Top five happy hours in South Florida

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has affected our social lives in many more ways than we expected. Still, after a year of social distancing along with other restrictions, most people can’t wait to return to life as usual. 

If you are one of this multitude and truly enjoy social drinking and eating, but are not in the mood to spend too much money on an afternoon out, many South Florida restaurants and bars have you covered. 

The happy hour deals offered at the following five locations will make you want to go out every single day of the week because, let’s face it, who isn’t down for a drink and some appetizers?

But remember, you should be 21 to enter. And don’t drink and drive. 

Outdoor dining at Sawa: chicken & beef pot stickers, brussels sprouts, garlic truffle fries, fried calamari. (Presley Forbes/SFMN)

Sawa Restaurant & Lounge 
360 San Lorenzo Ave. #1500
Coral Gables

The happy hour at Sawa includes a variety of tasty drinks and meals ranging from $5 to no more than $10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day. This restaurant offers a wide variety of food including sushi, pizza, dumplings, filet mignon, calamari, lamb lollipops and truffle fries. Sawa has a big outside dining area, and the service is very fast. 

Outdoor dining at Barsecco, truffle fries, calamari, salmon with peppers, carne asada (Presley Forbes/SFMN)

1421 So. Miami Ave.

Barsecco’s happy hour runs daily from 3 to 7 p.m. This stylish restaurant serves small dishes such as wild mushroom pizzas, serrano croquettes, and parmesan truffle fries. The menu includes $6 tropical cocktails, martinis, and beer for the same price. Barsecco also has live music and an outdoor dining area dressed up with plants everywhere that creates a great atmosphere.

Customers at OM & Vine having drinks indoors (Courtesy of Romy Moreno)

OM & Vine
2705 SW 142nd Ave.

OM & Vine’s happy hour extends from 5 to 7 p.m. every weekday. The restaurant/yoga studio offers various drinks at very low prices, including $4 wine by the glass and $4 draft beer. Charcuterie boards are the main attraction at this location, where you can either create your own or try a predesigned option. And while you are at it, consider signing up for the 5:30 p.m. yoga class hosted every Friday called “Happy Hour Flow with Romy.” Romy Moreno is one of the owners and yoga instructors. She says the combination of wine and yoga is a perfect way to relax.    

Outdoor dining at Tacos & Tattoos, Kendall, ground beef and carnitas tacos and space cake (Amys Serret/SFMN)

Tacos & Tattoos, Kendall
11790 SW 104th St

Tacos & Tattoos Lincoln’s Beard
7360 SW 41st St

If you are looking to combine happy hour deals with delicious Mexican food, Tacos & Tattoos is the place for you. Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. you can enjoy some of the restaurant’s specials, which include $3 Mexican beers such as Corona and Modelo Negra, along with a variety of $6 house cocktails and $4 spirits. The decorations and environment at both locations make them stand out in a city full of Mexican cuisine.

Glass of wine and charcuterie board (Courtesy of Michael McCann)

Vacillate Wine Bar and Kitchen 
15512 SW 88th St.

Vacillate Wine Bar and Kitchen happy hour is filled with discounts! Every weekday and Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m., clients can enjoy $4 house wine. There are also $4 draft beers including Blue Moon, Wynwood La Rubia, Funky Buddha Hop Gun IPA and J Wakefield Amber. And there is a variety of tapas, pizzas and sandwiches that combines well with any of the drinks. Additionally, Vacillate often hosts social events that vary from week to week. 


Presley Forbes is a senior at Florida International University majoring in journalism. She has a love for photography and enjoys writing. In her spare time, she is a part of the beach volleyball team for the Florida International University.

Amys Serret is a journalism student at FIU. She is currently a senior and part of the Honors College. Her main interests are writing and potentially going into the organizational communications field.