It's not easy being a lady in this world, particularly given the current state of affairs. Sometimes you need a break — from the office, from the Man (and maybe your man) — God knows you've earned it. Luckily, many of your favorite Miami bars have ladies' nights most days of the week, even Fridays. They offer free drinks and/or specials on liquor, beer, and wine, so pick your poison and bring the girls with you. If your man has been good this week, some bars even have perks for him.
Pro tip: Ladies' night doesn't mean bartenders work for free. In fact, the demand means they're working double time, so remember to bring cash for tips. Here are the best ladies' nights in Miami:
Kill Your Idol. A trip over the bridge to Miami Beach usually means a hefty bar tab, but Kill Your Idol has always been a little different from the ritzy establishments that surround it. This South Beach dive is the ideal hideaway from swarms of tourists. A New Wave soundtrack often awaits, along with some of the city's next-big-thing drag and burlesque performers. Kill Your Idol already serves one of the best deals on the Beach — half-off drinks every day from 8 to 10 p.m. — but on Wednesdays, ladies get some extra love with free drinks from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Some of Miami's best local bands also play Kill Your Idol on Wednesday, so it's a great night to catch up with your girls and the local music scene. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesdays at 222 Española Way, Miami Beach; 305-672-1852; sub-culture.org/kill-your-idol.
Wood Tavern. There are many reasons why, years after Wynwood's meteoric bar and nightlife explosion, Wood Tavern remains one of the most popular bars in the neighborhood, It has even earned one-name-only status in the vein of Cher and Madonna. There's the spacious patio area and also the Wednesday ladies' night. Wood offers free house liquors for ladies from 8 to 11 p.m. and $5 Jameson for everyone, so no one gets left out. Wood also takes ladies' night as an opportunity to present female DJs such as Jenni Foxx. 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays at 2531 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-748-2828; woodtavern.com.
Purdy Lounge. The bar previously known as "Durdy Purdy" has undergone a full face-lift, with a new cocktail menu and renovated decor. Though the space is new, Purdy wants to treat you like an old friend on Thursdays from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. for its ladies' night, Hey Ma. Purdy remains one of the most lit spots on the Beach to continue the party after a night out. Thursdays, the ladies' night runs early enough to be a nightcap for early birds but late enough to be a pregame spot for people who consider Friday morning the official start of the weekend. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays at 1811 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-4622; purdylounge.com.
Blackbird Ordinary. Drinking on ladies' night can often mean sacrificing taste for frugality. Well liquors are usually offered for free, while the higher-end stuff retains its everyday cost. Blackbird Ordinary servers hands down some of the most delicious cocktails in Miami, so it would be a shame to walk into the beloved Brickell bar and forgo the best drinks. At the Tuesday ladies' nights, well drinks are free alongside the signature cocktail, the sweet blackberry concoction called the Blackbird. Save yourself a trip to the bar and order a couple upfront, 'cause those things are addictive. 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tuesdays at 729 SW First Ave., Miami; 305-671-3307; blackbirdordinary.com.
World of Beer. If you're more of a beer gal, sitting at a tavern with a selection of hundreds of beers from around the world might be more your style than a crowded bar with free well drinks. Thursday nights at World of Beer Dadeland, ladies enjoy wine and select beers on tap for half off after 9 p.m. Sure, it's not free, but half off means a chance to get out of your comfort zone and savor beers you've never tried from places you haven't yet visited. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays at 9010 SW 72nd Pl., Miami; 305-623-3522; worldofbeer.com.
Shots Miami. Miami loves Shots because it doesn't pretend to be something it's not. It's all in the name: Shots. They're letting you know upfront this isn't the type of bar where you drink a whiskey neat with your pinkie up. The wide array of shots is available for free for ladies Wednesday nights, which double as Latin nights. Dance to merengue, bachata, salsa, and reggaeton — and don't leave your man behind. The fellas get 50-cent wings and half-off drinks from 5 to 10 p.m. 10 p.m. Wednesdays at 311 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-571-0439; shotsbar.com.
The Bar. Free drinks on a Friday? Yes, it's possible at the Bar's ladies'-night happy hour. Ladies get free well drinks and Yuengling from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., so there's no need to go home after work to glam up and squeeze into uncomfortable heels. Head straight from the office to the Bar for some relief from the stressful week behind you. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays at 172 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-2730; gablesthebar.com.
Ball & Chain. Little Havana's Ball & Chain is many things: Calle Ocho's premier nightlife option, one of the best jazz clubs in Miami, and hallowed ground on which the jazz greats of the Golden Age all stepped foot. On Wednesday nights, it's also one of the best girls-night-out options in town. Ladies drink free well drinks from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday also doubles as karaoke night. Be mindful when choosing your songs, though. Coupling ladies' and karaoke nights means these bartenders have probably heard their fair share of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Single Ladies." If you're still inclined to sing one of the two, at least tip your bartender extra. 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com.
Foxhole. "Foxhole" is an apt name for a bar with an inconspicuous entrance and a low-key, Prohibition-era speakeasy vibe. Find Foxhole for the #foxthistuesday theme night, when ladies drink free from 11 p.m. to midnight. The bar also features guest DJs from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Miami Beach is stacked with noisy, crowded bars and clubs every night of the week. Foxhole is a welcome respite from the insanity. 11 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays at 1218 14th Ct., Miami Beach; 305-534-3511; foxholebar.com.
Sidebar. It doesn't get much better than free ice cream — unless the ice cream is infused with Jameson and comes from Little Havana's mouth-watering Azucar Ice Cream Company. Ladies drink free at Sidebar's Ice-Cream Thursdays from 10 p.m to midnight, but getting tipsy off frosty treats sounds like a lot more fun than imbibing the standard liquor. Sidebar has also made the event a community happening, with visits from local artists and DJs as well as zine fairs. 10 p.m. to midnight Thursdays at 337 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-703-6973; sidebarmiami.com.
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