Miami's Ten Best Happy Hours

Everyone loves happy hour, the time of day when work ends and you get to hang with friends over cheap drinks and snacks.

But like everything in life, all happy hours are not created equal. Sure, most bars and restaurants offer some sort of drink special for those twilight hours that fall between the end-of-work whistle and suppertime. Some spots, however, take their specials to the extreme, offering great grub and premium booze.

Here are the ten Miami restaurants and bars that give the most bang for your happy-hour buck.
10. The Bar
This simply named bar in the heart of Coral Gables offers a simple happy-hour deal. Saturday through Monday from 4 to 8 p.m., domestic bottled beers (Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Light) cost $3, and select cocktails are two-for-one. In addition, all drafts are $1 off, and pitchers are $2 off. Fridays, ladies drink free well cocktails and Yuengling drafts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Get a little liquid courage during Tuesday's karaoke night by indulging in $3 shots of Fireball, Cuervo Gold, and kamikazes or $2.50 Miller High Life from 10 p.m. till close.
9. Bocce Bar
Don't call it happy hour — call it aperitivo hour. In any language, Bocce Bar offers dolce specials every day from 4 to 7 p.m. Sip an orange-aged Negroni, refreshing Aperol spritz, or mojito (all $6 each), or opt for wine ($6) or a Moretti Blonde ($5). Skip lunch because the happy-hour menu is satisfying and inexpensive. Seven pizzas cost $7 each. There's also a meatball slider ($5), insalata di mare ($7), olive ascolane ($5), and ricota di bufala ($7).
8. The Local Craft Food & Drink
The Local offers half-priced draft beers, wines by the glass, and well liquors from 4 to 7 p.m. every day, including Saturday and Sunday.  Bartender Will Thompson also offers a special weekly punch ($8), along with his Dealers' Choice drink. This bespoke drink allows you to choose your glassware, base spirit, and flavor profile for a cocktail made especially for you. 
7. Swine Southern Table & Bar
Swine’s happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and features select craft beers for $4 (Yardbird Stock Ale, Miami Brewing Co. Vice IPA, Samuel Adams Vienna Style Lager, and Wynwood Brewing La Rubia); select wines for $5; and some serious cocktails for $6 each, such as a Swine old-fashioned, and old Cuban, a blackberry bourbon smash, and a refreshing water blossom. Bites include a Swine chicken biscuit ($6), wood-grilled chicken wings with Alabama white barbecue sauce and pickled okra ($6), fried green tomato with house-smoked pork belly ($6), fried pickles ($4), and a slow-smoked brisket slider ($8).
6. 27 Restaurant & Bar
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 27 Restaurant & Bar offers Bar Lab's award-winning cocktails for $7 each. Beers cost $3, wine is $5, and select bites run $6 each, making the upstairs bar at 27 the coolest way to segue into the workweek. 
5. Sarsaparilla Club
Monday through Friday, head to Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth's happy hour for dim sum at their new Sarsaparilla Club, inside the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. From 5 to 7:30 p.m., play beat the clock as prices increase as the night wears on. For instance, when the restaurant opens at 5 p.m., dim sum items such as carrot and beet tartare, pork dumplings, and drunken deviled eggs are $5. At 6 p.m., the price increases to $6, etc. The same goes for draft beers, wines by the glass, and cocktails made with house-made sarsaparilla soda. 
4. Doraku
A Miami Beach standard-bearer of happy-hour specials, Doraku continues to show us the way to happy-hour heaven. Every day at exactly 5 p.m., every seat in the house mysteriously fills as beachgoers, office dwellers, and deal seekers flock for $4 sake and $5 California rolls. And it doesn't stop there. Edamame ($3), lychee martinis ($6), ahi poke ($6), and tuna tataki ($7) are some other deals to be had. Happy hour is served daily from 5 to 7 p.m. (but get there early to snag a seat).
3. Rusty Pelican
We know, we know. You go to the Rusty Pelican for Mother's Day and birthdays, but why, oh why, don't you take advantage of its amazing weekday happy hour? Every Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., the lounge at the Pelican offers some of the best deals in Miami — with arguably the best view in South Florida. Sip $3 beers, $5 well drinks (including martinis, mojitos, and margaritas), $5 house wines, and $7 specialty drinks (including strawberry mule, Pelican caipirinha, Rusty Spice, and Agave Sunset) and wines as you watch fish frolicking. Eye the boats sailing in Biscayne Bay while you chow down on ahi tacos ($8), Rusty sliders ($6), corvina ceviche ($8), fried calamari with citrus buffalo sauce ($10), and other delectables. 
2. NaiYaRa
If you're bad at math, Chef Bee's NaiYaRa has the easiest way to keep up with happy-hour prices: every item cost $7. From 5 to 7 p.m. every day (including Saturday and Sunday), the bar at NaiYaRa offers a host of food and drink items for $7 each. Cocktails include the Tom Kha-Piña, made with Ilegal mezcal, charred pineapple shrub, lemongrass, and cilantro; the Stone Sour Jerk, made with jerky-infused Redemption rye, ginger-lemon bitters, and lime; and a refreshing Kai-Piroska, with Kai lychee, crème de cassis, and Prosecco. Pinot Noir-based sangria, Sapporo beer, and wines by the glass are also available. Food offerings include whitefish tacos made with fresh catch of the day and topped with mango, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, and yuzu; Thai guacamole; chicken wings seasoned with lemongrass, kaffir lime, and coriander; grilled shrimp skewers served with a jimtalay sauce for dipping; and pork skewers. 
1. Beaker & Gray
Five bucks gets you premium booze and food at this lively Wynwood spot, making it the best happy-hour deal in Miami. The happy-hour drink menu, curated by partner/barman Ben Potts, includes a Moscow mule with Stolichnaya gold, a daiquiri with Flor de Caña 4-Year, an Old Forrester old-fashioned, a margarita with Maestro Dobel, and a proper Beefeater Tom Collins. Select wines and beers are also available for $5 each. Five-dollar snacks include croquetas, a mofongo cake, assorted olives, a ham-and-cheese sammy, and a chip 'n' dip plate. The offer is good Monday through Friday from 4  to 7 p.m. Night owls get a bonus round, because happy hour repeats Monday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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