If you’ve been to Japan before, you’ll feel it immediately. It’s there in the lacquered ebony-colored wood, the mean shine off polished brass, the wall of museum-grade arcade games. It’s as though you’ve stepped right into the electricity of Tokyo’s storied Ginza neighborhood. Only you’re in South Beach, at a new Design District bar and cocktail lounge called Kaido.
For Tokyophiles, Kaido will certainly hit the spot. It all comes courtesy of chef and restaurateur Brad Kilgore. The James Beard-award winner, whose past efforts include Brava and the much-celebrated Alter, teamed up with cocktail whizz Nico de Soto. De Soto, who we profiled a few years back for his work with New York City’s Mace bar, brings his expertise down south for a cocktail menu that marries Japanese flavors and classic cocktails. Think a “Jasmine Gimlet” made with lemongrass shochu and jasmine cordial, or the “Kenishi” with Japanese whiskey, Pedro Ximénez, matcha, and white soy. And, yes, of course, there will be a dedicated list of quality whiskeys and sakes to be had in their purest forms.
There are plenty of places at Kaido for you to disappear. The indoor/outdoor space clocks in at 2,200-square feet, and features a secret speakeasy called AMA. There, atop glittering floors, in-the-know guests sip sake in what feels like the chicest bunker on earth. Oh, and we can’t forget the food. As for bar snacks, expect Kilgore to turn out something exquisite at both AMA and Kaido. Kanpai!
151 NE 41st St Unit 217
Miami, FL 33137