Note: This was updated August, 2018
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. Kristaps Brencans, CMO at On the Map Marketing, an Inc 5000 SEO company. who does a lot of entertaining, summed it up, “Great drinks and beautiful views of Miami. A great place to meet colleagues and close deals.” 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.
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. Hit 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.
Amara at Paraiso
The Michael Schwartz empire continues to expand with this waterfront beauty with a killer view in the Edgewater neighborhood. The inviting bar and beach are the ideal spot for Happy Hour Monday through Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sip on four re-imagined classic cocktails with a tropical twist, including the Mezcal Colada and Seasonal Chilcano at $10 each. Prefer wine or beer? Then choose from half price wines by the glass or $4 Cusqueña premium Peruvian lager beer. Nosh on their popular elevated yuca cheese puffs, albondigas (meatballs) with chile sauce and queso fresco and white ayocote bean spread served snack size and between $3 and $4. Amara at Paraiso is located at 3101 NE 7 Ave., Miami, FL 33137. https://amaraatparaiso.com/menu/
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
The classic Fleming’s, a longtime staple for high-end dining in Coral Gables, now has another location in the buzzy Brickell neighborhood. Located at Brickell World Plaza, just a block away from Brickell City Centre, it’s the ideal place to enjoy happy hour after the 9 to 5 grind. Order the Blueberry Lemon Drop with Tito’s Handmade Vodka or the Old Mexico with Bacardi Rum and poblano syrup. Those are just two of the seven cocktails they offer, along with a variety of wines by the glass from Napa Valley, Oregon and Columbia Valley. Feed your end of work day hunger with their Signature Bites menu of house made burrata with prosciutto, a trio of unique burgers or beef carpaccio, to name a few. Served nightly from 4-7 p.m. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 600 Brickell Ave., Ste. 150, Miami, FL 33131. https://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/menus/bar
Finding this restaurant could prove a little tricky, given that it’s down an alley and their white door blends into the wall. Plus, their sign is in clear Plexiglas against a white wall but rest assured, it’s a search worth taking. Chotto Matte is as visually stunning for the eyes as for the palate. The tree that’s the centerpiece of the restaurant, along with the open kitchen where the colorful cuisine is created and the bar where food as well as cocktails are created, are a huge wow factor (along with the skylight!) And here in keeping with the Japanese/Peruvian fusion theme it’s called a Nikkei Magic Hour instead Happy Hour. Choose from one of four carefully curated combinations of ceviche and sushi/sashimi favorites served with either Pisco Sour, Sapporo beer, sake and even champagne. These are only available at the bar and lounge daily from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Chotto Matte, 1664 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139. Valet parking available. https://www.chotto-matte.com/magic-hour-miami
This upscale Brickell spot known for its premium select fresh seafood is also a fantastic happy hour spot. With a daily cocktail hour (not something everyone can boast about) that features half-price cocktails and wines, you can enjoy a House Old-Fashioned, an Island Swizzle or a Pretty in Pink. They only use fresh fruit and hand-squeezed citrus juices to create their heavenly concoctions. Pair one of them with Oysters Rockefeller, escargot or a tuna tartare tower for a prime happy hour experience. Cocktail Hour in the Stone Crab Lounge is from 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Truluck’s is located at 777 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. Valet parking and public parking garages are available.