Miami’s Brickell area is a mecca for young socialites, hard-working 20-somethings and motivated lawyers, IT professionals, bankers and financiers trying to change the world one project at a time. Surrounded by glossy high rises, majestic penthouses and trendy bars and restaurants, this downtown must-do is the Miami hotspot where only South Florida’s finest come to play. And just for this demographic, an American classic has popped up on the Brickell scene: American Social – a trendy gastropub, originally on Las Olas, known for its modern American fare, craft cocktails, “pour it yourself” beers on tap, and being the perfect place to unwind any day of the week.
Catering to the young and successful, this Brickell haunt sits at the base of the Neo Vertika luxury loft building – offering unobstructed views of yachts cruising the tranquil Miami River. Boasting a vibe that is both chic and fun, but relaxed and unassuming, American Social’s dark wood interior and vibrant outdoor lounge is home to cozy corners and intimate, casual, dining. After a long day at work, ask the hostess to seat you on one of its plush, stars-and-stripes clad couches, order a Spiced Pear Flip – a cunning concoction of Grey Goose, St. Germaine, pear purée, mint, lime and ginger beer – and call it a day.
Holding its own amongst Brickell Avenue’s many popular restaurants and bars, American Social – or “AmSo,” as the regulars call it – feeds your stomach as well as your soul. Long recognized for serving a popular American menu with an inventive twist, the restaurant’s favorite dishes – like Chicken and Waffles; marinated strips of all natural, all white meat chicken breast flash fried golden brown, served with a vanilla bean waffle stuffed with Nueske bacon and topped with a dollop of sweetened mascarpone cheese, cherries and bourbon maple syrup – promise not to disappoint. When you’re still craving more, order a “Miami ‘Heater’ Burger” (an 8-oz. blend of beef, caramelized onions, Boursin cheese, jalapeno bacon and roasted mushrooms on a brioche bun) or the “Shorty” herb-crusted flatbread (topped with red wine braised beef short rib, butter roasted cremini mushrooms, goat cheese, pickled onions and Picholine olives), and let your taste buds thank you later.
When you love it as much as we do, you’ll keep coming back for more. To make your visits extra worthwhile, join the collection of VIPs and corporations that reserve the restaurant’s private lockers, starting at $1,600 a year, and get complimentary bottles of Moet Chandon and Belvedere, invitations to elite cocktail mixers and guaranteed priority seating each time you visit.
American Social is located at 690 S.W. 1st Court. Call 786-801-2466 to make your reservation.