In Wynwood, restaurants are a dime a dozen. You can’t walk a block without running into some sort of eatery or cafe. But among the many concepts in the neighborhood, there’s something that’s long been missing: a sports bar. And not just any sports bar — a damn good one.
Enter Grails, a new sports bar with some big names supporting it. Leading the charge in the kitchen is Giorgio Rapicavoli, who’s the face behind Eating House and Glass & Vine. Here at Grails, he’s created an approachable, flavorful menu that’s turning your definition of bar food on its head.
Behind the bar, Cocktail Cartel Co. has crafted an extensive list of delicious libations that will enhance your gameday experience (or help you forget your team is losing). You won’t find ho-hum cocktails or shitty beer here — the bar is intent on using quality ingredients as well as highlighting 100%-independently owned breweries. There’s a lot more going on here than cocktails out of a shoe.
Oh yeah, it wouldn’t be a sports bar without televisions. No matter where you sit, you’ll have an unobstructed view of whichever games are going on; TVs are everywhere inside and outside Grails. It’s the perfect trifecta of great food, great drinks and lots of screens.
Let’s focus on the food, though. Expect your usual bar bites like wings, nachos and fries, but expect them to be turned up a notch. In other words, prepare to nosh on Black Truffle Loaded Fries, Tuna Poke Nachos and Free-Range Chicken Wings. The wings, in particular, are a winner thanks to the addicting gorgonzola buttermilk dressing; we plan on ordering them every time we visit.
Guests looking for something bigger can indulge in a New England Style Shrimp Roll with Old Bay aioli or — our personal favorite — the Cactus Jack Burger. Rapicavoli’s take on a rodeo burger is a monster, both in size and taste. Consider splitting it with another person or even a group; it’s that large. Dessert is available, but you’re gonna be too full for it.
Drinks-wise, the beer menu features the likes of Tripping Animals, Tarpon River and other notable local names, while the cocktail list shows off Cocktail Cartel’s creative chops. The famous “shoe cocktail” — Satisfy Your Sole (vodka, lime, watermelon, lemon verbena, ginger) — is highlighted prominently at the top of the menu, but other cocktails like the Big in Japan (Toki Whiskey ftw) should not be ignored. And in case you’re the one person wondering, you’re not actually drinking out of a real shoe — it’s ceramic.
Grails has been open for a few weeks now, and by the looks of the massive crowds, a place like this was definitely needed. The next time your favorite sports team is playing, skip the chains and support a local business that supports local businesses — support Grails.