Jim Lee

Correspondent

  • Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Jim Lee is a correspondent who lives in Miami Beach and covers the South Florida region for Forbes Travel Guide. Lee is a former television reporter in South Florida, an avid cook and always searching for the next adventure. As a public relations executive at New York City-based Quinn & Co., he is an expert in the areas of travel, hospitality and lifestyle, and has worked with notable clients from around the globe.

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    What are the best bars in Miami?

    Hakkasan The bar culture in Miami is quite diverse and whether you’re looking to enjoy a craft cocktail at a posh hotel in South Beach or some cheap beers at a casual watering hole, the city will cater to your individual interest. With talented mixologists and profit-hungry bar owners continuously being attracted to Miami’s vibrant hospitality scene, travelers can enjoy a wide range of bar experiences from Happy Hour to sunrise.

    Serving some of Miami’s most inventive cocktails, visit the lively bar scene inside Forbes Travel Guide four-star restaurant Hakkasan at the legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Offering a variety of refreshing drink options, combined with its modern Cantonese cuisine and sexy Chinois-inspired interior design, take a seat at the main bar or at a private table depending on your mood. Order one of their signature cocktails and my personal favorite, The Hakka, which combines premium vodka, sake, fresh coconut, lychee juice and passion fruit.

    WIth sunshine year round, Miami features a staggering number of outdoor drinking options whether it’s enjoying an energizing libation poolside or at a location with mesmerizing views of the ocean. The Broken Shaker at the Freehand Miami continues to attract both locals and travelers by offering a range of specialty handcrafted cocktails where skilled bartenders use select ingredients right from the property’s own garden. The setting, which includes an inviting pool, ping pong tables and a DJ, immediately puts you at ease as it's the kind of place where you know the crowd is there for one purpose: to kick back and enjoy some of the city’s best drinks.

    For travelers who are looking for an even more low key experience and are fans of craft beers, Abraxas in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood is a hidden spot that offers an extensive list of domestic and international varieties, including a number of Belgian rarities. Check out Trivia Nights on Tuesdays which is a fantastic way to meet some of the locals at this darkly-lit casual neighborhood bar. The Abbey Brewing Company, one of Miami’s oldest pubs, is another inviting cozy bar that offers an impressive selection of hand crafted beers including my favorite, The Immaculate IPA, which is made from their special house recipe. Open every day until 5 a.m., it’s a great location to share a toast with locals and visitors from around the world. 
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    What are the best bars in Miami?

    Hakkasan The bar culture in Miami is quite diverse and whether you’re looking to enjoy a craft cocktail at a posh hotel in South Beach or some cheap beers at a casual watering hole, the city will cater to your individual interest. With talented mixologists and profit-hungry bar owners continuously being attracted to Miami’s vibrant hospitality scene, travelers can enjoy a wide range of bar experiences from Happy Hour to sunrise.

    Serving some of Miami’s most inventive cocktails, visit the lively bar scene inside Forbes Travel Guide four-star restaurant Hakkasan at the legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Offering a variety of refreshing drink options, combined with its modern Cantonese cuisine and sexy Chinois-inspired interior design, take a seat at the main bar or at a private table depending on your mood. Order one of their signature cocktails and my personal favorite, The Hakka, which combines premium vodka, sake, fresh coconut, lychee juice and passion fruit.

    WIth sunshine year round, Miami features a staggering number of outdoor drinking options whether it’s enjoying an energizing libation poolside or at a location with mesmerizing views of the ocean. The Broken Shaker at the Freehand Miami continues to attract both locals and travelers by offering a range of specialty handcrafted cocktails where skilled bartenders use select ingredients right from the property’s own garden. The setting, which includes an inviting pool, ping pong tables and a DJ, immediately puts you at ease as it's the kind of place where you know the crowd is there for one purpose: to kick back and enjoy some of the city’s best drinks.

    For travelers who are looking for an even more low key experience and are fans of craft beers, Abraxas in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood is a hidden spot that offers an extensive list of domestic and international varieties, including a number of Belgian rarities. Check out Trivia Nights on Tuesdays which is a fantastic way to meet some of the locals at this darkly-lit casual neighborhood bar. The Abbey Brewing Company, one of Miami’s oldest pubs, is another inviting cozy bar that offers an impressive selection of hand crafted beers including my favorite, The Immaculate IPA, which is made from their special house recipe. Open every day until 5 a.m., it’s a great location to share a toast with locals and visitors from around the world. 
  • On July 19, 2013
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    What are the best restaurants in Miami?

    Pubbelly Although Miami may not share the same reputation as other global culinary destinations such as New York, Paris or Tokyo, there are a handful of restaurants that feature inventive chefs that are raising the bar on the local culinary scene and causing diners to salivate for more.

    Located in the trendy Sunset Harbour neighborhood of Miami Beach, Pubbelly is an Asian inspired gastropub that features an extensive list of innovative Asian street food, along with homemade pates, sausages and specialty terrines. The Cochinillo, one of my personal favorites, features a locally-sourced suckling pig with sour apple puree, confit of onions and cinnamon soy jus.

    If you’re craving fine dining with gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, head over to Forbes Travel Guide five-star restaurant Azul inside the Mandarin Oriental, which serves New American cuisine with Asian and European influences. Although just about every item on the menu is superb, I love taking advantage of the fresh raw bar and caviar service that features River Beluga and Russian Royal Ostera.

    Without question, Michael Schwartz is one of the pioneers of the culinary scene in Miami and the James Beard award-wining chef and owner of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink put the city’s Design District on the map with freshly-sourced dishes such as the Crispy Rice Cake Chorizo with Florida rock shrimp, chili aioli, and Lake Meadow farm egg; and the Slow Roasted & Grilled Harris Ranch Beef Short Rib with roasted cipollini onions, romesco sauce and duchilly hazelnuts.

    The chef’s latest endeavor at the iconic Raleigh Hotel, appropriately called Restaurant Michael Schwartz, brings his culinary talents to South Beach where diners can enjoy a range of delicious food options, many of which can be shared, paired with well-crafted cocktails or housemade sodas. The desserts, such as the Lemon Meringue Bread Pudding, by renowned pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith are also not to be missed.
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