There’s no denying that the Magic City has its fair share of bars with a view. The thing about these views, is that they often come with a hefty price tag, and with drinks going all the way up to $18 a pop, drinking with a vista ends up being a luxury that not of of us can enjoy on a regular basis. Fortunately, there's an exception: Area 31. The rooftop bar at the Epic hotel offers some of the most stunning views of the city, with panoramic views into the heart of Brickell, downtown and the bay, as well as amazing drink specials.
I discovered this place last year as I was getting out yoga at Exhale, the gym at the Epic. Upon seeing the sunset view, I decided to stick around to enjoy some prosecco as the sky went from pink to orange over the glittering waters of Biscayne Bay, and man... it was stunning! Another thing to love about this place is their happy hour, which is available Mon-Thurs from 5 to 8 pm, as well as their "beat the clock" deal, with drinks priced by the hour from 5 pm to 11 pm on Fridays. Food is also included on this menu, so you can get delicious bar bites like parmesan black pepper fries or goat cheese croquettes for as little as $5.
Now, when it comes to the best days to go, you have to stick to Fridays if you want a local experience. Come on these days around 8 pm, and you'll find all the 30 something Brickellites getting their drinks on after work, warming up for a long night of partying in Miami. Or you can go any other day if your thing is the view, just keep in mind that the vibe will be more on the touristy side. After all, this place is located on top of a hotel!
Area 31 is located at the EPIC hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami FL