Cocktails & Spirits

Dolce Italian and BLT Prime Offer Stellar Happy Hours

Who's tired of dropping a ridiculous amount of money for drinks after work? You? Well, here are two restaurants that won't break the bank.

Dolce Italian, located in the Gale South Beach Hotel, has been selected to participate in Bravo's new television series, Best New Restaurant, whose executive producer is chef Gordon Ramsay, and is also causing a stir with its new Eight for Eight Happy Hour -- when guests can choose from eight signature cocktails and eight signature dishes for only $8 each.

Head mixologist Julio Cabrera will offer new drinks, including La Pera -- a combination of Belle de Brillet pear cognac, fresh lemon, and prosecco -- and the classic vesper, made with Absolut Elyx, Lillet Blanc, and Beefeater gin. Dolce will also have specially priced items from 4 to 8 p.m., such as the Artichoke Sour, the Apple Basil Splash, and the Spicy Raspberry Collins. Italian wines by the glass will be priced at $8, and bottles will go for $25.

To accompany these drinks, the kitchen will offer three pizzas: margherita, broccoli rabe and sausage, and the zingara (spicy salami, peppers, and onions) from the wood-burning oven. Other choices include the fritto misto, meatball, prosciutto and fettunta, tuna tartare, and gnocchi pomodoro, all priced at $8.

Another happy hour not to be missed is the Five for Five at BLT Prime, a sister of BLT Steak. At the Trump National, you can sit on a veranda overlooking the world-renowned Blue Monster golf course. Try it at sundown.

Chefs Dustin Ward and Paul Niedermann are serving spiced beef tenderloin skewers, prawn and avocado sliders, a braised short-rib grilled cheddar sandwich, four-Parmesan arancini with basil pesto, or three oysters on the half-shell for just $5 each.

Handcrafted bar selections include a lemon drop martini and the Sunset Coast, with Cîroc Peach vodka, cranberry, and orange juice. For wine lovers, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, a red blend, or Malbec are all being offered for $5.

So get happy already!

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