Nestled in the heart of the Wynwood Art District, Cafeina is singular. A joint lounge, gallery, tapas-style restaurant and event space, the eclectic hotspot layers art upon nightlife upon celebrated cuisine for something completely different.
The Miami New Times calls this 23rd Street outpost “the hangout of choice for many locals in the know.” CBS Local names Cafeina as “Best Secret Bar in Miami.” Encompassing all that is exciting about this burgeoning neighborhood, Cafeina is dark, sultry and exotic—a kind of elegant hipster’s paradise. Inside this manor-esque parlor, plush couches and smooth tables sit atop embroidered rugs. A dramatic chandelier gives the room a sensuous, dim glow—and while it’s still bright enough to see your miniature Wagyu Sliders, the room feels swank and sexy.
Then there’s the bar, serving up artisanal cocktails like Café con Leche Martinis and the spicy Hot Passion—fresh, unexpected, divine. Bartenders use ingredients like Jamaican coffee spirits and chamomile flowers, and glasses are swirled with exotic bitters. Sitting at the dark wood counter will put you in prime people-watching position: a plus, as the crowd feels as funky-cool as the interior itself.
Upstairs features the Mezzanine, a 1920′s inspired speakeasy that features Gin and Scotch based artisanal cocktails by specialized mixologists. This space is ideal for small private events that desire a truly unique atmosphere for their guests. Outdoors, underneath light-latticed-tree-branches, a DJ spins an eclectic mix on an authentic vinyl turntable. (Tired feet will relish comfy hammock beds, perfect for a quick respite from the dance floor.)
And you can’t leave without visiting the gallery, which features a rotating collection of drawings, paintings, photographs, installations and electronic media from local to international artists. The gallery is also open during the daytime, serving lunch Wednesday – Friday, 11:30am-3:00pm. The culinary creations, designed by Chef Diego Pasqualicchio, feature New American and Latin infused cuisine. Enjoy a mid-day bite with coffee-centric creations and experience the latest exhibition on view in this museum-inspired dining room.
Adjacent to the Cafeina’s interior lounge is the Wynwood Exhibition Center (WEC), a 1,000-square-foot art gallery that cycles exhibitions monthly. Showing artists include Pulitzer Prize decorated photojournalist Charles Trainer Jr., ceramic assemblagist and Miami patron of the arts Carlos Alves, digital art pioneer Laurence Gartel, American contemporary artist Ron English and Pop Art’s Andy Warhol.
” I want our exhibition space to be a compliment to the Wynwood Art District as opposed to a competitor in it. My goal is to create a place where Miami’s artistic minds gather to enjoy, discuss and display the work that drives them.”
– Ivette Naranjo, Owner
Cafeina Wynwood has been growing in popularity for not only being a unique venue for hosting private events such as boutique weddings, commercial photoshoots to product launches, but it’s becoming a premiere destination as a sought after production space. This multi-versitile compound offers up a host of eclectic atmospheres to choose from and has various A/V capabilities. Keep your eyes glued to your favorite television show or pop star because you just might catch a glimpse of Cafeina in various network television projects on Bravo, A&E or multiple telenovelas; album covers & campaigns for pop sensation such as Prince Royce or music videos like Young by the X Factor (UK) star, Tulisa.