It's a recent Friday evening, and locals shuffle into the Dirty Rabbit. Like most Wynwood hangouts, it offers a bustling bar with tattoo-clad bartenders briskly shaking cocktails. "Are you dirty enough?" the bar's motto asks in neon lights by the door. While some patrons gyrate to the sounds of '90s hip-hop, others take in Miami's spring weather on the patio. With chandelier accents and vintage rabbit memorabilia, the vibe is somewhere between eclectic and sophisticated.
Opening only weeks ago, the bar boasts a lewd persona and cheeky drinks to match. Choose from an assortment of libations, such as the Death Rider ($13), a mezcal-based concoction served in a crystal skull rimmed with volcano salt; imagine a tart margarita with feverish notes of ancho chili. And what would a rabbit-themed bar be without carrot cake? The liquid version of the dessert combines Tanqueray gin, sweet vermouth, carrot juice, and lemon ($13).
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The watering hole is a nook where locals can enjoy well-crafted cocktails without throngs of tourists. Apart from its salacious name, the Dirty Rabbit is thoughtful, adding unique touches such as sprigs of lavender and vintage postcards neatly attached to each drink.
“When you drink, you get dirty ideas, hence the name 'the Dirty Rabbit,'" owners Andres San Martin and Johnathon Taborda say. The two aim to celebrate those desires by hosting well-lubricated dance parties and '80s-themed happy hours. The team is also planning a robust music lineup, with Latin Grammy nominee Mr. Pauer already a regular performer.
The Dirty Rabbit. 151 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-812-3308; thedirtyrabbit.com. Tuesday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 3 a.m, Sunday 4 p.m. to midnight.