Once again, the Broken Shaker has achieved a milestone distinction. The bar, located at the Freehand Miami, was named one of the World's 50 Best Bars for the second year in a row, a distinction held by some of the most famous names in the cocktail industry, including Chicago's Aviary, New York's Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, and London's Artesian. Last year, the World's 50 Best Bars called Broken Shaker "the best place in the world to drink while nearly naked."
The full lineup of winners for 2015 hasn't been released yet, but the list, produced by Drinks International, has been slowly announcing the 50 bars by tagging their social media pages with the following message:
The full list will be announced within the next few days. A gala awards ceremony will be held in London October 8. The event, hosted by cocktail historian David Wondrich and Tom Sandham, will count down the winning bars, ranked from 50 to one before an audience of 500 of the industry's best and brightest, including the Broken Shaker's founders Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi.
The seventh-annual World's 50 Best Bars list holds extra weight because each bar and lounge is voted onto the list by an academy of 400 of the leading names in the global bar industry, including Tony Abou-Ganim, Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, Dave Broom, Camper English, Francesco LaFranconi, and Alan McGillivray.
Each academy member votes for his favorite bars based on personal experiences. Though there are no formal judging parameters, voters cannot have an interest in the bars they vote for and must have visited the bar in the past two years. All votes are anonymous, and all bars — be they formal hotel lounges or kitschy tiki bars — are eligible.
Just coming off a high of a Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards win, the Broken Shaker's Elad Zvi is elated for his bar to win this distinction twice. "We are so happy and blessed to surround ourselves with such a creative, amazing team that we like to call the Shaker family," he says.
Zvi says these wins make him and his team even more driven to produce even more innovative cocktails. "The Shaker keeps pushing the envelope in the future," he says.
Zvi's partner, Gabe Orta, says the Broken Shaker's plans include making cocktails using even more hyper-local ingredients. "We're building a big garden in the courtyard where we're going to produce more ingredients for us to use," he says. "We're also launching a new cocktail menu at 27 Restaurant."
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Orta also sees more Miami bars being added to the 50 Best Bars list in the years to come. "Miami is finally getting the recognition it deserves, and more bars and restaurants are going in the same direction," he says. "The future looks bright for the 305."
With Beaker & Gray and Sweet Liberty getting set to open, indeed, this is a great time to be a lover of a good cocktail in Miami.