Amidst bleak world news, Miami gets happy: 4 spirit-boosting cocktail hours

Artful Lobbying

The Sagamore Miami Beach, 1671 Collins Ave., has new owners and with them, an haute new happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday. The Art of Happy Hour, as they’re calling it, includes $5 food and drink specials from the newly opened Canvas at Sagamore, live entertainment that changes weekly and an art tour with art advisor Sebastien Laboureau “combining interactive experiences with select, never-before-seen pieces.” Sounds a lot more interesting than playing a pickled version of Pokemon Go, no?  For information on the Sagamore’s upcoming events, go to


Collins Avenue may be as far from Mykonos as Fort Lauderdale seems to lazy Miamians, but Miami Beach Mediterranean hot spot Byblos, 1545 Collins Ave., is saving you money on a whole lot of travel expenses with its brand new, first ever happy hour starting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, and continuing every Friday thereafter. Among the specials are $8 cocktails, $6-$12 apps, and a selection of beer and wine priced at $5-$8 a pop. But that’s not all! They’re also offering two options of Spiked Tea for Two at $18. Those teas – the Edgeware Road (Moroccan mint tea, mate, lemon verbena, lavender and Beefeater Gin) and the Habibi Marguerite (chili spiced strawberry tea, cilantro, lime and Avion tequila) will hopefully have you hearing sirens of Greek mythology and nothing more. 

Kanpai Every Night

Happy hours of any kind are always good to uplift the spirits, but there’s something about a nightly happy hour that makes things that much more uplifting. Katsuya at SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., for instance, has debuted Kanpai Hour, where from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly in the restaurant’s Dragon Lounge, you can take advantage of $8 cocktails and $6-$10 Japanese small plates. Hamachi jalapeno and a Lotus Flower cocktail (Grey Goose, raspberries, fresh mint, squeezed lemon juice and sparkling water), for instance, will set you back $19 during happy hour, which, for anyone who’s been anywhere in these parts these days, is a pretty good reason to clink and say ‘kanpai’ on any given night. 

Social Studies

Since we’re clearly on a happy hour theme here, let’s now take a moment to reflect on the one taking place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at Cleo South Beach at the Redbury Hotel, 1776 Collins Ave. This one, called a Social Hour (semantics) offers $7 cocktails and $5-$7 small plates like Wagyu Skirt Kebabs at $7 and flatbreads at $6, plus a wide selection of beer and wine at $5 or $6. Almost bargain basement prices.