In Miami there’s no shortage of things to do when it comes to nightlife and with the emergence of Brickell City Center, the place to be and be seen is Brickell. Whether you’re looking for a club, a lounge, a bar, or both, there is something for everyone.
Welcome Rubi Lounge, part restaurant, part lounge, this venue is a perfect spot to start your evening with friends enjoying dinner and light bites before the music gets pumping and you can dance the night away to Latin and open format tunes. Rubi Lounge is located on the bottom-floor entrance of Neo Vertika, one of Brickell’s most recognized buildings. The interior décor splits the venue in to two distinct spaces, the lounge area and the bar/ dining area. With floor to ceiling windows throughout and an eclectic mix of furnishing in the dining room, Rubi lounge offers a fun and inviting environment and to match they have an exciting drink and food menu to pleasure any palette.
The menu is inspired by Chef Jose Manuel Paz’s personality and experience bringing international flavors and spices to his dishes. From Yucca Fries, Sliders, Wings, and guacamole for starters to Rib-eye steaks, Chicken Satay, Red Snapper and Burgers, the menu gives a vibrant taste into his culinary adventures. Paz has created signature dishes such as Funchi Fries, a Caribbean-style polenta, topped with parmesan cheese, roasted garlic aoli and sun-dried tomatoes. Another crowd favorite includes the Two Shredded Pork Taquitos, a mojo-marinated pork shoulder, with guacamole, pico de gallo, queso fresco and jalapeño sour cream served in a crispy warm tortilla.
I started off with the ceviche made from thinly sliced red snapper marinated in a citrus juices with jalapeno and red onions- simple and tasty, perfect for dining light. For a main course that is filling but not too heavy, I suggest the Chicken Satay served with a cucumber salad and an Indonesian inspired peanut dipping sauce. The marinated chicken is grilled with vegetables infusing each bite with flavors of green and yellow peppers. To finish off the meal I had to go with my favorite, Chocolate Brownie. The classic warm chocolate brownie is served with vanilla ice cream, salted caramel sauce and chocolate sauce. A delicious end to any meal.
To wash it all down, you have to try one of their signature cocktails that taste just as good as dessert, my suggestion- The Pearl or the Diamond, or better yet- both! The Pearl is a coconut, citrus take on Chicha made with exotic coconut milk mixed with white Bacardi and a secret Rubi touch then topped off with aromatic cinnamon. The Diamond is an Asian sour kiss made with Grey Goose Vodka, fresh ginger, freshly squeezed lemon and pineapple juice served in a sugar rimmed glass. Like I said, so good they’re dangerous.
“Rubi represents passion. The ruby is a brilliant red stone, which we loved the idea of incorporating into the concept,” said Chef Paz. “Miami is a city full of flair and passion and we wanted to represent that in our name, menu and our atmosphere.”
Rubi Lounge is open seven days a week with an extended Happy Hour from 5p to 10pm everyday and a special ladies night each Thursday. You can also come by on Wednesdays for Karaoke and each week they’ll have special performances and live music on Thursday nights.
“We love being in the heart of Brickell, we are walking distance from many locals, who frequent many of our events,” said LMG owner and Rubi Lounge partner, Julio Zambrano. “Rubi Lounge has an authentic Miami vibe, we want to welcome everyone who wants to dance the night away or enjoy a delicious cocktail at the bar or patio”
Rubi Lounge is a welcomed and much needed Latin addition to the bustling Brickell nightlife.
141 SW 7th St, Miami Fl; www.rubiloungebrickell.com