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.”
Miami's 9 Hottest New Happy Hours
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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1. American Social690 Southwest 1st Court, Miami
2. Tamarina Restaurant600 Brickell Ave, Miami
3. Swine Southern Table and Bar2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables
4. Siena Tavern404 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
5. Moye829 SW 1 Ave , Miami
6. MO Bar + Lounge500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami
7. Semilla Eatery and Bar1330 Alton Road, Miami
8. Batch Gastropub30 SW 12th St, Miami
Head to the Miami River for a menu with red wine short rib flatbread, wild boar sloppy joes, and the only thing American Social is more famous for than its female patrons, the AmSo mac & cheese.
An Italian menu long on seafood like big eye tuna with shaved fennel and orange and sea scallops with caponata highlight the menu at this spot.
Bacon is one of the best foods ever - but the rest of the pig isn't so bad either. Especially at Swine, where chefs serve pork with everything from maple butter and grilled apples to beans and barbecue sauce. Swine Souther Table is one of our top favorite places to get BBQ in Miami.
This casual, yet refined, Italian restaurant and tavern serves up some of the best dishes in Miami.
Moye brings upscale Italian to Brickell, with two successful locations already in ACTUAL ITALY (Florence and Milan). The pre fixe menu is killer, with options like tortino puff pastry with sea bream and fussili with veal strips, tomatoes, and stracciatella.
Located inside the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, this bar-cum-lounge boasts gorgeous, panoramic beach views from an expansive floor to ceiling glass facade enveloping the entirety of the bar. The cocktails are equally impressive. Try killer spirits like their Ramos Gin Fizz or a Lemongrass Gin and Tonic. And take the opportunity to enjoy one of these carefully-crafted beverages before, or after, soaking up the sun.
This Alton Rd eatery's got some of SoFla's best craft brews on tap. With organic eats and happy hour specials, this gastropub has plenty of local character.
You know a bar is serious about keeping the party going strong when they have cocktails on tap (because really, ain’t nobody got time to mix drinks when Friday is in full swing). Boasting massive plasma TVs, ample indoor and outdoor seating room, and a solid menu of high-end pub fare, it’s a Brickell destination for boozy brunch (chicken and waffles, anyone?) and sports games alike.