Food & Drink

The 8 best happy hours in Miami

Published On 12/03/2013 Published On 12/03/2013
660 At the Angler's
Balans
Tobacco Road
Brother Jimmy's
RA Sushi
Monty's Sunset
River Oyster Bar
Doraku
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1. Monty's Sunset 300 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Something about eating seafood on a dock makes it seem just a little more fresh. And something about eating fresh seafood on a dock next to a pool makes it all the more picturesque. Overlooking the Miami Beach Marina, Monty’s Sunset serves food and drink under poolside tiki huts. Prime sunset views and an institutional happy hour, accompanied by live music and DJs, draws a drinking crowd, while plentiful raw bar options (Florida Keys crab claws, Gulf oysters, and Bahamian conch ceviche) highlight the best of local fish.

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2. The River Oyster Bar 650 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

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.

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3. Doraku 900 S. Miami Ave, Miami, FL (Brickell)

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.

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4. Balans 6789 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

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.

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5. Tobacco Road 626 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

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.

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6. Brother Jimmy's BBQ 900 S Miami Avenue, Suite 135, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

When the Brother Jimmy’s gods tell you to “Put some South in yo’ mouth,” you do not say no. The New York-based one-stop-shop for inexpensive beers and Southern fare splits its food menu equally between saucy barbecue specialities and fried delights. Hush puppies, fried pickles, hot wings anchor the starters, while fried spiced catfish and Dixie hoe cakes stand out among the non-BBQ entrées. Of course, it's a rarity to come here and not order barbecue, and luckily the platters of sliced brisket, Carolina pulled pork, and baby back ribs do not disappoint.

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7. RA Sushi 5829 SW 73rd St, South Miami, FL 33143 (South Miami)

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).

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8. 660 at The Angler's 660 Washington Ave, South Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

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.