By Kayla Louttit and Yours Truly
Since our last posts on happy hour Miami, several great additions have come on the scene that are well worth noting. We’ve rounded up our picks, Part 3, for the best happy hour spots in Coral Gables, Key Biscayne and Downtown, including a spa offering. See Part 1 here for Miami Beach and Part 2 here for Brickell, Coconut Grove and Doral.
180 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134, (305) 448-4990
SushiSamba in Coral Gables offers a “Samba Hour” with $7 happy hour specials every Monday-Friday from 4 to 7pm and 10pm to close. The happy hour menu includes a selection of anticuchos from the Robata grill, including organic chicken, corn on the cob, eggplant and ribeye in addition to small-plates such as the salt and pepper squid, P.E.I mussels, and sweet corn kakiage. Samba Hour also includes items from the sushi bar, including a daily selection of seviche, salmon and yellowtail tiraditos and two specialty rolls: the Ezo Roll and the Sakura Roll. Diners can top it all off with cocktails such as Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil; the Nina Fresa, a SushiSumba classic with Stoli Strasberi, orange liqueur, guava juice, strawberry and fresh lime; and the all-time Peruvian favorite Pisco Sour shaken with egg white. Red or white monthly vineyard selection wines are also available by the glass. Parking details: The Westin Colonnade Hotel offers valet parking in addition to a parking garage connected to the Hotel. There is metered parking on the streets as well.
70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134, (305) 448-2400
A neighborhood favorite on Miracle Mile, Uvaggio Wine Bar’s happy hour is offered every weeknight, Monday-Friday, from 5 to 7pm and on Saturday’s from 6 to 7pm. In authentic Italian style, their happy hour is built on the concept of the “apertivo,” or a pre-dinner drink, meant to “open” the palate and provide a chance to socialize, relax, and nibble before dinner. They offer $6 wines by the glass, $4 beers and “apertivo” food specials. Examples of the food specials include roasted bacon with bourbon pecan, chipotle BBQ and garden herbs ($6); salmon gravlax with horseradish-tarragon sour cream, chopped egg, rye blini, salmon caviar and caper dust ($9); a charcuterie plate with duck prosciutto, grouper cheek rillette, finocchiona salami and garlic confit mustard ($10); and house-made yogurt naan bread with goat cheese hummus, smoked baba ghanoush and green olive tapenade ($8). Diners can also order a bottle of wine with a meat and cheese board for $35 during happy hour. Easy street parking is available, as well as valet service.
455 Grand Bay Dr, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, (305) 365-4500
Who said happy hour was just for cocktails? The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne offers a “Spa Happy Hour” every Monday-Thursday from 2 to 6pm with a selection of Spa exclusives, $15 off any 50-minute salon service or 15 percent off all face and body products. The happy hour Spa exclusives include a 50-minute Ocean Hydration Facial for $125 and a 50-minute Tropical Island Body Scrub featuring an invigorating yet, gentle body exfoliation of tropical papaya, pineapple and grape seeds as well as a fragrant, creamy coconut lotion application for $120. With twenty-one treatment rooms that evoke classic West Indies glamour, The Ritz-Carlton’s 25,000-square-foot spa offers carefully chosen services inspired by the vast history of native Tequesta Indians, famed explorers and coconut plantations. Spa-goers may also take advantage of their eucalyptus steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools and vitamin C infused showers. Reduced valet parking is available with validation. To make a reservation, please call (305) 365-4197.
121 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131, (305) 420-2205 (# PB Station), (305) 420-2225 (# Pawn Broker)
This spring, The Pubbelly Boys, led by five-time James Beard-nominated chef, Jose Mendin, once again have their finger on the pulse of the city’s evolution as they expand into Downtown Miami with PB Station, a new American craft eatery in the new Langford Hotel. Upstairs, their rooftop bar called Pawn Broker is part of the concept with craft cocktails and stylish bar bites. Happy Hour is available Monday-Friday from 4 to 7pm (downstairs in PB Station and upstairs in Pawn Broker). Select from $7 classic cocktails including a Margarita, Old Fashioned or True Daiquiri, plus all beer and wine is $6. Bites to try include the local radishes salad (burrata, pickled strawberries, walnut vinaigrette, herbed vinegar), daily oyster selection (apple-cucumber mignonette, chili cocktail), and brussel sprouts (salted caramel, nueskes bacon and peanuts). Valet parking is available for all guests. There are many parking lots in the area as well as metered street parking.
200 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131, (305) 374-9378
On February 29, longtime South Florida chef Cindy Hutson expanded her Miami presence with the opening of her newest concept, Zest, in downtown Miami’s Southeast Financial Center. A contemporary spin on Hutson’s signature “Cuisine of the Sun,” Zest offers ethnically diverse and seasonally-driven island fare. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 3 to 8pm with $4 off signature cocktails, $4 off well spirits, $3 off wine and $2 off draft beer. Signature cocktails include an Avion Margarita, with tequila, fresh lime and homemade triple sec, Russian Standard Moscow Mule, with vodka, Ginger beer, homemade Ginger syrup and fresh lime juice, and a Lemongrass Collins, with 50 Bleu Vodka, lemongrass ginger simple syrup, lime juice and tonic/soda water, among others. A bar bites menu is also available Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm with $3 off bar bites and $3 off desserts. Bar bites include margherita flatbread, gold Tequila queso, black bean hummus and brick oven jerk chicken wings, while desserts feature gluten-free brownie bites, warm homemade cookies and a homemade whoopie pie. Valet parking available for $7 with validation.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Miami
315 S Biscayne Boulevard, Miami 33131 (305-487-7130)
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse – by Wolfgang Zwiener – Miami is one of eight locations by renowned steak connoisseur Wolfgang Zwiener. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is the respected authority for USDA prime steak, superb seafood, professional service and an expansive Wine Spectator recognized wine list. The house specialty is USDA prime porterhouse steak, dry-aged on site. Outdoor seating with river view is available. Happy hour is served nightly from 6 to 9 p.m., a very good value, and features items like 3 steak sliders for $8; 2 burger sliders for $8; 6 baked clams oreganata for $8, chorizo al vino, $8 and more. Beer is $5, champagne, $10, wines, $8 and well drinks and a long list of specialty cocktails, $9. Valet parking is offered and there are garages nearby.