Yardbird, Peacock Garden Cafe: Avian Happy Hours Start Tonight

What do Yardbird Southern Table & Bar and Peacock Garden Cafe have in common besides the fact that both restaurants are named after domesticated feathered creatures? They're both instituting some interesting new happy hours.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is launching a weekday Southern Social, starting tonight. From 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays, Yardbird will feature discounted $3 beers, $5 wine, and $5 cocktails.

As part of the Southern Social theme, the restaurant will bring in a different guest bartender or mixologist every Thursday and Friday, where they will present their specialty cocktails.

Also, tonight and Friday, June 14-15, local bartender Christian "Woodside" Gonzalez and Clarke's Court rum will be offering up some rum-tastic cocktails. Clarke's Court is a family-owned boutique rum from Grenada. Though it's popular throughout the Caribbean, the only way to get a bottle in the past was to bring one back from the islands. Clarke's Court is now available in Miami, as part of a small U.S. launch.

Tonight's featured cocktails include the Clarke's Court Old Cuban, made with C.C. superior light rum, mint, lime, Angostura bitters, and champagne, and a classic sidecar, made with Clarke's Court special dark rum. The rum company will be providing samples and giveaways, as well.

Peacock Garden Cafe in Coconut Grove has announced a healthy happy hour. What's that, you ask? Starting June 20, the cafe that features a lovely outdoor garden, will offer specially priced pitchers of sangria every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m. The $20 pitchers will also come with a complimentary hummus platter, served with fresh vegetables as a healthy snack to munch on. The basil-touched sangrias are made with your choice of red or white wine and can be made without sugar for a healthier "skinny" version.

In addition, the Peacock is offering two-for-one cocktail deals during healthy happy hour. Specialty cocktails are made with fresh herbs and fruits and include a lemon-basil lemonade, lemon-verbana lemonade (spiked with your choice of vodka, gin, rum, or tequila), and a passion fruit martini. All cocktails are regularly priced at $8.50.

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