With Art Basel fast approaching (December 5 – 8), organizing a proper schmoozing plan is absolutely imperative to a successful overall experience. And we’re guessing the cognoscenti will be enthusiastically hobnobbing over the turmeric rubbed cobia and red curry noodles at Traymore by Michael Schwartz, the star chef’s new-ish, Asian-inflected eatery at the perpetually trendy COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach hotel.
And now the restaurant has a complementary and very stylish new cocktail spot, Sling Bar, just opened this week. No surprise, the drinks menu is also steeped in Southeast Asian influence, and inspired by night market flavors – in fact, they’re elegantly conceived as “culinary cocktails.” Notably, the SB Sling – Bombay East Gin, BenedictinePF Orange Curaçao, pineapple, lime, cherry cordial – is a Miami-ish take on the classic Singapore Sling; and the Traymore Pimms is a nod to the city’s British Colonial history (remember that?).
Exec Chef Jorge Negron draws on traditional Singaporean street food – which means epicurean elements of Malaysian, Indian, Chinese and Indonesian. So steamed snapper dumplings can be paired with a young coconut salad and Singapore style stone crabs, for a thoroughly continent hopping experience.
And here’s a new one: Sling’s lush interiors also feature a video installation of circadian rhythms which juxtaposes their varied behavior in natural versus urban environments. So, obviously, we’re considering getting one of those for ourselves.
“Singapore is such a vibrant intersection of food cultures,” enthuses Schwartz, also known for Michael’s Genuine. “I was able to experience its energy on a recent trip and was inspired by drinks, dishes and even new ingredients that have influenced the menu and cocktail recipes. We’re excited to give guests an opportunity to taste something different.”
Just as good, surely, will be the people watching – especially come early December, when the art world comes crashing into town. Come find us at the bar.
Where Else to Party During Art Basel
With two NYC hotels and the super chic Nautilus in Miami, Arlo has been making waves with the culture cognoscenti. During Art Basel, the hotel will be turned into something called the Universal Playground, which will include a TIKI DISCO pop-up, plus a replica of The Box in New York. Expect the beach to be a scene here as well.
Yes, it seems that there is in fact an intersection of art and EDM – and it will be cultivated amidst the glitz and glamour of Miami’s iconic Fontainebleau. The hotel’s LIV mega-club will host a ridiculously topline lineup of DJ superstars, including Tiesto, David Guetta and Calvin Harris. Sort out your entry plan ahead of time, obviously.
French sculptor Richard Orlinski will be a featured artist at Basel this year. And the evening of December 4, his feral Born Wild animal sculptures will be on display for the Mondrian South Beach’s official cocktail party. But expect the hotel to be schmooze central throughout the fair, especially with the promise of sunset cocktails overlooking Biscayne Bay.
The underground lair at Ian Schrager’s fashion fave EDITION hotel is usually up to something cheeky. But during Basel, it will be all about the music, with French turntable legends Dimitri From Paris and François K spinning on the 6th, and Idris Elba switching off on the decks with Diplo on the 7th. The former spins some mean reggae/dub/grime sets, and has even launched a DJ inspired clothing line. Should you forget your dancing shoes, there’s also a four lane – and very stylish – bowling alley.