The dining room at Jim and Neesie.
The dining room at Jim and Neesie.

Generator Miami Debuts Two Food and Beverage Concepts by Gui Jaroschy

Two new food and beverage concepts recently opened at Generator, a European chain of upscale hostels that made its U.S. debut in Mid-Beach last month. Spearheading the food and beverage operations is Gui Jaroschy, a Broken Shaker veteran who took his talents to Generator to launch two concepts: Driftway poolside bar and lobby bar and restaurant Jim and Neesie.

Right in step with the hostel’s chill ambiance, Jim and Neesie is welcoming and laid-back with a refined sensibility. Dim lighting, brick walls, dangling lanterns made out of textured wine bottles, and homey accents like family portraits and indoor plants lend the place a cozy feel. “We wanted to channel a cool European couple that likes to host dinner parties in their living room,” Jaroschy says.

The drink list features an interesting concept: tableside cocktails. The libations are prepared, pre-stirred, bottled, and refrigerated at 28 degrees Fahrenheit. The bartender pours the drinks at your table, presenting them with a garnish and a large ice cube to keep them chilled to the last drop.

The Negroni Supreme, made with raspberry- and pistachio-infused gin, red bell pepper Campari, and Cocchi di Torino.
The Negroni Supreme, made with raspberry- and pistachio-infused gin, red bell pepper Campari, and Cocchi di Torino.
Photo by Michelle Muslera

The Negroni Supreme ($12), made with raspberry- and pistachio-infused gin, red bell pepper Campari, and vermouth, is a spicier version of the classic Italian drink. It's finished at your table with a spritz of lavender mist.

Brushed with a stroke of mango and tangerine gel on the rim of the glass, the OMFG Margarita ($12) is an aromatic and crisp rendition of the south-of-the-border libation.

“The bottled concept ensures the consistency is on point with each drink. The key is to keep a good balance of ingredients and the right level of dilution,” Jaroschy says. “The prebottled concept also allows our bartenders to spend more time giving service and understanding the guest’s needs.”

My Kind of Manhattan, one of the tableside cocktails, is made with whiskey, rum, Cardamaro, and toasted pecan tincture.
My Kind of Manhattan, one of the tableside cocktails, is made with whiskey, rum, Cardamaro, and toasted pecan tincture.
Photo by Michelle Muslera

But if you want a drink made from scratch, there are plenty to choose from. The lounge also offers a funky wine list, kombucha by local farm Sons and Daughters, and a selection of lower alcohol-by-volume cocktails. "It's drinking to feel pretty, not get ugly," Jaroschy says. "It's a different style of drinking."

As for food, look for small and medium dishes by former Matador Room chef Daniel Roy. The menu focuses on comfort fare from around the world, offering plates like cacio e pepe topped with shaved truffle and lemon zest; citrusy papas bravas with a shishito and romesco dip; and a crisp-skinned, 48-hour-brined chicken.

Driftway spotlights inventive frozen drinks in a poolside setting.
Driftway spotlights inventive frozen drinks in a poolside setting.
Photo by Michelle Muslera

On the other side of the property, Driftway spotlights inventive frozen drinks in a poolside setting. Here, you’ll find simple and refreshing drinks like the Friesling ($12), made with Riesling, pear, and fresh parsley. Also worth trying is the Salty Doug ($12), prepared with vodka and spun grapefruit juice, a technique that settles down the acidity of the fruit and gives it a fluffy texture. The place is chill and done up with bright, tropical murals by local street artist David Lavernia and offers plenty of al fresco and covered seating.

Driftway's array of frozen drinks includes Birds of Paradise (gin, passionfruit liqueur, rum, and cubed pepper) and Friesling (Riesling, pear, and fresh parsley).
Driftway's array of frozen drinks includes Birds of Paradise (gin, passionfruit liqueur, rum, and cubed pepper) and Friesling (Riesling, pear, and fresh parsley).
Photo by Michelle Muslera

Jaroschy's creativity and passion for cocktails and local food make these two new spots much more than a typical beach-hotel haunt, and certainly an attractive destination for visitors and locals alike.

Generator Hostel Miami. 3120 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-496-5730; generatorhostels.com.

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