Planning on going out for happy hour to your usual spots? Don’t be surprised if you strike out. Alas, after having called a half a dozen places with no luck, I really got on the case. Heaven knows, if we ever needed a happy hour it’s now, and I’m not talking Zoom. Never fear. Success! Further research uncovered 9 choice picks of Miami Happy Hours for now including many outdoor spots. Here’s the prized list by part of town:
STK South Beach, known for its “vibe dining”, stylish décor and music with an in house DJ, offers happy hour Monday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p .m. STK’s Happy Hour features half price specialty cocktails like the Strawberry Cobbler, $10 Justin Cabernet and Vievité Rosé, and signature bar bites (such as the Lil’ BRG & Truffle Fries, Bone-In Filet Lollipops, and Tuna Tartare Tacos) starting at $5. In addition, STK’s team of DJs will spin live mixes every Friday and Saturday evening. Parking, when validated at One Hotel, is $10. 2305 Collins Avenue.
Miami Beach’s 100% plant-based hotspot Planta is now offering half off all wine bottles every Tuesday during dinner service, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pair the wine with Planta’s inventive bites such as Crispy Rice – lemon mayo, truffle mushroom ($11.25), Ahi Watermelon Nigiri ($5.75), and Cauliflower Tots ($11.25). For reservations, call (305) 397-8513. 850 Commerce Street, Miami Beach.
The Deck at Island Gardens just re-launched its Sparkling Happy Hour, Saturday and Sunday 4 to 6 pm. The offerings include $10 Rose and Cocktails with $2 Oysters. There will be additional food / raw bar items and special cocktails featured weekly with live music (DJ). With its stunning views, handsome design and outdoor setting, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the bewitching hour with a lovely glass of wine or a cocktail. Self parking is $10.
My review: The “New” Deck at Island Gardens, A Fave
Glass and Vine is another attractive setting, in a lush garden overlooking the park in Coconut Grove. Drink up Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with half off spirits and wine by the glass as well as $5 draft beer. 2820 McFarlane Road. Parking garage nearby.
Popular Mexican restaurant Bakan offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sit indoors or outdoors and don’t miss the chunky guacamole and house made blue corn tortillas. 2801 N.W. 2nd Avenue
Coral Gables & Doral
Unwind with Bulla Gastrobar’s daily happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. At the Coral Gables location, guests can enjoy 50% off house wine, beer and liquor. In Doral, enjoy discounts on select beer, wine, cocktails and sangrias, and dine on delicious tablas and tapas specials. Prefer to celebrate happy hour at home? Enjoy $25 red and white sangria pitchers for pick-up orders – available all day, every day. Coral Gables: 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd; Doral: 5335 NW 87th Ave C102 (outdoor seating available). Municipal parking lots nearby in Coral Gables.
New addition to the Gables, Cuban inspired eatery Calle 23 Miami, offers a fun and funky setting for happy hour 5 p.m. to 8 p.m Tuesday through Saturday. Choose indoor or outdoor seating for enjoying a choice of six cocktails for $7 each, glass of wine for $5 and beer at $4. Latin favorite light bites include tortilla espanola, frita Cubana, empanadas and more. Stay for the live music Friday and Saturday after 8 p.m. 230 Miracle Mile. Municipal parking lots nearby. Come tomorrow and you’ll see me here. Stop by and say hello!
Midtown/Upper Buena Vista
Surely one of the better in terms of prices and variety of offerings is Shokudo Miami. We’re talking a choice of four $5 cocktails, $5 glass of wine, $3 beer, and $10 bottle of saki. And then there’s a wide selection of $7 appetizers and sushi rolls including popcorn fish,spicy tuna tartar,Hawaiian bbq chicken wings, jalapeno poppers and more. It’s offered daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 4740 Northeast 2nd Ave. Street parking.
Sugarcane is always a popular spot for happy hour for good reason: creative offerings, variety and price. Take your pick — a choice of 9 signature cocktails, beer cocktails, and prosecco with fruit essences, all for $7. Wine by the glass is $7 or if you want to make a night of it, there are pitchers for $35. An appealing choice of bar bites are tasty morsels like goat cheese croquettes and oysters, or sushi rolls for $7. 3252 N.E. 1st Avenue. Street parking and low priced parking garage nearby.