Miami Vacation Rental Tips, Martini Bar in South Beach
Martini Bar at The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Fl. 33139
The Martini Bar South Beach, located in the Raleigh Hotel, is an elegant reminder of Miami’s past. The lounge has been carefully preserved since its early days seventy years ago, and it still maintains a warm, inviting aura. Among the wild nightlife and busy vacation rentals in Miami, it remains an escape of locals and tourists alike, as well as the rich and famous from around the world. The Martini Bar in South Beach was listed as one of the top ten hotel lounges in the world by Details Magazine. Its terrazzo floors and mahogany bar add to inviting feel of the interior, while the art deco-style beach fixtures make for an ideal location for sipping classic martinis and the modern artistic cocktails bring scene back to the present. This iconic lounge, situated among the contemporary vacation rentals in Miami, is a classic destination for fun and relaxation.
The Raleigh Hotel and its poolside Martini Bar are upscale luxury at its finest. One Yelp reviewer described it as “charming, romantic, elegant, stylish, welcoming… very ‘Great Gatsby’.” The music is not “techno,” but more relaxing tunes. In the evening, the lobby, pool, and lounge are lit in candlelight, creating a “romantic glow.” Unlike the clubs of South Beach, this lounge offers fast, friendly service, low volume music to encourage conversation, and a relaxing escape from the “crazy party day-and-night” that is typical in Miami nightlife.
While one patron stated that “from the moment you walk in, you are greeted with a smile and you are not wanting for anything,” another reviewer felt like she and her party were treated as second-class citizens, as the wait staff “quickly categorized us into mouth-breathing knaves and began explaining the specials like we've never eaten outside of a Burger King.” Guests particularly enjoyed how the customer service staff caters to its visitors, even anticipating needs and proactively providing services. Bartenders try to remember not only a patron’s name, but the drink that they liked from the night before. One guest was told “that much of the staff has been here from many years, and they take pride” in their work.
Reviewers raved about the drinks at the Martini Bar, noting that the drink menu “matched the ambiance with a lot of throw-back, classic cocktails,” including the lounge’s namesake as well as cocktails like Manhattans. One guest recommends the Victoria, while another raved about the Caipirinha, which is Brazilian sugar cane liquor mixed with lime and sugar. If you want to be helped to bed early, try the “Old Cuban,” which is “a mojito made with dark, high quality rum and orange bitters.”