Gabby Shayne's Favorite Whisky Bars
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society leader shares her preferred Miami watering holes.
October 11, 2012
Gabby Shayne, co-managing director of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America
Gabby Shayne practically has whisky in her blood—it’s the family business, after all. The 26-year-old whisky, bourbon, rye, and Scotch connoisseur sits at the head of the exclusive Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America as co-managing director. Her day-to-day focuses on preserving rare spirit brands from across the globe, as well as putting a youthful spin on the society’s members-only events. Though her favorite drinking spot is her apartment at The Icon Brickel— where she drinks from her library of more than 50 bottles of single malt whisky and Scotch—she’s no stranger to the Miami bar scene. Here, Shayne tells us where to go and what to drink when it comes to whisky and the like in Miami.
Soho Beach House
If you’re a member like me, you can visit the second floor Club Bar and relax on the outside patio and garden. The bar’s relaxed atmosphere, oceanfront view, and beautiful clientele make it the perfect place to enjoy a single malt Scotch or cool whisky cocktail, which they happen to do very well. Blanton's Bourbon on the rocks is my favorite. 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beah, 786-507-7900
The Blacksmith pops up every Friday next to The Forge. The venue features great cocktails, live music, and quality bites without the typical South Beach fuss. Their range of whisky and Bourbon is quite impressive.444 W 41st St., Miami Beach, 305-397-8444
Dewar’s Clubhouse, AmericanAirlines Arena
What more can you ask for? The Miami Heat and Dewar’s Scotch whisky—two of my favorite things. The club level at AAA plays home to the Dewar’s Clubhouse. If you’re lucky enough to have them host you and your company for the evening, you get a private box with a private bottle of Dewar’s 12-year old. 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000
They are set to open in December at the Gale South Beach, but Drumbar has already made a name for itself in Chicago, offering its customers one of the largest whisky selections in the city. What’s more, Drumbar is now a Scotch Malt Whisky Society Spot. They’ll offer our exclusive selection of single cask, single malt Scotch whiskies, which aren’t available in any other restaurant or bar in Miami. 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 312-924-2531; drumbar.com
Smith & Wollensky
One of the best spots for a business happy hour in Miami. I love a nice blend like Famous Grouse on the rocks. Nothing is better than unwinding after work and watching the sunset waterside.1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-2800
Not a far drive from Miami, Whiskey Blue is located in the W Fort Lauderdale. You never know who you will run into at Whiskey Blue (think The Real Housewives of Orange County). The cocktails are great, the bar selection is huge, and the DJ music sets are always fun! 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., 954-414-8308
Joe’s Stone Crab
The first thing you see when you walk in is the massive bar’s huge range of single malts and other whiskies. A nice dinner (I love the stone crabs and the chopped salad) calls for something special—maybe an older Highland Park or Glenlivet. 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-0365