Miami: Top 10 Happy Hours

Mandarin Oasis (Brickell/Downtown) – Friday nights are popular during the winter months; sip $20 cocktails on the bay, then head to Café Sambal or Azul for a bite. Transports you to tropical island getaway minus the travel, but def with the price tag. ● Le Tub (Aventura) – This local watering hole — sitting in a rickety old spot on the Intercoastal — may be known for succulent burgers, but it’s also a choice spot for winding down with a cold brew or two. If you opt to cruise in on your Sea Ray, bring a DD — water taxis don’t frequent these waters. ● Monty’s (South Beach) – Pain Killers and Miami Vices will put you on the ground; the former comes in three mind-numbing doses of the devil’s tonic, and the latter is a delish concoction of pina colada and strawberry daiquiri mix with an equally dangerous shot of 151 floating on top. Help the booze go down with a trip to the raw bar.

Rum Bar at The Ritz (Key Biscayne) – The best spot to sip a tropical drink while the sun sets; comfy leather furniture and a good old tropic feel sets the mood for those looking for a taste of the Cuban life. ● Bayside Hut (Key Biscayne) – If you’re itching to put all those salsa lessons to good use, throw on your dancing shoes and mosey on over here. Once the sun goes down and the liquor has loosened you up, shake it to the tunes of island jams, mahn. ● Tobacco Road (Downtown/Brickell) – Locals get tanked off the taps at Miami’s longest-standing resto/bar. A good place to watch the ‘Canes kick ass on the road, or check out a local band. Plenty of greasy bar food to help avoid that inevitable hangover. ● Lucky Strike Lanes (South Beach) – Grab a group from the office and hit this bowl-a-rama for drinks, snacks, and some friendly after-work competition. Just don’t invite the boss. ● Segafredo (South Beach) – Where the Euros park it for Prosecco and prosciutto. Find a table with couches. There is nothing more entertaining than Lincoln Road people-watching –and a few bubblies — after a long day crunching numbers. ● The Room (South Beach) – Low lighting and hard-to-find brew is the perfect recipe for drinking off a bad day. Ask the bartender for recommendations. Best not to take that girl you’re wooing, but definitely grab a wingman. ● Green St. (Coconut Grove) – 20-somethings flock on Thursday nights for mojitos and to scope out the singles. Also a great spot to gather a group of old pals and get liquored up before hitting up the local bars.

Miami: Top 10 Brunch Spots

Greenstreet Cafe (Coconut Grove) – Mosey on over to this Grove hot spot on Saturday mornings with your pup in tow. Always a little wait for an outdoor seat, but absolutely worth it. The watermelon lemonade is divine, but if you are looking for a drink of the non-virgin variety, sort opt for the blood Mary. ● Balans (South Beach) – You don’t need a night on the town when you can have the mimosas at Balans. Get sloshed after a delish meal and keep the energy up with a game of I Spy. It can’t get any better than pointing out a Lincoln Road tourist set over eggs Benedict. ● Baleen (Coconut Grove) – May we recommend this resto for the views alone. Secluded from the usual cluster of tourists, locals arrive decked in their Sunday best. An assortment of brunch fare is presented inside, but definitely ask for a seat by the bay.

The Biltmore (Coral Gables) – Pretty much the best place for Easter Brunch. Book your table early, come with a very empty stomach and an open wallet, and dress appropriately; this isn’t South Beach. ● Nemo (South Beach) – This dinnertime favorite features a prix fixe, all-you-can-eat brunch that rivals anything set up in Marie Antoinette’s day. And it won’t leave your bank account empty; gather a group and settle in for some yummy food. ● Ice Box (South Beach) – Oprah put this place on the map when she voted it “Best Cake in America.” Brunch is served on Saturday and Sundays. The menu rotates, but the options are always pleasing. ● Delano (South Beach) – Though we’re sure most people book a table for a chance celeb sighting, the food ain’t so bad either. Bring along a bathing suit and try to sneak through hotel security for a post-meal tanning sesh. ● La Piaggia (South Beach) – Not your typical steak & eggs locale, but this is where the Euros come to refuel on Sundays. Chill under the umbrellas or on the sandy veranda, cork some cherry bombs, and soak in the sun. ● News Café (South Beach) – Ideal for scoping out Miami’s finest — or, should we say tourists galore. Expect to see lots of skin, rollerblades, and fanny packs while you grub on greasy eggs and Med-themed fare, and drool over the scenery (and, we don’t mean the Atlantic Ocean). ● Big Pink (South Beach) – Leftovers from last night’s revelry can be spotted drooling over the mac and cheese. But for you more classy individuals, the brunch set gets pumping around 11. The portions are ginormous, but they always help curb a hangover.