El Palenque Nightclub
After you've been to the party, the afterparty, and the hotel lobby, there's one more spot to hit: the after-hours club. There should be food, drink, women, gracious hosts, music, dancing, and a comfortable place to sit. El Palenque has all of these and more. The venue is Hispanic by nature, and attracts sureños and norteños from Homestead to West Palm. Early-morning booty dance contests have been known to go down, plus the place is centrally located for optimum access from any part of the county.
If you're searching for a real happy hour, look in the Brickell area — home of the Magic City's version of the bridge-and-tunnel crowd. In the canyon below office and residential high-rises, Barú Urbano is an oasis of drink that beckons suits chasing skirts. But this is Miami, after all, so instead of cosmos or Long Island ice teas, the drinks of choice have a definite Hispanic slant. Mojitos? Check. Caipirinhas? Check. Aguardiente? Check. And like the restaurant's signature drink, the Barú — Veev açai spirit with blueberries — the clientele here is infused with South American sensibilities (with the Colombian and Venezuelan vibes most palpable). There are outdoor and indoor spaces in equal measure, merging the subtropics with the financial district. It also helps that the place sits under a canopy of dense vegetation, so it's cool even during daylight hours. And if you needed further reminder of Miami's creativity, an explosion of art, mostly by Venezuelan artist Andres Risquez, dominates the décor. It's modern and definitely has a Latino flavor, much like the menu. Happy hour runs every weekday from noon to 8 p.m., with ladies enjoying complimentary champagne or sangria on Thursdays. The rest of the drink menu is 50 percent off.
Boteco
Four thousand miles. That's the distance between Miami and that thong-filled playground, Rio de Janeiro. Still, there's no need to stay home blasting bossa nova while crying into your salgadinhos. Join other Brazilians and Brazilophiles at Boteco, a Portuguese bar perched on NE 79th Street just west of the causeway. After drinking your weight in Itaipava beer and caipirinhas, and getting the munchies, you'll be glad to know this watering hole has some of Miami's most scrumptious bar food. The menu satisfies the three basic requirements of a boozer's palate: salty, fried, and meaty. Ease in with espetinhos ($2 to $3.50) — or meat skewers — because everything (including chicken hearts) tastes better torn off a stick. But Boteco's petiscos — or small plates — are the reasons our drunk, hungry asses keep coming back. Dig into traditional dishes such as bolinho de aipim com carne seca ($8), yuca croquettes filled with shredded meat; and camarão alho e óleo ($13), shrimp sautéed with oil, garlic, and parsley. If you're going to get wasted and eat everything in sight, this is the best place — after Rio — to binge under the influence.

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