Once upon a time, there was a jet pilot named Sam. One day, while Sam was exploring the Pacific Islands to the tunes of Harry Belafonte wafting through the speakers, he flew into a thick cloud of smoke. Sam was too busy chair-dancing to "Jump in the Line" to notice he had crashed into an erupting volcano. He survived and salvaged a bottle of rum from the wreckage. Sam became a legend on that island, and his story lives on in the tiki cocktail Jet Pilot.
That tale is the genesis of Jet Pilot, a new late-night pop-up tiki bar at the Kimpton Angler's Hotel. Every Friday evening beginning August 16, tiki torches on the Sixth Street side of the South Beach hotel will light the way to a world of exotic food and drinks. The outdoor space will be transformed into a tiki paradise with bamboo umbrellas, torches, flamingos, and more.
Jet Pilot will be open through Thanksgiving, when the Christmas-meets-tiki pop-up Sippin' Santa takes its place.
Minnow Bar's Chris Resnick and his team have created this luau-themed cocktail experience, including the story of the pilot who somehow survived a volcano. “We wanted to pay homage to the classic Jet Pilot cocktail and the tiki movement while creating a fun and unique experience," Resnick says.
Executive chef Julian Garriga of the upcoming Seawell Fish 'n' Oyster will offer a themed small-bites menu that includes Spam loco moco, served with fried rice, foie gras, brisket, egg, and XO sauce; a suckling pig sandwich with smoked pineapple relish on a Hawaiian bun; and Hawaiian fried chicken. Bites will be priced between $11 and $16. Seawell, also at the Angler's, is slated to open this fall.
The introduction of Jet Pilot comes on the heels of the announcement of Esotico, a tiki-themed bar in Miami's Arts & Entertainment District. Looks like the Magic City has finally embraced tiki culture.
Jet Pilot at Kimpton Angler's Hotel. 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-9600; anglershotelmiami.com. Friday 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.