Impeccable Japanese bites make a classy match for $6 sake, $9 highballs and cocktails, $7 wine and $5 draft beers at AZABU Miami Beach. This chic spot in the South of Fifth enclave of Miami Beach offers lobster tempura for $8, along with affordable servings of edamame, chicken wings, shishito peppers and potato salad as part of its new Kanpai Hour. We’ll drink to that. Sun.–Thur., 6–8PM, 161 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 786.276.0520
Executive Chef Richard Pelliccia brings a breath of fresh flavor to happy hour at DECK Sixteen, the poolside bar and restaurant at the Hyatt Centric South Beach. The menu clicks all the sustainable, local and seasonal ingredient boxes, featuring vegetable tacos with roasted sunchokes and the addictive crispy glazed calamari with sweet soy and wasabi aioli—all for $8. Tropical Rum Punch and the Centric Mule anchor the $8 drink specials. Daily, 4–8PM, 1600 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.695.7400
Head bartender Alexa Delgado at Lightkeepers at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is a local history buff—and adds a delightfully nerdy twist to the venue’s new summer happy hour menu. Prominent Miami figures of yore are the inspiration for drinks like The Julia, a spin on an Aviation named for Julia Tuttle, and The Miami Godfather, an ode to Henry Flagler that expertly balances Scotch and amaretto with lemon juice and mango cubes. Buckle up for the Miami ’35—Delgado jokes that her take on a French 75 packs the power of the 1935 Labor Day hurricane. Bar bites and cocktails range from $5 to $8. Daily, 5–8PM, 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, 305.365.4156
Caipirinha & Co.
The best of Brazil is on the happy hour menu at Sunset Harbour’s Ofa. The friendly priced $3 domestic beers, $4 house wine and prosecco, and $6 specialty cocktails (including caipirinhas) are perfect palate cleansers for a range of progressive Brazilian dishes ($3 to $12), including the mineirinho, fried yucca and—for those who just can’t decide on one—an appetizer plate of crispy tapioca bites, beef croquettes and rice croquettes. Tues.–Sat., 5:30–7:30PM, 1929 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305.763.8766
If you love the cocktails at The Regent Cocktail Club but are looking to balance out the bar’s clubby late-night vibe with some fresh air, head to the fourth floor of The Gale where The Regent Rooftop is now open for end-of-the-week and weekend refreshments. The hotel’s La Dolce Vita parties feature games and DJ sets, bites from Dolce Italian and $13 French mules, St. Germain spritzes and SoBe punch. Wed.-Sun., 4–8PM, 1690 Collins Ave,, Miami Beach, 305.673.0199
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