You know that person who always likes to seek out the next ‘it’ neighborhood, eager to boast that he or she discovered it first? The one who said they discovered NYC’s Meatpacking District long before the cows? Perhaps that person is you. And while you or your forward-looking visionary friend may not have been the first to stumble upon Miami’s Little Havana as a hip, hot, happening ‘hood, you can be among the neo-pioneers to re-discover the area and some of its coolest spots. Among them, The Duke Lounge & Gallery, a fusion of lounge, gallery, and bistro in which dim lighting, cushy sofas, and salon chairs contribute to a laid-back, beatnicky sort of feel, one that neither you nor your trendy pal discovered–but you fully and wholeheartedly embrace.
An appropriately au courant menu of foie gras crostini, wild boar salami, charcuterie platters, and locally smoked bacon bit bruschetta is accompanied by a smart selection of beer, wine, and guava bellini cocktails. A supersonic schizophrenic soundtrack of funk, soul, rock, hip hop and Latin does not come from the push of a button but, rather, live, and in acoustic format. There will be DJs spinning the aforementioned genres too. It is Miami, you know.
“Little Havana has a rich history of fostering art and culture and we are pleased to continue this tradition,” says owner Costa Grillas. “We hope the Duke will become a haven for artists and musicians and a place for lovers of painting and live music to gather and take it all in,” adds co-owner Johann Torres. They needn’t limit themselves. With the drinks, the bites, the tunes, and the vibes, you’d be hard-pressed to find a pal who doesn’t appreciate every inch of the space.