What: Two-for-one drinks.
When: Daily, 4–7pm
Why we love it: Today’s Ball & Chain is a recreation of a 1930s hotspot that once occupied the same space and welcomed jazz superstars like Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Chet Baker to its stage. Across from the historic Tower Theater, the Ball & Chain has its own storied past filled with Jewish and Cuban community influences. We recommend sampling a few Cuban-inspired cocktails: the Mojito Criollo (made the classic way with the mint leaves left intact for enhanced aroma, and more sugar), the Canita (white rum, lime, house-made honey syrup, guarapo or sugarcane juice, sugarcane stick) and the Pastelito Daiquiri (pastelito-infused aged rum, lime, simple syrup, and a side of pastelitos or guava pastries). Expect live jazz at 6pm sharp Thursday through Saturday.
What: Oysters are $.75 a pop while cocktails, such as the Moscow Mule, are $5. Rosé is available on tap ($5) as are several specially priced craft beers.
When: Daily, 4–7pm
Why we love it: When oysters are less than a buck, it’s your duty to order them by the dozen. Sweet Liberty affords you that luxury and numerous others, including a fancy rosé pairing ($5). Prefer champagne? That’s available for $5 during happy hour, too. Co-owner John Lermayer is an award-winning bartender, so you’d be remiss to skip one of his signature cocktails, like the daiquiri or the gin fizz.
What: Two-for-one drinks.
When: Daily, 8am–7pm
Why we love it: 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. So, it's no surprise that Mac’s has a loyal following of regulars who take advantage of nearly every one of those 11 hours in the neon-lit dive bar (one of Miami’s oldest). 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.
What: $2 chopp.
When: Mon–Fri, 4–7pm
Why we love it: If, unfortunately, you have never been to Brazil, you might not be too familiar with chopp, a simple yet brilliant 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. When you near the end of your drink, your server will just bring you another beer—no need to keep ordering. The way you get the drinks to stop is by slapping a coaster on top of your glass—the international sign for no more beer, please. Veza Sur’s happy hour chopp is just $2 a drink. They’ll keep ‘em coming for three glorious hours.
What: All drinks are 50 percent off.
When: Mon–Fri, 4–7pm
Why we love it: Gramps’ cocktails are some of the best in Wynwood, but you can run up a serious tab guzzling the $10–$12 drinks all night. Luckily, the bar’s happy hour slashes drink prices in half for the post-work crowd. It’s always a casual atmosphere and service is quick. Grab a booth (perfect for office gossip) or hit the backyard for some fresh air. Gramps has a decent beer selection, but you’ll want to stick to the cocktails while the prices are down—specifically the wonderfully spicy Moscow Mule and the smoky Rosemary’s Baby.
What: Dice happy hour.
When: Fri, 4–7:30pm
Why we love it: At Bousa Brewing, what you pay for a drink depends on how lucky you are. It’s simple: walk up to the bar, roll a die and whatever it lands on, that’s what you pay for your beer. If you’ve got a hot hand, you could be drinking $1 beers all night long. We’re rooting for you!
What: $5 beer of the day; $5 cocktails; $8 Pinot Grigio.
When: Sun–Thu, 7–10pm
Why we love it: The elegant Regent can be a bit pricey on a normal night—more of a special occasion bar than an everyday sort of spot. But its happy hour is hard to beat by any standards. Enjoy a touch of vintage Miami Beach class (even on the weekends) at Regent’s delightful happy hour.
What: Get $5 well drinks and cocktails, and $1 beers.
When: Mon 6–9pm; Tue–Thu 5–9pm; Fri 4–9pm; Sat 2–9pm; Sun 1–9pm
Why we love it: A ratio we can get behind: $5 for a bucket of five beers. Add some tropical beats courtesy of the wonderful Mr. Pauer, additional drink deals on cocktails and a whole lot of beautiful dancing people and you’ve got yourself a well spent afternoon at El Patio. The bar is mostly outside with some shaded areas, but that doesn’t stop people from showing up—even on toasty summer days. Expect weekends to be slammed (in a good way).
What: Sip $7 craft cocktails, $6 well drinks and specially priced bites.
When: Daily, 5–8pm
Why we love it: The Anderson’s cocktails are magnificent and go perfectly with the vintage vinyl aesthetic of the converted piano bar. In addition to $6 well drinks, the Anderson features a small menu of craft cocktails for just $7. On a recent visit, the mojito and margarita were both worth every penny. Though the drink menu is liable to change depending on available ingredients, it’s safe to assume you’ll be receiving something you’ll want two of. To accompany the drinks, the Anderson also rolls out a special happy hour food menu, with dishes like the hearty fried chicken sandwich ($9).
What: Score $8 cocktails and discounted tapas.
When: Mon–Fri, 5–7pm
Why we love it: José Andrés’s cocktail bar, stuffed inside the bougie, always-packed Bazaar Mar, is normally pretty inaccessible to the average budget. But, believe it or not, you can actually afford to drink there thanks to its weekday happy hour. A selection of cocktails—including the popular salt air margarita—are available for just $8 (which is good for Bar Centro, trust us). You can also order some pretty cheap $8 tapas to chew on, such as lobster croquetas and bite-size hamachi cones. Fancy the dark stuff? Go for the Bellota Old Fashioned made with Spanish ham-infused bourbon, barbecue bitters and smoked demerara sugar.
What: Everything is half off.
When: Tue–Fri, 5–8pm
Why we love it: Wood is an egalitarian oasis in the heart of the burgeoning Wynwood Arts District. Grab a seat a one of the picnic tables in the “backyard” to mingle with all walks of life. Enjoy more than a dozen craft beers on tap, including selections from the neighbors at Wynwood Brewery. Plenty more bottles and cans fill the coolers behind the bars, and the cocktails are pretty decent, too. Even better? They shell out free tacos every Tuesday from 6–8pm, along with $5 margaritas.
What: Specialty cocktails are $6, while wine, sangria and beer are all half-price.
When: Daily, 5–7pm
Why we love it: 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. The downside? Finding a spot in either takes some patience.
What: Pay $7 for a selection of cocktails, $6 for wine, $5 for craft beers, plus $5 for small bites.
When: Mon–Fri, 4–7pm
Why we love it: Beaker & Gray’s killer deals are the reason for its buzzy bar scene. Walk in any day to find the counter swarming with people from the neighborhood and locals swinging by for quality drinks and food, including the mini sandwichitos and coowner Ben Pott’s finest classic cocktails—think Tommy’s margarita and old fashioneds.
What: Buy one drink and receive a Blackbird Ordinary poker chip, which can be redeemed for a free drink at any time. (It’s a two-for-one deal.)
When: Daily, 3–8pm
Why we love it: Most guests give in to immediate gratification and use the chip for a second round; others stockpile them for the weekend when getting completely crunk is the objective. The signature cocktails here are worth every penny at regular price, making this happy hour one of the most popular in town. Order the Tipp Top, a potent combination of Pierde Almas La Puritita Verdá mescal, passion fruit, lime, agave syrup, mint leaves and habanero peppers. La Moon, the famous Colombian restaurant next door, happily delivers grub to your table (you’ll be having a hot dog). While you wait, challenge pals to a few rounds of board games or Jenga.
What: The Kanpai Hour features $6–$10 sushi and appetizers, including the restaurant’s famed crispy rice with spicy tuna ($7), and $8 specialty cocktails.
When: Sun–Thu, 7–9pm; Fri–Sat, 6–8pm
Why we love it: Dining at Katsuya can get pricey, but the restaurant’s Kanpai Hour is an inexpensive way to feast on their most popular dishes and cocktails without blowing a stack. Specials are served upstairs in the Dragon Lounge, where both bar and table seating are available.
What: Half-price well drinks, wine and beer, plus $10 specialty cocktails.
When: Mon–Fri, 4–8pm
Why we love it: Social Hour at Brickell’s waterfront eatery means discounts on dozens of craft beers on tap, cocktails, wine and $6 share plates, including the mouthwatering ropa vieja tacos and house-made roasted garlic hummus. Sit outside by the Miami River or inside to enjoy the sports pub atmosphere (brick walls, big screens, framed magazine covers). Pro tip: Massive burgers are just $8 on Monday nights and craft beers are $4 on Tuesdays.
What: Beat-the-clock pricing on champagne, retro-themed cocktails and select rum starting at $5; meatballs and other select bar bites are $7.
When: Fri, 5–11pm
Why we love it: Area 31 hosts a regular happy hour Monday through Thursday from 5–8pm, where specialty drinks are just $7. But we love coming for Chase the Clock Fridays, where all drinks and bar snacks are priced according to the hour. The action starts at 5pm (nab truffle fries and a beer for just $10) and goes until closing, which is normally around 11pm. In a city where everyone is always running late, it’s nice to be rewarded for being on time. Plus, you'll have a view of the sunset over the Miami skyline from the 16th-floor rooftop bar.
What: Free Italian bites from the aperitivo buffet with the purchase of a cocktail, plus $5 shots and $7.50 well drinks during the restaurant’s late-night happy hour.
When: Daily, 6–8pm & 1–2am
Why we love it: Take a load off from shopping along Lincoln Road with a cocktail (or two) and snacks from the restaurant’s free appetizer bar that’s filled with all sorts of Italian specialties: bruschetta, mozzarella and an assortment of cured meats and cheeses. After hours, park yourself on one of the outdoor couches (the perfect spot for people watching) and take advantage of $5 shots.
What: Enjoy a menu of specially priced wine, beer and cocktails (discounted $2–$5), such as mojitos, rum punch and other tropical favorites.
When: Mon–Fri, 3–8pm
Why we love it: Its prime, downtown location makes this a favorite among the area’s business types, so expect to see plenty of bankers and accountants with ties loosened and drinks in hand. You won’t have trouble finding a place to sit on the spacious terrace but service is invariably faster at the outdoor bar.
What: Beers are $4, single shots are $5 and all cocktails on the menu are $7.
When: Daily, 4–8pm
Why we love it: In the land of $20 drinks, finding a craft cocktail for $7 means you’ve hit the happy hour jackpot. Savor your winnings at this quaint outdoor bar, along with other tasty options that run the gamut from margaritas to smoky old-fashioneds.