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Mama Tried

207 NE First St.
Miami, FL 33132
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Photo by Karli Evans

Mama Tried is an homage to the 1970s, an era when carpeting and red velvet were considered the height of chic. This is a drinker's bar, and it's designed as such. The windows are heavily tinted. Spherical copper lamps hang above a wooden U-shaped bar flanked by green banquettes, and the only other piece of furniture in the room is a pool table. The daily happy hour at this downtown spot includes $7 classics such as a rum-based Dark and Stormy, a French 75, and a traditional three-ingredient (rum, lime, simple syrup) daiquiri. The regular cocktail list, offered alongside a curt selection of craft beers and wines, includes nearly a dozen heavily Miami-inspired drinks for $11 or $12 and deftly blends the city's saccharine kitsch with the serious sophistication one expects at a capital C capital B Cocktail Bar.

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