Either way, bar and club owners have long realized that the surest way to lure men into their establishment is by ensuring women are present. And the surest way to ensure women are present is to provide them with alcohol, free of charge.
While state courts in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin might have ruled that ladies' night discounts are unlawful and discriminatory, the women of Florida do not have to worry about such sentiments. Because in Miami, if you are a lady, you can find somewhere to drink for free each night of the week.
Town Kitchen & Bar, 7301 SW 57th Ct., South Miami; 305-740-8118; townkitchenbar.com.
Feminism is rewarded at this South Miami eatery. The Monday happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. offers women their first two drinks free and after that provides half-off discounts on certain drinks. And if you have a good time on Monday, you can circle back for Thursday night, the restaurant's official ladies' night, where women receive complimentary champagne from 4 to 7 p.m., and half-off signature martinis from 9 p.m. to the 2 a.m. last call.
Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW 1st Ave., Miami; 305-671-3307; blackbirdordinary.com.
You barely have to spend a penny on Tuesday nights in Brickell. Over at Blackbird Ordinary, there's no cover charge regardless of gender, and women can enjoy unlimited free well drinks or Blackbird's signature drink (the Blackbird), comprised of vodka, lemonade, and blackberry puree. All this goodness lasts until 1:30 a.m. Then, until 5 a.m. women who still haven't had their fill can get those drinks for half-price while listening to a rotating set of DJs and bands.
Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern, 7221 SW 58th Ave., South Miami; 305-669-8577; bougiesbar.com.
For years, this self-proclaimed South Miami dive bar has offered free drinks to ladies every Wednesday night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. After you've gathered your free alcohol, you can hear the musical selections of DJ Mike Dee and DJ Edward in Bougie's living room.
Mokai Lounge, 235 23rd St., Miami Beach; 786-735-3322; mokaimiami.com.
The South Beach upscale nightclub never charges admission for women. And on Wednesday nights, the fairer sex receives the equally classy and dangerous drink known as champagne for free until 1 a.m.
Kill Your Idol, 222 Española Way, Miami Beach; 305-672-1852; facebook.com/killyouridolmiami.
Over at KYI on the beach, there are free drinks for ladies from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and before that, both sexes can enjoy half-off drinks from 8 to 10 p.m. The resident DJs are Sweetswirl and Culture Prophet, and oftentimes they are joined by live bands. If you prefer to shoot pool or watch a game, Lost Weekend next door offers the same deals.
Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com.
This Little Havana hotspot offers free well drinks for the ladies from 8 to 10 p.m. Afterward, you can see how far those drinks got you by singing some karaoke on B&C's Pineapple Stage.
Wood Tavern, 2531 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-748-2828; woodtavernmiami.com.
It ain't hard to find women in Wynwood. But it's really not hard to find women in Wynwood on a Wednesday. They're all at Wood, enjoying free