Miami may be famous for its hotspots for the rich and famous, but not every place is catered for the super wealthy. Even if you’re a broke college student, there are many places where you can get your drink on without emptying your bank account. From Coral Gables to South Miami, from Coconut Grove to Brickell, college students have an eclectic array of bars, hotspots and lounges that offer appealing entertainment at even more enticing prices.

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SandBar Grill
3064 Grand Ave.
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 444-5270

SandBarr is a true college sports bar serving Southern Californian food in an atmosphere where patrons are surrounded by UMiami and Canes memorabilia. SandBar’s infamous bus trips transport fans to playoff games, and once a year, the entire bar’s floor is covered with sand for the SandBar’s anniversary celebration party. From Monday Taco Night with half price fare to Tuesday drinks for $2, every day its own special. Wednesdays offer Penny Beer Night and Girls Jello Wrestling (a guys’ favorite) and Thursdays serve up College Night where ladies’ drinks are half price, but Fridays are most popular for seniors and alumni. There’s team trivia, kickball and a live DJ and dancing. Sport aficionados can participate in bus trips to go watch the University of Miami Hurricanes and the Miami Dolphins games. Order the Category 5 next time you visit SandBar.

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The Rathskeller
1306 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33124
(305) 284-6310

Located on premises at UM, the “Rat” is first choice to students, fraternities and sororities that like to hang out in a convenient location in between classes or after the day is done. The bar was born in 1972 with the intention to create a common site for faculty, students and staff to conveniently enjoy some drinks. Every day is Hurricane Happy Hour from 4–7 p.m., with weekday food specials for $2.99 and frequent diners programs available. Belly Bust Friday is, however, the most awaited night when comedians take the stage. Try a pitcher of Yuengling Beer next time you’re here.

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Titanic Brewery
5381 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 668-1742

Titanic Brewery is composed of three concepts: a microbrewery, a seafood restaurant and a stage for live entertainment, all related to its name and its maritime theme. Because they brew their own beers and they are so close to the University of Miami Baseball Field, the locale is a favorite of fraternities. A particularly coveted night is Karaoke Night when you can enjoy the Sampler, featuring six samples of Titanic’s home-brewed beers.

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Town Kitchen & Bar
Plaza 57
7301 SW 57th Court
South Miami, FL
(305) 740 – 8118

With minimalist décor and contemporary cuisine, Town Kitchen & Bar is a restaurant and lounge that appeals different age groups at various times of the day, from business professionals to senior students to locals. Check out the stay dry parking adjacent to the restaurant––it comes in handy when the sudden rain showers in Miami hit unexpectedly. TGI Mondays have ladies drinking for free from 4–7 p.m., Tuesdays offer live jazz music and half off bottles of wine, and the weekend brunch serves unlimited mimosas. If you’re looking for a livlier night, head to Town Kitch on Friday or Saturday when live DJs spin in the lounge.

Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 374-1198

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Tobacco Road is Miami’s oldest bar. It survived Al Capone and Prohibition, cocaine cowboys and plenty of hurricanes, went through a few shut downs ordered by Moral Squads in the 40s and by the governor in the 80s, and it’s now the go-to spot for hip crowds of Miami’s financial district, students and tourists alike. Wednesday is ladies night with $1 drinks, live jazz sessions and no cover. College students will also appreciate Tobacco Road’s Tuesday dinner special. Lobster served up with garlic mashed potatoes and slaw for just $12.99 means you can eat like a king on a jester’s budget.

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