The rise of “mixologists” and reemergence of a good cocktail in the bar tending industry go hand in hand with good bartenders because there can’t be one without the other. Check out these five businesses that not only feature great cocktails but happy hours during which to sample them.


Stache 1920’s Drinking Den
109 S.W. 2nd Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 449-1025

Travel back to the 1920s ragtime era, but with a millennial feel at Stache. It specializes in cocktails and was voted the Best New Bar in Broward by the New Times. With cocktail selections like the Smokin Honey, the Voodoo Child #2 and the Whiskey Reviver #1 and only, you’ll want to drink the Voodoo Child #1 and be introduced to the other interesting cocktails on the menu. Stay also for the cabaret shows and great DJ music pumped through the establishment.


Tap 42 Bar
1411 S. Andrews Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 463-4900

Known for craft beers, Tap 42 has a hand-crafted cocktail menu as well. Don’t be shy as after a few of the cocktails, one will be singing Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” at the head of the club without a microphone. After cocktails with names like the Sleepy Hollow (Jim Beam Cinnamon Whiskey, Pumpkin Puree, Hazelnut Liqueur, Ginger and a salted caramel rim) and the “Mule On Tap” (Citrus Ginger Infused Tito’s Vodka, fresh lemon, ginger syrup, garnished with crystallized ginger), there will be singing.


Prohibition Restaurant and Speakeasy
3404 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 438-9199

Prohibition Restaurant and Speakeasy makes the best cocktails from the era but feel free to stop by and test out that claim yourself. The happy hour is from 5 to 8 p.m. during the week where it is half-off of all classic cocktails like the Manhattan (whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters with maraschino cherries), the Archangel (Nolet Gin, aperol, served over muddled sliced cucumber, lemon twist) and the sidecar (Remy VSOP, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice).

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Vintage Liquor And Wine Bar
3301 N.E. 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 514-0307

Don’t let the liquor store fool you, people can come in and enjoy the items sold while also watching the game during happy hour. It is a combination liquor store and wine bar where you can pick up some bottles for later use at home but for that present moment, stop and watch a game on TV and have a few drinks with friends.


Blackbird Ordinary
729 S.W. 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 671-3307

The former Transit Lounge doesn’t fall short of providing its customers and interested passersby with a variety of cocktails and promotional nights along with happy hour drink specials. There is Ladies Night, a night for Electronic Dance Music (DMG Wednesdays) and a night that features local artists (Blackbird Bazzar). Professionals from nearby Brickell and Downtown can look at the cocktail menu and have their mouths water with such selections as The Blackbird (Jeremiah Weed sweet tea vodka, crushed blackberries and lemonade) or the Larry Bird (Bushmills Irish Whiskey, ginger and mint syrup, citrus, Scrappy’s chocolate bitters).

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