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.
Kill Your Idol
Courtesy of 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.
Courtesy of 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.
Courtesy of 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.
Courtesy of 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.
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.