Miami's top happy hours

From salty to sporty to sublime.

The Sports Exchange, 45 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-774-1222; sportsexchangemiami.com. Sometimes happy hour coincides with a huge sporting event: the NCAA Basketball tourney, the World Cup, the World's Strongest Man Competition. And when that happens, you need somewhere to watch the game on a giant screen with the volume turned up loud. Enter the Sports Exchange on Miracle Mile. The big TV set is called "the Shrine" and resides behind the 50-foot bar. It's a 25-by-eight-foot, high-definition projection screen surrounded by eight 58-inch, high-definition plasma TV sets. Or you could cozy up to any of the other 24 large-screens throughout the restaurant. As for the volume, ask for a sound box and they'll bring you the modern-day equivalent of a drive-in microphone that plays the audio from any set you choose. Happy Hour: Monday through Friday 5 to 8 p.m. Two-for-one specials, $5 well, $3 domestic, and $3 house wine drink specials, as well as half-price appetizers and $5 pizza specials. Late-night happy hour: Monday through Friday 11 p.m. to closing.

Duffy's Tavern, 2108 Red Rd., Miami, 305-264-6580. "Where the Elite Meet to Eat" is Duffy's catch phrase. This might seem odd considering the thousands of empty beer bottles and mugs hanging like cave bats from the ceiling. Before you chuckle, though, look at the frames on the wall. You'd be hard-pressed to find likenesses of as many celebrities, athletes, and political heavyweights (former Prez Clinton says hey!) anyplace in Miami. That's the thing about old Irish sports bars: Everybody likes to hang out in them. And Duffy's opened in the 1930s, so it has withstood the test of time. Happy hour Monday through Friday 4 to 7 p.m. Late-night happy hour: 11 p.m. to close. Two-for-one drinks.

Hurricane Bar & Grill, 365 N. Royal Poinciana Blvd., Miami Springs; 305-884-5077. You can live your entire life in Miami and never go to Miami Springs, a sleepy town just north of Miami International Airport. And mostly that would be all right, except you'd miss out on this establishment in an anonymous group of storefronts on a nothing street. Step through the foyer and you realize you're in the Cheers of this small burg. Despite its location, it has attracted an impressive group of high-profile visitors from throughout Miami-Dade and the world. Pilots on break come in droves, as do former Miami Dolphins such as Don Strock and George Roberts. The place is a University of Miami Hurricanes stronghold. Former UM great George Mira even delivers his conch fritters to the joint, which you can get half off, along with the rest of the appetizers, during happy hour. The drink and meal happy hour specials are swell, but the real deal is the 16- to 18-ounce New York strip steak with a baked potato, salad, and garlic bread for $20. Happy hour: Monday through Friday 4 to 7 p.m. One dollar off everything from the bar and half off appetizers.

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The Democratic Republic of Beer

255 NE 14th St.
Miami, FL 33132

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Central Dade

Yard House Llc

320 San Lorenzo Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Dade

Titanic Brewery and Restaurant

5813 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

1201 Brickell Ave.
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Brickell

Fox's Sherron Inn

6030 S. Dixie Highway
South Miami, FL 33143

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: South Dade

Abbey Brewing Co.

1115 16th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Brewery

Region: South Beach

Purdy Lounge

1811 Purdy Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: South Beach

Tobacco Road

626 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Central Dade

Sports Exchange

45 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

Duffy's Tavern

2108 SW 57th Ave.
Miami, FL 33155

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Sweetwater/Westchester/West Miami

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Call it coincidence, but the most exclusive happy hours in Miami are either well above sea level or on the water itself. Do the cocktails taste better at a higher altitude or with sea salt wafting in the air? After visiting these stylish locales, we'd say so.

Club 50 at Viceroy, 485 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305 503-4400, ext. 7138; viceroymiami.com. Regulars don't turn up their noses to the less fortunate here. It's 50 floors up on the penthouse of the Viceroy Hotel, with the best view of the city, so there's no need. Not that Club 50 restricts access; it's just that the young, urban professionals who show up tend to rub elbows with A-list celebs who are in town for the Sony Ericsson Open, Art Basel, and other high-profile events. The interior of Club 50 is the work of designer Kelly Wearstler and combines marble and wood with Asian-inspired prints. Happy hour: Thursday through Sunday 5 to 9 p.m. Deals vary by day (for instance, "Time Will Tell" Fridays feature prices that rise every hour from 5 to 9 p.m.).

Area 31, Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-424-5234; area31restaurant.com. The prospect of an outdoor happy hour in Miami sounds good until you realize that summertime temperatures can stay in the high 80s/low 90s well past 8 p.m. But that's at sea level. Sixteen floors up, the breeze kicks in, and Area 31's happy hour kicks ass. Miami's version of the bridge-and-tunnel crowd shows up for the best aerial view of Brickell Avenue while they sip libations on comfy deep-brown wicker couches. A $5 cocktail list is replete with exotic fruit concoctions including açaí, pomegranate, and passion fruit, while the same price goes for a "light bites" menu. Two must-tries: the "pepperita," a margarita infused with chilis and passion fruit and served with smoked kingfish croquettes. Did we mention ladies drink free? Happy hour: Thursday 6 to 9 p.m. Five-buck cocktails, $5 light bites menu. Ladies drink free.

The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-7899; thewebstermiami.com. Unless you are a jet-setter, chances are you don’t frequent the ritzy, recently renovated (to the tune of $20 million) boutique hotel — which is actually a three-floor shopping experience. Brave the terminally slow elevator ride up for the “Escape to the Webster” Thursday-night rooftop happy hour. It’s so worth it. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Collins Avenue and South Beach, rub elbows with some of the Beach’s elite — or interlopers like yourself — and hear the DJs spin some tunes. Oh yeah, and the cocktails are, it almost goes without saying, primo. Happy hour: Thursday 7 to 9 p.m. Two-for-one drinks.

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Big Drinker
Big Drinker

Like it.. thanks for the heads up. The next time I venture from Broward to that South American Country of Miami, I getting to each of these and report back.

Can our paper up here do the same?

Xilonem
Xilonem

You forgot to Mention Jada Coles they have one of the best happy hours in the Coral Gables/ South Miami Area, Mac's Club Deuce in the beach also has great prices on alcohol the only kick to it is that is cash only. Moe's in Coconut Grove offers Free Drinks to the Ladies on Wed Nights from 10-1am

JARED COLE
JARED COLE

I DJD THE BEST HAPPY HOUR. IT WAS AT VINYL AND KAI. ARE YOU PEOPLE RETARDED? PLAYWRIGHT? HAHAHAHA. THIS ARTICLE IS BULLSHIT. MAN U GUYS SCREW UP ALOT.

jgalt
jgalt

There's a huge difference between bigotry and truth.

 
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