By Jennifer Agress
Looking for a new way to celebrate “golden hour” ? Miami has plenty of spots where you can fuse sunset views with tasty, sometimes reduced-priced drinks and people watching to boot. Here are our seven picks:
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Sugar at EAST
Floating high above Brickell Avenue, on the 40th floor of the brand new Brickell City Centre, Sugar is a two-level, Asian-inspired lounge with a Balinese-style bar, a lush rooftop garden, string lighting and hands-down the best sunset views in the Magic City. Head here right after work and mingle with Miami’s beautiful people. When you’re there, order a glass of wine, the top-shelf liquor of your choice, or a signature cocktail, like “A Night in Hong Kong” with Absolut Elyx vodka, prosecco, jackfruit and lemon. For a view with a kick, pair it all with Asian small plates like Bangkok Springs Rolls, Braised Beef Buns, Grilled Prawns, Crispy Tandoori Squid and more. At a place this swanky, you won’t find a happy hour discount—but even then, it’s still the only place you want to be when the sun is going down. Sugar at EAST is located at 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131. Parking is available through EAST Hotel valet, streetside parking, or public parking garages connected to Brickell City Centre.
Sitting on top of the historic Langford Hotel, in Downtown Miami, this rooftop bar is the brainchild of none other than The Pubbelly Boys. Head inside the dark, trendy lounge and go straight to the central bar—-the talented mixologists will whip a menu of Prohibition-era cocktails like “Bees Knees” with honey, lemon and gin, and “Giggle Water” (served in a mini bathtub!) with gin, champagne syrup, lavender and tonic. This summer, go Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. for live music, $7 cocktails, $6 wines by the glass, and $5 beers. Pawn Broker is located at 121 SE 1st Street, Miami, FL 33131. Public parking is available nearby, as is hotel valet.
Sorso by Scott Conant
Rewind to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2017, and you might remember famed chef and restaurateur, Scott Conant, introducing his “pop-up” cocktail lab and infusion bar, Sorso by Scott Conant. Fast-forward six months later, and this is one popular pop-up we’re not sure will leave. Located in Scarpetta’s lounge and terrace, Sorso serves up its signature cold-drip-tower cocktails everyday from 6 p.m. to close. Go during Social Hour, however—which takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. daily—and you can get these $17 handcrafted cocktails for just $12 each, as well as bites like Scarpetta Stromboli and Antipasti Boards for $6-$18 each. Sorso by Scott Conant is located at 4441 Collins Avenue. Hotel valet is available.
Cantina La Veinte
Sitting in Brickell’s dazzling Icon building, Cantina La Veinte is Brickell’s answer to high-end Mexican dining. Helmed by Chef Santiago Gomez, go here for four-star cuisine like Aguachile de King Crab de Alaska, Make-Your-Own-Tacos with Chuleton Al Pastor, Sopes de Wagyu, and more. For a post-work deal, go on Tuesdays for “Taco Tuesday,” where you’ll get 3 tacos for $18; or hit the extended happy hour Monday through Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Every Wednesday, Ladies Night gives Miami’s finest gals free margaritas all-night-long. Cantina La Veinte is located at 495 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. Valet parking is available at the Icon.
Overlooking lively Lincoln Road, Instagram-worthy Juvia is perched on the rooftop of the can’t-miss Herzog & de Meuron-designed 1111 Lincoln Road building. Whether you’re sitting inside the all-glass interior, or outside, in the fairytale-like rooftop garden, this is where you can wine and dine with sweeping views of the South Beach skyline. You’ll notice a purple theme throughout the decor, so while you’re at it, order the “Purple Rain” cocktail with vodka, purple Peruvian corn, and fresh lemon. To pair your drink with some food, order small plates like Wagyu Short Rib Gyoza or Duck Foie Gras Terrine. There’s no “happy hour” pricing, but that shouldn’t stop you from going during golden hour—with those views and that food, you’ll be happy regardless. Juvia is located at 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Parking is available at various parking garages on or around Lincoln Road.
db Bistro Moderne
This French-American spot is the brainchild of famed chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud, so by that alone, you know it’s worth going to. Despite its elevated French-inspired cuisine, the happy hour deal is almost too good to be true. Go to the restaurant’s shimmering bar area Monday through Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., for beers starting at $5, wines starting at $6, $9 champagne, and cocktails starting at $8. Small plates like Stuffed Dates with bacon and Bacalao Croquetas are reduced too, and from 5 to 7 p.m., oyster lovers can get $1 shells. Db Bistro Moderne is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131. Hotel valet parking is available.
This standout Brickell spot is known for its fresher-than-fresh seafood. Go for Cocktail Hour, Monday through Friday, and get half-priced cocktails (like their famous Appletinis, anyone?), featured wines and select appetizers—from Oysters Rockefeller and Sautéed Mussels, to Boneless Braised Short Rib—from 3 to 7 p.m.Then, go back on Saturday and Sunday for a weekend edition of Cocktail Hour, which has the same deal, but takes place in the Stone Crab Lounge from 5 to 7 p.m. There’s live entertainment every night of the week, too, so you’ll leave with your stomachs and your soul happy. (Karen’s note: Hands down, in the light bites department for quality and variety, this gets some of the highest marks, not to speak of the live music). Truluck’s is located at 777 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. Valet parking and public parking garages are available.