Who doesn’t like a deal every now and then? I moved to Miami Beach the day before Quarantine, and so finding the right places to go that still accommodate my love for happy hours took some time, as things began to open. ’d love to share the happy findings! Whether you’re meeting up with a friend, going on a date, or meeting up with a group, these are places that every person I’ve brought has said were nice finds and locations. They’re all local spots that I’ve come to appreciate!
I’m a huge fan of the Standard Hotels, from living in NYC for 5 years, the Standard was an absolute destination spot for me to go with friends to their array of restaurants and rooftop lounges. Here in Miami, there’s a really lovely waterfront pool area, and next to it is Lido, a restaurant with a perfect happy hour from 4-7 pm. It’s a large outdoor space that’s rain or shine, and the frozen Rose is $7, along with other cocktail specials. The guacamole is always a nice dish to add and snack on, as well as the eggplant. The views are beautiful of the bay, where you can see yachts and longboarders passing by. Dolphins and manatees are for sure bound to make an appearance as well!
Whenever I go here for happy hour, I end up ordering the full happy hour menu for food, it’s a nice tasting menu! The cocktails are $8 and wine and beer are around $5-$7. It’s a corner lot right off of Alton Rd., a bustling street with foot traffic and great car eye candy. The sushi and ramen are go-to’s for me!
A few blocks up from Tanuki, this french-american inspired restaurant has $6 cocktails and wine, as well as beer. I like this for a casual meet up or a fancier dinner experience. You’ll catch a lot of neighborhood foodies here, and also people come from all over the city for this laid back, romantic ambiance indoors or outdoors on the sidewalk. The happy hour menu for food is honestly a perfect selection for a high end, not high price tag experience. Come right after sunset and you’re for sure going to love the candlelit table seating.
Located next to the beach boardwalk, this poolside restaurant is enclosed for an ultimate, Greek experience. The appetizers are $5 each, and so I always get the Gyro meat plates with Greek Salad. Sip on $7 prosecco glasses and you’ll be in heaven. I brought a friend visiting from my hometown, and we were here for 2 hours, and when the bill came, it seemed like it should have been triple the price for the value. This restaurant can get as fancy as you’d like to dress, and they also have live dancing performances for dinner.
On the weekends, grab your friends and come to this Lincoln Rd. Rooftop restaurant for some endless Mimosas ($30) and delicious eats. I’ve found that the views and ambiance make this restaurant a go-to spot to bring an essence of Miami lifestyle to you and your guest(s). They have live DJ’s and a buzzing crowd, and style is a must. A notable mention is that you can come here for sunset for an early hot date, the steak is so yum.
This spot is named after the village based on stilts in the ocean near Miami, and so is seafood based with intriguing, oasis cocktails. The happy hour deals differ each day of the week for specials, and from Monday through Thursday 3-7 pm: $7 cocktails, $6 wines by glass, $5 draft beers. Their snack selection is delicious and a wide array of bites that will surely make you happy you came early.
Written by Catherine Marie Wagner