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Mezcalista

The first resort-style property for Marriott's Moxy brand, the eight-story Moxy Miami South Beach evokes mid-century Havana with a touch of contemporary Mexico City and a tropical vibrancy that is unmistakably Miami. Among the hotel's many drinking and dining options, Mezcalista stands out. The sexy lounge is hidden at the back of the Como seafood restaurant, beyond an arched doorway that leads to a seductively lit lounge with banquettes upholstered in leather and velvet. The catacomblike space is dedicated to the ancient traditions of mezcal. Copper shelves hold dozens of rare and small-batch bottles, available for tasting or as the highlight for a small list of rotating cocktails. Behind the stone-topped bar, mezcaliers are on hand to engage with guests and explain the varied floral and smoky notes. Adjacent to the lounge, a velvet-draped, stone-walled tasting room provides an intimate setting for private parties. For guests, it makes for a sultry escape to Mexico — minus the need for a passport.

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