The place: Town Kitchen & Bar
7301 SW 57th Ct., South Miami
The hours: Sunday and Monday 4 to 7 p.m.
The deals: Half-price on everything, including bottle wines up to $200. Ladies get free champagne Thursdays 4 to 7 p.m.
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The scene: Think Sex and the Small City, and you've got Town, South Miami's happy hour for the professional adult who's not quite ready to settle into middle-aged mundanity. Carrie and the gang would especially like Thursday nights, when ladies get free champagne and the bar wait goes about three deep.
The sleek postindustrial décor, with exposed concrete and metallic tubes, gives an air of sophistication that the menu mirrors. A whole page of single-malt Scotches and bar food such as an artisanal cheese plate and lobster quesadillas would ordinarily tip the scales to the wine-and-cheese crowd, but Town brings the uppity down a bit via a wide selection of large-format beers (equal to about three drafts).
The specialty brews get points for originality, with names such as Arrogant Bastard and Coney Island Albino Python, plus involved ingredients. Once a month, beermeister Jeff Ambler has a special tasting of new brews he discovers.
Conclusion: The farther south you go in Miami-Dade, the less sophisticated happy hour gets. Town in South Miami is probably the last stop for white-collar types to enjoy fine food and drink.