Sure, this winter has us all feeling a little cheated: we survive the soul-sucking summer for the perfect days of January, and thus far we've gotten... summer (minus about 10 degrees). But don't start self-diagnosing yourself with seasonal affective disorder just yet, as there's plenty to be happy out. Just ask these ladies. Or any of the people hitting up one of these dozen new happy hours that'll have you forgetting summer is only a measly four months away.
Miami's Hottest New Happy Hours
When: Monday-Friday, 5-7pm; Monday-Thursday, midnight-2am
It's all about the Lincolns at this long-awaited Wynwood spot with $5 Moscow Mules, daiquiris, margaritas, and house liquors; $5 craft beers and glasses of wine; and $5 small plates like the sandwichitos with plantain brioche, pork belly, and watermelon rind.
When: Fridays, 6-11pm
In yet another attempt to get Miamians to do ANYTHING early, Areas 31’s offering a “chase the clock” happy hour where craft cocktails are priced by the hour: $5 at 5pm, $6 at $6pm, and so forth until 11pm. All by the brand-spanking-new poolside bar with the Miami-required live DJ -- and of course the legendary view.
When: Monday-Friday, 5-7pm, Saturday, 6-7pm
Though we can’t promise Heath Porter will let you bring in a Big Mac and pair something nice with it, he will happily pour you a $6 glass of fine wine or a $4 craft beer, and tell you how to pair it with something much more delicious, like yogurt naan bread or roasted bacon.
When: Sunday-Thursday, midnight-2am
Not like you weren’t going to cap off that 10pm dinner with a fine, hand-crafted beverage from one of the best cocktail bars in Miami anyway. But starting January 18th, you can do it without equaling your dinner check, since drinks will only be $10 at Regent's new late-night happy hour.
When: Monday-Thursday, 5-7pm
There was a time when drinking in Bayfront Park was reserved for guys who preferred the subtle pairing of Night Train and illicit substances. But no more! This storied Madrid market opened a pop-up in the park, where you can pair Spanish favorites with buy-one, get-one-free drinks four nights a week.
When: Every day, 4:30-7:30pm
Check out Wynwood’s contribution to the Peruvian food onslaught and wash it down with half-priced beer and wine, or $5 craft cocktails like the Lima Redemption: Redemption rye, orange-infused pisco, fresh lime, allspice, pepper, dill, and spearmint.
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
The new mini-burger spot from the Burger & Beer Joint guys is pairing crazy-cheap sliders and small sandwiches with half-priced beer, wine, and Champagne. It’s conveniently next door to a gym so you can feel EXTRA good about yourself while you do it.
When: Every day, 4-7pm
One of South Florida’s best boat-up restaurants has finally re-opened, with heavy input from the guys behind YOLO and Fork & Balls. Check out the improvements and sip on two-for-one drinks while you take in the sunset over the canal.
When: Tuesday-Saturday, 3-7pm
The Miami burger institution has moved, like so many long-time Miamians, to Broward and has a new $1 “cheapo taco” menu with chicken, fish or pork tacos, or $3 ahi tuna and steak tacos. Pair them with a craft beer for $4 each.
When: Every night, 6:30-7:30pm
Don’t accuse the Dutch of overcharging for oysters, for this hour they’re a very reasonable $1.63. You can use that extra cash to enjoy $12 glasses of Veuve, and other champagne specials.
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
Miami’s best new spot to eat outside makes that outdoor dining extra inviting with a specially-priced happy hour menu full of lamb burger sliders, bacon-wrapped dates and other stuff that tastes good at 5pm. Almost as good as half-priced beers, wines, and house liquors, or $6 specialty cocktails.
When: Monday-Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm
Brickell’s super-authentic French brasserie has $1 oysters and other cheaply-priced small plates, plus $5 glasses of wine, $4 beers of the day, and $7 specialty cocktails. And lucky for you it’s right next to the Metrorail station in case you have a few too...oh who are we kidding, nobody rides that thing anyway.
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1. Beaker & Gray2637 N Miami Ave, Miami
2. Area 31270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami
3. Uvaggio70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
4. Regent Cocktail Club1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
5. La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
6. GK bistronomie218 NW 25th St, Miami
7. Sliderz North Miami1817 NE 123rd St, North Miami
8. Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill1555 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale
9. The Filling Station3200 N E 12 ave, Oakland Park
10. The Dutch2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
11. Apeiro Kitchen & Bar3252 NE 1st Ave #101, Miami
12. Marion1111 SW 1st Ave, Miami Financial District
This factory space turned bar in Wynwood serves up creative craft cocktails and killer, global-inspired small plates. Feast on croquetas filled with beef and gouda, mofongo cake, and a delicious dish called Chip-n-Dip, and ash it down with an Old Fashioned, a Moscow Mule, a Funky Buddha Floridian brew, or all three. Beaker & Gray even has its own menu for its popular happy hour.
Michael Porter, a 20-year sommelier -- along with Top Chef alum Bret Pelaggi -- took his favorite bottles and created an entire menu of stuff to pair with them at this Coral Gables hot spot. Try the veal sweetbreads with gnocchi, beech mushrooms and gremolata with the J.L. Chave Mon Coeur 2010 Côtes du Rhône. Pair with any of their 20+ wines by the three or 6oz glass, or one of their 100+ by the bottle.
Head to the Regent Cocktail club for a classy and quiet evening where knowledgeable bar staff cook up perfect cocktails in this true South Beach speak easy.
This historic Madrid food market is here in pop-up version through the end of January 2016. The market will feature Spanish classics like corn-fed ham, gin and tonics, squid-ink paella, montaditos, gazpacho, fruits, meats, fish and so much more. Better stop by before it closes, you won't regret it.
Situated in a huge open-concept space, GK Bistonomie serves up Peruvian-inspired seafood and other global-inspired dishes for a well-rounded menu and an even more exciting cocktail menu.
You can have as many of Sliderz mini-burger's as your heart desires because, in mini-form you can really have as many as you want without feeling too guilty, right?
This place is the best restaurant on a canal in one of the world’s best canal cities, where you can get fresh seafood and steaks, right before the 17th St bridge. Or go to the bar and ask for Timmy. Tell him Thrillist sent you.
The Filling Station, now closed, was once home to one of Miami's toughest eating challenges, the nine-patty 18 Wheeler. Nine onion rings were stacked between the patties in addition to 18 slices of cheese and two whole pickles. If you finished it in an hour, it was free! What a steal, right?
They claim to make things that make them happy, which means, you're going to most-likely eat things that make you happy. The chef is Andrew Carmellini, who is a pretty big deal in the NYC scene. Go taste his food, homemade hot sauce and speciality cocktails.
This restaurant serves a range of Mediterranean dishes, from kebabs to pasta. The lively bar area serves inventive cocktails like a poached fig margarita.