10 Spots to Wine, Dine, and Chill This Summer

Live like a tourist this season and remind yourself why so many folks flock to the paradise you get to call home

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Enjoy happy hour with a view at Topside at the Beacon. Photo by CJ Walker
Enjoy happy hour with a view at Topside at the Beacon. Photo by CJ Walker

Now’s your chance to dine your way up and down Love Street without having to make a reservation well in advance or waiting too long for a table. Start with happy hour drinks at rooftop tapas and cocktail bar Topside at the Beacon—we recommend the Rosé All Day cocktail with gin, grapefruit, elderflower liqueur, basil, and bubbles—and enjoy two-for-one Tito’s vodka drinks anytime it rains. Then head downstairs to The Beacon, a coastal chophouse specializing in local, seasonal seafood. For a close-up culinary experience, make a reservation at the chef’s counter.

Don’t miss Lucky Shuck’s buck-a-shuck oysters Wednesdays until Labor Day. Photo by Libby Vision
Don’t miss Lucky Shuck’s buck-a-shuck oysters Wednesdays until Labor Day. Photo by Libby Vision

End the night with a walk along the waterfront for spectacular sunset views of the lighthouse and stick around for Lucky Shuck Oyster Bar and Taphouse’s “Late Night at Lucky.” Available from 10 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, the promo includes special pricing on drinks, dollar oysters, and five-dollar appetizers. If you’re not a night owl, Lucky Shuck also has buck-a-shuck oysters every Wednesday until Labor Day. 

Weekend brunch at Lynora’s includes the full restaurant menu, plus bottomless Bellinis, mimosas, and Peronis. Photo courtesy of Lynora's
Weekend brunch at Lynora’s includes the full restaurant menu, plus bottomless Bellinis, mimosas, and Peronis. Photo courtesy of Lynora’s

Happy hour your way through Tequesta at hot spots Josco Garden, Casa Caña, and Blackbird Modern Asian. Josco’s happy hour menu runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily and includes a sharable charcuterie board, and Casa Caña offers happy hour with half-priced signature cocktails, small plates, and sushi rolls (we love the ropa vieja empanadas and the Miami roll with yellowtail snapper, shrimp, cucumber, mango, plantain, avocado, and eel sauce). Blackbird Modern Asian’s Never-Ending Happy Hour summer promo runs every Monday night and includes half-priced cocktails, beer, and wine, and menu items like brisket bao buns, Korean cauliflower, and Bangkok street noodles. 

Brunch enthusiasts who haven’t yet indulged in Sunday brunch at The Breakers should take advantage of the snowbird-less summer and head to Palm Beach for Sunday Brunch at The Circle. The famous brunch normally requires reservations weeks in advance because, frankly, no one does brunch better. Resort wear is a must (no tees or torn denim) as you enjoy bottomless drinks and a menu with an infinite list of delectable eats including a raw bar and caviar station, baby lamb chops, carved beef tenderloin, imported cheeses and pâtés, and all the traditional brunch plates, plus more than 30 desserts at this incredible feast ($195/adult; $85/kids ages 12 and under). 

Steak and eggs tartine at 1000 North. Photo courtesy 1000 North
Steak and eggs tartine at 1000 North. Photo courtesy 1000 North

Closer to home, Lynora’s hosts brunch every Saturday and Sunday with bottomless Bellinis, mimosas, and Peronis alongside a full menu. 1000 North is the perfect place to enjoy steak and eggs tartine or Nashville hot chicken and waffles with their take on an Aperol Spritz or French 75 on Sundays. And Crosby Kitchen and Bar hosts brunch every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. with bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys. 

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