Looking for the best happy hours in Miami with killer water views? Here are a few of the best restaurants and bars in the area.
Where to Drink and Dine in Miami
BEST ROOFTOP BARS IN MIAMI
WHERE TO DRINK
PAWN BROKER AT THE LANGFORD HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN
Situated atop the Langford Hotel in Downtown, Pawn Broker is Miami’s newest hotspot for local young professionals, especially during happy hour (Monday – Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.). Nosh on bites from Pubbelly Group and sip on craft cocktails like The Pawnbroker (a spin on the Old Fashioned) and the Lady Lindy (a smokey-meets-floral libation). 121 East 1st Street, Miami, FL 33131, pawnbrokermiami.com.
SUGAR AT EAST MIAMI IN BRICKELL
Crowds have been flocking to Sugar ever since it opened in the brand new EAST Miami Hotel inside Brickell City Centre. The 40th floor rooftop bar and garden offers pricey cocktails and Asian tapas. And you might want to show up early to avoid standing in long lines. 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131, east-miami.com.
C-LEVEL ROOFTOP TERRACE AT THE CLEVELANDER ON SOUTH BEACH
It doesn’t get any more touristy than the Clevelander, but then again, you already know that and you still go. Be aware that the rooftop bar doesn’t open to the public until 7 p.m and drinks are pretty pricey. Views of Ocean Drive and the main downstairs bar are awesome. There’s usually a DJ spinning beats and it’s definitely a high-energy party atmosphere. 1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, clevelander.com.
AREA 31 AT THE EPIC IN DOWNTOWN
The views here are absolutely stunning: Brickell Avenue skyline to the south and Miami River plus Biscayne Bay to the east. The crowd here is very Miami chic and it’s definitely a trendy scene on Friday nights. Speaking of Fridays, the happy hour specials are pretty darn good: $5 drinks and bar bites at 5 p.m., $6 at 6 p.m., $7 at 7 p.m. and so on until closing. There’s usually a DJ spinning beats on Wednesday – Saturday. 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way on the 16th Floor, Miami, FL 33131, area31restaurant.com.
EDGE STEAK & BAR AT THE FOUR SEASONS IN BRICKELL
The food here is a-freaking-mazing. And so are the cocktails. It’s hands down one of my favorite happy hour hotspots in Miami and runs 7 days a week from 4 to 7 p.m. The indoor bar is a cool scene, but I like the outdoor loungy fire pits even better. You can even order s’mores! Be aware that the view here isn’t quite as fabulous as the others on the list because you’d have to walk to the edge of the pool deck to really see much. 1435 Brickell Avenue on the 7th Floor, Miami, FL 33131, edgerestaurantmiami.com.
50TH FLOOR ROOFTOP AT THE W HOTEL IN BRICKELL
There are no other views like this in the entire city. It’s the 50th floor! Get ready to dance the night away to high-energy beats, usually hip-hop and house music. 484 Brickell Avenue on the 50th Floor, Miami, FL 33131, starwoodhotels.com.
JUVIA AT THE LINCOLN ROAD PARKING GARAGE ON SOUTH BEACH
The Miami Beach views here are seriously drop-dead gorgeous. Unlike the Clevelander, Juvia is not a touristy locale, it’s a hotspot for well-heeled locals and the menu gets rave reviews from every foodie in town. The location on Lincoln Road can’t be beat and it’s close to tons of boutiques and outdoor cafes. The entrance to Juvia is a private elevator located on Lennox. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139, juviamiami.com.
WHERE TO DINE
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS
- Bistrot Bagatelle on Miami Beach
- Coya Miami in Brickell
- Byblos on South Beach
- The Continental on Miami Beach
- The Driftwood Room on Miami Beach
- 27 Restaurant on Miami Beach
BEST RESTAURANTS THAT ARE REALLY EXPENSIVE BUT TOTALLY WORTH THE SPLURGE
- Azul at Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key
- Edge Steak & Bar at Four Seasons Miami
- db Bistro at JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown
- Zuma at the EPIC in Downtown
- Prime 112, Prime Italian and Prime Fish in SoFi (South of Fifth on South Beach)
- Joe’s Stone Crab on South Beach
- Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau on Miami Beach
- Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle
BEST RESTAURANTS THAT AREN’T QUITE AS PRICEY, BUT AREN’T CHEAP EITHER
- Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami
- Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
- Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the Design District
- Yardbird Southern Table & Bar on South Beach
- Swine Southern Table in Coral Gables
- Red Fish Grill in Matheson Hammock Park
- Greet Street Cafe in Coconut Grove
- Harry’s Pizza in Coconut Grove and the Miami Design District
BEST CHEAP EATS
- Coyo Taco in Wynwood
- Lost Weekend on Miami Beach
- Wynwood Diner
- Big Pink in South Beach
- Pride and Joy in Wynwood
- Shake Shack on South Beach and in South Miami