Discount drinks and free food are always being served somewhere in Miami. The city must be among the nation’s leaders in the number of Happy Hours per square mile. Here are some of the best Miami Happy Hours with free food. — Derek Reveron
626 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, Fla. 33130
If you’re looking for a classic, funky-dive Happy Hour joint in Miami, put Tobacco Road on your list. It opened in 1912 and has a shady past as a strip club, gambling bar and speakeasy. Former part-time Miami resident Al Capone visited often. The Road has a tradition of offering Happy Hour drinks that cost a penny for every year of its existence. Munch on free appetizers and enjoy blues and rock bands. You’ll mix with an eclectic crowd, from dread-wearing rastas to corporate executives. Hours: Daily, 11:30 a.m. to 5 a.m.
The Grill on the Alley
19501 Biscayne Boulevard
Aventura, Fla. 33180
There’s a Happy Hour every day, including Sunday, at the Grill on the Alley. The restaurant belongs to a national chain and is located in upscale Aventura Mall. You’ll mingle with a well-heeled crowd amid high-class décor. There’s a finely appointed wooden bar with cushy stools and nearby armchairs and couches. After enjoying Happy Hour appetizers and specials, you can dine on a variety of seafood and meats. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Titanic Restaurant & Brewery
5813 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Coral Gables, Fla. 33146
It’s a microbrewery and seafood restaurant that serves high-end beers concocted on site. You can also sip select brands of stouts, ales and bitters. Some house brews have won big-time national awards. Although the Titanic is located near the University of Miami, don’t worry about being overrun by imbibing hurricanes. Enjoy the Happy Hour beer specials. Hours: Daily, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1201 Brickell Avenue
Miami, Fla. 33131
Gordon Biersch is another reason not to rule out national chains when it comes to hanging out at the best Miami Happy Hours with free food. Located in the heart of Miami’s downtown financial and condo-towers district, Gordon Biersch is a combo restaurant and award-winning microbrewery. Gordon Biersch has been known to offer two Happy Hours a day. Bartenders fill over-sized glasses with micro-brewed beer from tall cylindrical metal canisters. This place can get really crowded after 5 p.m. on weekdays. Hours: Saturday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.