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Your definitive guide to happy hour in Miami on every day of the week

Never spend more than you should on cocktails thanks to the best Miami happy hours, available Monday through Sunday

Virginia Gil
Falyn Wood
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Virginia Gil
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Falyn Wood
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People who love to greet the setting sun with a discounted drink in hand have their work cut out for them in the Magic City: there are more happy hours in Miami than there are days in the week or even hours in the day. If you wanted to—which, why wouldn’t you?—you could find a place to sip cocktails on the cheap literally Monday through Sunday. It’s par for the course when you’re braving South Beach traffic regularly—we’ve got some serious steam to blow off! That’s why you’ll find a whole bunch of folks leaving the office and hightailing it to the best bars in Miami the moment they can. They’re in search of cheap drinks and low-effort fun. Lucky for us, in this city, happy hour happens at some of the best restaurants in Miami as well as classic salty dive bars. If you can’t find the right happy hour below, well, we’re not sure what to tell you. 

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  • Restaurants
  • South Beach
  • price 2 of 4

What? Pay $5 for all local draft beers, $7 for selected wines and $8 for selected craft cocktails.

When? Wed–Sun 4–7pm; Fri, Sat 9–11pm

Why go? South Beach isn’t exactly known for its wallet-friendliness, especially when it comes to adult beverages. But at this sprawling food hall located right off Lincoln Road (lovingly curated by yours truly), you can score sweet drink discounts every day it's open. For a refreshing afternoon buzz, try the Cucumber Cooler made with vodka, cucumber shrub, lemon, lime, mint and tonic—it pairs perfectly with bites or a full-on meal from any of the Market’s eateries. 

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  • Bars
  • Gastropubs
  • Downtown
  • price 1 of 4

What? $5 frozen drinks, wells and wine, plus a shot and a beer; $25 bottles of natty wines; $15 value meal.

When? Daily 3–7pm

Why go? Pregame seven days a week at Downtown’s Florida-themed, tropi-cool spot where the frozen drinks flow and the seafood is always local and fresh (or else they ain’t serving it). They’ve got buckets of beer for $10, $15, $20, depending on how fancy you want to get, and a $15 value meal that’ll make every grown-up happy: a burger, fries and one of the happy hour drink specials for $15. 

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Downtown
  • price 3 of 4

What? $1 oysters; $10 classic cocktails

When? Sun–Thu 5–7pm

Why go? The secret’s been out on one of our favorite new cocktail bars in Miami, but Jaguar Sun’s more mellow happy hours allows you to indulge in a perfectly shaken daiquiri and fresh oysters in relative peace. 

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Coconut Grove
  • price 2 of 4

What? Come for the $6 Pain Removers (pro tip: ask for the PK3), mojitos, frozen drinks and select wines, plus $5 wells, $3 domestic draft beers, $4 imports and $5 premium and craft beers. Shrimp and clams go for a buck each and stone crab claws are also discounted. 

When? Mon–Fri 4–7pm

Why go? When you want your happy hour cocktails strong and with a healthy dose of rowdy scene, look no further than this picturesque waterfront raw bar that really comes alive on Friday afternoons. 

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  • Bars
  • Dive bars
  • Wynwood
  • price 2 of 4

What? All drinks are 50 percent off.

When? Mon–Fri 4–8pm

Why go? Gramps’ cocktails are some of the best in Wynwood (we recommend the Moscow Mule or the smoky Rosemary’s Baby), but you can run up a serious tab guzzling the $10 to $12 drinks all night. Luckily, the bar’s happy hour slashes drink prices in half for the post-work crowd. Grab a booth (perfect for some office gossip) or hit the backyard for fresh air.

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Downtown
  • price 2 of 4

What? Half off drink menu and wells.

When? Mon–Fri 4–7pm

Why go? This former Downtown denim shop sure made the transition to a bar look effortless. Now this relaxed pub functions as an ideal happy hour spot with the price of every cocktail on the menu (and they’re all delicious) cut in half (about $7–$8 for cocktails and $4–$5 for wine). On Friday's happy hour is reliably slammed.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Little Haiti / Lemon City
  • price 2 of 4

What? $8 house cocktails; $1 east coast oysters, $2 west coast oysters.

When? Wed, Thu 5–7pm; Fri, Sat 6–7:30pm

Why go? Feel like your miles away from Miami at Phuc Yea’s Asian-inspired lantern garden. The crimson-decked oasis is where you’ll want to be for the restaurant’s buzzy happy hour, featuring a selection of east and west coast oysters (They’ve got Kusshi on the menu!) and an array of seasonal cocktails flavored with house-made syrups and infused spirits. 

What? $1.50 oysters; $4 beers; $6 wines and select cocktails; plus discounted bar snacks until 6pm.

When? Daily, 4:30pm–7pm

Why go? For an oyster happy hour where the oyster is truly the star. Grab a seat in the bar area and order up a dozen (or two) of your server’s choice—East Coast or West, you really can’t go wrong. And if a dirty martini is your thing, theirs arrives in a mini carafe on ice so you can top yourself off later.

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  • Bars
  • South Beach
  • price 1 of 4

What? Two-for-one drinks.

When? Daily, 8am–7pm

Why go? Mac’s iconic happy hour makes your favorite happy hour look like a very sad hour. To start, it lasts for 11 hours, which is just—wow. Order up and the bartender will give you a poker chip along with your drink. Don’t lose it. When you’re ready for round two, hand it over to the bartender and enjoy another cold one on the house.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Wynwood
  • price 3 of 4

What? 50-percent off on all cocktails

When? Mon–Fri 3:30–6:30pm

Why go? Variety! Get there right at start time and work your way through a long list of options, from frozé to spicy margaritas to Aperol spritzes and more. Le Chick’s burger isn’t part of the deal but it’s always a good idea. Turning up on a Tuesday? You’re in luck because happy hour runs all night.

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  • Restaurants
  • Doral
  • price 3 of 4

What? Specialty cocktails are $7, while wine, sangria and beer are all half-price.

When? Daily, 5–7pm

Why go? Despite the high concentration of corporations and businesses headquartered in Doral, it’s still slim-pickings for places to have a drink after work. It wasn’t until Bulla came along that the neighborhood’s thirsty nine-to-fivers had a spacious bar and high-top tables on which to sit and sip craft cocktails. Heads-up: Bulla offers the same happy hour at its Coral Gables location.

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Omni
  • price 2 of 4

What? Select cocktails are $8 cocktails (including a daily daiquiri and several tiki drinks) as well as small plates, such as spring rolls and chicken wings.

When? Mon–Fri 5–7pm

Why go? Besides the totally ’grammable indoor/outdoor setting filled with neon accents and palm fronds, where else can you sip on elaborate, Polynesian-inspired cocktails while trying out regional fare like ahi tuna poke and pork gyoza dumplings?

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  • Bars
  • Sports Bars
  • Downtown
  • price 2 of 4

What? Two-for-one drinks.

When? Mon–Fri 4–7pm

Why go? If you’re a sports lover looking for a spot to post up before the big game, Black Market is located Downtown less than a mile from the FTX Arena (formerly AmericanAirlines Arena). Or catch the action from one of more than 30 4k TVs lining the walls while sipping on two-fers and munching on classic snacks like wings, guac and gooey mac and cheese. Bonus: Black Market opened a second location at Bayside Marketplace up the street and the same deals are available there too. 

What? $5 Moose Juice, a shot and a beer; BoGo on draught beer and wine; $5 select apps

When? Mon–Fri 5–7pm

Why go? You’re nostalgic for Moose Juice, the sweet, potent punch once served at the now-shuttered neighborhood bar Moe’s. If the sweet stuff isn’t for you, Kush also offers a wide selection of locally made brews and craft beer. Literally every single Kush Hospitality restaurant offers a killer happy hour special so be sure to check the Kush spot nearest you.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Miami Beach
  • price 4 of 4

What? $45 bento box; $35 vegan bento box; $10 cocktails.

When? Mon–Thu 6–7pm

Why go? Ball on a budget at Nobu Miami Beach’s Tanoshi hour, offering a daily bento box special filled with all of the restaurant’s classic dishes for less than $50.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Miami
  • price 3 of 4

What? Half off appetizers, $5 beer, $6 wells, $7 house wine and select cocktails; specialty wines are $9 a glass.

When? Mon–Thu 4–6:30pm

Why go? Few spots are more suited for sunset than the waterfront Rusty Pelican. The classy west-facing restaurant gives you a front-row seat for the sunset, which just happens to time perfectly with the not-too-shabby happy hour.

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  • Restaurants
  • Food court
  • Little River

What? Select craft cocktails and wine are $6; spirits are $7; beer is $3.

When? Wed–Sun 4–7pm

Why go? Whether you’re stopping in at this eclectic Little River food hall for a casual weeknight dinner with some ambiance or kicking back after a long day at work, the Citadel’s rooftop happy hour is never a bad idea—especially when a personal pie from Ash Pizza Parlor is involved.

 

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Little River
  • price 2 of 4

What? $5 draft beer; $6 cava, and the house white and red; $7 spirits; and $8 select specialty cocktails.

When? Daily 5–7pm

Why go? Decked top to bottom in gorgeous vintage details like tiles salvaged from the French embassy in Portugal, Sherwoods is also worth visiting for its very cute happy hour. We’re particularly into the $8 Tommy’s Margarita made simply with tequila, lime juice and agave.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Downtown
  • price 4 of 4

What? $9 cocktails, $8 sake by the glass and discounted bar bites.

When? Mon–Fri 5–8pm

Why go? Head to the glitzy bar during Social Hours for drinks as flashy and fashionable as Novikov's crowd, minus the high-end price tag. Opt for a lychee martini made with probiotic milk, a sparkling yuzu spritz or a chilled glass of Whispering Angel rosé. Make it a meal with an order of dim sum, priced at $8.

  • Restaurants
  • Fusion
  • Midtown
  • price 3 of 4

What? Get signature cocktails, beer cocktails, prosecco with fruit essence and wines by the glass for $8; sushi rolls and select bites are $7. 

When? Mon–Fri 3–6pm

Why go? This mainstay on the Midtown dining scene remains a lively happy hour spot. Grab a refreshing cocktail like the Paloma Ice or Beet Mojito and enjoy people-watching on the patio. And in a wonderful turn of events initiated by the lockdown, SUGARCANE offers its happy hour menu to-go as well.

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What? $5 beer; $6 wine; $7 cocktails; $8 maki rolls

When? Wed–Fri 5–7pm

Why go? Back Door Monkey comes to us via the Dirty Rabbit group and its party vibe tracks. The outdoor restaurant has a permanent DJ booth, which also happens to be an old army tank, and a selection of spirit-forward cocktails you can sip on the cheap during its weekday Maki hour.

  • Restaurants
  • Caribbean
  • Coral Gables
  • price 2 of 4

What? $10 craft cocktails; $7 wines; $5 beers; plus $6 bites

When? Daily 3–6pm (bar only)

Mamey on 3rd, the rooftop bar at THesis Hotel, extends its happy hour to sister restaurant, and EAT List staple, Mamey. Enjoy select bites from chef Niven Patel’s island-inspired menu for $6 (like the delicious roasted plantains) with a cocktail for less than 20 bucks. The catch: Happy hour is only available at the bar. 

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  • Things to do
  • Event spaces
  • Wynwood
  • price 2 of 4

What? $9 cocktails; sake, $6 draught beer and wine.

When? Mon–Fri 4–7pm

Why go? Keep it casual at Wynwood’s Asian food hall, where you can eat your way through the continent while still enjoying affordable cocktails in the process. If your happy hour happens to turn into a late night, there’s usually a DJ or some kind of live entertainment to keep the party vibes going.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • South of Fifth
  • price 4 of 4

What? Sake and wine $7–$8; cocktails $9–$10; draft beer $5. Plus, snacks for $5–$15.

When? Daily 6–7pm

Azabu’s Kanpai happy hour provides the ideal place for a quick, affordable bite and a drink. Sneak in an order of $5 Brussels sprouts with a refreshing $9 yuzu gin tonic and start your evening right. 

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Downtown
  • price 2 of 4

What? Beer runs from $3 to $5, well drinks and the whiskey of the day are $5 and specialty cocktails are $7. Plus, $2 snacks.

When? Daily, 3pm–8pm

Why go? If you work in Downtown, this should be your happy hour spot. Even if you don’t work in Downtown, Mama Tried’s weekend happy hour is an excuse to get your butt down to the funky cocktail bar for some seriously good drinks and an always buzzy atmosphere.

  • Bars
  • Breweries
  • Wynwood
  • price 1 of 4

What? $3 beers on select nights, plus half-off food on Fridays.

When? Tue, Thu 7–11pm; Fri 4–7pm 

Why go? If unfortunately, you have never been to Brazil, you might not be too familiar with chopp, a method of drinking that works like this: you order a beer (which usually comes in a smaller glass than your average beer—ice cold—with about three fingers of foam) and start drinking. Your server will keep bringing you more until you put your coaster on top of your glass. Tuesday and Thursday nights are for locals and ladies, respectively, while Fridays anyone can score $3 beers as well as get 50-percent off on food.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Wynwood
  • price 2 of 4

What? $5 beers; $6 wines; $7 cocktails; plus discounted bites.

When? Daily 5–7pm

Why go? Are you in it for the food or the drink? At Wynwood’s Beaker and Gray, both are just plain delicious. A $7 mojito with a $6 order of arepa fritters will make you forget about whatever crap happened at work that day.

  • Bars
  • Tapas bars
  • Park West
  • price 2 of 4

What? Canned beers are $3; select spirits are $5; select drinks are $7; bottles of rosé are $20. Get a Chicago dog with chips for $4.

When? Mon–Fri, 4–8pm

Why go? The Corner is an infamous after-hours bar, but its happy hour crowd is often just as lively and eclectic. It also makes for a great spot to hit before a game at the arena or a show at the Arsht Center, both of which are within walking distance.

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What? Half-price specialty cocktails and pitchers

When? Mon–Fri 4–7pm

Why go? Brickell City Centre’s newest Chinese/Latin hot spot offers a low-key weekday happy hour in its outdoor garden area. Ease into the chaotic fun that is CH’I in the evenings with discounted cocktails and pitchers—a perfect way to blow off some steam with your colleagues.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Brickell
  • price 2 of 4

What? $3 seltzers; $4 house wines, select beers, house margaritas, house liquors; $5 call liquors; $6 premium liquors; $10 handcrafted cocktails

When? Mon–Fri 4–8pm; Sat 4–7pm

Why go? Social Hour at Brickell’s waterfront eatery means great discounts and views thanks to some prime real estate on the Miami River. Brickell loves this place and you’d be wise to arrive early—especially on Friday.

 

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Wynwood
  • price 2 of 4

What? $9 cocktails; $7 wine; $5 beer

When? Wed–Fri 5–7pm; Sat, Sun 4–7pm

Why go? Rooftop bars usually charge a premium for those views but during Social Hours, enjoy a sprawling view of the sunset over Wynwood with deeply discounted sips and snacks.

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • price 2 of 4

What? Sip $5 craft cocktails, $4 beer and wine, $3 tacos.

When? Daily 5–8pm

Why go? You won’t find a bad drink at the Anderson, where the bartenders bring their A-game with every pour. The vintage-themed Upper Eastside lounge slings tacos outside from a stationary truck and you can try four different kinds for just $3 each during happy hour. Plus, industry folks get half-price drinks after 10pm on Monday nights.

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What is it? $8 craft cocktails, wine and select bites; $5 draft beers.

When is it? Tue–Sun 4–7pm

Why go? With Purdy Lounge gone, there aren’t many places to hang out in Sunset Harbour. BackRoom is a laid-back bar with a pool table where you could easily come on a date, swing by with your girlfriends or queue up for a game with the boys. Plus, the bar is adjacent to vegetarian Indian restaurant Diya, so there’s always the option to grab dinner after.

What? Half-price cocktails

When? Daily 4–8pm  

Why go? There’s no way around it: Wynwood is sweltering. Whether post walking tour of the arts district or as a refreshing pregame before you set off to explore, quench your thirst with a frozen drink from this no-frills taco shack, slinging discounted cocktails out of its quaint ventanita.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Coconut Grove

What? Half-price drinks; $5 bar bites.

When? Mon–Fri 4–7pm

Why go? Join the many who perenially pack the patio of this Coconut Grove standby for ceviche flights, craft cocktails and people-watching on Grand Avenue. On Tuesdays, stop in a taco special that includes three tacos and one mezcaltini for $14.

What is it? Half-off all beer, wine and cocktails; $10 bites

When is it? Tue–Fri 5–7pm

Why go? For a food-heavy happy hour that’ll send you home full and happy without breaking the bank. Casa Isola serves up an assortment of discount Italian dishes, such as parm sliders, rigatoni a la vodka and baked clams—all for just 10 bucks a pop.

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What is it? $9 yuzu margaritas and lychee martinis; $8 wines; $7 draft beers; select appetizers and ramen dishes are 20-percent off

When is it? Mon–Thu 5–7pm 

Why go? None other than Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is behind this Wynwood restaurant. Though if that doesn’t get you through the door, perhaps a discount on his signature ramen and a tart yuzu margarita for $9 will do the trick. 

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What is it? $8 bar bites and $45 bottles of Veuve Clicquot

When is it? Mon–Fri 4–7pm

Why go? You can expect an extra-fun happy hour from Coral Gables’ only supper club. Where else you can pop bottles of Veuve in the middle of the week? Sidle up to the bar and enjoy your bubbles with an order of wagyu beef sliders and caviar-topped deviled eggs.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Midtown
  • price 3 of 4

What? Half off all drinks and discounted bites.

When? Mon–Fri 6–8pm

Why go? This new Wynwood Italian spot offers a classy happy hour that’s perfect for foodies. Even though the portions are small, it’s tough to beat $5 provolone-stuffed crispy rice balls or grilled Mediterranean octopus for just $8.

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