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Where to find the best happy hour in Miami on literally any day of the week

Is it the weekend yet? Who cares! Miami is packed with places offering sweet happy hour deals Monday through Sunday.

By Virginia Gil and Falyn Freyman
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September 2020: You’d think there’d be less demand for happy hours in Miami now that most of us are working from home, but that never happened. If anything, spending more time at home has made us want to go out and savor our after-work drinks even more. Sadly, there are fewer places to go for a cocktail in the early evening hours, and our abbreviated list reflects that. We’ve omitted old favorites that either remain closed or paused their specials and added a slew of new places ready and eager to serve you. The county recently lifted the order on bar closures, so there’s more where this came from. Stay tuned for updates.

Luckily for fans of that magic time known as happy hour, Miami loves to drink while the sun sets. And it likes to do it for cheap too. It’s necessary. Between work and the afternoon commute, or between checking out all the best things to do in Miami (which start when the sun comes up and go well beyond sunset), we’ve got some serious steam to blow off after work. That’s why you’ll find a whole bunch of folks leaving the office and hightailing it to the best bars in Miami around 5pm. They’re in search of cheap drinks and delicious bites and—if they know where to look—they’ll find just that from Wynwood to South Beach. These aren’t just cheap bars either. 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. 

Best happy hour deals in Miami

Monty's Raw Bar
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1. Monty's Raw Bar

Restaurants Seafood Coconut Grove

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. For something heartier, order the smoked fish dip or the chicken wings priced at $6 each.

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. 

Tiki cocktail at Phuc Yea
Photograph: Courtesy Phuc Yea

2. Phuc Yea

Restaurants Vietnamese Little Haiti / Lemon City

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

When? Mon–Fri 5–7pm; Sun noon–9pm (oysters only)

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 weekday 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. Oysters on special on Fridays and Saturdays (5–7pm) as well as all day Sunday. Got that? Good.

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Over Under
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3. Over Under

Bars Gastropubs Downtown

What? $5 frozen drinks, wells and wine, plus a shot and a beer; $5 bites.

When? Daily 3–6pm

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). Pair your $5 fries with a piña colada and make-believe you’re on some island vacation.

Bulla Gastrobar
Photograph: Courtesy Bulla Gastrobar

4. Bulla Gastrobar

Restaurants Spanish Doral

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. 

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Lost Boy
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5. Lost Boy

Bars Cocktail bars Downtown

What? Half off drink menu and wells.

When? Mon–Fri 4–8pm

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. On Friday happy hour, Lost Boy is reliably slammed.

Esotico Miami
Photograph: Courtesy Graspa Group/James Woodley

6. Esotico Miami

Bars Cocktail bars Omni

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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Black Market
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7. Black Market

Bars Sports Bars Downtown

What? Two-for-one drinks.

When? Mon–Fri 4–8pm

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 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.

Kush by Spillover
Photograph: Courtesy Kush Hospitality

8. Kush by Spillover

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.

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Nobu Miami Beach
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9. Nobu Miami

Restaurants Japanese Miami Beach

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

When? Wed–Sun 5:30–6:30pm

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.

Le Chick
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10. Le Chick

Restaurants American Wynwood

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.

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The Citadel
Photograph: Karli Evans

11. The Citadel

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.

 

Back Door Monkey
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12. Back Door Monkey

What? Half-off all cocktails and select sushi rolls.

When? Thu–Sat 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 for 50-percent off all weekend long.   

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1-800-Lucky cocktail
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13. 1-800-Lucky

Things to do Event spaces Wynwood

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.

Rusty Pelican
Photograph: Michael Pisarri

14. Rusty Pelican

Restaurants Seafood Miami

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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Sherwoods Bistro & Bar
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15. Sherwoods Bistro & Bar

Restaurants American creative Little River

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 Tommy’s Margarita made simply with tequila, lime juice and agave.  

Novikov Miami
Photograph: Deyson Rodriguez

16. Novikov Miami

Restaurants Chinese Downtown

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.

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Veza Sur
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17. Veza Sur

Bars Breweries Wynwood

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.

Guayaba Dream Slush at SUGARCANE raw bar grill
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18. SUGARCANE raw bar grill

Restaurants Fusion Midtown

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 every single day. 

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American Social
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19. American Social

Restaurants American Brickell

What? Bites for $6 and half-price well drinks, wine and beer.

When? Mon–Fri 4–8pm

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.

The Anderson
Photograph: Courtesy the Anderson/Alejandro River

20. The Anderson

Bars Cocktail bars

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.

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La Tiendita Taqueria
Photograph: Courtesy La Tiendita Taqueria

21. La Tiendita Taqueria

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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