Talk about raising the bar. Situated at one end of the lobby, MO Bar’s glinting mosaic wall pulls you toward it like a magnet, and once you’re drawn in, it’s hard to escape from its velveteen snare.
The bar is a new addition to the property, opened in February 2014, but it has already proved popular. MO Bar’s expert mixologists have crafted a signature menu of classic cocktails with a modern twist—there’s something for everyone here.
Max Meidl, a German bar manager who guards the menu and stocks his top shelves with hard-to-find spirits and wines (like seven-times distilled Double Cross Vodka from the Slovak Republic and a dry-blended herbaceous liqueur made by French monks following an 18th-century formula) knows his craft. Tap his expertise to decode the menu or request a refined spin on classics like a New York Sour and Ramos Gin Fizz.
Other cocktails pay a nod to Mandarin Oriental’s Asian roots, like the Lemongrass Gin & Tonic made with Fever Tree tonic and the artisanal London Miller’s Dry Gin. While classic Old Fashioneds and Moscow Mules in copper mugs are popular, wine flows freely at MO Bar too, as does the Champagne.
Music fills the air on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights with the cool sounds of Cuban jazz performed by Renoir Rodriguez and sultry Spanish guitar by the Fox Brothers; the result is a decidedly James Bond ambience, filled with intrigue and, of course, accompanied by the perfect martini.
Image courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Miami.