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15 Miami-Area Spots For a Tequila-Forward Happy Hour

Cheers to springtime and summer with Milagro Tequila.

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The beautiful thing about a happy hour in Miami is that they’re usually not too hard to find. Whether it lasts only an hour (so short!), 3 hours (reasonable), or goes from 11AM until aperitifs are being served, what really matters is that you enjoy it.If tequila is your summertime drink of choice, it might be hard to decide exactly which one to order at the bar, but Milagro makes for an easy choice. Its 100 percent blue agave tequila is known for having a bright, fresh, and smooth taste that’s fantastic both in a cocktail or straight up. Whether you’re a tequila enthusiast or a first-time sipper, it’s a spirit that’s always flowing at any worthwhile happy hour, cocktail party, or day in the sun.

If you’re looking for a place to lean into a tequila-fueled happy hour, we made it easy for you with this list of 16 bars and restaurants in the Miami area serving up Milagro. Order deliciously crafted cocktails, check off new restaurants and bars from your to-try list, and get ready to snap a picture of the obligatory “cheers” shot (with the gorgeous Miami sunset in the background, of course) as you toast to summer.

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Tatts & Tacos Beer Garden

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This Oakland Park restaurant and bar might confuse you at first (it’s an easy mistake to think you should only go in if you’re in the market for a tattoo), but don’t let that deter you. Home to craveable Mexican food, cozy booths, craft cocktails, good tunes, and a cute beer garden, Tatts & Tacos is a reliably good time. Get a plate of their birria tacos, a bowl of cheesy equites, the “Smoke & Fire” Milagro-filled margarita, and enjoy.

Chops + Hops | Axe Throwing Lodge

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If the thought of tossing an axe at a wooden target (safely, of course) doesn’t scare you, Chops + Hops is the perfect place for your next night out. The upscale tavern menu of beers, savory bar bites, and delicious cocktails will keep you coming back. Try their “That’s What She Said,” made with Milagro Reposado, orange, honey, lemon, and orange bell pepper with some candied bacon before attempting to hit the bullseye.

Rhythm & Vine

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If you’re looking for pure relaxation during cocktail hour, head to Rhythm & Vine. They have shaded outdoor seating, DJs, rotating food trucks, and a bar that calls a restored Airstream trailer home. Dogs are allowed, dress is casual, and they have a weekly “locals night”every Wednesday. While happy hour is only three days a week (5-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday), it’s a must-visit for anyone looking to unwind after work or have a relaxed start to their evening out.

Original Fat Cats

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Sailboat Bend is one of the most mellow, yet fun, neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale. It’s an unpretentious, good time and this longstanding neighborhood watering hole is right on brand. With a crowd of regulars, reliably strong drinks, tasty bar food and a just-divey-enough aesthetic, it holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Order up your favorite cocktail and enjoy happy hour while watching the local kayakers paddle past. The fun doesn’t have to stop after happy hour either, they have live bands every night.

Slackers Bar & Grill

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If a sports bar is more of your thing, head to Slackers for a take on Wisoconsin culinary classics in southern Florida. Pair your margarita, paloma, or tequila and soda with a cheese-curd burger, brat, or wings at this Fort Lauderdale spot.  “Don’t judge a business by its plaza!,” Slackers management kindly begs of all prospective guests. And they’re right. If you do, you’ll be missing out on something totally unexpected and absolutely delicious.

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill

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Reliably fun, family-friendly, and affordable, Flanigan’s can definitely inspire a happy sigh and homecoming feeling among travelers. While entire blocks of Miami are typically closed until later in the evening, Flanigan’s is not. Its dark wood and vaguely pub-themed décor stand out amongst the sidewalk deserts of Miami Beach, drawing in anyone looking for a casual meal or drink. Home to two happy hours — one on weekdays from 4 - 7 p.m. and the other nightly from 9 p.m. - close — it’s no wonder it pulls a crowd. Their happy hour deal will inspire that same happy sigh, too. All beer, wine, and liquor is 50 percent off.

Momosan Wynwood

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If there are any food enthusiasts who still disparage the variety and quality of Miami’s food scene, these three words should change that: Ramen. By. Morimoto. For those who love ramen food, a steaming bowl served at a Masaharu Morimoto joint is irresistible. You can typically leave happy and full for under $20 when it’s not happy hour, but the real trick is showing up during the 5-7 p.m. stretch, Monday-Thursday, for discounts on delicious noods and izakaya (Japanese pub appetizers) that pair perfectly with the bar’s cocktail menu.

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Pilo's Tequila Garden Wynwood

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This taqueria has two heavily visited locations — the original in Brickell and the tequila garden in Wynwood. The former is a low-key casual eatery with pastel bistro furniture and a mission-driven purpose. The success of the Brickell location allowed for the expansion into Wynwood, creating the world’s first “tequila garden.”  The 5,500-square-foot venue serves up delicious Mexican fare and margaritas during the day and is home to a clubbier scene at night. Arrive anytime from 3-8 p.m. for their happy hour and drink their Milagro-focused cocktails like the “la pilo-rita” (their take on a classic spicy margarita using Milagro Blanco).

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W South Beach

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Since the day it opened, the W Hotel South Beach has never missed a beat. Always a celebrity favorite and hot spot for both day and nightlife, it’s should be no surprise that each bar and restaurant under its name serves noteworthy cocktails. With five different dining options, guests and visitors are able to cure any culinary craving with a flavorful drink (Milagro Silver on the rocks, anyone?) in hand.

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Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company

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If you’re looking for a daytime spot that’s lowkey, serves up eclectic bites, and has a drinks menu that is potent, delicious, and intelligent, Sweet Liberty is for you. By day, this little sanctum of craft cocktails is disarmingly cozy — tucked away amongst the loud and sunburned revelry of mid-South Beach — and invitingly dark. By night, the energy picks up as the space fills with crowds hoping to try the highly rated cocktail menu. If oysters and a cocktail is your dream pair, swing by any day from 4-8 p.m. for their happy hour or, if you’re looking for a nice kick on a hot day, order their frozen spicy mango margarita (featuring Milagro blanco, mezcal, mango, and tajin). 

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The Corner

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With its concrete maze of freeway underpasses, one-way streets, and surprise urban-courtyard parties, downtown Miami has been a nightlife hot zone for several years. Before that though, bars like The Corner could plant their flag and draw regulars without needing any fancy bells or whistles. This late-night staple offers folks a place to vibe after work or wind down as the sun is coming up the next morning. It doesn’t matter what the night brings at The Corner — maybe a drag show, some live jazz, or just snacking on a hot dog with your drink — you’re bound to have fun without the velvet-rope scene and hectic energy that its clubby neighbors serve.

La Cañita

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If you find yourself in Bayside Marketplace wondering how you got there, don’t be sad, there’s an escape right in the shopping center: La Cañita. The food is pan-Latin with Cuban leanings and loved by locals. With local star chef Michelle Bernstein consulting on the menu, it transcends everything you’d expect from cruise-port dining. Her famous empanadas are on the happy hour menu, along with Jamaican jerk chicken wings, smashed avocado, and other mouthwatering snacks. Add a frosty Milagro margarita and listen to live reggae while enjoying the bay views. It’s Caribbean bliss in the 305.

Novikov

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Miami is often a destination for international dining concepts, and Novikov got the memo. Some places flash and fizzle, but the right combination of delicious food, ambiance, and exclusivity can keep restaurants on the A-list for years. Novikov has survived on the stellar reputation of its food and service – the latter being an unusual distinction in Miami. While the happy hour menu is limited, it offers a few of the greatest hits (dim sum and roasted duck bao buns) along with $9 cocktails. Show up at sunset, order yourself a Milagro margarita (it is the restaurant’s house tequila, after all), and watch the night unfold as the DJ spins.

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Coyo Taco

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There is no bad time to hit up Coyo. At its busiest times, the wait to order might be longer than the time it takes to eat, but it’s always worth it. Big orders are common here (the tacos are small and come two-per-order) and the ability to order a half gallon of margarita makes it an ideal place for a group to let happy hour flow into dinner. Pair your go-to margarita with your favorite picks from the sprawling menu (tacos, quesadillas, tortas, burritos, and more) and you’re set for a great time.

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

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The far north end of Miami Beach is mostly a family neighborhood full of condo-owning weekenders, but the quietly chic (and beachfront) Four Seasons offers that splash of pure luxury that some occasions simply demand. This Four Seasons outpost is a place to go for luxe poolside moments, Milagro tequila toasts (it’s the house tequila), and happy hours that are literally golden, thanks to the sun setting around it.

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Tatts & Tacos Beer Garden

This Oakland Park restaurant and bar might confuse you at first (it’s an easy mistake to think you should only go in if you’re in the market for a tattoo), but don’t let that deter you. Home to craveable Mexican food, cozy booths, craft cocktails, good tunes, and a cute beer garden, Tatts & Tacos is a reliably good time. Get a plate of their birria tacos, a bowl of cheesy equites, the “Smoke & Fire” Milagro-filled margarita, and enjoy.

Chops + Hops | Axe Throwing Lodge

If the thought of tossing an axe at a wooden target (safely, of course) doesn’t scare you, Chops + Hops is the perfect place for your next night out. The upscale tavern menu of beers, savory bar bites, and delicious cocktails will keep you coming back. Try their “That’s What She Said,” made with Milagro Reposado, orange, honey, lemon, and orange bell pepper with some candied bacon before attempting to hit the bullseye.

Rhythm & Vine

If you’re looking for pure relaxation during cocktail hour, head to Rhythm & Vine. They have shaded outdoor seating, DJs, rotating food trucks, and a bar that calls a restored Airstream trailer home. Dogs are allowed, dress is casual, and they have a weekly “locals night”every Wednesday. While happy hour is only three days a week (5-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday), it’s a must-visit for anyone looking to unwind after work or have a relaxed start to their evening out.

Original Fat Cats

Sailboat Bend is one of the most mellow, yet fun, neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale. It’s an unpretentious, good time and this longstanding neighborhood watering hole is right on brand. With a crowd of regulars, reliably strong drinks, tasty bar food and a just-divey-enough aesthetic, it holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Order up your favorite cocktail and enjoy happy hour while watching the local kayakers paddle past. The fun doesn’t have to stop after happy hour either, they have live bands every night.

Slackers Bar & Grill

If a sports bar is more of your thing, head to Slackers for a take on Wisoconsin culinary classics in southern Florida. Pair your margarita, paloma, or tequila and soda with a cheese-curd burger, brat, or wings at this Fort Lauderdale spot.  “Don’t judge a business by its plaza!,” Slackers management kindly begs of all prospective guests. And they’re right. If you do, you’ll be missing out on something totally unexpected and absolutely delicious.

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill

Reliably fun, family-friendly, and affordable, Flanigan’s can definitely inspire a happy sigh and homecoming feeling among travelers. While entire blocks of Miami are typically closed until later in the evening, Flanigan’s is not. Its dark wood and vaguely pub-themed décor stand out amongst the sidewalk deserts of Miami Beach, drawing in anyone looking for a casual meal or drink. Home to two happy hours — one on weekdays from 4 - 7 p.m. and the other nightly from 9 p.m. - close — it’s no wonder it pulls a crowd. Their happy hour deal will inspire that same happy sigh, too. All beer, wine, and liquor is 50 percent off.

Momosan Wynwood

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If there are any food enthusiasts who still disparage the variety and quality of Miami’s food scene, these three words should change that: Ramen. By. Morimoto. For those who love ramen food, a steaming bowl served at a Masaharu Morimoto joint is irresistible. You can typically leave happy and full for under $20 when it’s not happy hour, but the real trick is showing up during the 5-7 p.m. stretch, Monday-Thursday, for discounts on delicious noods and izakaya (Japanese pub appetizers) that pair perfectly with the bar’s cocktail menu.

Courtesy of Momosan Wynwood

Pilo's Tequila Garden Wynwood

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This taqueria has two heavily visited locations — the original in Brickell and the tequila garden in Wynwood. The former is a low-key casual eatery with pastel bistro furniture and a mission-driven purpose. The success of the Brickell location allowed for the expansion into Wynwood, creating the world’s first “tequila garden.”  The 5,500-square-foot venue serves up delicious Mexican fare and margaritas during the day and is home to a clubbier scene at night. Arrive anytime from 3-8 p.m. for their happy hour and drink their Milagro-focused cocktails like the “la pilo-rita” (their take on a classic spicy margarita using Milagro Blanco).

Courtesy of Pilo’s

W South Beach

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Since the day it opened, the W Hotel South Beach has never missed a beat. Always a celebrity favorite and hot spot for both day and nightlife, it’s should be no surprise that each bar and restaurant under its name serves noteworthy cocktails. With five different dining options, guests and visitors are able to cure any culinary craving with a flavorful drink (Milagro Silver on the rocks, anyone?) in hand.

Courtesy of W South Beach

Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company

Photo by Michael Pisarri

If you’re looking for a daytime spot that’s lowkey, serves up eclectic bites, and has a drinks menu that is potent, delicious, and intelligent, Sweet Liberty is for you. By day, this little sanctum of craft cocktails is disarmingly cozy — tucked away amongst the loud and sunburned revelry of mid-South Beach — and invitingly dark. By night, the energy picks up as the space fills with crowds hoping to try the highly rated cocktail menu. If oysters and a cocktail is your dream pair, swing by any day from 4-8 p.m. for their happy hour or, if you’re looking for a nice kick on a hot day, order their frozen spicy mango margarita (featuring Milagro blanco, mezcal, mango, and tajin). 

Photo by Michael Pisarri

The Corner

With its concrete maze of freeway underpasses, one-way streets, and surprise urban-courtyard parties, downtown Miami has been a nightlife hot zone for several years. Before that though, bars like The Corner could plant their flag and draw regulars without needing any fancy bells or whistles. This late-night staple offers folks a place to vibe after work or wind down as the sun is coming up the next morning. It doesn’t matter what the night brings at The Corner — maybe a drag show, some live jazz, or just snacking on a hot dog with your drink — you’re bound to have fun without the velvet-rope scene and hectic energy that its clubby neighbors serve.

La Cañita

If you find yourself in Bayside Marketplace wondering how you got there, don’t be sad, there’s an escape right in the shopping center: La Cañita. The food is pan-Latin with Cuban leanings and loved by locals. With local star chef Michelle Bernstein consulting on the menu, it transcends everything you’d expect from cruise-port dining. Her famous empanadas are on the happy hour menu, along with Jamaican jerk chicken wings, smashed avocado, and other mouthwatering snacks. Add a frosty Milagro margarita and listen to live reggae while enjoying the bay views. It’s Caribbean bliss in the 305.

Novikov

Courtesy of Novikov

Miami is often a destination for international dining concepts, and Novikov got the memo. Some places flash and fizzle, but the right combination of delicious food, ambiance, and exclusivity can keep restaurants on the A-list for years. Novikov has survived on the stellar reputation of its food and service – the latter being an unusual distinction in Miami. While the happy hour menu is limited, it offers a few of the greatest hits (dim sum and roasted duck bao buns) along with $9 cocktails. Show up at sunset, order yourself a Milagro margarita (it is the restaurant’s house tequila, after all), and watch the night unfold as the DJ spins.

Courtesy of Novikov

Coyo Taco

There is no bad time to hit up Coyo. At its busiest times, the wait to order might be longer than the time it takes to eat, but it’s always worth it. Big orders are common here (the tacos are small and come two-per-order) and the ability to order a half gallon of margarita makes it an ideal place for a group to let happy hour flow into dinner. Pair your go-to margarita with your favorite picks from the sprawling menu (tacos, quesadillas, tortas, burritos, and more) and you’re set for a great time.

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

Courtesy of @edgemiami, located within the Four Seasons Hotel Miami

The far north end of Miami Beach is mostly a family neighborhood full of condo-owning weekenders, but the quietly chic (and beachfront) Four Seasons offers that splash of pure luxury that some occasions simply demand. This Four Seasons outpost is a place to go for luxe poolside moments, Milagro tequila toasts (it’s the house tequila), and happy hours that are literally golden, thanks to the sun setting around it.

Courtesy of @edgemiami, located within the Four Seasons Hotel Miami

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