Nestled between Gramps and J. Wakefield is the newest place to get well-made cocktails in Wynwood.
The brainchild of Home Cookin' Hospitality Group, better known for Foxhole and Drunken Dragon, Rácket houses two variant bars, each offering a unique setting and libation experience.
The "atrium" and "sky-lit" rooms are each dedicated to different spirits. One specializes in tequila and mezcal, and the other focuses on vodka, gin, and bourbon. Cocktails cost about $13 to $14. There is also a rumored third room, which is expected to open upstairs later this year.
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The atrium room boasts large windows looking out onto the sidewalk for people-watching. The decor is modern with touches of midcentury flair. At the bar, find tequila drinks such as the Blessing in Disguise, a spicy blend of Herradura reposado, sweet mango, habanero shrub, Old Forester, lime, and agave.
The larger of the two areas is the sky-lit room, situated directly behind the atrium. The industrial architecture of the art gallery that formerly occupied the space has been maintained; the room incorporates tall ceilings, metal piping, and sleek wood paneling to create a chic, metropolitan aura. The rectangle bar is the centerpiece, standing beneath a skylight, where you can drink under the stars. The menu lists bourbon, gin, and vodka and includes sultry concoctions such as the Pine Wood, containing bourbon, pineapple, lemon, maple, and Fernet-Branca.
Rácket will begin serving food by February. Expect toasted panini, salads, charcuterie, and small bites. The venue will also host daily happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m., musical acts, a weekly Home Cookin' Days party with an open bar, and free barbecue Tuesdays from 9 to 11 p.m.
Rácket. 150 NW 24th St., Miami; racketwynwood.com. Daily 1 p.m to 3 a.m.