Cocktails & Spirits

Five Places In Miami To Drink Away Your Holiday Week

The good news is you're off this week and your old friends are in town. The bad news is the post-Christmas and pre-New Year's Eve days are costly; between making Mom tear up with your thoughtful gifting and planning for NYE debauchery, you're broke.

We know you'd love to spend the day out with your old besties reminiscing about ex-flames and your mutual affection for Instagram and Beirut over a few rounds. Well, fear not. We've got five suggestions on where to drink on the cheap around Miami:

1. Mac's Club Deuce
The longest running happy hour in Miami takes place at the much-loved dive, Club Deuce. The 11-hour happy hour begins bright and early with a breakfast of champions call time of 8 a.m. and finishes at 7 p.m. During this stretch you'll be downing 2-for-1 drinks. (Mac's Club Deuce, 222 14th Street, Miami Beach, 305-531-6200)

2. Mr. Moe's
Slide into a swinging day at Mr. Moe's with a pre-lunch drink thanks to their 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. happy hour. Domestic drafts start at $2.25, well drinks at $2.50, call drinks $4.00 (Mr. Moes3131 Commodore Plaza, Miami 305-442-1114

3. Lush
There's something magical about a dive bar that can only really be enjoyed with good friends. Lush in South Beach serves up $3 beers and $4 drinks every day until 10 p.m. -- happy hour from 6 to 10 p.m. all drinks are half off. $1.50 beers -- and opens at 2 p.m. (Lush, 233 12th Street Miami Beach, 305-801-8301,

4. Balans
Balans makes al-fresco day drinking optimal for working on your tan and enjoying cocktails (Brickell: 3 to 8 p.m., everyday, $3 beers, $5 wine by the glass, $6.95 cocktails; Biscayne: 2 to 7 p.m., everyday, $3 beers, $5 wine by the glass, $6.95 cocktails)

5. Ted's Hideaway
You've probably been to Ted's Hideaway more times than you can remember but their daylong Happy Hour from noon to 8 p.m. makes it an easy spot for gathering. Domestic bottles are $3.50, import bottles $5, house liquors $5.75 (124 Second Street, Miami Beach, 305-532-9869

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