Los Altos

Los Altos

Saladino Design Studios
Miami, Florida, USA | View Map
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Kris Tamburello

Los Altos

Saladino Design Studios as Architects

Located above a popular taqueria on Miami’s Calle Ocho in Little Havana is the hidden Mexican speakeasy named Los Altos. Miami-based Saladino Design Studios are the creative minds and muscle behind this popular lounge that has people all over the City and beyond buzzing.

Guests enter through a dulceria (candy store) adorned with colorful piñatas and authentic Mexican caramelos. Once inside, they encounter a more seductive red dimly-lit space with tiled tin ceilings, distressed walls, velvet-upholstered banquettes and drapery, and loads of décor imported from south of the border.

The 2,600 square foot venue branded as an intimate, upscale cocktail lounge features imported hand-painted tiles, a gold leaf ceiling and repurposed doors that were once part of an abandoned church. The design, inspired by old-world Mexican folklore, also includes hand-painted Mexican craft bathroom fixtures.


Arched walls with original brick details are found near the bathrooms which include iron-cast bathroom stalls and ceramic and metal details. The team at Saladino implemented unique design features throughout the space, including a faux chest of drawers underneath the bar top. Hanging above it, vintage-inspired light fixtures provide just the right amount of lighting to maintain the mystical ambiance. Art pieces were inspired by Aztec Gods and Goddesses and old Spanish-style paintings with neon provide a modern, artistic touch.


Material Used :
1. Reclaimed spanish beams
2. Antique spanish church lighting fixtures
3. Vintage spanish seating
4. Antique oak floors
5. Antique wrought iron gate doors
6. Antique spanish paintings
7. Custom hand painted mexican sinks and toilets

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