Few moments of the day give us as much joy as happy hour. Hence, the name. A moment of relaxing after a stressful workday, meeting with friends, and letting a well-priced buzz carry you away on a commitment cloud. With Miami’s weather taking a more positive turn, and the need for outdoor hangs around town due to pandemic-related concerns, there are still ways you can celebrate National Happy Hour Day in comfort. Here are just a few:
Michael Schwartz’s beloved Coconut Grove locale re-opened not too long ago and has come back with a vengeance. A nicely curated menu pairs perfectly with its expanded outdoor courtyard embraced by towering oaks. Their Happy Hour features half-off drinks and $1 oysters, plus epic bite specials. For an added vibe head there on Wednesdays for the live jazz nights.
The Standard is a favorite among travelers, especially its breathtaking sunset view over happy hour drinks. While some of the property is undergoing renovations, the charm that The Lido Bayside Grill holds is still entirely there. Few places on the beach boast as much of a vibe as this deck does, especially with a frosé in hand.
The Lido Bayside Grill
The Pubbelly Boys have surely spoiled us with their deliciously curated Happy Hour menu. At $4 a beer, $6 wines and sake, and $8 cocktails one can enjoy a nice buzz followed by an indulgent mouthful of exciting flavors. Fan favorites like the crispy salmon roll, tostones con ceviche, truffle corn, and the Navarro roll can be savored until the very end. Pubbelly’s happy hour is daily from 4-7 pm and also from 10 pm to close Sunday-Thursday.
Opening during a pandemic is a huge undertaking, but this new Coconut Grove outpost did it anyway. And have blown it out of the park. Loretta & The Butcher, an Argentinean-style carniceria, oozes with intimate charm and also offers an outdoor space right on the street. Their happy hour features $5 bites and 2-for-1 glasses of wine and beer.
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We will never not love these two Coconut Grove strongholds, each one giving us a different comfort. You have the historical dive bar feels from Taurus, whose back patio is bumping with great tunes and specials during happy hour. And on the other hand, there’s Ariete‘s elevated Latin and American fusion fare with impeccable cocktails and a gorgeously luscious outside. Both have the same heart pumping behind the scenes.
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Owning easily the largest outdoor space on the list, The Citadel‘s rooftop should definitely be on your radar if you want to be outside. Enjoy something yummy from each of the food hall’s concepts, grab your hand-crafted cocktails, and take them upstairs to sit down with some breezy views of the city.
From the moment it opened, Phuc Yea became a neighborhood staple in the MiMo District. Not only because their owners are great people or because their food and drinks always hit the spot, but partly because their back patio–lined with glowing lanterns and bamboo–is just to die for. Happy hour features drink and eat specials, plus $1 oysters.
One of Coconut Groves most beloved hangs, Barracuda Taphouse & Grill didn’t lose any of its nostalgic essence during the pandemic. In fact, the street has been expanded and filled with trademark pink picnic tables so more locals can enjoy their endless menu of tapped beer. Check their instagram ever day for rotating specials and fun programming.
Monty’s is an absolute Miami staple, still serving the classic, outdoor tiki vibes we all love for decades. It’s a favorite for happy hour, where locals flock for their array of frozen drinks, beers on tap, and freshly-caught seafood. Their specials include $5 well drinks, $3 drafts, $1 oysters and stone crabs, and live music.
The Freehand Miami became an instant hit among locals for giving South Beach (and neighboring Miami) a chill, low-key spot to hang and actually hear each other speak. Beautifully luscious and beach-y, The Broken Shaker will always be one of our favorite spots in the city. While they might not officially have happy hour, it should still be on the list for being one of our favorite outdoor spaces to grave a drink.
The Broken Shaker
While we all wait patiently for clubs and bars to re-open, you can still support some of the music scene’s most OG names by spending a refreshing afternoon at Melinda’s in Downtown. Their luscious and romantic, fan-filled patio is a perfect backdrop for an extended happy hour. Throw in a few spiked glasses of Kimberly’s Frozen Treats while you’re at it.
The one that started it all, Michael’s Genuine was at the forefront of the Design District’s rise as a hotspot for creatives and artists. At the heart of the burgeoning neighborhood is Michael Schwartz’s landmark spot still killing it after all these years. Their happy hour specials are epic, including $1 oysters and half-off champagne on Wednesdays, half-off while on Mondays and more.
Cover photo courtesy of The Broken Shaker.