Miami's Ten Best Happy Hours

Cocktails at Beaker & Gray
Cocktails at Beaker & Gray
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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 everything in life, all happy hours are not created equal. Sure, most bars and restaurants offer some sort of drink special for those twilight hours that fall between the end-of-work whistle and suppertime. Some spots, however, take their specials to the extreme, offering great grub and premium booze.

Here are the ten Miami restaurants and bars that give the most bang for your happy-hour buck.

Miami's Ten Best Happy Hours (4)
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10. The Bar
This simply named bar in the heart of Coral Gables offers a simple happy-hour deal. Saturday through Monday from 4 to 8 p.m., domestic bottled beers (Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Light) cost $3, and select cocktails are two-for-one. In addition, all drafts are $1 off, and pitchers are $2 off. Fridays, ladies drink free well cocktails and Yuengling drafts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Get a little liquid courage during Tuesday's karaoke night by indulging in $3 shots of Fireball, Cuervo Gold, and kamikazes or $2.50 Miller High Life from 10 p.m. till close.

Bocce's bar
Bocce's bar
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9. Bocce Bar
Don't call it happy hour — call it aperitivo hour. In any language, Bocce Bar offers dolce specials every day from 4 to 7 p.m. Sip an orange-aged Negroni, refreshing Aperol spritz, or mojito (all $6 each), or opt for wine ($6) or a Moretti Blonde ($5). Skip lunch because the happy-hour menu is satisfying and inexpensive. Seven pizzas cost $7 each. There's also a meatball slider ($5), insalata di mare ($7), olive ascolane ($5), and ricota di bufala ($7).

Miami's Ten Best Happy Hours (2)
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8. The Local Craft Food & Drink
The Local offers half-priced draft beers, wines by the glass, and well liquors from 4 to 7 p.m. every day, including Saturday and Sunday.  Bartender Will Thompson also offers a special weekly punch ($8), along with his Dealers' Choice drink. This bespoke drink allows you to choose your glassware, base spirit, and flavor profile for a cocktail made especially for you. 

Miami's Ten Best Happy Hours (3)
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7. Swine Southern Table & Bar
Swine’s happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and features select craft beers for $4 (Yardbird Stock Ale, Miami Brewing Co. Vice IPA, Samuel Adams Vienna Style Lager, and Wynwood Brewing La Rubia); select wines for $5; and some serious cocktails for $6 each, such as a Swine old-fashioned, and old Cuban, a blackberry bourbon smash, and a refreshing water blossom. Bites include a Swine chicken biscuit ($6), wood-grilled chicken wings with Alabama white barbecue sauce and pickled okra ($6), fried green tomato with house-smoked pork belly ($6), fried pickles ($4), and a slow-smoked brisket slider ($8).

Cocktails at 27
Cocktails at 27
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6. 27 Restaurant & Bar
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 27 Restaurant & Bar offers Bar Lab's award-winning cocktails for $7 each. Beers cost $3, wine is $5, and select bites run $6 each, making the upstairs bar at 27 the coolest way to segue into the workweek. 

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