On a recent Friday evening, North Beach locals gathered inside Bob's to cool off. The crowd lined the no-frills wooden bar supping down frosty local brews and stiff cocktails crafted of bitters and bourbon. Danielle Savin, co-owner, can be found bar-side mingling with the locals and sharing beers. The crowd is unconventional, a unique hodgepodge of mustached scenesters and venerable 70-somethings. But that's Bob's.
Savin, a freshly sun-kissed New Yorker with coiled locks and an affable grin, always dreamed of being her own boss. But it wasn't until longtime friend and now business partner Megan Giometti — owner of the Gibson, a kitschy whiskey bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn — inspired her to take the plunge that Savin became a full-time bar owner.
Despite humble beginnings, Bob's Manhattan is now a burgeoning success in the Upper West Side, but leave it to Miami to make a lasting impression. After spending the weekend in North Beach with a friend, Steve Scott, Savin and Giometti experienced firsthand the area's need for a low-key dive bar.
"I just wish there was a Bob's here," Scott said when the pair asked where they should all have a drink. And with that, Bob's Miami was born.
"The character of North Beach seemed to be the perfect fit," Savin says. "We wanted to introduce Miami Beach to a simple gathering spot for everyone to enjoy themselves.” And that's exactly what Bob's offers: stiff drinks and a come-as-you-are attitude.
Patrons can enjoy a menu of reasonably priced libations including several riffs on the traditional Moscow mule. A good example is Smoke the Mule ($10), made with Due & Dame whiskey, pineapple juice, smoke, and salt bitters.
Another highlight is the Miami Manhattan, a spirit-forward tipple concocted with Thomas Tew rum, Rough Ryder rye, vermouth, and Aperitvo Cappelletti, an Italian red bitter ($11). Brews from MIA Brewery and Funky Buddha coupled with other local favorites rotate regularly.
Happy hour, served daily from 3 to 7 p.m., includes well drinks, house red and white wines, and a beer and a shot for $6. Specialty events like Detox to Retox, a monthly yoga class paired with booze, can be found on the bar's calendar ($20). In addition, guests can enjoy summer dancing at Bob's '70s-themed disco parties or Salsa Saturdays, which are free and open to all guests.
Bob’s Your Uncle. 928 71st St., Miami Beach; 786-542-5366; bobsyouruncle.rocks. Daily 3 p.m. to 3 a.m.