Area’s newest hotel launches private cocktail experience with a bartender-in-residence program and sultry, pre-Prohibition vibes
A modern escape in the heart ofthe city’sbustling business district, Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale recently debuted 901, a guest room turned secret speakeasy with a bartender-in-residence program that gives back to the food and beverage industry.
901 opened in February, evoking classic Prohibition vibes with bites and libations to match. A whimsical cocktail menu with drink names like “Late Check Out” and “The Butler Did It” is complemented by decor that throws it back to the roaring 1920’s — bookshelves lined with vintage titles, a record player, plush velvet furniture, inspired playlists, antique artifacts and artwork. Executive Chef Greg McGowan showcases a select menu of innovative flavors with dishes like Mini Connecticut-Style Lobster Rolls; Roasted Bone Marrow with Spicy Pickled Vegetables, Peach and Mango; and House Fried Potato Chips tossed in Duck Fat and served with Truffle Crème Fraiche.
The speakeasy’s bartender-in-residence program invites bars and bartenders from around the country that have struggled as a result of the pandemic to host pop-up activations while also offering bartenders all the perks of a sunny, South Florida vacation, in addition to compensation for their service in the speakeasy. Kicking things off March 3-17, 901 hosted The Gibson, an iconic speakeasy owned by half of the electronic DJ duo Thievery Corporation. Additional takeovers on the calendar include Atlanta and Nashville’s Red Phone Booth (May 9-17), LA’s Adults Only (June 8-12) and (May 25-30) 67Orange, one of New York’s first Black-owned bars, with a portion of proceeds from the week going to the Harlem Park to Park organization.
901 is a private experience for up to six guests, bookable by reservation only. To book, guests can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Roomnine01.com. There is an F&B minimum of $50 per person, with a one-hour minimum for 1-2 guests and a two-hour minimum for 3-8 guests. Upon reserving the speakeasy, guests receive a password to give at the front desk in exchange for an unmarked key to room 901. Need help finding it? Look for the red light next to an unmarked door at the end of the hallway on the hotel’s 9th floor. Knock twice.
Source: Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale