Best Happy Hours in Miami-Dade

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Drinks are better when they’re half-price. Here’s our list of Miami’s 10 best happy hours.

By Katherine Lynch

Who doesn’t love a good happy hour with good energy, and fantastic food and drink specials? We’ve done our research — by eating and drinking our way through Miami — and have come up with a list of our favorite happy hour spots:

Area 31, Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami 305.424.5234
Happy Hour: Mon-Thurs from 5-8 p.m.; Fri, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

If you are looking for a sexy vibe with a gorgeous view of the Brickell area, you must check out Area 31 at Epic. Located on the 16th floor, you will enjoy the light breeze, while sipping on your favorite adult beverages.  During Happy Hour, which takes place Monday to Thursday from 5-8 p.m. on the outdoor terrace bar,  guests can enjoy premium well drinks, house wine, beer and bubbles for $7. To pair up with the drinks, Area 31 offers a small $7 bar menu, featuring tempting items like St. Croix Conch Fritters; Meatballs with kefir lime and crispy shallots; and more.

When Friday rolls around, Area 31 gets ready for their Chase-the-Clock promotion, where drinks are priced by the hour ($5 at 5 p.m., $6 at 6 p.m., etc. up until midnight) — and food specials are offered up until 10 p.m.

Dolce Italian, 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; (786) 975-2550
Happy Hour: Daily from 4-8 p.m.

While food lovers around the country followed Dolce Italian, as they took home the top prize during the run of Best New Restaurant earlier this year, we get to see what they are doing all year round — and it’s easy to do so, thanks to their stellar Eight for Eight Happy Hour.  Located at the Gale South Beach, Dolce Italian offers happy hour daily from 4-8 p.m. During this time,  guests can enjoy one of their eight signature cocktails created by LDV head mixologist Julio Cabrera like the Apple Basil Splash (Zu Vodka, elderflower, basil, green apple and lime) or the Spicy Raspberry Collins — or one of their eight featured appetizers like their Margherita Pizza or the Dolce Meatballs for just $8. In addition, select wines by the glass are available for $8, and Modelo Especial La Pera are just $4.

Dolce Meatballs. Photo courtesy of Dolce  Italian

Dolce Meatballs. Photo courtesy of Dolce Italian

EDGE Steak & Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 1435 Brickell Ave, Miami; (305) 381-3190
Happy Hour: Everyday from 4-7 p.m.

EDGE Steak & Bar, known for their local & seasonal menu, offers a great happy hour in a hip & sophisticated environment — where you’ll enjoy high quality ingredients without paying the high prices. Everyday from 4:00-7:00 p.m., happy hour-goers will enjoy 2-for-1 small bites from the bar menu, $1 oysters and 50% off draft beer, select cocktails and a rotating selection of wines.

Meat Market, 915 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach; (305) 532-0088
Happy Hour: Friday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Kick off your weekend with a trip to Meat Market on Lincoln Road. This sexy, hotspot offers a modern take on a traditional steakhouse with a sumptuous menu created by Chef Sean Bernal. While Meat Market doesn’t offer a happy hour everyday of the week, it does offer one on Friday evenings that’s worth waiting for all week. From 5pm – 8pm, guests will enjoy complimentary lights bites — and a variety of drink specials like $7 select wines, $7 select premium cocktails, 50% off beer and $9 ceviche.

mortonscheeseburgersMorton’s The Steakhouse, locations in Coral Gables, Miami, Miami Beach and North Miami Beach
Happy Hour: Mon – Fri 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. – close & Sundays from open – 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. – Close (not available in North Miami Beach on Sundays).

While a visit to Morton’s can put a huge dent in your last paycheck, a visit does not need to ruin your budget if you plan it right. Instead of indulging in a juicy steak in the main dining room, why not take part in their Power Hour, available from open until 6:30 p.m. and from 9:00 p.m.-close. While both food and drink specials will have you smiling — $5.50 for beer (Sam Adams, Budweiser or Bud Light), $7 for select wine, and $8 for select martinis and cocktails. To coat your stomach, you’ll want to nibble on some bar bites. We highly suggest the Mini Crab Cake BLT’s, Tuna Tacos, the Spinach Crab & Artichoke Dip or the 3 Prime Cheeseburgers — all priced at $7.

The News Lounge, 5580 NE 4th Ct., Miami; (305) 758.9932
Happy Hour: Daily from 5 – 9 p.m.

For a classic that’s never let us down, The News Lounge is the place to be. With it’s stylish decor; relaxed lounge environment; and seating available in the dining room, at the outdoor island bar and garden surroundings, it’s easy to feel right at home.

From 5-9 p.m., every day of the week, The News Lounge offers happy hour specials on both food and drink. For drinks, beer is priced at $3; wine and house cocktails ring in at $5; and select cocktails (mojitos, mimosas, martinis, etc.) are $6. Bar bites start at $3 and include a line-up of comforting favorites like  empanadas, hummus, cheeseburger sliders and bacon wrapped shrimp & grits.

River Oyster Bar, 650 South Miami Ave, Miami 305.530.1915
Happy Hour: 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., Mon-Sat

Groups flock to the River Oyster Bar to take advantage of their happy hour specials, offered M-Sat from 4:30 – 7:00 pm. During this time, you will enjoy oysters for half-price and a variety of changing drink specials.

The Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne; (305) 361-3818
Happy Hour: Weekdays from 4 – 7 p.m.

For a happy hour with a view, we recommend The Rusty Pelican, offering some of the best views in the city. This classic Miami restaurant offers a menu of fresh local seafood and Latin-inspired dishes in a chic, modern setting — and some happy hour specials that we can’t resist. From 4 – 7 p.m. in the lounge area, guests can enjoy 50% off select appetizers like a Smoked Salmon Roll or Crispy Tostones with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, $9 small plates like Corvina Ceviche and Seabass and Salmon Buñuelos and some great drink specials. Think — $3 bottled beer; $5 cocktails and select wines; and $7 signature cocktails.

Photo courtesy of Tongue & Cheek

Photo courtesy of Tongue & Cheek

SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill, 3250 NE 1st Ave, Miami 786.369.0353
Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m., Mon – Fri (in the bar area only)

For a hip happy hour during the week, visit Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill. Home to Executive Chef Timon Balloo, SUGARCANE features a creative menu of internationally-inspired small plates, a raw bar and items from the robata grill. If the restaurants wasn’t hot enough by itself, imagine what a happy hour adds to the vibe — and, SUGARCANE’s is fabulous. From 4-7 pm, Monday-Friday, guests will enjoy snacks for bargain prices like Marinated Olives or Edamame ($3), American Wagyu Sliders ($5), Yellowtail Jalapeño Sushi Rolls ($6) and Chicken Tokyo from the robota grill with scallion & yakitori sauce ($7). The deals on your favorite liquid beverages are just as tempting — select wine, beer and specialty cocktails are just $7, pitchers of sangria are $25 and a mojito pitcher is $35.

Tongue + Cheek, 431 Washington Avenue Miami Beach; (305) 704-2900
Happy Hour: Tues – Sun from 4 – 8 p.m.

Chef Jamie DeRosa and the team at Tongue + Cheek will delight your palate when you stop by for happy hour. Available Tuesday through Sunday from 4 – 8 p.m. at the bar, patrons can enjoy craft beers on draft for $5, craft beers in a bottle or can for $6 and handcrafted cocktails and bar snacks like Nachos with Braised Short Rib or Chilled Oysters with Carbonated Cucumber Mignonette for $8.

If you want to eat like the chefs do, ask for Chef Jamie DeRosa’s family meal, where you will get an entrée, sides and a soft drink for just $10. If you want the family meal, get there early, as there’s limited availability.

Updated May 2015.

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