By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
It’s no surprise that dining out in Miami is becoming increasingly costly. Have you been wanting to try some of Miami’s top (and expensive restaurants) for less? Here’s your chance, with our picks of happy hour Miami deals at some of The Magic City’s priciest restaurants.
Bar Centro by José Andrés at Bazaar Mar
Sitting in the SLS Brickell, José Andrés’ newest Miami restaurant, Bazaar Mar, also has its own cocktail bar: Bar Centro by José Andrés. Belly up to the bar Tuesday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and you can partake in its “Merienda Hour.” During this two-hour siesta, munch on $6 to $8 tapas (Maine Lobster Croquetas, anyone?) and wash it all down with select cocktails, like a glass of Sangria Roja or Spanish Aperol Spritz, for just $8. Bar Centro by José Andrés is located at 1300 South Miami Avenue. Valet parking is available through the hotel.
Forte dei Marmi
There’s no better way to celebrate Spring on the water than with a proper coastal Italian “
“Aperitivo Hour,” and lucky for us Miamians, Forte dei Marmi has just that. Visit this haute Ocean Drive spot every Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and you can pair $10 glasses of Ca’ del Bosco Organic Franciacorta with bites by two-Michelin-star Chef Antonio Mellino or a $10 Great White Oyster Plate. When you do, it’ll be a happy start to Spring, indeed. Cheers! Forte dei Marmi is located at 150 Ocean Drive. Valet and street parking are available.
When we talk about upscale restaurants in Miami, we can’t forget about Juvia, which is both high-end and high up! Hovering over Lincoln Road, this restaurant and lounge is known for its trendy decor, French-Peruvian-Asian fusion menu, and for having some of the best views in Miami Beach. Go daily during Sunset Hour, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and you can snag its pricey cocktails for just $11 each and bar bites for $9 to $11. Juvia is located at 1111 Lincoln Road. Parking is available in public parking garages. IMPORTANT NOTE: THE HAPPY HOUR WILL BE LAUNCHED THIS SUMMER.
Il Mulino New York – South Beach
Tucked in chic SoFi, Il Mulino New York – South Beach has a daily happy hour we can’t refuse! Go between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. everyday, and here’s what you’ll get: $6 glasses of chianti, pinot grigio, rosé and Prosecco; $4 bottles of Peroni, Coors Light, Grolsch, Amstel Light, and Heineken; and half off all well drinks and drinks off the cocktail list. That’s what we call a happy three hours. Il Mulino New York – South Beach is located at 840 1st Street. Valet and street parking are available.
Visit the lobby level of Four Seasons Hotel Miami, and you’ll find Caviar Russe: a decadent eatery, coming to us from NYC, with caviar-inspired dishes and Champagne. Monday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., avoid the upscale menu prices and get liquor drinks, wine and Champagne for just $12 a glass, beer for $5 and—if you’re feeling extravagant—a reduced Osetra and 1/2 bottle of Billecart Salmon package for $110. Caviar Russe is located at 1435 Brickell Avenue. Valet parking is available through the hotel.
Joe’s Stone Crab
We all know about the legendary Joe’s Stone Crab! Every Thursday and Friday, go and take advantage of the historic restaurant’s “Cocktail Hour.” Running from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., you’ll get half-off beer and wine by the glass, as well as bites like Prime Rib Tacos, West Coast Oysters, Popcorn Shrimp and more for less than $10. Joe’s Stone Crab is located at 11 Washington Avenue. Valet and street parking are available.
If you want good Mediterranean food in Miami, Byblos is one of the best places to go. And every night, you can go there for their Unwind & Dine Happy Hour. Taking place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. nightly, food and drink lovers can expect $8 cocktails—like the Gulab with Ketel One vodka, pomegranate syrup, lemon and rose essence—as well as $5 beers and $8 glasses of wine. Ranging from $6 to $12, pair those drinks with small plates like Organic House Labneh, Duck Kibbeh and Snapper Crudo. Want to try something really special? Available only at Byblos, get the Spike Tea. Designed to share with one other person, it comes in two flavors: Edgware Road with Moroccan mint tea and Bombay dry gin, and Habibi Marguerite with chili spiced strawberry tea and Avion tequila. Byblos Miami is located at 1545 Collins Avenue. Valet parking is available through the hotel.
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