Films on modern cocktail culture and wine expertise at O Cinema

Tending bar in today's cocktail renaissance is serious business. Competitions are frequent and contestants are ambitious, especially when trendy bars and restaurants strive for menus with inimitable drinks made by award-winnings bartenders.

The documentary "Hey Bartender," screening at O Cinema Wynwood starting Thursday, July 11, features some of the world's most-renowned master mixers and peeks into the details behind the bar. See it to understand mixologists' obsession with quality herbs, house-made bitters and sturdy ice cubes, and why atmosphere is just as important as cocktails in a 21st Century bar.

And starting next Thursday, July 18, catch the documentary "Somm" to learn how strenuous a master sommelier exam can be. That's a test administered by the Court of Master Sommeliers, a.k.a. the most knowledgeable wine freaks on the planet.

Our own Virginia Philip of West Palm Beach is one of few women who have received a master sommelier certification, so if the film piques your wine interest, stop by her shop for a couple classes.


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O Cinema Wynwood is located at 90 NW 29th St., Miami.