By: Carissa Chesanek
Miami Beach is full of happy hour hot spots where you can unwind with specialty cocktails and bar bites that won’t break the bank.
Whether you’re in the mood for a casual scene or something more trendy, there’s plenty of unique happy hour destinations to try that will have you and your wallet feeling happy.
Classic and Cool
Doraku is the go-to sushi spot on Lincoln Road, offering its guests two ways to drink on the cheap. The sushi restaurant features happy hour during lunch (weekdays, 12-3 p.m. and weekends, 1-3 p.m.) with $5 chicken avocado salad, $6 sashimi combos and $4 draft beers and sake, alongside an evening happy hour (daily, 5-7 p.m.) with $6 tuna tataki, $6 eggplant miso and $6 lychee martinis.
Meat Market in South Beach recently revamped its signature Friday happy hour (5-8 p.m.), featuring new offerings that include $10 Veuve Clicquot Brut, Yellow Label by the glass, $8 classic Belvedere martinis and $7 signature cocktails such as Tangerine Dream made with gin and kiwi. Complimentary passed appetizers are also offered at the bar, as well as $2 oysters on the half shell and the restaurant’s staple, $9 daily made ceviche.
Upscale and Intimate
The Forge hosts its Friday night Veuve Clicquot Happy Hour (6-9 p.m.) at its whimsical bar, with $50 bottles, $10 glasses and $7 specialty cocktails. A recent addition is the bar food menu offered during happy hour, featuring a variety of tasty snacks such as mini salmon tartare tacos with avocado and fried chicken dumplings paired with maple scallion dipping sauce.
Cecconi’s is nestled in a tree-lined outdoor garden inside the Soho Beach House, and presents a revamped “4 to 7” happy hour (Tuesday-Saturday, 4-7 p.m.). Now, instead of only being offered at the intimate bar, the new happy hour can be enjoyed throughout the main dining room, serving up signature dishes of eggplant caponata bruschetta, ham and cheese croquettes paired with classic cocktails like Negroni, Caipirinha, and select wines by the glass.
Poolside & Waterfront
Monty’s is a South Beach icon with its views of the Miami sunset, relaxing poolside vibe and inexpensive happy hour (Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m.). What makes this spot such a go-to for cheap drinks is that all liquor is served half off the original price, while both wines by the glass and 12-oz draft beers are 30 percent off and raw bar items are discounted too, like oysters and shrimp costing only $1 each.
Comfy and Casual
The new Vintro Hotel & Kitchen gets on the happy hour wagon with its new offering available at the hotel’s upscale Scorpion Bar. Available on Thursday evenings only (5-8:30 p.m.), guests can enjoy half-price wines by the glass and cocktails as well as signature select plates from Vintro Kitchen including lamb sliders with goat cheese and crispy calamari bruschetta.
Trendy & Cool
Haven is known for its afterwork mingling scene during to its popular happy hour (Tuesday-Sunday, 6-8 p.m.) with $4 beer, $7 wines by the glass and $7 craft cocktails like Fever made with lychee and prosecco. As for food, there’s $5 tater tots with blue cheese, $7 hamachi with jalapeño and $5 weekly rotating burgers.
Tucked in the ever-growing Sunset Harbour neighborhood, Barceloneta South Beach has a great weekday happy hour (Monday-Friday, 5-8 p.m.) to try. Choose from two-for-one drinks that include house liquor, wines by the glass, draft beer and sangria that’s complemented by cheap eats of $1.75 oysters, $5 patatas bravas and $9 wahoo crudo.
Inside Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, there’s a brand new happy hour (daily, 5-7 p.m.) offered at The Traymore. Located at the restaurant’s exclusive gin bar (a first of its kind in the area) patrons can sip on a variety of $10 cocktails such as the Sleeping Volcano made with tequila and habanero, $8 wines by the glass and house liquor. Bar bites like $7 Cuban sandwiches and $8 Florida tomato basil bruschetta are also offered.
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