For many, tax season is grueling with the need to go through endless amounts of receipts to see if one qualifies for credits and can avoid penalties. Others see it as a beautiful time of year when they will win a lottery of sorts. A good behavior gift from the U.S. Government congratulating them for withholding more money than they had to pay in taxes. For those people, that refund money can be applied to many things such as home repairs, debt payoffs and starting a family but it could also be spent at one of the five businesses below to reward oneself for following the rules and being a good citizen.

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Craft Beer Cartel
557 S.W. 12th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 401-5808
facebook.com/craftbeercartelThe home brewing beer industry is growing here in South Florida and the folks at the Craft Beer Cartel want those interested to invest in a home brewing kit for Tax Day on April 16th. A $200 investment gets a 5 gallon home brew kit, all the ingredients for one’s first brew, and a three-hour home brewing class on the last Saturday of every month led by in-house brewers, Jonathan Jackman and founder of the Native Brewing company, Adam Fine. What’s better than to skip the bar or the convenience store and brew a good batch at home to drink with friends to watch a game.

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BLT Prime Steakhouse
4400 S.W. 87th Ave.
Doral, FL 33178
(305) 591-6606
trumphotelcollection.com/blt-prime-miami-steakhouseWalking into the Trump National Doral (formerly the Doral Golf Resort & Spa) and one would think they crossed a border where the traffic of N.W. 87th Ave. and Doral Blvd. disappeared and a beautiful, tranquil oasis appears. The public can enjoy a meal at BLT Prime Steakhouse and for tax season they can do a lot of it as drinks are half off.

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Drake’s Bar @ JW Marriott Miami
1109 Brickell Ave.
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 329-3500
www.marriott.comFor Tax Day, Drake’s Bar (a replica English Pub in the JW Marriott) will have an extended happy hour on April 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Even though its a replica, many can use the extended happy hour as a precursor to a 4th of July celebration and consider the irony that a British pub is rewarding Americans for a tax day.

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Prohibition Speakeasy & Restaurant
3404 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 438-9199
prohibitionmiami.comGet your best suit on and go with a friend or significant other to Prohibition for happy hour with your tax refund where drinks are half priced from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Their name isn’t only symbolic because they serve drinks from the prohibition era such as Martini, Manhattan, Archangel, Sazerac, Tom Collins, and a Strawberry Mojito to not forget their location.

Stache 1920’s Drinking Den
109 S.W. 2nd Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 449-1025
stacheftl.comIn 1913, the 16th amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in society so to partake of your tax refund at Prohibition Miami or Statche’s 1920’s Drinking Den in Ft. Lauderdale is to pay homage to that period when the tax began. Drinking at Statche’s is an event with the great music and outdoor appearance (it says Himmel’s Health Club) to continue the theme.

Related: Turn Your Refund into Your Child’s College Fund

Eric L Labrador is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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