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Hi, belles (and beaus)! It’s been a minute, but we are still at our “drinkin’ on the job” gig! Check out our latest adventure in the May issue of TALK magazine

Photo from Maestro Bistro & Dinner Club

We always appreciate a good orchestrator…someone who can pull together an amazing space, a knock-out meal, and some total kick-a** cocktails with flair! We stumbled upon just such a “maestro” with all that and more at Maestro Bistro & Dinner Club in downtown Greenville. Owners Arielle & Sammy and house-manager Patrick sat down with us one recent afternoon and gave us a little peak into their Argentinian-infused, French-inspired, white-table-clothed space. We were thoroughly impressed!!

Arielle & Sammy – Owners – photo by Nathan Gray for TALK

An unlikely pair…

The path to this sweet spot was quite different for this unlikely yet perfectly copacetic pair. While Arielle grew up in the U.S. riding horses and honing her French culinary skills, Sammy – amazingly – grew up in an Argentinian jungle and was a bona fide gaucho! At 15, Sammy found himself in Miami learning English from Jerry Springer and cooking shows, and his destiny was set…and the two were on course to combine forces!

While they are knocking it out of the park with pretty much everything that comes from the kitchen, we stayed in our lane with the cocktails. Addis, the resident lead mixologist, worked his magic with some real belle-ringers …

Photo by Nathan Gray for TALK

The Bee Sting…

It may be called the bee sting, but this beauty of a libation goes down smooth and easy! Hornitos Plata Tequila, lime juice, honey simple syrup and habanero bitters are blended masterfully to create a decadent delight. You won’t mind getting stung by this elegant and sophisticated cocktail!

Photo by Nathan Gray for TALK

The French Empress…

This is a very noble beverage and Maestro’s version of a champagne cocktail featuring Empress Gin, lemon juice, and a crisp brut. Pretty in pink is the look, joy in every bubble is the flavor, making this the perfect definition of happiness in a glass.

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Chart de Ruin…

This cocktail is a true masterpiece, so much so that we came back for another! Roots of Ruin gin, Aperol, and a few other goodies combine to become a citrus, herbaceous and downright amazing concoction that sings on the palate. This cocktail demands an encore and a standing ovation! Its pleasure-inducing ability is beyond measure…just sayin’.

Photo by Nathan Gray for TALK

The Bloody Mary

This should be called the “Bloody Maestro” as it is the most beautifully orchestrated one we’ve ever had! From the perfectly balanced liquid elements to the masterful adornments and painterly sweep of seasoning on the side, this is a cocktail to remember! It’s pretty much brunch in a glass!

Photo by Nathan Gray for TALK

The perfect addition to the scene…

While we are blessed to have a great variety of eating and drinking establishments right at our fingertips in Greenville, the white-tablecloth lunch is a bit more difficult to stumble upon. This place fits the bill for the business (or pleasure) lunch-to-impress! But, if you want to keep things toned down and casual, you still have options; just grab a seat at the bar or outside in the courtyard. Serving lunch and dinner Monday through Friday as well as Saturday brunch and dinner (with live entertainment many weekend evenings), Arielle and Sammy got it right…and then some!

Surprises to come…

Arielle and Sammy have another little something up their sleeves…hitting the scene this summer. Let’s just say it will be THE late-night ticket with an “on the down-low” vibe. Stay tuned…we will be sure to fill you in on the details!

Monday – Friday, lunch and dinner, Saturday brunch and dinner with live entertainment many weekend evenings

Maestro Bistro & Dinner Club . 104 South Main Street . Greenville . 864-248-0702 .

Angi & Alex😘