The Bonnie and Clyde ($16) mashes Hendrick's Gin with blood orange liqueur and Cocchi Americano — an aperitif wine from Asti, Italy. The drink washes down as smoothly as syrup. "We were the first in Miami to barrel-age drinks in these quantities," Goodspeed says.

The Cypress Room wasn't only the first. Today, it boasts the most ambitious restaurant cocktail program in town.

The Regent Cocktail Club. The Gale Hotel, 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0199; Daily 7 p.m. to close. Collins Avenue pulses to the beat of David Guetta, but at the Regent Cocktail Club, you'll hear only John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald. Located inside the Gale Hotel, this old-fangled bar looks like a 1920s saloon, the kind you've seen in black-and-white photographs.

Here, cocktails ($14) change daily. Barmen — dressed in starched shirts, bow ties, and sharp vests — proffer drinks such as negronis, daiquiris, and Manhattans. Try the Japanese cocktail — a mix of cognac, bitters, and an almond-scented orgeat syrup.

The Regent boasts veteran mixologists including Vieira and Julio Cabrera, whom Bombay Sapphire recently named "Most Imaginative Bartender" in the nation. "Our focus is technical and all about the details," Cabrera explains.

It's also about image. In Miami, no other place fulfills such nostalgia for times past. Which is why it's so nice to sit at the bar, put down your phone, and just drink a smile.

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