and bar that is in Miami’s design district that is receiving praise from diners, especially from locals.The nearby sleek restaurant and bar, Oak Tavern, that serves new American cuisine has also been well-received . The space offers an industrial ambiance with warm wood tones, yet it is contemporary. This classy tavern offers a menu of small plates, such as the Octopus A La Plancha paired with a smoked potato salad and the Rabbit Sausage with gnocchi, truffle, and tallegio. Some of the large plates include the Whole Wood Grilled Bronzino with toasted farro & provençal vegetables in pistou sauce and the Mushroom Crusted NY Strip Steak with truffle butter, smashed creamers, and grilled leek.

Mixology as an Art at Oak Tavern

What are consumers looking for now when it comes to their bar experiences? Do they want a variety of beverages to choose from? A swanky atmosphere? Some small plates to pair their drinks with? Most likely, it is all of the above. If a consumer wanted a good beer- they would go to a liquor store and pick up their to-go favorite brew or find something new. Consumers go to a bar for the experience, the atmosphere, the expertise from a bartender, the food offerings and to be waited on.

And who says that pubs can’t be modern? Especially, nowadays with the influx of upscale and elevated bar concepts that are still approachable and not stuffy. Restaurants across the nation are adopting this design. They are creating spaces that are relaxed and comfortable, yet are still modern and chic. And even though the environment appears to be more relaxed, the menu is still sophisticated. It is certainly not easy to find that balance.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink is not the only restaurant and bar that is in Miami’s design district that is receiving praise from diners, especially from locals.The nearby sleek restaurant and bar, Oak Tavern, that serves new American cuisine has also been well-received . The space offers an industrial ambiance with warm wood tones, yet it is contemporary. This classy tavern offers a menu of small plates, such as the Octopus A La Plancha paired with a smoked potato salad and the Rabbit Sausage with gnocchi, truffle, and tallegio. Some of the large plates include the Whole Wood Grilled Bronzino with toasted farro & provençal vegetables in pistou sauce and the Mushroom Crusted NY Strip Steak with truffle butter, smashed creamers, and grilled leek.

This sophisticated menu has an extensive bar menu to match featuring cocktails, such as the Death Door Bramble with Death’s Door Vodka or Gin, lemon juice, muddled black and blueberries, and St. Germaine and the Tavern Paloma with Omeca Altis Tequila, rosemary infused honey, fresh grapefruit, and aperol. The bar program also features bottled beers and draught brews, including selections from the local Wynwood Brewery. For the wine connoisseur, there is plenty to pick from with a large list of red and wine wines.

Oak Tavern stays true to the creative scenery of Miami's design district with dishes and cocktails which are artistically created. “I always start with the spirit, that goes back to me being an art historian, to a music lover, and a book lover,” said Megan Bardoe, a kick-ass bartender at Oak Tavern. Cocktails are so much more than a beverage, they can be an inventive masterpiece.