Cocktails & Spirits

The Seven Best Happy Hours With a View in Miami

Cocktails and views at Rosa Sky Rooftop
Cocktails and views at Rosa Sky Rooftop Photo courtesy of Rosa Sky Rooftop
Who doesn't love a good happy hour? Even better, who doesn't love a good happy hour with a view?

In Miami, there’s no better way to enjoy an alfresco evening in the Magic City than with a glittering skyline or waterway as your backdrop.

Below are the best bars to do exactly that almost any day of the week.
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Cocktails are just steps from the ocean.
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High Tide

1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Located at the Kimpton Surfcomber, High Tide offers the casual atmosphere of a neighborhood backyard beach party in the heart of South Beach. Just steps from the beach, happy hour imbibers can settle into one of the resort's signature yellow rocking chairs and order from an all-day menu of tacos, wraps, and salads that pair perfectly with a bevy of beachy drinks. A weekday happy hour lets you enjoy $5 beers, $10 select wines, and $10 mojitos and caipirinhas. Happy hour is offered from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Find bay views and happy hour deals at Klaw.
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1737 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami
Klaw has one boast above all others in Edgewater as the neighborhood's first — and only — rooftop bar. Klaw's beverage program marries wine and cocktails with a generous pour of bay views. Having partnered with some of the best wine and champagne houses, Klaw lists more than 200 labels of old and new world wines, with handpicked selections priced at $7 a glass during the weekday happy hour. Likewise, specialty cocktails at the rooftop bar feature one-of-a-kind libations priced at $9 each, including the "mignonette" martini, crafted with mignonette brine, or the "Solstice," Klaw’s signature whiskey sour paired with Kirschwasser, a cherry eau de vie, and blood orange. Happy hour is offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
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Monty's Raw Bar has been serving up happy hour views since 1969.
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Monty's Raw Bar

2550 S. Bayshore Dr., Miami
Pair tiki bar vibes, live music, raw bar specialties, and Dinner Key-channel views at Monty's Raw Bar in Coconut Grove. This longstanding waterfront haunt has been the backdrop for dozens of movies, but you're the star of the show during the weekday happy hour when the restaurant features its famous "Pain Removers" for $6 each, along with mojitos, frozen drinks, and select wines. The specials continue with $5 well drinks; $3 domestic drafts; $4 import drafts; and $5 premium and craft beer during happy hour. Happy hour is offered from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Nothing beats the views at Ocean Social — except the happy hour drink specials.
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Ocean Social

4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Set within the Eden Roc Hotel, Ocean Social offers uninterrupted views of both sky and sea. The ambiance is best enjoyed during the weekday social hour where you can pair reduced-priced appetizers like tuna tacos and chicken arepas ($8-$12) with $12 pisco sours or blue mai tais and $10 house pinot noir or chardonnay. Happy hour is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
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Sunday Funday has a whole new meaning at the Rosa Sky Rooftop Sunday Soiree happy hour.
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Rosa Sky Rooftop

115 SW Eighth St., Miami
Set high above the city in the heart of Brickell, Rosa Sky Rooftop invites guests to dine with panoramic views of the shimmering Miami skyline with handcrafted cocktails and bottomless drink options in hand. Rather than weekday savings, Rosa Sky offers its globally inspired brunch bites alongside bold music and bottomless bubbles, sangrias, and rosés for up to two hours for its "Sunday Soiree." For $50 per person, guests can sip on unlimited champagne like Moet Imperial brut or carafes of sangria, including a pinot grigio paired with Calirosa tequila and passion fruit. Pair the libations with Insta-worthy dishes priced between $13-$24, like the "Rosey Cakes," pink pancakes topped with maple macerated strawberry and rosé chantilly, or a classic avocado toast with peppadew-whipped feta, radish, and mint. Happy hour is offered from 2 to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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The Rusty Pelican is one of Miami's best happy hours with a view.
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Rusty Pelican

3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne
Famous for its sparkling views of the Miami skyline, one of Miami’s most picturesque locations, the Rusty Pelican, strikes the perfect chord between sophistication and glamorous nightlife. With the new bar menu available, guests can enjoy spectacular cocktail creations, like the "Miami Mule" and "Art Basil Gin & Tonic," available for $8 apiece. They pair perfectly with half-priced dishes like the calamari, crab cakes, and seasonal oyster on the half-shell. Happy hour is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
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Happy hour serves up river views at Tigre Miami.
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Tigre Miami

620 NE 78th St., Miami
Located along the city's Little River canal, Argentine restaurant Tigre Miami offers guests a front-row seat to watch the leisurely waterway view with drinks and appetizers for happy hour.  Order up $10 sangria; $5 beer including craft picks like Cigar City and Founder's; $8 mai tais; and specialty cocktails like the "Clericot," a combination of Torrontés, banana, pineapple, raspberry, and mint for $10 each. Go on Thursday when the extended happy hour includes live music along with plenty of low-priced libations. Happy hour is offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; and 7 to 11 p.m. on Thursday.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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