Miami

The 24 Best Happy Hour Deals in Miami

Get a buzz without breaking the bank.

Photo courtesy of Lost Boy Dry Goods
Photo courtesy of Lost Boy Dry Goods
Photo courtesy of Lost Boy Dry Goods

Miamians never realize how beat down we’ve gotten by drink prices until we go to some far-flung city like Tampa, order a couple beers, and are shocked when the bartender gives us change for a twenty. Because while Miami is one of America’s greatest drinking cities, a bargain it is not. That is, unless you track down a standout Happy Hour, where wallet-wrecking price tags are temporarily slashed and you can once again pick up a round without putting yourself (farther) into debt. Read on for some of the top happy hours in Miami, and ease your sticker shock-weary mind for at least one glorious afternoon.

Eleventh Street Pizza
Eleventh Street Pizza
Eleventh Street Pizza

Eleventh Street Pizza

Downtown
When: Tuesday – Friday, 3 – 5 pm
Cheap beer and even cheaper slices aren’t just for the 12-pack-fueled late night college crowd. Eleventh Street pizza dishes out high quality eats at half price four days a week, which taste even better with all your faculties intact.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Over Under
Over Under
Over Under

Over Under

Downtown
When: Daily, 3 – 7 pm
If you find yourself literally steaming as you walk down a hot downtown street around three in the afternoon, stop into this narrow boozer where $5 gets you a frozen drink guaranteed to bring your core temperature down. And if brain freezes aren’t on your afternoon agenda, you can grab a shot and a beer, well drink, or glass of wine for the same exact price.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Photo courtesy of Lost Boy Dry Goods
Photo courtesy of Lost Boy Dry Goods
Photo courtesy of Lost Boy Dry Goods

Lost Boy Dry Goods

Downtown
When: Monday – Friday, 4 – 7 pm
Lost Boy’s already alarmingly cheap prices take a serious nosedive during happy hour, when everything on the drink menu runs half off. Sticking around after the promo ends is still your best value play downtown, too, as single-liquor drinks rarely top $10 each.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating.

Photo courtesy of Aura Groupe
Photo courtesy of Aura Groupe
Photo courtesy of Aura Groupe

Cerveceria La Tropical

Wynwood
When: Wednesday – Friday, 4 – 7 pm
Redeem yourself for missing Taco Tuesday at Cuba’s oldest brewery, where the rest of the work week brings $1 tacos from esteemed chef Cindy Hutson. They’re also offering $5 beers, $10 beer cocktails, and $3 Bacalao Fritters.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Mac's Club Deuce
Mac’s Club Deuce
Mac’s Club Deuce

Macs’ Club Deuce

South Beach
When: Daily, 8 am – 7 pm
If you’re not happy grabbing two-for-one drinks before most people have even attempted breakfast, well, the Deuce just may not be for you. But if your idea of happiness involves sitting in a dark bar on a sunny day knocking back two-fer cocktails and peeling the labels off of beer bottles, the Deuce is pretty much your Disneyland. The only reservations required here are the ones you have about using the bathroom.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating.

Photo by @antore
Photo by @antore
Photo by @antore

Chug’s Diner

Coconut Grove
When: Monday – Friday, 6 – 7 pm
Michael Beltran is bringing college drink prices back to the Grove, pouring 99¢ gin and vodka martinis for an hour each day. Dangerous, you say? Remember-Chug’s is also a Cuban diner, which means plenty of rice, beans, and lechon to soak it up.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating.

Vinya

Key Biscayne
When: Daily, 4 – 6 pm
The Island Paradise’s best happy hour comes via this brand new wine and cocktail bar, a collaboration between the BarLab team and the pandemic-era’s wine delivery smash. They’re pouring rare, hard-to-find wines and creative drinks daily for half off every afternoon.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating.

Photo by Miranda Kruse
Photo by Miranda Kruse
Photo by Miranda Kruse

Kush Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove
When: Monday – Friday, 5 – 7 pm
Though beloved Mr. Moe’s has gone the way of the Orange Bowl and winning Hurricanes football, Moose Juice lives on, just down the street at Kush. During happy hour, you can score some of that sweet, sweet boozy nostalgia-12 hours earlier than you used to-for just $5. And if you’re not in the mood for daylight bad decisions, opt for $5 shot- and beer combos, BOGO beer and wines by the glass, or three-for-$5 oysters.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Los Altos

Little Havana
When: Thursday – Saturday, 8 – 10 pm
Happy hour pricing is typically reserved for early evening, leaving you to pay full price once prime time rolls around. But that’s not the case at this not-so-secret speakeasy atop Taquerias El Mexicano, where they’re firing up half off cocktails and Antojitos just as all the other happy hours are winding down. Walk upstairs to the “candy” shop, and wait for the magic to happen.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating.

Mamey Miami
Mamey Miami
Mamey Miami

Mamey and Mamey on 3rd

Coral Gables
When: Daily, 3 – 6 pm
Niven Patel’s Caribbean-inspired masterpiece on the ground floor of the Thesis Hotel now offers the same happy hour deals as its breezy, upstairs counterpart Mamey on 3rd. They’re both serving $5 beer, $7 wines by the glass, $7 mixed drinks, and $6 bites from one of the best bar menus in Miami.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Photo courtesy of EST. 33
Photo courtesy of EST. 33
Photo courtesy of EST. 33

EST. 33

Brickell
When: Daily, 4 – 7 pm and 10 pm – close
Scoring two-for-one drinks at the mall isn’t just for Chili’s anymore. EST. 33 will let you post up at the bar before dinner, then again later on to sample their light, flavorful beers at BOGO prices. Ditto for specialty cocktails, almost all liquors, wines by the glass, and a solid selection of Thai tapas.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Photo courtesy of The Drawing Room
Photo courtesy of The Drawing Room
Photo courtesy of The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

South Beach
When: Daily, 9 pm – close
South Beach’s best spot for a quality late night cocktail is this den stashed in the back of the Shelbourne, pouring some of the Beach’s best cocktails even during regular hours. But hit it after 9 pm, and you’re getting those same spectacular tipples at half off.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating.

Monty's Raw Bar
Monty’s Raw Bar
Monty’s Raw Bar

Monty’s Raw Bar

Coconut Grove
When: Monday – Friday, 4 – 7 pm
Happy hour at Monty’s is a Miami tradition, right up there with sandbar parties and Santa’s Enchanted Forest. Mixing cheap drinks with bay views is never a bad combination, and with $5 wells, $3 domestic drafts, and $1 Shrimp and Clams, the Friday night party that’s raged for decades shows no signs of slowing down.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating.

Pollo Tropical

Multiple locations
When: Daily, 10:30 am – close
Only in Miami does a local fast-food chicken joint make its own rum-based mojitos and sell them right next to a $5 quarter-chicken combo. Life truly is better under the palm, where you’ll now find an all-day happy hour featuring these canned cocktails at only $2 a pop.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating.

Būya Izakaya + Yakitori
Būya Izakaya + Yakitori
Būya Izakaya + Yakitori

Buya Izakaya + Yakitori

Wynwood
When: Monday – Friday, 3 – 6 pm
Bao buns and beers are the name of the game at MIami’s best new Asian restaurant. Short Rib, Chicken Meatball, Pork Belly, and Shiitake Mushroom Buns run two for $4 throughout happy hour, while beer, sake, and wines by the glass are also $4 each.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Photo courtesy of The Goodtime Hotel
Photo courtesy of The Goodtime Hotel
Photo courtesy of The Goodtime Hotel

Strawberry Moon at The Goodtime Hotel

South Beach
When: Tuesday – Thursday, 6 – 9 pm
The super sceney but painfully pricey restaurant at the Goodtime Hotel is accessible for the regular folks three afternoons each week-that’s when Strawberry Moon plates its Kefta Meatballs, Pepperoni Pide with Spicy Honey, and cool menu of craft cocktails for a scant $8 each.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating.

Black Market

Downtown
When: Monday – Friday, 4 – 7 pm
Right in time for the return of Heat season (the basketball team, not the atmospheric phenomenon), this FTX Arena-adjacent spot is serving half off drinks at perfect pre-game hours. They’ll have the same deals going at their new Bayside location, too.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

American Social Brickell (Miami)
American Social Brickell (Miami)
American Social Brickell (Miami)

American Social

Brickell
When: Monday – Friday, 4 – 7 pm; Sunday – Wednesday, 10 pm – close
Nothing caps off a weeknight of Brickell revelry like a midnight stop into AmSo for a $5 margarita. If you’re not trying to go that hard on a school night, grab a $5 draft beer, $5 house wine by the glass, or a $6 well drink every weekday afternoon.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

The Anderson Miami
The Anderson Miami
The Anderson Miami

The Anderson

MiMo
When: Daily, 5 – 8 pm
Northeastern Miami’s best spot for middle school nostalgia kicks it up a notch by making every night taco night, serving them up for $3 a pop during happy hour. Wash them down with $4 beer and wines by the glass plus $5 craft cocktails.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating.

Batch Gastropub

Brickell
When: Monday – Friday, 4 – 8 pm
Brickell’s go-to for sports and bottomless brunches boasts a longer-than-average happy hour where pretty much everything behind the bar is half off. Show up on Mondays and you’ll also get AYCE boneless wings for just $15.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Photo courtesy of Le Chick
Photo courtesy of Le Chick
Photo courtesy of Le Chick

Le Chick

Wynwood
When: Monday – Friday, 3:30 – 6:30 pm
Le Chick has become known for its burgers and cocktails, and the best time to discover its unheralded drink menu is during happy hour, when the whole thing is half off.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Yardbird Miami (Miami)
Yardbird Miami (Miami)
Yardbird Miami (Miami)

Yardbird

South Beach
When: Monday – Friday, 4 – 7 pm
No happy hour in Miami leaves you feeling fuller for less money than Yardbird’s. The fried chicken experts are slinging Chicken Biscuits and Beef Brisket Biscuits for $5 each, which you can chase with a $7 bourbons or beer.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Cafe La Trova
Cafe La Trova
Cafe La Trova

Café La Trova

Little Havana
When: Daily, 4 – 6 pm
It’s not often that you can get a Julio Cabrera mixed drink for under $10, and that alone should be enough to entice you out to Calle Ocho. But in addition to Cabrera’s entire cocktail menu on sale for $7 a drink, you’ll also get $5 beers and $5 glasses of wine.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.

Beaker & Gray
Beaker & Gray
Beaker & Gray

Beaker and Gray

Wynwood
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 5 – 7 pm
Wynwood’s original craft cocktail and food emporium lets you sample both at a serious discount, even on the weekend. You’ll find $5 beers and canned cocktails, plus $7 tipples like the Velvet Mojito with rum, falernum, mint, and bubbles, alongside a $5 – $9 food menu spanning Ramen Mac and Cheese, Arepa Fritters, and Chicken Pinchos.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat. 

Matt Meltzer is a Miami-based contributor for Thrillist.

Miami

Bad Bunny and David Grutman's Sexy AF Miami Steakhouse is Finally Here

The rapper does whatever he wants.

Photo by Michael Stavaridis
Photo by Michael Stavaridis
Photo by Michael Stavaridis

David Grutman is back at it again, and this time the hospitality guru is bringing a new partner into the fold-award-winning recording artist, Bad Bunny. Located in Miami’s trendy Brickell neighbourhood, Gekkō, which translates to “moonlight” is a Japanese-inspired steakhouse that will serve fancy cuts of Wagyu alongside a bevy of sushi offerings. In true Groot Hospitality form, this isn’t your basic steakhouse, it’s also got a lounge that very well may play the sounds of Bad Bunny and the like into the wee hours of the night.

“Gekkō is the result of so many of my obsessions in food,” says David Grutman, Founder of Groot Hospitality. “It’s a steakhouse inspired by Japanese cuisine. There are delicious, innovative sushi rolls. There’s a lounge. I knew I wanted to do something that combined these worlds, and once I started speaking with Bunny, I knew he’d be a great partner. Gekkō is about having an incredible meal while having an equally incredible night.”

Photo by WORLD RED EYE
Photo by WORLD RED EYE
Photo by WORLD RED EYE

To celebrate the opening of Gekkō (not so coincidentally the same weekend Bad Bunny has two shows scheduled in South Florida), the crew hosted a massive grand opening party that attracted dozens of A-list celebrities and friends of both Grutman and Bad Bunny. Upon arrival, in his white Bugatti, mobs of fans who spent the entire evening swarming the restaurant began chanting “Benito! Benito!” as he exited his car in an all black suit paired with black sunglasses.

The night went something like this. A-list artists of every genre came out to celebrate. Future and Lil Wayne were seen on a couch in deep conversation and catching up with Mack Maine. Bad Bunny and Karol G were spotted running from table to table together, while DJ Khaled was seen embracing Bad Bunny and congratulating him on such a beautiful new restaurant. Timbaland and Andy Garcia were spotted hanging out for a long period, while Sophie Turner and her husband, Joe Jonas, hung with Victoria and David Beckham. Amidst that hundreds of average joes mixed and mingled while attempting to make their way to the bar so they could get a peek at some of the restaurant’s cocktails and sushi bites. It was quite a scene.

Photo courtesy of Michael Stavaridis
Photo courtesy of Michael Stavaridis
Photo courtesy of Michael Stavaridis

Okay, so back to the restaurant. Gekkō was designed by New York City-based architecture and design firm, Rockwell Group, and is made up of three different rooms with seats for up to 185 diners. It’s centred around sultry jewel-toned decor with plush and stylistic elements like a custom gold and red dip-dyed rope installation, graphic wall coverings, and velvet drapery.

Now you might be wondering about the food, because that’s really why we’re going to a restaurant, right? Gekkō’s menu begins with shared plates where diners will find things like a signature Japanese milk bread, “Lava and Ice” Kumamoto Oysters, lobster dumplings, and a wedge salad. When it comes to raw plates there’s sushi and sashimi classics as well as an opulent 24k Otoro, that’s exactly what it sounds like-deliciously tender fatty tuna covered in a layer of 24k gold leaf.

Photo by Libby Vision
Photo by Libby Vision
Photo by Libby Vision

Then there’s the steaks which include a Tomahawk cut, an olive-fed filet mignon from Kagawa, Japan, and a snow beef strip from Hokkaido, Japan. Specialty preparations include Wagyu skirt steak and a bone-in ribeye. And because Grutman is always sure his restaurants cater to the tastes of everyone, there’s even some plant-based chicken options and more.

“Sitting down with friends to enjoy a good meal is one of the moments I value the most,” says Bad Bunny. “I am thrilled that now I will have a hand in creating this experience for others.”

Gekkō opens tonight at 8 SE 8th Street in Brickell. The dining room and lounge serve customers from 6 to 11 pm Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 6 pm to 12 am Friday and Saturday. Valet parking is available for $20 or you can attempt to find a street parking on Brickell. Visit gekko.com for reservations.

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Amber Love Bond is a contributor for Thrillist.

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