When visiting Miami Beach, every tourist will encounter the typical “traps” one finds in a resort city/tourist destination. As a local, I have had the opportunity to sample the plethora of restaurants on this seven-mile-long sandbar. Luckily, I live like I travel, on a budget. So, like when traveling, I on occasion may select to splurge or more often, choose budget-friendly restaurants. Usually in Miami Beach, even when I “splurge” it is during Miami Spice months where I can sample expensive restaurants for a budget price-fixed menu.
So, here are a few places I can recommend and a little about them.
Best Happy Hour:
- Santorini by Georgios – 101B Ocean Dr. Pool Beach Side, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Best Greek restaurant in Miami Beach, great customer service, and best happy hour. Very happy atmosphere. Fun vibes. This “hotel restaurant” isn’t a place I would typically recommend. Most hotel restaurants are over-priced stodgy places. Here, you can choose to sit inside or outside around the pool. The vibe here is true “Santorini” style. Whether you make your choices off the amazing happy-hour menu or choose entre plates, you are sure to enjoy the Greek/Mediterranean food and atmosphere. You won’t beat the prices here. Happy Hour 4-7pm (16:00-19:00).
- Barceloneta – 1400 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Barceloneta comes the closest to having authentic Spanish tapas in Miami Beach. Especially for their happy hour. With plenty of outside seating, this casual local hangout is a great place to relax and chat with friends while sampling the menu with smaller plates of tapas. In general, though, they are on the upper end of the price range. Happy Hour 5pm-8pm
While not always required, I recommend making reservations for both of these establishments.
Local Hang Out
- Segafredo L’Originale – 1040 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139
Another great people watching hangout is also on Lincoln Road just West of Balans. Brought over from Italy in 2000, l’Originale is perfect for people watching while enjoying Italian tapas, sipping on a drink from the extensive cocktail menu and listening to great music.
As always- businesses come and go in resort towns. Check first to ensure these gems are still around. Also, happy hours and hours of operation may change.