By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Summer officially starts on June 21st, and with it, longer days and Summer Fridays. This inevitably leads to the search for the best happy hours to help unwind, relax, and get the evenings started.
Whether visiting Miami Beach, or a beloved local who can enjoy an afternoon off, get ready to enjoy a seven-hour happy hour, seven days a week. The newly opened traditional-Italian restaurant, Fi’lia South Beach at the Berkeley Shore hotel at 1610 Collins Avenue, has made a celebration of happy hour.
Guests will be able to enjoy delicious bites such as Truffle Fries ($8), Zuchinni Flower ($12), and Smoked Beef Carpaccio ($12). Of course, beer ($4) is also included for the thirst, and house wine and cocktails, like their famous Bicicleta and Venetian Spritz from $6 to $8.
Marcelo Tenenbaum, President of Blue Road explained, “Our seven-hour happy hour is a celebration of our favorite drinks and dishes. We’re a brand new restaurant in South Beach and figured that a great way to make our drinks and dishes stand out would be to offer them at discounted prices, for seven hours a day.”
The second longest happy hour at the beach, is at the Mondrian Bar at the Mondrian South Beach at 1100 West Avenue. Their new happy hour lasts five hours for five days a week, Monday through Friday 4PM to 9PM.
They offer light bites at approximately $9, 2-for-1 beers, and delicious cocktails like Serenity Swizzle (chamomile-infused Hennessy, muddled tarragon, lemon, green apple and maple syrup).
If in the mood for some of the Miami Beach classics, there are several options to can choose from. Lincoln Road, for example, offers a variety of places with very lively, yet different happy hour styles.
Doraku, near Alton Road, has a weekday happy-hour from 5PM to 7PM. Generally visited by locals after work who want to rejoice in the two for one lychee martinis or sangria, and enjoy the $7 bites, such as the popular Tuna Tataki.
One block down at Segafredo L’Originale, you can live “La Dolce Vita” and enjoy Italian aperitifs, and delicious cocktails while listening to upbeat music every weekday from 6PM to 8PM. This spot is popular with locals and tourists alike who wish to be seen and want to pre-party before starting their nights at Miami Beach.
The Meat Market is a different vibe, offering an upscale yet trendy weekend happy hour from 5PM to 8PM. Enjoy the complimentary light bites that accompany the fine cocktails at just $7 in this swanky steakhouse.
Perhaps the classic Miami Beach happy hour would be laid-back Monty’s South Beach at 300 Alton Road. The spot has gained a reputation for being one of the best places to catch a beautiful Miami sunset.
Happy hour is weekdays from 5PM to 8PM, and includes half-off all har liquor, and thirty percent off beer and wine. In addition, you can enjoy the fresh seafood and live music, all in a tiki hut tropical ambience.
Finally, a different kind a happy hour, Drunken Dragon offers its reverse happy hour for the night owls. Enjoy discounted drinks and $4 Asian tapas from 10PM until 11PM from Sunday until Thursday at 1424 Alton Road.