Cocktails & Spirits

Halfoffdrinks.com: A Miami Groupon Just For Booze Hounds

Jason Ibarra and Fulbio Parodi know that Miami restaurants make huge profits on alcohol. So they recently formed Halfoffdrinks.com, a site devoted solely to discounted drinks and bar bites.

Ibarra says he and his partner came up with the site after following mega deal sites like Groupon and Living Social -- and noticing that a lot of the deals were for thing he and his friends weren't interested in -- like teeth cleaning and spa treatments.


In fact, the halfoffdrinks.com website has a promise on the home page of

"no spas, no yoga, so lipo." What it does promise is a slew of half

priced or better deals at mid-range pubs, restaurants, and bars that

generally serve food, though the site will concentrate on libations and

bar bites, not dinner bargains.

Ibarra won't disclose

any of the bars he's inked deals with, he said to think on the lines of

"Blue Martini, Bonefish Grill, or Segafredo. We're not going for the dive bars."

So far,

the site is accepting registrations, though the deals won't start

coming into your inbox until next week or so. "Right now we're working

on all the back end site logistics to ensure our first deal will run

smooth," Ibarra told Short Order.

At first the site will offer

deals on a new location every three days or so, with the deal running

for about two weeks. After a few weeks, halfoffdrinks.com will start

offering a daily deal, as well as hosting happy hours, socials, and

networkers. To pre-register for drink deals, visit halfoffdrinks.com.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss