Pawn Broker Miami Roof Top Bar

April 2, 20140

Rooftop Bar From Miami To Fort Lauderdale

Pawn Broker, a rooftop bar with cocktails inspired by the great American classics. And a bar bites menu that combines the greatest tastes created by the Pubbelly Boys. Envisioned by Chef José Mendin, under his guidance this chic venue has become Downtown Miami’s trendiest, night time stop. With a hint of the Prohibition era. Beverage Director William Rivas, has taken a leaf from the Golden Age of cocktails and added his own twist. Producing a menu that goes against tradition to create a unique collection of Pawn Broker classics. Our stylish setting is brought to life by our music team, connoisseurs of Miami’s nightlife scene. With joint ventures Pawn Brokers has had party’s and events catering done by local American & Greek restaurant Keeses from Fort Lauderdale in order to support a large costumer base.

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Chef José Mendin has created a menu influenced by his many food travels and the rich flavors from the Americas. Taking the best bits of his other restaurants. The dishes come together to offer a selection of flavors that are best enjoyed shared. The classic combination of cocktails, music and food bring to life Pawn Broker. A classy rooftop bar that gives a touch of originality to the Downtown cocktail scene.


The Pubbelly Group’s Founding Partner and Chef, Jose Mendin, was born into a heavy food culture. The child of “food enthusiast” parents and a great-grandmother who was a cooking instructor. Though it wasn’t until Mendin went off to college and needed to prepare his own meals. Which then is when he realized his adoration for cooking.

My mom was master of her domain and so she never let us cook at home.” explains Mendin

It was only when I lived on my own that I started to cook. The reaction I received from people enjoying my food was so gratifying that I was immediately hooked.” With a collegiate volleyball scholarship just out of reach, it afforded him the opportunity to leave his home in Puerto Rico and pursue something new, and so he enrolled in cooking school at Johnson & Wales University in Miami, graduating in 2001.Pawn Broker Miami Roof Top Bar
While recognizable U.S. concepts like Mosaico adorn Mendin’s resume. His pursuit to learn in an international kitchen. Is perhaps what he regards as most influential in his culinary training. Stages in Spain, working under chefs like Jesus Ramiro and Juan Pablo Felipe were creative processes. That forced him out of his comfort zone and later played a role in the menu development at Mercadito.

As opening chef of their Chicago and Miami outposts. While in Spain, he worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, cooked for the prince of Spain. He learned how to revitalize ancient recipes, by maintaining the integrity of a dish’s roots. While infusing it with modern touches.

Today, Mendin is a hometown hero in both Miami and San Juan, making both of his cities proud.

Alongside his business partners Sergio Navarro, Andreas Schreiner and Juan Fernando Ayora. He has taken numerous culinary concepts to critical acclaim. Including: Pubbelly (now Pubbelly Noodle Bar), Pubbelly Sushi, Barceloneta, Macchialina, PB Steak and L’echon Brasserie. Chef Mendin has been a recognized semi-finalist of the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef South” for five consecutive years from 2012-2016 and has received national acknowledgements from Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Departures Serious Eats, Departures and The Cooking Channel, among many others.

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The Pubbelly Group’s collection of restaurants and bars continue to expand on both a national and international scale. Which now includes: Pubbelly Noddle Bar, Pubbelly Sushi (American Airlines Arena, Brickell City Centre. Also Casa de Campo and Miami Beach), Food Republic (aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Escape). As well Pubbelly Station, Pawn Broker, Pubbelly Sushi Market, Baja Bao. With their latest concept in Mendin’s hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico, named PB Ysla.

The group’s rooftop bar, Pawn Broker, was awarded the accolade of “Bar of the Year” by Eater Miami. He also received a culinary nod from Bloomberg News. And 2016 saw the group venture into the digital world with a digital cook book. Featuring a collection of Chef Mendin’s dishes, aptly named Food Republic by Jose Mendin, a collaboration with Norwegian Cruise Line.

When Mendin is not in the kitchen. You’ll find him spending time with his fiancé Ali and his two sons, Ian and Noah. He enjoys the sun and sand of Miami and still has the occasional “itch” for a good game of volleyball.

About Pawn Broker

Hidden in the depths of Miami’s towering financial district. At first glance only a subtle echo in the warm skies, once discovered though, now that’s when it all begins. You’ll share a ‘cheers’ with the art dealer from Stockholm, in town to organize an exhibit in Wynwood. Sip on a Pawn Broker classic cocktail with the Documentary Director from New York.

Is in town every other week for his Discovery Channel documentary. Or be out on the decadent terrace, gazing at the beauty of the sun setting. With the Italian artist who sells her goods in Miami’s Design District.

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In a city of cliques, difficult to permeate

It’s easy to feel like an outsider in this lively city. Miami locals, The Pubbelly Boys have established a classy and chic new member to the city’s cocktail scene. A venue that thaws through the conventional Miami stereotype. With a delicate hint of exclusivity, the Pubbelly Boys have deep rooted a feel good, approachable vibe throughout the bar. The trio have crafted a scene where you can sit by the bar for a drink alone. Then find yourself sharing stories with people you hardly know. A place for the wanderer, the traveler, the discoverer great time!

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Press Mentions


By Matt Lynch for Thrillist Drinking is fun. Drinking outside is more fun. Drinking outside on a rooftop, literally looking down on all the poor souls. Who aren’t drinking outside on a rooftop, is inarguable the most fun.

Time Out Miami Magazine

In Time Out Miami Raise a glass to the watering holes that make the city buzz. Here are your winners of the 2017 Time Out Miami Bar Awards For the first time ever. Time Out Miami celebrated the shining stars of the city’s bar scene.


By Zagat Staff in Zagat Miami’s dining scene is on fire right now. With a slew of much-anticipated new restaurants and almost too many must-try dishes to count. It’s been a winning season for bars too, ushering in new cocktails from a nautical-themed hangout in Little Havana.

Miami New Times

In Miami New Times   For some reason, rooftops and cocktails make a winning combination. There’s nothing more romantic that a drink with a view. Downtown Miami’s Pawn Broker has it all: a gorgeous vista, plenty of seating areas. Also with a classic black-and-white movies projected onto a neighboring hotels.

Pawn Broker Contact & Location

121 SE 1st STREET
MIAMI, FL 33131
(305) 420-2200