Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company
What’s the hardest thing about running a bar? It’s getting people to come back, says our panel. Fortunately for this year’s winner, filling the joint has never been a problem. Since opening its doors in fall of 2015, Sweet Liberty has topped nearly every list of both the country’s and the city’s best bar—including ours. For the second year in a row, our panelists have chosen the South Beach spot for its superior cocktail selection, reverence for the community and unvarying good vibes. There aren’t any velvet ropes or burly bouncers to get past at this neighborhood bar, whose mantra, which prominently hangs on the wall, is simply to pursue happiness in whatever form that may take.
Judges’ take: “The experience, presentation, the ambiance—it all enhances the experience of the cocktail itself. From start to finish: from the second they sit down to the moment they stand up to leave, it's part of the cocktail experience. As bartenders, we provide the experience.”
Photograph: Ellie Groden