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Lead bartender Spencer Taliafero

At the young age of 12, Taliaferro developed a deep love and passion for the restaurant and hospitality world by following his chef father around local kitchens. Starting as a busboy, Spencer quickly learned the ropes, and landed his first bartending gig at the age of 18. In 2012, his adventurous nature led him to Miami, honing his skills at various influential dining outposts such as Crave, Azúcar Restaurant and Green Street Café in the bustling neighborhood of Coconut Grove.

In 2014, Taliaferro joined Area 31 where he quickly outgrew his job as bartender; in less than a year, he was promoted to head bartender at the property's sultry cocktail lounge. A true perfectionist, when he wasn’t mixing drinks behind the bar, he was experimenting with ingredients, flavors and techniques, constantly raising the bar and wowing his audience. In 2016, Taliaferro was appointed Head Bartender of Kimpton EPIC Hotel, managing the beverage program for LILT Lounge, Area 31 and the hotel. He has represented LILT Lounge and Miami in various nationally and internationally renowned bartending events including Miami's leg of Taste of Cayman International Mixology Competition and World's Best Bartender 2017 for Diplomático Rum, among others.

With over ten years of experience, Taliaferro is considered one of the most influential, rising mixologists in South Florida. He stands alone in creativity and enthusiasm. His trademark? Ice. LILT’s unique "In Ice We Trust" ice program features exotic flavor and liquor infusions has dubbed Taliaferro as "the scientist behind the bar." In addition, he prides himself in creating avant-garde cocktails with innovative presentations, such as his signature Lost in 1825 – a piña colada-infused ice block topped with frozen old fashioned bitters. Taliaferro's cocktails go beyond a perfectly mixed drink; they take you on an unpredictable journey of the senses.

Michael Lassandro

Bartender Michael Lassandro

A South Florida native, LILT Bartender Michael Lassandro, moved to the Magic City to pursue a Master's degree in architecture, in 2013. Coincidentally, he arrived to Miami on the same month that LILT Lounge first opened its doors. Obtaining a job as a bar-back, he quickly learned the ins-and-outs behind the bar and developed an unpredictable passion for art of cocktail making. After completing his degree, he was appointed bartender and began applying his architectural knowledge to the lounge's avant-garde cocktail program. Passionate and engaged, Michael rapidly began enriching LILT’s cocktails by effortlessly incorporating his mastery of design and technology into the unique menu. The daily freedom of experimentation and endless creativity from his LILT teammates is what he most cherishes as a bartender. His drive? The relationship he forges with every guest, regulars and new alike, as well as an undying passion for higher standards, both in mixology and presentation. He declares: "Any cocktail, like any building, if it is to be considered not only worthwhile, but above average, must start with the proper foundation. No amount of ornament or decoration can mask the true integrity of the drink."

Carlos Morales

Bartender Carlos Morales

LILT Bartender, Carlos Morales, was born in Chicago, Illinois. At the tender age of seven, he and his family migrated south to sunny Miami Beach and never looked back. His love for food led him to the restaurant industry by the early age of 18. Driven by his passion of serving, Carlos began bartending at the age of 20 and hasn't looked back. With under a decade of experience, he is newest member to join the LILT team in 2016. A true host at heart, when he isn't behind the bar, you will find him hosting cocktail parties for his friends and family. Happiness to Carlos is a well-balanced cocktail and a happy guest.