Happy Hour in Miami Goes Upscale

By Kara Franker | Oct 17, 2017
The River Yacht Club
The River Yacht Club offers indoor and outdoor seating and great views of the Miami River

Head to these quintessential happy hour locales in Miami Beach that range from relaxed to luxurious.

There’s nothing better than cold drinks and hot specials and Miami offers plenty of happy hour hotspots in the heart of the action. Next time you’re in the Magic City, join the "in" crowd and make your way to the standout happy hour spots listed below. Enjoy some of Miami's most beautiful and upscale nightlife scenes while saving a few dollars in the process.

Poolside & Waterfront

River Yacht Club

At the posh River Yacht Club overlooking the Miami River, enjoy discounted bar bites and premium “throwback” cocktails and wine Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Nosh on savory bites like Mini Prime Cheeseburgers, Grouper Bites, a trio of Ceviche, and Mini Crab Cakes. Discounted cocktails include the Cosmopolitan, Tequila Sunrise, Apple Martini, Blue Lagoon and Gin-N-Juice. 401 SW Third Avenue, Miami

Area 31 at Epic

Located at the sophisticated EPIC Hotel, Area 31 is a 16th-floor pool front restaurant known for its waterfront views, delicious Mediterranean seafood and popular happy hours packed with young professionals. Go there Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m., and you can get specialty drinks and bar bites for less. On Thursday, happy hour takes on a new meaning, as Area 31 hosts a #TBT Happy Hour with classic drinks and tunes, and revivals of old favorites, like Cosmos, Sex on the Beach, Mojitos and more, at special prices. On Fridays, Area 31 has its “Chase the Clock” happy hour, where drinks and snacks are priced according to the hour that you get them, like $5 at 5 p.m., $6 at 6 p.m., $7 at 7 p.m., and so on. 270 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Cantina la Veinte

Featuring gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay and Brickell Key, Brickell culinary gem Cantina La Veinte offers an elevated Mexican dining experience and features the largest selection of high-end tequilas and mezcals. Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. On Tuesdays, partake in “Taco Tuesday” with a specially-priced taco menu including delectable favorites: Tacos de Ribeye Con Queso, Tacos de Langosta and Tacos de Cochinita. 495 Brickell Avenue, Miami

Lightkeepers inside the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

Lightkeepers, Key Biscayne’s casually elegant restaurant and bar with both views of the Atlantic and the The Ritz-Carlton’s sparkling pool, offers daily happy hour specials from 5 to 8 p.m. and additional themed happy hour promotions throughout the week. Guests can kick back oceanside and sip on fresh concoctions by the restaurants talented bar crew and bites by Executive Chef Raul A. Del Pozo. Ladies Night is every Thursday and features a live DJ coupled with champagne and oysters, both priced at $1 – it’s the perfect setting for a night under stars. 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne

The Rusty Pelican

On the heels of the launch of a newly revamped wine program and tantalizing new menu items, Rusty Pelican’s Head Mixologist Oscar Amaya offers one of Miami’s best sunset happy hour settings, tailor-made for sipping cocktails while enjoying the view. Try the Floridita inspired by the historic, first restaurant and cocktail bar in the old city of Havana, which was famous for its rum-based cocktails and was an old haunt of Ernest Hemingway. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday. 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne

Comfy & Casual

Beaker & Gray in Wynwood

Brian Nasajon and Ben Potts, co-owners of Beaker & Gray in Wynwood are upping the happy hour ante with Instant Karma, a special promotion that benefits a local charity and rotates monthly. Go from 4 to 7 p.m Monday through Friday and enjoy bites such as grilled cheese with smoked ham, Swiss cheese and pickles, Wagyu and Mangego cheese croquettes, savory Mochi and a variety of cocktails, beers and wines to wash it all down. 2637 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood

Pawnbroker on the roof of the Langford Hotel

Part of the Pubbelly Group franchise, Pawn Broker is a sophisticated, old-timey cocktail bar on the rooftop of Downtown Miami’s historic Langford Hotel. Serving up a menu of Prohibition-era drinks like The Giggle Water, a bathtub gin drink with lemon oil and lavender aromas. Go for happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and score discounted classic cocktails, beer and wine. 121 S.E. 1st Street, Miami

Biscayne Tavern in YVE

Located on the ground floor of the YVE Hotel in Downtown, Biscayne Tavern is where you go for classic gastro pub-style comfort food, craft beers and seasonal ales. Viewed as a neighborhood hotspot, go there for happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. daily, and get half-off select snacks, well drinks, draft beers and house wines. 146 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Upscale & Elegant

Komodo on Brickell

Located in the epicenter of Miami’s booming Brickell neighborhood, Komodo is a three-story restaurant and lounge that mixes contemporary Southeast Asian cuisine with a South Florida vibe. Signature favorites including the Peking Duck, Tuna & Toro Roll and Lobster Dynamite. Komodo’s three bars offer a nightly happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. that includes discounted appetizers and specialty cocktails. 801 Brickell Avenue, Miami

Big Easy Winebar & Grill in Brickell City Centre

Experience the flavors of the Western Cape region of South Africa at Big Easy Winebar & Grill’s “Easy Hour” every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m. The restaurant, located in Miami’s new Brickell City Centre, is a project in partnership with golf icon turned winemaker Ernie Els who is affectionately nicknamed “The Big Easy” for his manner, stature and gentle disposition. The new Easy Hour follows that same laid-back feel with draft beers and half-off wines by the glass. Customize your “Easy Hour” bites with the Too Easy Plank, a selection of two items from the appetizer menu including the Fried Green Tomatoes, Oyster Gazpacho Shots, Boerie Bites, Pork Belly “Lollipops” or Mini Cauliflower Samosas that are seriously bursting with flavor. 701 South Miami Avenue, Suite 339 in Brickell City Centre

Big Easy Winebar & Grill in Brickell City Centre

Led by renowned Beverage Director Dean Feddaoui, Lilt Lounge is a sultry, two-level lounge located on the first floor of the EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami. A popular place to listen to live jazz music, the lounge is a who’s who of in-the-know locals. Go there for happy hour Tuesday through Saturday, from 6 to 10 p.m., and get $7-$10 glasses of wine, beer, and champagne, as well as discounted cocktails. 270 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Wolfgang's Steakhouse

The brainchild of Wolfgang Zweiner, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse has taken the steakhouse scene by storm. With thirteen locations throughout the U.S. and Asia, this upscale spot is known for its USDA prime steak, delicious seafood, outstanding service and award-winning wine list. The Miami outpost boasts an idyllic location overlooking the Miami River. Go for happy hour from 6 to 9 p.m. daily, and you can get food favorites at specialty prices, like a steak slider trio, baked clams oreganata and chorizo al vino. Pair it all with discounted beer, wine, well drinks, specialty cocktails or champagne. 315 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

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