Happy Hour is the smartest way to eat and drink on a budget at some of Miami’s swanky restaurant lounges and world class bars. It’s also an excellent opportunity to unwind and chill-lax at the end of a work day, and enjoy the Magic City at twilight.
From Downtown Miami to South Beach, here are 10 luxe hotspots with daily specials on happy hour cocktails and bar bites:
Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company’s Happiest Of Hours
The multi award-winning Sweet Liberty recently received both Editor’s and People’s Choice votes for Best Happy Hour and Best High Volume Bar from the 2017 Pineapple Awards, which honors the beverage industry in the Magic City, (event coming soon to NYC).
Classic Daiquiri at Sweet Liberty’s Happiest Of Hours
White Rum, Fresh Lime Juice and Simple Syrup (also shown, Old Fashioned of the Day).
Sweet Liberty Happiest Of Hours is celebrated daily, from 4pm-7pm. Enjoy $.75 oysters with the Classic Daiquiri ($5) or Old Fashioned of the Day ($8). Other Happy Hour drinks available include the Moscow Mule( $5), Rosé on tap ( $5), and several specially priced craft beers.
237 20th Street, Miami Beach, mysweetliberty.com, @mysweetliberty, @sweetlibertymia
ZUCCA Miami’s Happy Hour
Zucca Miami is an elegant Italian ristorante, with a separate bar and lounge area, inside the charming Hotel St. Michel in Coral Gables.
Nonna’s Mule at ZUCCA’s Happy Hour
Grappa, Watermelon, Lemongrass, Ginger and a Splash of Grapefruit Soda.
ZUCCA’s Happy Hour is available Monday to Friday from 5 to 8 pm in the separate bar/lounge. All cocktails and antipasti, such their delish Fiori di Zucca – fried zucchini flowers stuffed with mozzarella, are half-off. DJ Nuny Love spins on Fridays at 7pm.
162 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gables, 786 580-3731, zuccamiami.com, @zuccamiami
The Mayhaw’s 6 Til 6 Happy Hour at St. Roch Market Miami
The Mayhaw is a classically-rooted spirits bar featuring a cocktail program ranging from New Orleans classics to Prohibition to Tiki. The Mayhaw is the centerpiece of St. Roch Market food hall brand, which hails from New Orleans, and recently opened in the Miami Design District.
Bees Knees at The Mayhaw’s 6 Til 6 Happy Hour
Bombay Dry Gin, Honey-Cardamom Syrup and Lemon.
The Mayhaw’s Happy Hour at St. Roch Market Miami is available Mon – Fri, 4pm – 6pm. In addition to $6 drink specials from its classic New Orleans menu, The Mayhaw offer two signature cocktails – Fink’s Curse and Fro – J (frozen Irish coffee), from its signature cocktail menu as well as a selection of wine and craft beer.
140 NE 39th St Suite #241, Miami, miami.strochmarket.com, @StRochMarketmia
Kiki On The River’s Aperitivo
Kiki On The River is a gorgeous waterfront outdoor/indoor venue featuring traditional Greek cuisine and Mediterranean-inspired cocktails along with champagne and wines.
Amber Spritz at Kiki’s Aperitivo
Martini Ambrato, Tonic, Lemon Bitters and Rosemary.
Kiki ‘s Aperitivo (Happy Hour) is available Tuesday- Friday, from 4pm until sunset. A variety of Kiki Spritzes are offered for $10, along with bar bite specials, like Grilled Octopus or Eggplant & Zucchini Chips.
450 Northwest North River Drive, Miami, kikiontheriver.com, @KikiOnTheRiver
Lobster Bar Sea Grille Twilight Happy Hour
This glittering restaurant features a sleek marble bar, and serves creative seafood and cocktails.
The Morpheus at Lobster Bar’s Twilight Happy Hour
Boodles Gin, St. Germain Liqueur, Sour Mix, Lemon, Lavender Petals, and Edible Hibiscus Flowers.
Lobster Bar Sea Grille Twilight Happy Hour is available Monday – Friday, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Sip Twilight cocktails and wines ($8-9), along with some Cold Water Bluepoint Oysters ($1.75 each/3 min.) or the Buttery House Smoked Salmon Tarte with Crème Fraîche ($7).
404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, buckheadrestaurants.com/lobster-bar-sea-grille-miami-beach, @LobsterBarSeaGrilleMiamiBeach
Bar Centro at Bazaar Mar’s Merienda Hour
José Andrés’s cocktail bar, located inside his Bazaar Mar restaurant at the SLS Brickell, features drinks made with a variety of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables as well as modern tools of liquid nitrogen and organic emulsifiers to elevate the classics as well as the new classics.
The Sevillana at Bazaar Mar’s Bar Centro Merienda Hour
Espolón Tequila, Habanero Absolut Vodka, Watermelon, Lemon, Mint, and Salt Air.
Bazaar Mar’s Bar Centro hosts Merienda Hour on Tuesday-Friday, from 5pm-7pm. The Happy Hour offers a selection of cocktails—including crowd favorites: Sevillana, Sangria Roja and Spanish Aperol Spritz— staring at $8. Enjoy them with “sea snacks” from the James Beard award-winning chef, like Hamachi Cones and Lobster Croquettas, starting at $6.
1300 S Miami Avenue (in the SLS Brickell), Miami, sbe.com/bazaar-mar, @bazaarmarbyjose
Byblos Miami’s Unwind & Dine Happy Hour
The glamorously chic Byzantine-décored restaurant and lounge offers exotic cocktails to enjoy with its excellent Eastern Mediterranean cuisine.
Gulab at Byblos Miami Happy Hour
Absolut Elyx Vodka, Pomegranate Syrup, Fresh Lemon and Rose Essence; garnished with Rose Water Mist and Fresh Flowers.
Habibi Marguerite Spiked Tea at Byblos Miami Happy Hour
Chili-Spiced Strawberry Tea, Cilantro, Lime And Avion Reposado Tequila. Spicy Fresco Chili, Strawberries and Cilantro.
Byblos Miami’s Unwind & Dine Happy Hour is hosted daily, from 6pm-7pm. Cocktails favorites are available at $8, plus, two options of Spiked Tea for Two, ($18), the Edgware Road and the Habibi Marguerite. Enjoy with Mediterranean small bites, from $6-12, like Duck Kibbeh and Snapper Crudo.
1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, byblosmiami.com, @ByblosMiami
Forte Dei Marmi Miami’s Proper Italian Aperitivo
Forte Dei Marmi (FDM), is a super-chic Italian eatery, with a second-floor lounge, helmed by Two Michelin Starred Chef Antonio Mellino. Along with handmade pasta, and other Italian classics, Forte Dei Marmi offers an all-Italian wine list and premium cocktails.
Prosecco at Forte Dei Marmi’s Proper Italian Aperitivo
Pair $10 glasses of Ca’ del Bosco Organic Franciacorta (an Italian prosecco champagne) with the Great White Oyster Plate ($10), served on noted Italian designer Henri Timi’s produced ice plates. Or, enjoy weekly creative bites as you listen to live vinyl music sets at the upstairs lounge.
150 Ocean Drive, Miami, FL 33139, fdmmiami.com, @fdmmiami
Meat Market Miami Beach’s Happy Hour/ After Dark
This red meat steakhouse has a thriving bar scene that attracts a stylish clientele to this trendy indoor-outdoor venue.
Tangerine Dream at Meat Market Happy Hour/After Dark
Nolet’s Gin, Kiwi, Orange and Prosecco.
Meat Market’s Happy Hour is hosted daily; 4pm – 7pm. Sip on a glass of NV Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label or a Classic Belvedere Martini for $10, with fresh oysters ($2 each/ 6 min.). Signature cocktails and wine by the glass ($8), Premium domestic and Imported Beer ($3.50) are also available.
Meat Market Miami Beach’s After Dark is held every Thursday, from 9pm to close; and, also features guest DJs, musicians and special guests.
915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, meatmarket.net/miami-beach, @MeatMarketMiami
Jezebel Bar + Kitchen Happy Hour
Jezebel Bar + Kitchen, Liquid Hospitality’s brand-new cocktail lounge and restaurant, offers a delectable happy hour available Monday–Saturday, from 5pm-8pm. Guests can sip on $8 cocktails and $5 draft beers and select wines by the glass. Even thirstier guests can indulge in $20-$25 sparkling bottle specials and Mojito, Sangria or Rum pitchers for $25. Also, on the happy hour menu are a variety of bites, ($4-$9), including a mini lobster taco with grilled mango, avocado, cilantro, and jalapeno.
1625 Michigan Avenue (off Lincoln Road), Miami Beach, jezebelmiami.com, @jezebelmiami