You can generally tell who's a tourist in Miami because, unlike locals, they don't get legitimately excited about a happy hour with $6 drinks. And while this might be considered "expensive" in some cities, here it's more like “the best deal in town,” so for price-conscious locals -- and tourists who don’t feel like getting abused -- here are nine hot new happy hours where you can drink like you're in a city where $14 vodka sodas aren't considered "normal.”
Brickell You’ve probably been stalking American Social’s Facebook page thinking: “Damn, I need to get in and get me some of that... mac & cheese.” Or maybe your motivations are different. Whatever they are, hit one of Miami’s best new restaurants of the winter from 4-8pm for half-off almost everything behind the bar.
South Beach The courtyard outside Mokai is finally being used for something OTHER than making you wait in line for two hours to get into a club with 15 people in it now that every Friday they’ll be grilling chicken burgers and hot dogs that you can enjoy on porch swings while you sip $8 craft bourbons, beers, and wines from 6-11pm. The fun starts this week with a traditional Caja China.
Brickell Even though the people who re-did Lippi were trying to make this new spot more affordable, they took it one step further and made it affordable-er with $4 beers, $5 wines, and $6 specialty cocktails. Light bite offerings include half-priced oysters, a $5 shrimp cocktail, a $7 prosciutto or bresaola board, and $7 fried polenta.
Coral Gables Chow down on some of the best chicken wings in America for $6, then wash them down with $5 specialty drinks, $5 wines, $4 beers, $5 liquors, and $5-7 DIY Old Fashioneds Monday-Friday from 4-7pm.
SoFi Because Italians never like to use a name Americans came up with, Siena Tavern will offer a cicchetti hour from 6-8pm daily. There'll be oysters, meatballs, and various salumi plates, plus house-made sangria, Negronis, Moscow Mules, wine flights, and $7 classic cocktails.
Brickell The only thing less common in Brickell than a $3 beer is a year-round resident who actually owns a condo. You can find at least one of these at Moye, where from 5-7pm daily there're $3 bottles and impressive Italian wines for $7.
Brickell The bar with the best view in Brickell -- that’s also one of the best new bars of 2014 -- lets you enjoy $8.33 drinks thanks to a three-for-$25 happy hour, where you can enjoy craft cocktails and listen to Cuban jazz, sultry Spanish guitars, and beats from Brazil with new Bossa Nova Thursday-Saturday from 8-11pm.
South Beach The restaurant that defied Alton Rd construction nightmares celebrates the reopening of Miami Beach's local North-South arterial with a $6 menu of draft beer, specialty cocktails, and an array of small bites like potstickers and oysters Monday-Thursday from 6-8pm and Fridays from 6-10pm.
Brickell Batch is clearly trying to make a play to end up on Miami’s list of bad decision bars bceause it's slashing drink prices at prime bad decision making hours and offering $4 beers, $5 craft beers, wines & premium well drinks, plus $6 Fireball shots from 12-5am.
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