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Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

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8. Isaac Grillo
Haven Gastro Lounge. The name itself describes a place that must serve inventive drinks. Isaac Grillo does just that, thinking of the most decadent, inventive, and outrageous libations to pair with chef Todd Erickson's equally imaginative cuisine. Using liquid nitrogen, rare ingredients, and even precious metals, Grillo shakes up some of the most artistic and delicious cocktails in Miami. Last October, he was crowned Miami's Ultimate Bartender at Magic City Casino, beating out seven other master mixologists and winning bragging rights and a $5,000 check in the process. Haven was also named best gastropub in 2012 by Miami New Times.

7. Hillary Choo
Born in Hollywood, Florida, Hillary Choo tried her hand at milkshake-making and modeling before finding her true talent. After enrolling at a bartending course, Choo started working at SoBe hotel bars and was selected to take part in the prestigious apprentice program at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, where she worked alongside the world's top mixologists. Mixing cocktails at Bar Centro at the SLS Hotel South Beach for the most discerning crowd in Miami (including Jose Andres) has paid off. Choo was named Eater Miami's bartender of the year for 2012 and will be a panelist at the upcoming Atlanta Food and Wine Festival.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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