Any epic night has to start with a sweet happy hour, so we've picked the eight best places to and score deals on everything from maple glazed pork belly sliders, to $1 oysters.
660 at The Angler's
Instead of a boring old happy hour, this hotel-based boozer does a "Happy Tapas Hour" from 5-7p where guess what's just $5? A handful of craft cocktails... and (you seriously should have guessed this) tapas-style eats like truffle fries, maple-glazed pork belly sliders, and short rib empanada pockets.
The crew behind this pub comes from England, where the weather’s so bad it takes more than one hour at a bar to make you happy, so they're offering TWO of 'em everyday: get $3 beers, $5 wine by the glass, and $6.95 cocktails and martinis from 3-8p, then AGAIN from 11p-2a.
Like anybody who’s over 100, the sweetly patio'd Tobacco Road never misses a chance to let you know about it, so on Fridays at 6p they pour $2 beers/well drinks for 102 minutes ('cause that's how old they are, get it?!). The rest of the week they have $2 beers and $4 wells from 4-7p, and, say it with us, Miami’s oldest liquor license.
Brother Jimmy's BBQ
In addition to giving your inner 12yr-old endless excuses to make jokes about getting some BJs after work, Brother Jimmy’s is also giving you $2 drafts, $3 well drinks and half -price appetizers from 3-7p daily.
This RA(w) fishery is slinging drinks like $1 hot sake, and eats (grilled short ribs, california rolls, etc.) for as little as $2.75 during their their Monday-Saturday happy hour.
It's easy to forget the traffic, the flooding, the corrupt city government, the humidity, and the perpetual influx of New Yorkers, while watching the sun set over the skyline from Monty’s in South Beach, especially when drinks are half-off every day from 4-8p.
River Oyster Bar
The first time you heard of The River was when Matt Damon was explaining Texas hold 'em in Rounders. The second time you heard of it was when this badass seafoodery opened a decade ago and started offering things like half-priced oysters and rotating drink specials from 430-7p everyday.
The recycled wood and dangling sake barrel lanterns make sure you know you’re in a Japanese joint while the $3 California Rolls, $6 Ahi Poke, and $5 margaritas make sure you'll figure out when it's happy hour. Hint: It's every day from 5-7p.
1. Monty's Sunset300 Alton Rd, Miami Beach
2. The River Oyster Bar650 S Miami Ave, Miami
3. Doraku900 S. Miami Ave, Miami
4. Balans6789 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
5. Tobacco Road626 S Miami Ave, Miami
6. Brother Jimmys BBQ900 S Miami Avenue, Suite 135, Miami
7. RA Sushi5829 SW 73rd St, South Miami
8. 660 at The Angler's660 Washington Ave, South Beach
Hit up this waterfront spot for happy hour to drink for cheap while enjoying quality seafood and great views.
Sidle up to the mahogany and slate-sided bar at River Oyster and prepare yourself for the best in local, sustainable seafood entrees and signature cocktails.
Doraku's a Brickell sushi joint, in which recycled wood and dangling sake barrel lanterns make sure you know you’re in a Japanese resto while downing spicy garlic prawns, cream cheese & shredded crab, plus that spicy tuna minx called the Geisha, offering an entirely new twist on your roll-playing fantasies.
Pan-world-cuisine-dishing Balans has a nocturnal vibe, with velvety Asian-inspired lounge filled with dark recycled teak floors, bamboo accents, and tons of cushy pillows.
It may be considered Miami's oldest bar, but TR's laid back yet lively atmosphere's still got it; they're serving up good bar food and drinks & host live music seven nights a week.
When the Brother Jimmy’s gods (read: bartenders) command you to “Put some South in yo’ mouth,” you do not decline. This Miami outpost of Murray Hill, New York’s one-stop-shop for inexpensive beers and Southern snacks offers up starters like hush puppies with maple butter, frickles with horseradish sauce, and loaded fries with pulled pork or pulled chicken, topped with cheese, diced tomatoes, house BBQ sauce, and ranch dressing. Larger plates like country catfish served with cornbread and chicken or pork Dixie hoe cake keep the finger-lickin’ goodness going well into the evening, as beer flows more freely and “Take Me Home Tonight” plays one too many times.
RA's serves up tons of special rolls (tempura calamari, kanikama crab mix, and cream cheese rolled & topped with spinach tempura bits) as well as your favorite classic rolls (salmon avocado, etc).
660's is known for killer cocktails, including the Margarita de Sandia (Patron Platino, Cointreau, watermelon, lime, agave nectar) and the Sixth & Washington, a summery take on the martini with vodka, dry vermouth, and lemon juice.