The Nancy was a Revolutionary War supply ship said to be the first U.S. vessel to hoist its flag in a foreign port. Today, its hull rests somewhere at the bottom of Delaware Bay. Yet a group of Miami bartenders has salvaged and raised her in the form of a laid-back drinking hole in the heart of Little Havana called Bar Nancy.
"The bar was developed on a story, an idea, and everything else developed around that," founder Derek
"Everyone here gave their time, gave their sweat, and has a piece of the pie,"
At Nancy, the back bar is built to mimic a ship's stern, painted aquamarine and adorned with a wispy N. A Betsy Ross American flag hangs on the far end of the room littered with metal and dark-wood tables and chairs. Paintings of octopi, Greek gods and goddesses, and sea life are strewn across the walls.
Meanwhile, the cocktail menu follows the bar's namesake's life. The first section tells the story of the ship's construction in Delaware with American spirits-focused drinks like the Moonraker ($13) with American Born moonshine, Batavia Arak, barley reduction, sesame oil, and a purple corn foam; and Ben's Milk Punch ($13). The latter comes in a corked glass flask and with rum, mallow root, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and lemon conjures up a pumpkin-pie flavor.
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In the next section, the drinks take a turn toward tiki to commemorate when the Nancy raised her flag in St. Thomas at the end of the Revolutionary War. The
The curtain call is a five-pack of biting, assertive drinks to commemorate
Despite the heavy story, Bar Nancy is light on kitsch. "It's a fine line,"
2007 SW Eighth St., 305-397-8971; nancy305.com. Sunday through Wednesday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Thursday and Friday 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., Saturday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.