Happy hour serves many purposes—it can be an excuse to de-stress after a long day or it can be the best way to get a buzz on before the rest of the evening festivities. Whether it’s your pre-game or your end-of-the-day reward, here’s where to do it in style.
This former firehouse is now transformed into a trendy two-part restaurant on top and a nightclub and lounge down below. Head to Lolita’s (the downstairs area) for a daily happy hour from 4 to 8 PM and 4 PM to midnight on Thursdays with exclusively priced appetizers and drinks, including top shelf choices. Try the strawberry spritz with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, sugar, strawberries, and prosecco for something sweet or the Honey, I’m Home with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Hennessey, and Bailey’s for something strong and creamy. 1000 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-403-3103
This casual-chic Midtown oasis has a buzzing happy hour every weekday from 4 to 7 PM—and as of March 13, a second late night happy hour will happen from 11 PM to close—with small plates, raw bar and sushi roll specials, exclusively priced sangria, beer pitchers, signature cocktails, and wine. The bar has both an indoor and outdoor area so get there early to snag a seat by the garden. Plus, with a huge selection of rum-forward drinks—give the rum 'n' bramble a try, a fresh cocktail with Santa Teresa Anejo Gran Reserva rum, agave, yuzu, fresh blackberries, dry vermouth, cardamom bitters, and basil—you'll feel like you're on vacation. 3252 NE First Ave., Miami, 786-369-0353
This Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian fusion resto will take you to the tropics with a happy hour near the beach. Grab a colorful cocktail featuring exotic ingredients like guava and maracuya with street art-inspired murals and an outdoor patio on the promenade to soak up that South Beach energy. "Samba Hour" runs from Sunday through Thursday (from 4 to 7 PM, and 11 PM to close) with specials on select items from the kitchen and sushi bar, specially-priced cocktails, wine, sake, and more. Don't miss out on the caipirinhas, the national drink of Brazil, made with cachaça, lime, and sugar. Meanwhile, fill up on the Kurobuta belly bun with confit pork belly, red beet Sriracha-infused steamed bun, jicama, and Fresno pepper slaw with spicy peanut aioli to keep you satisfied. 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5337
Sip on creative cocktails at this swanky hangout with a view up on the 16th floor of the Kimpton EPIC Hotel. Don’t miss happy hour Monday through Thursdays from 5 to 8 PM with specials on drinks and bar bites. Plus, their "chase the clock" on Fridays feature specials changing hourly from 5 PM to midnight on premium drinks, house red and white wine, house bubbles, and beer. Food and drinks are locally sourced and made with sustainable ingredients, so be sure to try their happy hour bar snacks like the parmesan and truffle fries or wings with tamarind barbecue sauce. Kimpton EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-424-5234
This rustic Italian spot in Midtown offers a daily Aperitivo Hour from 4 to 7 PM, featuring specially priced cocktails, prosecco, and bites. Enjoy appetizers like the savory lamb meatball sliders with goat cheese and parmesan on brioche or any of the homemade pizzas from their signature menu at the bar and patio. Did we mention there's a bocce court on the terrace? The Shops at Midtown Miami, 3252 NE First Ave., Miami, 786-245-6211
Spring has arrived with this South Beach gem's daily happy hour (yes, even on weekends!) from 4 to 7 PM, featuring special pricing on rosé and select cocktails. The pink neon signs will encourage you to "pursue happiness," which you can do by diving into an icy Moscow mule or any of their classic drinks. Oh, and don’t forget to chow down on their oysters inside the stylish digs. 237 20th St. B, Miami Beach, 305-763-8217