Just as the colorful and storied old-town Havana haunt from with it draws its inspiration, Havana Beach Bar & Grill, The Pearl Hotel’s award-winning restaurant, celebrates the joy of living, eating and drinking well. And it takes the latter to heart – crafting made-to-order cocktails that creatively engage all of the senses at the restaurant’s hand-carved mahogany bar.
In addition to beloved classic cocktails, like its signature Hemingway Daiquiri and a festive always-evolving seasonal cocktail menu, Havana Beach distinguishes itself with an out-of-the-box and opulent offering: The Millionaire’s Menu. Ranging from $125 to $800, the featured Millionaire’s Cocktails are modernized takes on classic cocktails, recipes for which date to the late 1800s and early 1900s. The approach, paired with the finest spirits and ingredients, make it a priceless experience – literally!
“We first created the Millionaire’s Menu as a bit of a fun experiment to see what we could come up with using the most expensive ingredients on our shelves,” says Kevin Dixon, the restaurant’s Food & Beverage Director. “To our surprise, it resulted in delicious and distinguished cocktails that have really resonated with our guests and have quickly become a staple of our cocktail program.”
The Millionaire’s Menu includes the following splurge-worthy cocktails:
- Sidecar $800
(Louis XIII | Grand Marnier 1880 | Lemon)
- Margarita $200
(Casa Dragones Joven | Lime | Grand Mariner Quintessence)
- Vieux Carre $130
(Whistle Pig Boss Hog | Delamain Famile Reserve | Benedictine)
- Rum Old Fashioned $125
(Rhum Clement X/O | Demerara | Orange)
On average, Havana Beach Bar & Grill serves two to four Millionaire’s Menu cocktails per month, but it’s not uncommon to see up to 12 orders per week during the restaurant’s busier spring and summer seasons – and notably, during Bachelor Party festivities. While the Sidecar is a clear guest favorite, Dixon prefers the Vieux Carre, which embodies classic New Orleans mixology dating back to the 1930s.
“The Vieux Carre represents the melting pot of NOLA in its day, with influences from France, Italy and the Caribbean,” he says. “It’s delightful to taste the distinct spirit styles that are used to make this cocktail, which is a perfect example of what makes the Millionaire’s Menu so special.”
In addition to its imaginative cocktails, Havana Beach provides an inspired taste of place. In true Hemingway-approved style, the restaurant also serves up delectable dining in a laidback ambiance. Dive into the experience in four ways, each worthy of its own visit: in the main dining room (a bustling scene set to live piano entertainment on select nights), on the Rooftop (a can’t-miss sunset spot), on the veranda (with views overlooking the Gulf and Main Street), or in the Lounge (a laid back gathering spot).
Havana Beach Bar & Grill’s bar is open daily, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Happy Hour is from 3-6 p.m. Hours may vary seasonally. For more information, visit Havana Beach online.
Details included in this story were accurate at time of publication but are subject to change based on seasonal schedules, amenity and/or operational updates. For the most current information, please visit the respective property’s website.