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The Ten Best Happy Hours in Miami

R House cocktails are reduced during happy hour, but the deals don't stop there.
R House cocktails are reduced during happy hour, but the deals don't stop there. Photo by @FoodShootsDan
Everyone loves happy hour, the time of day when work ends and you get to hang with friends over cheap drinks and snacks.

But, like most things in life, not all happy hours are created equal. Some slash prices in half, while others offer daily rotating deals, and still more have ones that span only a few hours or half the day.

While most bars and restaurants offer at least some sort of drink special for those twilight hours between the end-of-work whistle and suppertime, some spots just do it better. They are the bars and restaurants that manage to take their specials to the extreme, offering great grub and premium booze at a perfect price.

Here, listed in alphabetical order, are the ten Miami restaurants and bars giving you the most bang for your happy-hour buck.
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A Fish Called Avalon recently launched a new happy hour available seven days a week.
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A Fish Called Avalon

700 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach

Located within the Avalon Hotel in the heart of the historic Art Deco District on Miami Beach,  A Fish Called Avalon has been doling out impeccable service and fresh seafood to the Miami Beach masses for more than 30 years. Now, the iconic restaurant is becoming known for something else: a daily happy hour that features some of its most popular creations, along with beer, wine, and cocktails ranging from $5 to $10. Taking place seven days a week, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., guests can belly up to the bar to nosh on some of the restaurant’s signature dishes like the a globe artichoke smothered in Tuscany marinade, Bang Bang Shrimp, Copps Island oysters, North Atlantic wild mussels served in a light champagne broth, and the Beet & Apple salad ($6 to $15). Libations include an assortment of creative cocktails, all priced at $10 each, like the "Ocean View" made with Tinkerman’s Gin, fresh pressed cucumber, and Domaine Canton or "Maracuyă," a combination of Three Olives orange infused vodka, dry curaçao, fresh passion fruit, and pineapple. There's also a choice of beers at $5 per glass as well as prosecco, French rosé, Italian pinot grigio, and French merlot for $7 per glass.

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The Beaker & Gray happy hour ranges from $5 to $7 a drink.
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Beaker & Gray

2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Beaker & Gray offers a wide variety of premium beer, wine, and cocktails at this lively Wynwood spot, making it one of the better happy hour deals in Miami. The drink menu, available Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., includes bar bites priced from $5-$9; $7 wines by the glass; $6 select beers; and a plethora of $8 cocktails that highlight the bar's own take on a variety of classic libations from margaritas and martinis to the Old Fashioned and sangria.  A recent addition of canned cocktails are also available for $6 apiece. Don't miss the "Mexican Martini," the most recent feature cocktail made with Dahlia reposado cristalino, Cointreau, Aperol, orange marmalade, and olive brine.
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"The Grasshopper" cocktail at Chug's Diner
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Chug's Diner

3444 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove

Chug’s Diner is chef/restaurateur Michael Beltran’s take on an American diner that offers a tribute to both classic American fare and his Cuban heritage. Unlike most diners, however, Chug’s features a full bar with a specially curated cocktail list that offers a simple — but exceptionally dollar saving — happy hour. Monday through Friday, happy hour hunters can head to the bar for 99-cent gin or vodka martinis, available for one hour from 6 to 7 p.m. 
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For those who miss the Ariete happy hour, try Navé instead.
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3540 Main Hwy., Miami

One of Coconut Grove's most picturesque patios also doubles as one of the neighborhood's best happy hour hotspots. Offered Monday to Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m., happy hour specials include $10 select signature cocktails like the "Brandy Fix," Old Fashioned, French 75, and "Gin & It." Imbibers can also enjoy $8 wines by-the-glass and $6 on select beers. For food, happy hour snacks range from $12 to $20, and include the chef's classic "Navé Butter Burger" served with bone marrow butter and French onion aioli; a tuna conserva prepared with olive tapenade and pickled fennel; three pizza options; and a daily selection of oysters, among other Navé classics.
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Find happy hour deals seven days a week at Negroni Bistro & Sushi Bar.
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Negroni Bistro & Sushi Bar

3201 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami

This Midtown Miami restaurant recently launched an all-new happy hour menu available every day of the week. A diverse selection of small plates, cocktails, wine, and beer are available for a reduced price Monday through Sunday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the restaurant’s indoor bar, dining room, or alfresco patio. Offering a Nikkei twist to its diverse selection, a variety of $8 dishes include tuna tartare tostadas, honey truffle bruschetta, and sushi alongside $8 cocktails like their popular Negroni sour or “Summer Shade,” made with Grey Goose vodka, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh basil, sparkling water, and aromatic bitters There’s also a variety of wine and bubbly for $8 a glass, while beer lovers can snag local craft beers like the Spanglish Veza Sur lager for $6 a pint.
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Phuc Yea has a happy hour deal for almost every day of the week.
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Phuc Yea

7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Known for its Asian-inspired lantern garden and modern Vietnamese cuisine tinged with the seasonings of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast, Phuc Yea is also where the happy hour vibes are on Biscayne Boulevard — even on Sundays. Can't make it for brunch? Guests can belly up to the bar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (or from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday) for a number of happy hour specials. Highlights include $1.50 East Coast and $2.50 West Coast oysters and $10 happy hour snacks including the house noodles smothered in garlic butter, oyster sauce, and Parmesan, as well as reduced prices on select drinks.
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R House has a special "beat the clock" happy hour deal.
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R House

2727 NW Second Ave., Miami

Sure, R House is best known for its bustling weekend brunch scene. But don't let that detour you from partaking in its weekday happy hour. It starts with "beat the clock," when guests can snag deals on bar bites, beer, wine, and house pours that start at $4 each day at 4 p.m., and then $5 apiece starting at 5 p.m. until the end of happy hour. The full happy hour menu also starts at 4 p.m. and runs to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, when guests can sample a wide variety of the restaurant's bold, Latin-inspired bites and libations for a fraction of the price. To eat, highlights include $5 mozzarella croquetas with roasted jalapeño and spicy aioli; sweet chili wings topped with scallions and sesame seeds; and toston de lechon asado with roasted pineapple and mojo verde. Just don't miss the $7 hora feliz Cuban sandwich served on Zak the Baker bread, paired best with the $6 house mojitos, $5 white wine sangria, or $5 select wines. Beer lovers can score a $5 Estrella Damm Spanish lager or a $6 Funky Buddha Floridian hefeweizen.
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Rusty Pelican serves up views for days alongside its weekday happy hour.
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Rusty Pelican

3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne

We know, we know. You go to the Rusty Pelican for Mother's Day and birthdays, but why, oh why, don't you take advantage of its amazing weekday happy hour? Every Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., the lounge at the Pelican offers some of the best deals in Miami — with arguably the best view in South Florida. Guests can snack on elevated comfort food featuring everything from fried calamari and crab cakes to seasonal oysters and the house fries or "Little Gem" caesar salad ($2-$9). Lighter-priced libations include bottled beer ($5); well liquors and house wines ($6); and select premium wines by the glass ($9). Signature cocktails by head mixologist Oscar Amaya offer up plenty of flavor like the "Ginny on the Loose" as well as the bar's Old Fashioned, a classic martini, or house margarita ($7).
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The Daiquiri Royale from Sala'o Cuban Restaurant & Bar
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Sala'o Cuban Restaurant & Bar

1642 SW Eighth St., Miami

This Cuban-American restaurant nestled in the heart of Calle Ocho isn't just for tourists. The happy hour makes it a great respite for locals, too. From Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., imbibers can order $8.50 classic cocktails and Sala’o originals; $7 select wines by the glass; and $5 beer while enjoying live music. Sala’o's well-known table-side gin and tonics are also available for $10 each. Even better: All guests get to feast on complimentary small bites with the purchase of a drink, with options that range from pinchos de pollo and brie croquetas to pickled watermelon rind and house-made potato chips. Also available for purchase are $1.50 oysters on the half shell; $6 conch fritters; and $7 picadito de lomo. Arrive on Friday, and ladies can even snag a complimentary glass of sparkling wine served with a house-made fruit mixer.
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The daily happy hour deal at Sweet Liberty is all about oysters.
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Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co.

237-B 20th St., Miami Beach

We're sweet on Sweet Liberty for many things, but happy hour is most certainly top of the list. Whether it's the $0.95 East Coast oysters, $1.95 West Coast oysters, or $5 select beers, there are so many deals we can't decide where to begin. You can also find $7 house wines and $9 select cocktails that include the "Siesta," a marriage of tequila, Campari, fresh grapefruits, and lime juice; "Golden Sunset," with martini fiero, martini bianco, limonata, and prosecco. Best of all: You can find these deals daily from 4 to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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