Two-for-one craft cocktails? Check. Half-priced oysters? Check. Free bar snacks? Check. All this can only mean one thing; it’s five o’clock in Miami. Across the city, locals and tourists eagerly await the arrival of this joyful hour. From shockingly low prices even among the silver buttonwoods in Cecconi’s upscale courtyard to a special seafood menu matched with rum cocktail pairings, Miami restaurants are embracing the popular post-work ritual. Here, bars spill over with young professionals who roll up their shirtsleeves and abandon blazers on bar stools in exchange for foamy pints of beer with clam chowder dumplings or carafes of hot sake served with grilled edamame. Watch prices roll back at even the ritziest restaurants, and fill up on your favorite snack-sized plates. You work pretty hard, so you deserve to duck out of the office a few minutes early for this weekday indulgence. Keep your belly and piggy bank full at these happy hour havens.
David Bracha, the man who made oyster happy hour a thing, has taken it up a notch at with Oak Tavern. There’s a giant oak tree, a courtyard, a communal table, and half-priced oysters on the raw shell for $1.50. Exclusively on the happy hour food menu are deviled eggs, goat cheese empanadas, and duck confit flat bread.
Undoubtedly the most elegant setting for happy hour in the city, Cecconi’s drink prices fall to a remarkable four dollars during this daily event. Order a draft of Peroni with shishito peppers or crispy eggplant bruschetta. Dish out three more dollars and get your buzz on with a negroni, caipirinha, or spritz. Available seven days a week, it’s the happiest ending to both work and beach days.
Every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., knock back as many lychee martinis as you can (they’re only $6), or get a round of sake bombs for the table for under $10. But the real deal is the discounted sushi: Order the specialty Geisha Roll with spicy tuna, shiso, oshinko, sprouts, and smoky eel sauce for half-price.
What’s better than $1.50 half-priced oysters? Dollar oysters. Now there’s something to be happy about. There’s no limit to how many of you can order, so post up at the bar and sip a half-priced craft cocktail while working your way through the three oyster varieties. Its Old Fashioned pairs nicely with the $3 Alaskan king crab legs and any of the BOGO small bites.
If you happen to be in South Beach on a Wednesday night, stop by Macchialina for their once-a-week happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m. Fizz, in the form of beer and champagne, is just $5, as are clams in white wine, Sicilian prawns, and a hard-carved porchetta sandwich. If all that don’t make you smile, dollar oysters sure will.