Check out these 25 quintessential happy hour hotspots in the Magic City.
There’s nothing better than the happy hour scene in Miami. Whether you’re in the mood for comfy and casual or upscale and trendy, there’s plenty of excellent happy hour bars and restaurants to try that will have you and your wallet feeling very happy.
Ted’s Hideaway in SoFi
Located in the South of Fifth neighborhood, Ted’s Hideaway is an unassuming dive bar where low-key locals, late-night club-goers, and just about anyone else can drink in harmony. Its giant, neon-purple sign leads the way to a dark, smoky interior, which boasts classic elements like a pool table, a juke box, and of course, the bar. Go there during happy hour, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. daily, and get 2-for-1 drafts, wines and well drinks.
Cecconi’s at Soho Beach House
Classic Italian-style Cecconi’s is nestled in a tree-lined outdoor garden inside member’s only Soho Beach House, and presents a revamped “4 to 7” happy hour (Tuesday to Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m.). The restaurant serves up signature dishes of eggplant bruschetta, ham and cheese croquettes and pairs plates with classic cocktails like Negroni, Caipirinha, and select wines by the glass.
Cantina La Viente in Brickell
Featuring gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay and Brickell Key, Brickell culinary gem Cantina La Viente offers an elevated Mexican dining experience and features the largest selection of high-end tequilas and mezcals. Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. On Tuesdays, partake in “Taco Tuesday” with a specially-priced taco menu including delectable favorites: Tacos de Ribeye Con Queso, Tacos de Langosta and Tacos de Cochinita.
River Yacht Club on the Miami River
At the posh River Yacht Club overlooking the Miami River enjoy discounted bar bites and premium “throwback” cocktails and wine Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Nosh on savory bites like Mini Prime Cheeseburgers, Grouper Bites, a trio of Ceviche and Mini Crab Cakes. Discounted cocktails include the Cosmopolitan, Tequila Sunrise, Apple Martini, Blue Lagoon and Gin-N-Juice.
Pawn Broker at the Langford
Part of the Pubbelly Group franchise, Pawn Broker is a sophisticated, old-timey cocktail bar on the rooftop of Downtown Miami’s historic Langford Hotel. Serving up a menu of Prohibition-era drinks like The Giggle Water, a bathtub gin drink with lemon oil and lavender aromas. Go for happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and score discounted classic cocktails, beer and wine.
Mondrian in South Beach
At the waterfront Mondrian, the bar offers the longest-running happy hour in all Miami-Dade County. Featuring an impressive five-hour happy hour (4 to 9 p.m.), five days a week sip discounted specialty cocktails like the Serenity Swizzle with chamomile-infused Hennessy VS, muddled tarragon, notes of green apple and lemon and mixed with maple syrup. Nosh on light bites by Executive Chef Dustin Atoigue and enjoy those drop-dead gorgeous water views—especially at sunset (the hotel faces west toward Downtown).
Monty’s in SoFi and the Grove
Located in the South of Fifth neighborhood and also in Coconut Grove, Monty’s is a classic here in Miami, one known for its delicious raw bar, relaxed, Tiki hut vibes, fresh-caught local seafood and live music. The location on the Beach is one of the best places to watch the Miami sunset. Go Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and score half off well drinks. Make sure you head to the raw bar where you’ll find $1 oysters that will keep you coming back for more.
Area 31 at the EPIC
Located at the sophisticated EPIC Hotel & Residences (where I used to live!), Area 31 is a 16th-floor pool front restaurant known for its waterfront views, delicious Mediterranean seafood and popular happy hours packed with young professionals. Go there Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m., and you can get specialty drinks and bar bites for less. On Thursday, happy hour takes on a new meaning, as Area 31 hosts a #TBT Happy Hour with classic drinks and tunes, and revivals of old favorites, like Cosmos, Sex on the Beach, Mojitos and more, at special prices. On Fridays, Area 31 has its “Chase the Clock” happy hour, where drinks and snacks are priced according to the hour your get them, like $5 at 5 p.m., $6 at 6 p.m., $7 at 7 p.m., and so on.
High Tide at the Surfcomber
Located inside the Art Deco-style Kimpton Surfcomber in Miami Beach, High Tide is known for its prime location nestled between the hotel and the beach. Happy hour is the time to go (Monday-Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m.) and offers the perfect opportunity to try an impressive selection of sangria, rum punches, margaritas and more. Order the fish tacos and you’re set. Keep the party going inside at The Social Club (daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.) where you can score $5 martinis, wines, draft beers and specialty bites.
Beaker & Gray in Wynwood
Brian Nasajon and Ben Potts, co-owners of Beaker & Gray in Wynwood are upping the happy hour ante with Instant Karma, a special promotion that benefits a local charity and rotates monthly. Go from 4 to 7 p.m Monday through Friday and enjoy bites such as grilled cheese with smoked ham, Swiss cheese and pickles, Wagyu and Mangego cheese croquettes, savory Mochi and a variety of cocktails, beers and wines to wash it all down.
Katsuya at the SLS South Beach
The brainchild of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi and design guru Philippe Starck, Katsuya is one of the best places to try to rub elbows with the hip and trendy crowd. You’ll love the luxurious ambiance, creative Japanese plates with American influences and its prime location inside SLS South Beach. Every night, from 7 to 9 p.m., head upstairs to Katsuya’s Dragon Lounge, and you can pair specialty discounted cocktails with authentic Japanese small plates for a steal.
Lightkeepers at the Ritz on Key Biscayne
Lightkeepers, Key Biscayne’s casually elegant restaurant and bar with both views of the Atlantic and the The Ritz-Carlton’s sparkling pool offers daily happy hour specials (5 to 8 p.m.) and additional themed happy hour promotions throughout the week. Guests can kick back oceanside and sip on fresh concoctions by the restaurants talented bar crew and bites by Executive Chef Raul A. Del Pozo. Ladies Night is every Thursday and features a live DJ coupled with champagne and oysters, both priced at $1 – it’s the perfect setting for a night under stars.
Komodo in Brickell
Located in hot and happening Brickell, nightlife king David Grutman’s Komodo is a three-story restaurant and lounge offering Southeast Asian cuisine with a twist like Peking Duck, Tuna & Toro Roll and Lobster Dynamite. Komodo’s three bars offer a nightly happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. that includes discounted appetizers and specialty cocktails.
The Forge in Miami Beach
A historic icon on Miami Beach, The Forge hosts its Friday night Veuve Clicquot Happy Hour from 6 to 9 p.m. at its elegant, Francois Frossard-designed bar. Ooh and ahh at the luxurious crystal chandeliers, labyrinth-like wine cellar, wall of bubbles and more. After sipping on fantastically reduced glasses of fine Champagne, stay for dinner where you can nosh on Executive Chef Julia Doyne’s menu of king crab risotto followed by grasshopper chocolate lava cake with mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Barceloneta in Sunset Harbour
Tucked inside the ever popular Sunset Harbour neighborhood on the Beach, Barceloneta is a Spanish Mediterranean-style bistro with a tapas menu by Chef Juliana Gonzalez that will make your mouth water. Think spicy Patatas Bravas, sherry-dipped Brussel Sprouts, delectable Arroz Negro and a cider-infused version of Spanish chorizo called Chorizo a la Sidra. Drink specials include discounted signature cocktails, sangria by the glass, house liquor and draft beer every day from 5 to 8 p.m. with additional late-night happy hour specials Sunday-Thursday 11 p.m. to midnight as well as Friday and Saturday from midnight to 1 a.m.
Meat Market on Lincoln Road
Offering a haute spin on the traditional steakhouse, Meat Market features a dazzling dining scene and flavorful in the heart of pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road. Offered in the bar and lounge daily from 5 to 7 p.m., happy hour specials include high-end drinks like a classic Belvedere martini, NV Veuve Clicquot Brut or strawberry Caipirinha. Nosh on roasted escargot, gouda tater-tots, oysters, Asian BBQ lamb ribs—all courtesy of Executive Chef Sean Brasel.
Traymore at COMO
Another Art Deco gem, at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, you’ll find Traymore Restaurant & Gin Bar helmed by Executive Chef de Cuisine Juan Loaisiga who’s menu is a great mix of American favorites and Floridian seafood. The stand-out bar features 40 different kinds of gin as well as a unique gin and tonic flight program. A fan favorite is The Collins Park with Bulldog gin mixed with St- Germain liqueur, fresh basil and a combo of lemon and watermelon juices. Check out their daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. to try select cocktails and beer for a delightfully discounted price.
Big Easy Winebar at Brickell City Center
Experience the flavors of the Western Cape region of South Africa at Big Easy Winebar & Grill’s “Easy Hour” every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m. The restaurant is located in Miami’s Brickell City Centre. The new Easy Hour follows that same laid-back feel of a traditional happy hour with draft beers for half-off wines by the glass. Customize your “Easy Hour” bites with the Too Easy Plank, a selection of two items from the appetizer menu including the Fried Green Tomatoes, Oyster Gazpacho Shots, Boerie Bites, Pork Belly “Lollipops” or Mini Cauliflower Samosas.
Cleo at The Redbury
Known for its global and vibrant cuisine, Cleo at The Redbury South Beach has a hint of Old Hollywood charm. Chef Danny Elmaleh’s menu fuses the tastes and smells of the Mediterranean with an authentic menu of sharable plates, mezzes, flatbreads and handcrafted cocktails, like the Lotus Flower with Effen Vodka, crushed blackberries, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur and lemon. Go for happy hour daily from 6 to 8 p.m. and score select popular cocktails and small plates on the cheap.
Lilt Lounge at the EPIC
Led by renowned Beverage Director Dean Feddaoui, Lilt Lounge is a sultry, two-level lounge located on the first floor of the EPIC Hotel. A popular place to listen to live jazz music, the lounge is a who’s who of in-the-know locals. Go there for happy hour Tuesday through Saturday, from 6 to 10 p.m., and get $7-$10 glasses of wine, beer and Champagne, as well as discounted cocktails.
Scorpion Bar at Vintro Hotel
Just two blocks from the ocean in the northern part of South Beach, Scorpion Bar at Vintro Hotel offers a laid back and authentic ambiance. Check out the daily happy hour specials from 4 to 7 p.m. and sip on local craft beers like La Rubia from Wynwood Brewery or try one of the signature cocktails like the Scorpion with Casamigos Bianco Tequila, Grand Marnier, jalapeños, cilantro lime and a splash of pineapple juice. House wine, prosecco and beers are two for one. And signature select plates from Vintro Kitchen including lamb sliders with goat cheese and crispy calamari bruschetta.
Toro Toro in Downtown
Located in the waterfront Intercontinental Hotel overlooking Biscayne Bay, Toro Toro is a Pan Latin twist on the traditional steakhouse. In addition to its contemporary vibes and Chef Richard Sandoval’s creative sharing plates, Toro Toro offers both a regular happy hour, from 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays as well as an extended happy hour for locals that goes until 9 p.m. (must show a Florida ID).
Doraku on Lincoln Road and in Brickell
Doraku is one of the go-to sushi spots on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach and also in Brickell. Pair your sashimi and sushi with a glass of sangria, sake or new and creative cocktail and enjoy the potent flavors of Japan. The daily happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes the popular lychee martini, draft beer, house wine, margaritas, sangria and a long list of hot and cold bites.
Rusty Pelican on the Rickenbacker Causeway
On the heels of the launch of a newly revamped wine program and tantalizing new menu items, Rusty Pelican’s mixologist Oscar Amaya offers one of Miami’s best sunset happy hour settings – seemly tailor-made for sipping cocktails while enjoying the view. Try the Floridita inspired by the historic, first restaurant and cocktail bar in the old city of Havana, which was famous for its rum-based cocktails and was an old haunt of Ernest Hemingway. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
Biscayne Tavern in Downtown
Located on the ground floor of the YVE Hotel in Downtown, Biscayne Tavern is where you go for classic gastro pub-style comfort food, craft beers and seasonal ales. Viewed as a neighborhood hotspot, go there for happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. daily, and get half-off select snacks, well drinks, draft beers and house wines.
Well, what are you waiting for? Happy hour is calling your name! And check out these rooftop bars in Miami while you’re at it.