Happy Hour is my favorite hour… and to be honest Miami does happy hour right! From waterside cocktails to tacos and margaritas, there are so many options around town to kick back with friends. So today, I’m breaking down my favorite happy hour spots across Brickell, South Beach and Downtown Miami. So many options such little time!
Local Miami Happy Hour Hot Spots
HAPPY HOUR BRICKELL
SUGAR at the EAST Hotel
My friends don’t call me Queen of the East for no reason! The Tea Room at Sugar has become one of my staple spots in Brickell. And while SUGAR doesn’t offer generous happy hour specials the views make up for the cost. Situated above Brickell City Centre and I love that they offer a robust wines by the glass menu. My pick is the $10 Albariño paired with the Lamb Satay.
Cantina La Viente
DOWNTOWN MIAMI HAPPY HOUR
If you are looking for a swanky alternative to the waterfront American Social happy hour (not knocking it, I love it too!) then check out Seaspice. This spot is often overlooked for happy hour because it is outside of the busy financial district. But if you’re looking to entertain out of town guests or co-workers, then Seaspice is your answer. Plus there is nothing more Miami than enjoying waterside cocktails. Seaspice has a great dinner menu as well, so if you’re looking to impress a lady friend it makes for a great first date spot.
La Estacion at the Brightline Station Food Hall
The Downtown Miami scene is taking shape and it’s thanks to spots like Mama Tried. I used to kill happy hour at this spot last year and recently I came back to give it a whirl once again. Their $7 cocktails and $2 snacks are perfect for post work woes. Check out more of my Downtown Miami happy hour spots too!
A few weeks ago I stumbled into Black Market to fall in love with the jams. This 5,500-square-foot space offers everything a sports fan could want – 30 TV screens, a pool table, arcade games, and game-day specials. But more important the music is on fire. I rarely dance at happy hours, but give me a few vinos and I’ll shake it like Beyonce. Black Market is one of the newer joints downtown and has a great happy hour filled with professionals looking to escape work. So check their website for current specials and game day calendars.
HAPPY HOUR SOUTH BEACH
Bodega Taqueria & Tequila
My friend Jess and I have a serious taco obsession and we both happily make the trek to Miami Beach for the $2 happy hour tacos at Bodega. I love it so much that last summer I met my friends on South Beach almost every day at Bodega for happy hour. I should get a medal for loyalty and commitment. So what are the happy hour deets? $2 Tacos, $3 Chips and Guacamole, $5 Tequila Shots, $4 cervesas, and $6 margaritas
If you’re in the mood for something different or a cute date night then the Nautilus Hotel is for you. Enjoy a Mediterranean getaway at the Nautilus Cabana Club with $5 bites such as Mediterranean Flatbreads, Chicken Skewers with tzatziki, Lamb Sliders with black cherry marmalade, ham and cheese croquettes, Lamb Empanadas, and Pan con Lechon and pickled onions. Wash down each dish with $5 wines by the glass and beer or $7 cocktails classics like the Mojito, Classic Daiquiri, Margaritas, Moscow Mules or the Punch of the Day. Offered daily from 5 PM – 8 PM.
Smith & Wollensky
When I’ve had a hectic week at work, I crave ocean breezes… and an Aperol Spritz. Smith & Wollensky is my zen happy hour place when I really just want to escape on a weeknight. Featuring delicious food and drinks at affordable prices, Smith & Wollensky’s happy hour is exactly what the inner old lady in me loves: views, cruise ships, and a perfectly balanced Aperol Spritz… all while noshing on sliders of course! Get there early (at like 4:45pm) if you want to grab a barstool outside and definitely take a walk around South Pointe park afterwards for the perfect kick off to your weekend.
+ And check out these Brickell Historical Spots