Monday, January 26, 2015

Molecular Mixology

Tantalize your senses at Haven Lounge

No, it's not TRON. It just feels like it.

Psychedelic walls with alternating scenes make you feel like you're on one helluva trip, and Haven Lounge offers liquid nitrogen-laced cocktails to kickstart your journey.

Find this futuristic digital Hi-Fi lounge nestled between Kim’s Chinese Restaurant and the local yokel singing outside Panizza Bistro.

Once inside, head over to the neon bar where a girl in a skintight dress cheerfully serves up "pop drop," popsicle cocktails of handmade vodka, cucumber, and basil.

Then slide over to the high-top counter space to watch Chef Todd Erickson (he's got a “Best Chef Under 27” nod from Dallas Observer) work his magic in the kitchen.

Start with lobster-scallop ceviche and the crispy fried crackle-pop spicy tuna roll, then inhale the crab cake slider.

Sink into one of the back leather booths and wait for the DJ to come around 11:30p. Order a bottle, sit back and enjoy.

Skintight dresses, liquid-nitrogen booze and crab cake sliders? If this is the future, we're sold.

Haven Lounge
1237 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach (305) 987-8885

2 (of 4) Noise: 3 (of 4)
Mellow south beach locals looking for late-night munchies
Street and metered lot behind building
Best bets:
Chesapeake skewer and maki peru roll
Hot seat:
High-top bar overlooking kitchen
Leave room for dessert: Custom-made nitro ice cream with daily flavors
Nearby: Van Dyke Cafe; Abbey Brewing Company; Purdy Lounge

The Rundown's restaurant reviews are based on anonymous visits by reporters, not press releases.

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