Moonchine has been a MiMo dining favorite for almost seven years with it’s affordable Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese inspired menu and backyard deck seating amongst the palm fronds, and now you can add Sweet Saloon to the venue. Upon entering through the swinging saloon doors, (and after adjusting to the low jewel tone lighting) one is treated by the lush colors of the bright oranges, pinks, blues of a Bordella, complete with a crystal chandelier. At one end are a couple of Louis Vuitton inspired booths and cozy seating, at the other a full sized, well lit, slightly raised stage, just high enough for those standing to be able see the musicans though low enough to feel like they are part of the scene. Between both ends is an impressive bar with an impressive list of cocktails. Even more impressive are the two separate all night bar menus: Any Time Salty and Any Time Sweet, of course inspired by Moonchine’s menu.
Though the music scene is still in development, it is already drawing in fans and followers of local DJ’s and musicians, with Thursday nights currently slotted for live Jazz and Blues; Friday nights a variety of live music and Saturday’s DJ’s spinning.
Last Friday at Sweet Lounge, local Latin band, Electric Piquette performed their new release in this intimate setting that holds up to 75 people. The six member group, Ed Rosado, Michael Mut, Chris Core, Ozzy Reyes, Rich Dixon and Raymond Ayala, easily filled the space with their full electric and percussion Cuban Afro Jazz Funk sounds infused with horns (tenor sax, trumpet and fugel). Predominantly instrumental, their jazzy music swirls, grooves and swings in and out of the audience daring them to stand still. Noticeably, their influences are Weather Report, Santana, Tower of Power, Jaco Pastorious and James Brown. It’s easy to understand why they previously held the title of Miami’s Best Latin Band.
Though usually closed Sundays (great venue for Sunday party rentals), Sweet Lounge presented international DJ’s Romain (ofBrooklyn) and Vincenzo Siracusa (of London), both in attendance for the Winter Music Conference. Their House-style mixes loyal to the old school sounds interlaced with current international tracks.
Moonchine/Sweet Saloon, 7100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 305.759.3999