It doesn’t take much to get thirsty Miamians out for happy hour after the 5 p.m. whistle blows. But for the next few months, bright sun and rising temperatures will bring many more out to crowd the city’s patios and partake in drink and dish discounts. But a good summer happy hour is about more than a nice patio and access to fresh air; it’s about a place that has fresh, seasonal cuisine, refreshing cocktails — or at least a cheap draft — to cool off with, and good vibes to the core. Here are the best happy hours in Miami for whiling away summer afternoons or late nights.
26 Sushi & Tapas
With fresh, umami-rich seafood, fragrant fruit infusions and authentic Latin-American tapas, 26 Sushi & Tapasoffers a culinary highlight reel of Nikkei–style cooking while maintaining a 100% kosher certified menu. Apart from standout sushi offerings, the restaurant also boasts an impressive, 2-hour long, late-night Happy Hour availableSunday through Thursday from 9PM-11PM. The Surfside mainstay has updated their Happy Hour food selection to include several Tapas-style items priced between $6 and $8 dollars. For $6, items on offer include house favorites such as the Lubina Piachina Dumplings – Chilean seabass, chimichurri, togarashi, rocotu pozu; Nitro Scallops – tempura batter “scallops”, rocoto aioli, mixed greens and sesame with a sweet sauce; and more. For $8, options include but are not limited to the Crunchy Lettuce Wraps – tempura corvina, Asian slaw, cashew pistachio crumble and aji Amarillo aioli; Los Marlins Tacos (hard or soft tortillas available) – corvina, red cabbage, diced tomato and cilantro aioli;, Cheesy Duo Empanadas – aromatic herb-infused empanada dough, cheese, and platano maduros; and El Miamito Roll – tuna, salmon, mango, topped with avocado, coconut and guava. Guests 21 and over can enjoy 2-for-1 drinks depending on the day:
- Sunday: “Sunday Funday” – 2-for-1 Mimosas (available all day)
- Monday: “Mojito Monday” – 2-for-1 Mojitos
- Tuesday: “Tequila Tuesday” – 2-for-1 Tequila cocktails
- Wednesday: “Watermelon Wednesday” – 2 for 1 Watermelon Elyx cocktails
- Thursday: “Whiskey Thursday” – 2-for-1 Whiskey cocktails
26 Sushi & Tapas is located at 9487 Harding Avenue in Surfside. Telephone: (305) 200-2626;http://www.26sushitapas.com/.
Ariete, one of Coconut Grove’s most beloved dining gems, also doubles as one of the neighborhood’s Happy Hour mainstays, serving up killer bites paired with 25% off of all booze from 4PM to 7PM daily (bar/cocktail seating only). Under Head Bartender Bobby Gilardi’s direction, the libations at Ariete reflect the rich cultural history of South Florida and are equally as enticing as the fare. The lineup of cocktails is broken down into four categories – Bubble Your Troubles Away, Miami Legends, Ariete OGs, and ¿Cafecito? Think exciting and tongue in cheek drinks that are sure to distract your mind from the long work day, like the Walter Mercado – Sipsmith gin, Bruxo X mezcal, yellow chartreuse, agave treacle, CBD-infused butterfly pea tea, y MUCHO MUCHO AMOR! Ariete is located at3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. Telephone: (305) 640-5862; https://arietemiami.com/.
Beaker & Gray
Inarguably one of Wynwood’s best Happy Hours, Beaker & Gray offers $5 beers, $6 glasses of wine and $7 classic cocktails including a Moscow Mule, Margarita, Sazerac and more. In the spirit of summer in Miami, the bar has debuted its “Summer Fridays” Happy Hour, which will feature Beaker & Gray’s signature offerings beginning at 3PM every Friday until Labor Day weekend. The Wynwood hotspot recently updated their Happy Hour food selection to include a handful of new items priced between $5 and $7. Options include Pork Fried Rice with baby back rib, green papaya and furikake; Grilled Cheese with brioche, swiss and tomato dip; Adzuki Bean Falafel with roasted jalapeño ranch and curry BBQ; Creamy Cucumber with tzatziki and pickled shallot; Yucca Fries with salt & vinegar and mojo; and Cheesy Fries with huancaina and queso fresco. Beaker & Gray’s Happy Hour takes placeMonday through Friday from 4PM until 7PM, as well as Sunday through Thursday from 11PM until 2AM, for those who prefer a late-night happy hour. Beaker & Gray is located at 2637 North Miami Avenue in Wynwood.www.beakerandgray.com.
Full Menu: Beaker & Gray Happy Hour
BLT Prime, the famed New American steakhouse that has become Doral’s premier dining destination since opening in 2014, also doubles as the city’s mainstay for post-work libations, pre-dinner sips, or a complement to the afternoon golf game. Offered Monday through Friday, from 4PM to 7PM, Happy Hour at the welcoming bar – overlooking the famed Blue Monster golf course – invites guests to wind down with stellar drink specials, priced at$5, $10 and $15. Enjoy refreshing cocktails like the refined Ambrose with Brugal rum, orange curacao, lime juice and honey ginger syrup; the Lychee Martini with Finlandia vodka, lychee and St. Germain liqueur; South Sangriawith choice of red or white wine, figenza, brandy, passion fruit, pineapple and citrus; or Calle 8 with Hangar 1 mandarin blossom, tuaca liqueur, guava puree, and a splash of lime ($10). For guests that prefer their drinks neat – sip on Monkey Shoulder scotch, Tullamore Dew whiskey or Tin Cup whiskey ($10). Wine and bubble pours on offer are Harken Chardonnay, Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon, or Caposaldo Prosecco ($10). Beer choices will include Bud Light or Sandbar Sunday ($5). There are $5 bar Bites as well including Day Boat Ceviche with chulpe corn, avocado, red onion and aji amarillo and Marinated Olives tossed with lemon, herbs and manchego cheese. For $10, more substantial dishes of Fresh Maine Lobster BLT on a toasted Hawaiian bun, tropical slaw, smoked bacon and pico de gallo or Spicy Ahi Tuna Tacos with citrus ponzu, sriracha aioli and micro cilantro are available, and $15 will bring you a Slider Trio of beef, pork and salmon or a Mediterranean Flatbread. BLT Prime is located at Trump National Doral Miami®, 4400 NW 87th Avenue. Reservations recommended at (305) 591–6606 orwww.bltprimemiami.com.
The casual Mexican restaurant, located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, sits in the heart of the resort’s pool-scape which overlooks the Atlantic. Miami’s only oceanfront, coastal Mexican restaurant, Cantina Beach presents innovative menu additions and daily specials inspired by Mexico’s culinary regions. Enjoy a variety of Happy Hour specials throughout the week. $8 Tacos and $10 Key Biscayne Margaritas are offered Wednesday – Friday from 5PM – 7PM; every Friday from 6PM to 9PM join the Cantina Nights celebration with street food stations and mini margaritas for $5 per item; and all day on Thursdays enjoy Taco Thursday with two tacos and two mini margaritas for $15. The enchantment of Cantina doesn’t just end with the food and cocktails, the décor is just as charming. The restaurant has a thatched palapa roof built by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, tiki torches and a fire pit, all nestled nicely by the ocean. Cantina Beach is located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at 455 Grand Bay Drive. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 11AM to 9PM and Friday and Saturday from 11AM to 10PM.
Happy Hour at Chug’s is not-to-be-missed, with plenty of daily and weekly drink specials for all to enjoy. Daily offerings include a $7 beer and frita pairing from 4PM until close and $2 Miller High Life Ponies all day long. Weekly specials are as follows: Wednesday – $25 bottles of wine all day (Nielsen Pinot Noir and Primaterra Pinot Grigio); Friday – $10 Fried Chicken (Beginning at 4PM until sold out), $5 Beer, $5 Classic Frita; and on Saturday and Sunday – $5 Mimosa station (Dine-in only). Chug’s, located at 3444 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. Happy Hour is available daily from 4PM to 8PM. Telephone: (786) 534-8722. Website: www.chugsdiner.com.
For cocktail connoisseurs, Happy Hour seekers and locals on the hunt for a perfectly-made drink in an unpretentious, welcoming setting, visit The Commodore. Located at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami, the cocktail club features both a regal indoor bar and lounge, a tropically lush covered patio, a compelling cocktail list of classics and innovative libations, and a bites menu designed to pair well with their featured spirits. Imbibers can enjoy Happy Hour seven days a week from 5PM – 7PM. $9 cocktails include the Cucumber Mule, Papa Dobleand Uno Mas; red, white, rose and sparkling wine for $7; and $5 Modelo. Snacks ($7 – $9) include ahi tuna tacos; trio of spreads with tzatziki, hummus, spinach and pita chips; empanadas with ground beef, chimichurri and smoked tomato salsa; and arancinis with tomato jam, grana padano and orange zest. The Commodore is located at 3300 SW 27th Avenue at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. Guests receive a discounted rate of $7 for valet with validation.
Dune Burgers on the Beach at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
Every Sunday guests enjoy a beachside lounge party with a live DJ spinning beginning at 3PM until the sun sets at Dune Burgers. This contemporary beachside oasis is located on the private beach at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. Just steps from the ocean, visitors can spend lazy days relaxing with their feet in the sand and a frozen drink in their hand on plush seating or in a private VIP cabana. Dune has its very own tiki bar where you will find island icon, bartender Geno Marron, serving and entertaining guests. A bevy of beverages include Gino’s specialty frozen cocktails and an extensive list of champagne, rose wines and beers from all over the world. The menu includes shared appetizers, salads, and one-of-a-kind hand-crafted burgers made with a proprietary blend of beef short rib, brisket and chuck. This signature flavor combination and texture has made Dune Burgers a Key favorite. Beyond burgers, other sensations on a bun include the Deep Sea – blackened Mahi, mango and pineapple cabbage slaw, cilantro and tartar sauce; the Mojo – a house patty topped with roasted pulled pork, yellow mustard, Swiss cheese, garlic and oregano Mojo; and the Signature with ground bison, foie gras, pecan wood smoked bacon, red leaf lettuce, house made pickle, truffle lime aioli and red wine demi. is Dune Burgers is located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at 455 Grand Bay Drive. Valet parking validation is available.
ETARU Las Olas
Located in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, ETARU Las Olas caters to the many Happy Hour-seekers in the area. The Japanese robatayaki restaurant recently debuted its Sunset Rosé Happy Hour just in time for summer. Every night of the week, from 5PM until 9PM, guests may enjoy glasses of Whispering Angel rosé on ETARU’s terrace for just $4 a glass. Bar snacks priced at $5 for Happy Hour are available from 4:30PM to 7PM and include signature favorites such as Japanese Fried Chicken with yuzu kosho mayo; Steam Pork Dumplings with mushroom and truffle; ETARU Beef Slider with tomato, onion and shiitake; and Sweetcorn with wasabi lime butter and shichimi. During the week, ETARU also offers a handful of promotions such as a Late-Night Whiskey Happy Hour offering 50% off select Japanese whiskeys from 9PM until close on Thursdays and half-priced bottles of wine on Wednesdays. ETARU Las Olas is located at 500 East Las Olas Boulevard in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. ETARU Las Olas is located in the Icon Las Olas at 500 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Parking is available at the Icon. Telephone: (954) 477-8068. Website: www.etarurestaurant.us
Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden
The chic Coconut Grove eatery is making hump day worth it with a special offer, “Rosé for the Ladies”. Bring the gals from the office or meet up with your girlfriends for a selection of rosé for only $5 per glass in the lush garden terrace. Offer available from 5PM-10PM on Wednesdays. Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden is located at 3300 SW 27th Avenue at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. Guests receive a discounted rate of $7 for valet with validation. Telephone: (305) 400-0562. www.isabellescoconutgrove.com
Kickstart the weekend with Friday’s at La Côte! Purchase a bottle of Domaines Ott Rosé and get a second bottle compliments of La Côte, every Friday, all day. Enjoy complimentary tasting samples, upbeat music and tapas as you kick off the weekend at Fontainebleau’s oceanside Mediterranean bistro boasting oceanfront views of the Atlantic on one side and Fontainebleau’s iconic poolscape on the other. This offer is available every Friday in June & July from 11AM – 7PM For more information on summer programming, visit: fontainebleau.com/summer or call(305) 674-4641.
Lightkeepers located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, the casually elegant restaurant and bar offers daily specials and additional themed Happy Hours throughout the week. Guests can kick back Oceanside and sip on refreshing libations by the restaurants talented bar crew, while enjoying delicious bites. Happy Hour specials follow: Daily Happy Hour 5PM – 8 PM ($5 – $8 Bar Bites and Cocktails in the Bar area only); Monday Burger & Brew 5PM – 10PM ($15 LK Burger and Draft Beer in the Bar lounge only); Tap Tap Tuesday 5PM – 10PM (½ off all Draft Beer and Wine in the Bar lounge only; Thursday Ladies Night 5PM – 10PM ($1 Champagne and $1 Oysters in the Bar lounge only); Seafood Friday 6PM – 11PM ($59 Unlimited Raw Bar *Chef’s Selection and $25 Bottomless Bubbly and Beer). Lightkeepers is located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at 455 Grand Bay Drive. Valet parking validation is available. Telephone: (305) 365-4156; www.lightkeepersmiami.com.
A treasure trove of fresh, creative dishes with a bustling bar scene and elegant atmosphere, Lure Fishbar, located in the Loews Hotel has become a staple for seafoodies as well as a haven for Miami locals. The Happy Hour menu (served at the bar only from 6PM – 7:30PM) includes an array of raw bar and sushi offerings; shucked oysters and fresh shellfish are plentiful and priced right at $1.50 each. Light bites ($8) include Sushi Roll choices of: Salmon Avocado, Spicy Tuna, or Hamachi Scallion; Crispy Rice Cakes – Spicy Tuna, Crispy Nori, Ponzu; Edamame – Sea Salt; Spicy Fried Oysters – Mustard Remoulade, Capers; Fried Calamari – Lime, Cilantro Yuzu Mayo;Chicken Skewers – Aji Panca Marinade or Bash Burger Sliders (2 per order). Signature Cocktails on offer include ($8): Flying Jaff – Appleton Rum, Pedro Ximenez, Demerara, Orange; Caipirinha – Leblon, Lime, Sugar;Lightship – Vodka, Campari, Cocchi Americano, Pineapple; The Blinker – Old Forester Bourbon, Grapefruit, Grenadine, Lemon; The Blackfin Cisco – The Botanist Gin, Amaro Montenegro, Blackberries, Lemon; andTommy’s Margarita –Tequila, Lime, Agave. Also available for just $8, are Red Wine, White Wine, Prosecco, Rosé and Sake selections. Lure Fishbar is located in the historic St. Moritz Tower at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Avenue. Happy Hour is available seven days a week from 6PM-7:30PM. Open for dinner nightly at 6PM. Telephone: (305) 695-4550; www.lurefishbar.com
Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina
Social Hour at Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina is the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle at this Fontainebleau hotspot. Purchase any specialty cocktail and get the second for $1. Specially-priced bar bites, beer & wine also available. Social Hour is from 5PM – 7PM and Reverse Hour is from 11PM to Midnight. Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina is located at 4441 Collins Avenue inside Fontainebleau Miami Beach, located right off the main lobby. They are open daily for dinner from 5PM until midnight and open for lunch at noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For reservations or to call in a takeaway order, dial (305) 674-4636. For more information, visit:https://fontainebleau.com/dining/pizza-burger. Follow Pizza & Burger, by Michael Mina and Chef Michael Mina on Instagram & Twitter at @dineBLEAU and @ChefMichaelMina
StripSteak by Michael Mina
Every Thursday, from 5PM – 7 PM, StripSteak by Michael Mina is raising the bar with “Cigar Social”. Priced at $25++ per guest, and located on the outdoor terrace of StripSteak, this classic American Steakhouse will feature a spirit thoughtfully paired with a cigar – perfect for enthusiasts as the series will educate on the interaction between cigar and spirit. For more information on summer programming, visit: fontainebleau.com/summer or call (305) 674-4641.
RUMBAR located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is offering summer happy hour specials startingMonday, July 8. A staple and one of the only venues in Miami to enjoy live Latin music, RUMBAR transports guests into the 1940s Havana-style bar and lounge with a new transformation. Palmetto high ceiling fans, rich-dark woods and sultry ambiance recalls the past, yet, offers a contemporary, modern look. The updated space now offers additional bar and lounge seating as well. RUMBAR is located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at455 Grand Bay Drive.
Two Timing Mondays & Tuesdays: Two cocktails for the price of one, 5PM to 10PM
Tostones Takeover Wednesdays: Choice of one signature cocktail along with flight of chef’s choice tostones for $12, 5PM to 10PM
Cocktails and Croquetas Thursday: One order of croquetas and specialty cocktail for $12, 5PM to 10PM with Live Music (Guitarist)
Rum y Cafecito Fridays: ½ off cigars, $10 rum and cafecito cocktails, rum & cafecito cocktail cart, a cigar roller and domino table set up, Fridays 7PM – Close. Music changes up seasonally (guitar player, steel drums, jazz, etc.)
Salsa Night Saturdays: Salsa dance lessons, choice of one signature cocktail with the salsa and guacamole for $12, 7PM to 10PM with Domino table set up.
Late Night Happy Hour Monday – Friday: $5 – $8 bites, select cocktails and wines, 10PM – Close
RUMBAR is located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at 455 Grand Bay Drive. Valet parking validation is available.
Key Biscayne’s iconic dining destination, the Rusty Pelican, offers an idyllic waterfront Happy Hour in the lounge area, Monday-Friday from 4PM-7PM. New on the menu, guests can enjoy a variety of nibbles including the Rusty Slider—house blend burger, pickle, lettuce, tomato, American cheese, and special sauce; Corvina Ceviche with sweet potatoes, choclo, lime juice, aji amarillo, and cilantro; Sautéed Clams with chorizo, white wine, garlic, parsley, and pesto ($8); Serrano Ham Croquette with roasted garlic aioli; Salmon Roll—ginger, cucumber, hamachi, and truffle ponzu; Mediterranean Mussels with sweet and spicy coconut cream ($10); Fried Calamariaccompanied by citrus “buffalo” sauce; Lamb Ribs with chorizo crumbs, mint pea purée, and parsley; and a classicShrimp Cocktail with chilled poached shrimp and homemade cocktail sauce. Libations include Bottled Beer for $5; Well Liquors $6; and House Wines $7. Signature cocktails by Head Mixologist Oscar Amaya for $8 include the Cucumber Martini; Lychee Martini; Floridita; Soul Caipirinha; House Mojito; House Margarita; and select Spritzes. The Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. Telephone: (305) 361-3818;www.therustypelican.com.
The new concept by Miami’s acclaimed KNR Hospitality Group and Executive Chef Josh Gripper offers a daily happy hour, from 6:30-7:30PM, that’s the perfect beginning to an evening. Start the night with an assortment ofSnacks ($9): Sicilian Arancini—eggplant caponata, parmesan; Deviled Eggs—caviar, crispy chicken skin; Prawn Cocktail with lemon and fresh horseradish; and a variety of East and West Coast Oysters ($1.75). SignatureCocktails ($8) include: Lemon Zest Expression—Russian Standard Vodka, lemon, agave, basil and Raspberry Oasis—Don Q Blanco Tequila, raspberry, and lemon Cocchi Americano. Select Wine ($6-7) and Champagne ($14-21) are on offer as well. RWSB is located inside W South Beach Hotel & Residences, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. Municipal parking is available. Telephone: (305) 938-3112; www.rwsbmiami.com
Located in the South of Fifth neighborhood on South Beach, The ScapeGoat is an intimate bar that specializes in all-American beers, spirits, wines, and cocktails. Conceptualized by the team behind Coconut Grove mainstays Ariete and Taurus Beer & Whiskey House, this late-night watering hole offers a menu complete with classic cocktails, inventive libations and indulgent bar snacks. Daily Happy Hour is from 5PM to 8PM and includes $4 select beer; $6 select wine; and $8 select cocktails. The ScapeGoat is located at 100 Collins Avenue (CU4) in Miami Beach. Telephone: (786) 275-6488; https://scapegoatsobe.com/.
Taurus Beer & Whiskey House
Nestled in one of Coconut Grove’s idyllic tree-lined avenues is one of Miami’s most historic and venerated bars, Taurus Beer & Whiskey House. Serving as the area’s premier watering hole, Taurus is known and treasured for its specialized whisky selection and eclectic American fare. Their daily Happy Hour takes place from 4PM to 7PM and includes 30% off select drinks. On Wednesdays, guests can take advantage of Whiskey Wednesday and enjoy 30% off all whiskies. Taurus Beer & Whiskey House is located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. The bar is open daily from 4PM to 3AM. Telephone: (305) 529-6523; www.taurusbeerandwhiskey.com.
Located in the heart of Downtown Miami inside the InterContinental hotel, Toro Toro offers a half price Happy Hourfrom 4PM-7PM seven days a week. Half price Bar Bites include Chicken & Chorizo Croquettes; Korean Fried Chicken Sliders; Roasted Corn & Bacon Guacamole; Crispy Calamari; Chicharron de Camarones; Truffle Fries and more. Drink specials include $5 drafts; $6 house wines and $7 well liquors. In addition to their everyday Happy Hour, Toro Toro features a special Tacos, Cervezas & Margaritas Happy Hour on Tuesday’s from 4PM-close with one of a kind $5 deals – $5 margaritas, $5 beers and two tacos for $5. Toro Toro is located at 100 Chopin Plaza inside the InterContinental hotel in Downtown Miami. Telephone: (305) 372-4710.www.torotoromiami.com.