If you’ve ever lived in Miami or have spent even one night out in the city, you know that just a couple cocktails can put a major dent in your pocket. Why break the bank when you can get nice and tipsy with just a $20 bill at multiple places around town? We scoped out the best of the best when it comes to happy hours here—and that includes specialty bars. The world is your oyster between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.—or maybe it’s your margarita.
This downtown Miami spot with a Wild West feel has a four-hour-long happy hour. That's right: From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, Lost Boy hits you with the half-off drink menu—and these aren't just your average wells drinks, either (although you can get those, too). Expect innovative concoctions like pistachio sours and G&Ts mixed with portobello gin, grapefruit tonic, and vermouth. Since their average cocktail costs $13 at full price, it's truly a steal.
Just down the block from Lost Boy, this extra funky, laid-back locale feels like a mix between your favorite bar and a ‘70s porn star’s digs—disco balls and red carpet included. Mama Tried has happy hour seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and if that’s not a good reason to check this place out, we don’t know what is. With $3 to $5 beers, $5 wells, and specialty drinks for just $7 a pop, you’ll disco dance your way in (and out) of this place, for sure.
With half-off drinks Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., this Wynwood hipster hangout is the bar to be at—rain or shine. Be sure to pair your drink with a slice of pizza, which is one of the tastiest (and cheapest) in the city.
What’s cheaper than half-off drinks? Free drinks, of course. Wynwood’s first bar prides itself on being the cool dad of all the local bars and offers free drinks for the ladies every Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. If you’re not a lady (or you can’t make it to dancing), Wood Tavern still offers a half-off happy hour Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Head there on a Tuesday (Taco Tuesday, that is) and grab some free tacos; drinks are full-priced, but still affordable for the masses.
With locations in both the Gables and Doral, and Bulla offers up $6 specialty cocktails and half-priced wine, beer, and sangria daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Plus, this Spanish superstar has tapas, and what’s better to pair with wine than meat and cheese? Absolutely nothing, which is why you can’t let this one pass you by.
Our favorite (and maybe the oldest) restaurant in the Design District, Michael’s boasts a fab happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Oysters, snacks, cocktails, wine, and beer are all half off; you have to sit at the bar, so snag a seat and get to ordering.
Can't there in time? Michael’s has a second happy hour from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday. When you order a classic Genuine Burger or the special Last Call burger, cocktails, wine by the glass, and beer are half off. Again, you have to be sitting at the bar to take advantage of this, so grab a chair and make some new friends. You’re likely to meet all kinds of interesting (and fascinating) characters here.
With happy hour every day, Doraku—located on South Beach—is a no brainer. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Lincoln Road restaurant sells snacks starting at $4, as well as $4 beer and $5 wine. And if you're in the mood for sushi, you can get half of a specialty roll for just $7.
With two happy hours a day, this Midtown bar and restaurant boasts a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to close Monday through Friday. And if you can't make it between those hours, they offer a Sunday happy hour from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Order a $7 cocktail like the Spice of Love (jalapeño, passionfruit purée, mango, vodka) and pair it with a $7 sushi roll. Or, go for the $30 pitcher of sangria if you're there with a group. It’ll get you nice and toasty and open up your appetite for more sushi rolls. Win win.