If you’re a whiskey drinker and haven’t been to Taurus Beer and Whiskey in the Grove yet, you’re missing out on a few of your favorite things. But before I get into the allure of their extensive scotch, bourbon, and whiskey selection, let me explain why getting to know this piece of Miami’s history is worth your while. Walking past the now closed Coconut Grove Playhouse on Main Highway, and leaving behind what some might consider the more pretentious restaurants and bars of Coconut Grove, you’ll arrive at Taurus, which is “considered among Miami’s oldest, most venerated bars, and certainly the Grove’s most legendary bar.” The two-century old cottage has remained a neighborhood staple since reopening in 2009, thus proving that classic is not always synonymous with unchanging.
The most recent evolution has been to their food and brunch menu; which include relatively new takes on quintessential bar food dishes. Directly proportionate to the amount of whiskey you’ll be savoring, are the size of the sandwiches. If you’re the type of foodie who prioritizes flavor to quantity though, I recommend you skip the Frita and have the Cheeseburger instead. Add the braised short rib option to the burger, which is made in-house, all of which is spiced up with a creamy and tangy jalapeno cheese sauce. Perhaps my favorite dish on their weekend brunch menu. The Burrata, sometimes served with mamey, is surprisingly fresh and light when compared to the heavier items on the menu. Most of the dishes are shareable, which is apt since it’s the kind of a place for a laid-back night out with friends (whether they be two-legged of four-legged friends).
In fact, as soon as you walk in, you get the old-timey watering hole everybody-knows-your-name feel with the best 90s playlist I’ve ever heard in any place in Miami. So, if you aren’t really hungry, but are looking for a place to share a couple of drinks and listen to good music with friends Taurus has nailed that vibe. The staff is very friendly, albeit busy, but always willing to make recommendations or answer questions. Considering that I’m not a whiskey expert, the fact that the waiters were knowledgeable helped me make my selection. Thirteen menu pages and a few 90s hits later, I narrowed it down to three amazing whiskey cocktails: The Old-Grove Fashioned (rye), Kentucky Mule (bourbon), and Peach Sour (peach infused bourbon). But if unlike me, you like your whiskeys neat, Taurus must have the widest whiskey selection in the Grove (I lost count after one hundred).
There’s something to be said for institutions that last over centuries, isn’t that what we love about Coconut Grove, its timelessness? So, going on eight years strong since its reopening, Taurus seems to be everything that’s right about restoration in the Grove. And if there’s one thing I hope never changes at this bar (beside its location of course) is the ambiance.
Address: 3540 Main Highway, C103, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Hours: Monday to Friday: 4:00 PM to 3:00 AM; Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Brunch Schedule: SAT-SUN 12-3PM
Best Day to Go: Wednesdays for 30% Off All Whisk(e)y All Day, No Exceptions
Where to Park: Playhouse Lot at 3489 Main Hwy