Miami's top happy hours

From salty to sporty to sublime.

Sunset Lounge at Mondrian, 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500; mondriansouthbeach.com. They take their cocktails seriously at the Sunset Lounge. How seriously? Try $2,500 spent on fresh fruit per week. Cocktails developed for the Thursday and Friday happy hours include the “pisco dusk sour,” with fresh crushed blackberries, cardamom pods, and egg whites for a frothy treat. Usual drink prices are halved in what they call “Crazy 8’s”: Five special cocktails and a limited menu of apps cost only $8. Maybe more important, the usual $25 valet parking fee is a cool eight bucks. Happy hour: Thursday and Friday 6 to 9 p.m. “Innovated Classics” cocktail list is $8, select appetizers $8, and valet parking $8.

The Standard, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717; standardhotels.com/miami. The Standard Hotel, that bastion of cool on the Intracoastal Waterway, calls its version of happy hour "Sunset Service." Sure, the name is a little snobbish, but consider the view of the sunset from the Bayside Grill. This island getaway off the Venetian Causeway is the smart place to decompress after work. Even walking through the gardens to the grill is relaxing. And there's more than the usual happy-hour specials. You can partake of a special three-course meal from executive chef Mark Zeitouni plus a glass of wine for a cool $35. Happy hour: Monday through Friday 5 to 8 p.m. Two-for-one cocktails, beer, and, wine and a $35 prix fixe menu.


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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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Neighborhood Joints

When you're into decompressing and nursing your drink more than looking good or plotting your next stop, these are the bars for you.

Perricone's Marketplace & Café, 15 SE 10th St., Miami, 305-374.9449; perricones.com. Owner Steven Perricone likens his namesake restaurant to a “tropical oasis in the heart of downtown Miami.” With a veritable forest surrounding the eatery, which is made almost entirely of a disassembled Vermont barn, it’s a refreshing break from the concrete canyons in Miami’s financial district. And with happy-hour specials such as “the 20/20” (20 percent of the entire check for 20 weeks in the summer) and half-price drinks, there is sure to be little disagreement anywhere in the cozy front bar of the popular restaurant. Happy hour: Monday through Friday 4 to 7 p.m. Half-price drinks. Ladies get three complimentary drinks with purchase of entrée Wednesday nights until 11 p.m.

Taurus (Another Round), 3540 Main Hwy., Miami; 305-441-0219; taurus.calamarirestaurant.com. For most of its 85-year history, the Taurus was a ramshackle bar for the dregs of Coconut Grove. Change came slowly, but several years ago, owners developed a high-end restaurant (Calamari) and wine bar (La Bottega) while the bar was closed. The new and improved version opened last year. There's still a casual vibe, but now it's "proper casual," which is another way of saying college kids should stick to the spots farther up Main Highway. Management likes to say it has the best mojitos in the area, and the Taurus Burger (U.S. Prime beef marinated for three days) is widely recognized as the tastiest patty in the neighborhood. There's also an underrated beer list with 30 selections and more than eight on tap. Happy hour: Monday through Friday 4 to 7 p.m. Two-for-one on everything except premium liquor.

The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant, 1265 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-0667; playwrightirishpub.com. The Playwright and nearby Waxy O'Connor's have long been locked in a good old-fashioned Irish grudge match. Both are good, but we like the Playwright for its stained glass and dark wood décor, including a bar that makes you feel as if you were back in Dublin. Of course, they serve Guinness, Murphy's Ale, Bass, and Harp, all of which are two-for-one during happy hour, along with beef stew (Guinness-infused, no surprise) and corned beef and cabbage. Appetizers, including the most popular and decidedly un-Irish chicken spring rolls, are half off during happy hour. Happy hour: Monday through Friday 4 to 7 p.m. Two-for-one beer, cocktail, and wine specials and half off appetizers.

John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-445-3777; johnmartins.com. Owner Martin Lynch runs his bar like any good Irishman. Bottles are all on display behind the long mahogany bar. Happy-hour select drafts are served in 20-ounce glasses. The after-work crowd is a good mix of Gables-ites: young professionals, older regulars, and movers and shakers. Open for more than two decades, it's more than a watering hole. The restaurant is heavy on the colcannon (mashed potatoes with cabbage) but is surprisingly varied. Even so, we suggest the shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, beef and Guinness stew, or Irish potato soup while you feed the creature (in Irish-speak, that means while you drink). Happy hour: Monday through Friday 4 to 8 p.m. Half off all house wines, liquor, and 20-ounce imported drafts.


Salt Life

Say what you will, but a real Miami happy hour should pair cold drinks with fish dip. Enjoy the menu before BP's legacy taints the catch.

Scotty's Landing, 3381 Pan American Dr., Miami; 305-854-2626; sailmiami.com/scottys. Scotty’s Landing on the waterfront in Coconut Grove does not have a happy hour. But don’t worry — the drink prices best the happy-hour specials of most competitors. This is the old, pre-CocoWalk Grove. Don’t look for sliders, fruity drinks, or flat-screens. There are only a couple of TV sets, and their screens are only as wide as they are thick (we don’t advise sitting under them either). But don’t mistake price for quality when it comes time to stuff your face. The dolphin sandwich is tops, and there’s live music as well as celebrity and politician sightings (Miami City Hall is next door). Happy hour: none. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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5 comments
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?

Truth Hurts
Truth Hurts

Big Drinker??? Mre like Big Bigot.

jgalt
jgalt

There's a huge difference between bigotry and truth.

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.

 
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