In Miami, happy hour is more than just something to look forward to – it’s a magical time where drinks don’t cost more than a main course at most restaurants. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get an accompanying menu of decently-priced small plates to nibble on. And if you’re smart, you may wind up at place like Tamarina. Our first stop on our search for the best happy hour in Miami, the Brickell-based hot spot scored high on drinks, bites, and bar-side conversation.
The Vibe: Opulent in a minimalist way, Tamarina is the essence of upscale Brickell. Think luxurious sheer white curtains, warm golden marble, lots of crystal and modern hanging lamps that look like futuristic dandelions. This is not your no-judgement-zone neighborhood bar – it’s a place to loosen up that Hermes tie and feel like a million bucks as you unwind after a long day in the corner office.
On Wednesdays there’s live jazz. On other days, oh-so-chic ambiant sounds.
Prices/Deals: Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., and a great chance to sample Bar Manager Nathan Rogers’s creations without breaking the bank — $15 cocktails are a steal at $6 and $7, and guests can choose from three delicious options:
Thyme Bellini – champagne, gin, vermouth rosso and Campari, garnished with thyme. $6
Dragoncella – Russian Standard Vodka, Velvet Falernum, grapefruit juice, tarragon syrup and lemon juice. $7
600 Negroni – Flor de Cana Rum, Amaro Averna and Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur. $7
Oh, and don’t forget the $4 beer and $5 wine selections. Small bites including bruschetta, calamari fritti, salmon tartare, oysters and shoestring zucchini are delectable. At $5 – $7, they’re also extremely reasonable given the healthy portion sizes.
The Scene: One third bar, one third restaurant and one third lounge, Tamarina attracts a young- to middle-aged crowd of well-dressed urban professionals. That means you’ll see plenty of Louis, Prada and Armani, but hardly any of that rich kid bottle-popping pretentiousness that usually gives Miami’s high end locales a bad rap.
If you go…
Sit at the bar. Tell Bar Manager Nathan Rogers your favorite kind of liquor and ask him to whip you up a surprise. He made us these: