We are officially two weeks into the most wonderful time of the year – or is it? With holiday parties, family & friends visiting from out-of-town and all the other commitments in between, let’s not neglect some weeknight fun for ourselves. What better way to keep it budget-friendly and light than some neighborhood poppin’ happy hours! We’ve kept it simple and rounded up some classics for you all to enjoy.

DRINKS WITH OUT-OF-TOWNERS

Playing tour guide this December? It’s 3 o’clock post Art Basel on a Wednesday and a place to sit, sip and eat is desperately calling your name, after showing your tia & cousins around Wynwood. Show them what they’re missing out on and step into Le Chick for rustic-inspired vibes and happy hour. With drink and bite specials (50% off, say what?!), top off an order of the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Brussel Sprouts with their signature “Desire” cocktail — spicy, smokey and oh, so refreshing. Ahh, tequila!

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ALONE TIME WITH A VIEW

We absolutely do not think it’s weird at all to grab a drink solo after a hectic workday. In fact, feeling lonely is the last thing on the Shuckers menu — with a welcoming staff and plenty of neighborly peeps, this waterfront gem is a North Bay Village classic. Take a seat and enjoy a moment of me-time as you overlook a gorgeous view with an ice-cold $3 draft. Known for their finger-lickin’ wings and seafood, treat yo’self to some house faves from the $8 appetizer happy hour menu.

PINKIES-UP ON A BUDGET

Between secret Santa gifts and personal splurges (because you deserve it), let’s not end the year riding the struggle bus. Keep it classy and under budget at The Standard’s Lido Bayside Grill and appreciate their “High Tide Happy Hour”. We know, it’s been a long day — so why not kick off your evening plans with an impeccable Miami skyline view surrounded by twinkly white lights as you sip a $7 glass of frozé? Go ahead and devour the highly recommended (bougie) prosciutto nachos and signature cocktails from their happy hour menu.

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A HIDDEN SPOT FOR CATCHING UP

The holidays also mean many of your greatest and oldest friends will be in town–aka, your social calendar will be rocking. Take those close ones to a place where you can let yourselves go off the beaten path, a spot like Jaguar Sun. It might be the lobby bar for X Miami, but it’s still a local favorite boasting some of the classiest drinks in town. Their happy hour menu features their classic cocktails plus their most popular dishes like cacio e pepe.

CHECKING OFF A CLASSIC

Whether you have friends or family in town, or you’re just trying to scratch an itch, Sweet Liberty‘s happy hour is well known the world over. The award-winning bar is an absolute Miami classic and if you haven’t gone yet, you’re surely missing out! Their “Happiest of Hours” runs from 4PM – 7PM every day and boasts $5 classic cocktails, beer specials, and 95 cent oysters. Stay after and dig into their cauliflower nachos which are some of the best nachos in town.

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PUT ON THAT WINTER WEIGHT

Happy hours are created to relax after a long day, but what if you want to pig out and let yourself go too? That’s totally okay with us, we do it too! The Mighty along the east end of Coral Way is actually a beloved spot for everyone, even those who don’t live in or around the area. Not only do they have that low-key vibe you’re looking for, but no one will judge you if you order multiple $3 sliders, fries, or chips. Plus, their extensive beer list is what they’re known for, in case you’re a gluttonous snob.

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NEIGHBORHOOD TIKI HANGS

The Anderson quickly rose to local fame by giving the Eastside area a place to hang that had both an indoor and outdoor vibe–and an awesomely retro one at that! The slinky indoor theater is perfect for romance or deep conversations, while the outside tiki hut and the many wooden picnic tables strip away any of Miami’s exclusive exterior. Their happy hour is also solid AF with $4 beers and $6 cocktails, super cheap and delicious bites like fried chicken sandwiches, and great tunes to boot.

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See, the holiday season doesn’t have to feel as draining as people make it out to be. Cheers!

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