There is always a reason for a happy hour in Miami thanks to its almost always perfect weather. Get your workday fix with a stop at any of these South Florida hot spots. They have fantastic drink deals that will make the weekly grind much easier.

River Seafood Oyster Bar


The River Seafood & Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 530-1915

Happy Hour: Daily from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The River Seafood & Oyster Bar is the most renown seafood restaurant in Miami. Conveniently located in the vicinity of Brickell Avenue and the financial district, opposite to a private tennis club, The River is the perfect bar to celebrate a tennis tournament or just conclude a day after closing a business deal. A fun bar atmosphere, a great selection of wines, champagnes and beer chilled to perfection are the main ingredients to start a mid-week happy hour and eventually stay for dinner.

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3252 N.E. 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 369-0430

Happy Hour: Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mercadito, which means ‘little market’ in Spanish, is in Midtown Miami, the perfect place to have an impromptu, last-minute happy hour with your colleagues in the middle of the week. It has a great lounge feel inside (tufted seating, open kitchen and bar) that transitions into the outside garden in the jungle of the buildings; the perfect blend of music, modern decoration and ambiance that relaxes even the hardcore workaholics. Guacamole and tacos are definitely the must-order from the menu. An impressive selection of tequila and mezcal complete the Mexican experience of this Cevicheria and Taqueria where the chef wanted to recreate his native Mexico.


The DiLido Beach Club at The Ritz-Carlton
1 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 276-4000

Happy Hour: Daily from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The DiLido Beach Club could be called that Ritz’s guilty pleasure, that hidden gem within South Beach that does a great job keeping its distance from party central. Dive into a well-reproduced version of the late ’50s Rat Pack Miami Beach where ladies get pampered with free champagne on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the beats of DJ Hilary Warner. If you fancy some punch, the day is Punched Saturday when $10 ceviche plates are accompanied by $10 cocktails from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


The Palms Hotel & Spa
3025 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 534-0505

Happy Hour: Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Palms is that smaller, quaint hotel with luscious gardens right on the ocean that makes for the perfect wedding backdrop and an award-winning independent beach resort. Here you can enjoy half-off beers and cocktails from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Need an ulterior motif to stay for dinner? Enjoy the peaceful environment and get the valet parking reduced to $5. For a more reserved and exclusive experience, Essensia Lounge is the answer. Operating from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., it features a 100 percent sustainable wine list that can be enjoyed during PAIRfect Thursdays when for $19, patrons can indulge in a Perfect Pairings Happy Hour Menu (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Without eating, there’s still the chance to obtain half-off cocktails and beers from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Regular happy hours (half-off cocktails, wines by the glass and beers) go from Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

(credit: Wynwood Kitchen & Bar)

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
2550 N.W. 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 722-8959

Happy Hour: Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

As the website boasts, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is “A perfect blend of innovative Latin-influenced cuisine and beautiful art, it’s destined to be one of the coolest and most visually striking restaurants in the nation.” Tapas-style menu, graffiti-decorated walls, live music, a frolicking bar and one of the Wynwood Walls serve as a backdrop to the open-air section of the restaurant. Besides the variety of the menu that masterfully molds all Miami rhythms, the restaurant and its outdoor areas are an international destination for the walls decorated by art in public places. Nibble and drink on Fridays ($2 bites and 30 percent off all house wine, liquor and house beer) while enjoying some local music in the open-air stage.

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