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6 Tips For Ordering Drinks With Confidence

Are you looking to switch things up on your next night out but don’t know how to order cocktails? Our Happy Hour and weekday specials are the perfect way to explore how to order at a bar and try new things. You may already know your drinks that you typically like to order, but we’ll share how to move beyond your comfort zone and expand your horizons. With a Happy Hour special featuring our signature cocktails and $10 sushi rolls, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to indulge in variety. 

Tips to Get a Drink at the Bar

For many people, the college experience is an education in alcohol. Formal education in ordering adult beverages and understanding what’s in them usually comes much later, leading to embarrassing situations at the bar. When you’re wondering, “What drink should I get?” Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when you’re out with friends and colleagues:

1. Ask questions – As the old saying goes, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Everyone knows what it’s like to be a beginner and learning how to order a drink in one of those moments. Although you may feel dumb asking questions, you’ll look worse not asking when you had an opportunity to do so. Like any other expert, a bartender will be happy to share their expertise unless they’re very busy. If they aren’t available, they will have a menu available to look over. Here are a few questions you shouldn’t ask to avoid complete embarrassment: 

  • Why isn’t my glass full – If you’re ordering a glass of wine, it will not be full. 
  • What’s a good drink here – Asking this question implies that the drinks are mediocre or not as great as your used to. A better way to ask this question is to inquire about the most popular drinks and what the bartender would recommend. Many bartenders will prepare the easiest drinks in response. 
  • What’s a cheap drink here – Drinks can get expensive, so this question is valid. A better way to ask about drink prices is to request a menu of drink specials. 

2. Bar lingo – Learning bar terminology can go a long way when ordering drinks. Your bartender will know exactly what you mean when you make a request, and you will impress your friends. To avoid confusion or embarrassment, use these terms when you get a drink: 

  • On the rocks – A drink made this way should include ice. The opposite term for a drink without ice is “straight-up.” 
  • Neat – Any drink served at room temperature without ice, usually a shot directly from the bottle. 
  • Dirty – When referencing martinis, using this term means you want more olive juice added to your drink. If you’ve heard the term Dirty Martini, it is referring to the extra olive juice. The dirtier the martini is, the more olive juice is added. 
  • Well drink – If you reference a well drink in your order, you’re telling the bartender that you have no alcohol preference and to give you the cheapest option. The liquor brand or mix is not mentioned. 
  • Back – When ordering back, you are referring to a small glass of something like water or soft drink to accompany your drink. 
  • Shooter – A shooter is any one or two-ounce drink meant to be consumed all at once. 

3. Basics – One of the easiest ways to avoid embarrassment when you get a drink at a bar is to know your drinks. With so much variety with beer and wine, it can be helpful to understand the differences in temperature, fermentation, and region. Here are a few popular choices to begin with: 

  • Ciders – This is a preferred drink if you don’t like the taste of beer or wine. Ciders are made in the same way as beer with fermented yeast and made with fruit. This process gives it a sweet and refreshing flavor that is appealing to those who don’t like the taste of beer. 
  • IPAs – An Indian pale ale is made with hops and is more intense and bitter than a typical beer. Most beer drinkers will say it’s an acquired taste that has become trendy with craft beers. Some popular choices include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Lagunitas IPA.
  • Wheat beer – This is an easier beer option with less of the intensity of an IPA and regular beers. Popular subtypes of wheat beer include witbiers and hefeweizens, which are brewed in different ways. Some well-known brands include Blue Moon and Allagash White. 
  • Merlot – This is one of the most well-known red wines because it is easy to drink. They are considered a fruity flavor with hints of chocolate and cherry notes. 
  • Cabernet sauvignon – Most wine connoisseurs consider cabernet as a more sophisticated and aged wine compared to merlot. For those who don’t drink wine regularly, this can be an acquired taste. 
  • Whiskey soda or gin and tonic – This is a standard bar choice. If you don’t know how to order cocktails, this choice is an easy one. It’s a basic recipe for any alcohol with a fizzy soda. 
  • Martini – When you order a martini, you should let the bartender know whether you want gin or vodka and whether you want it dry or wet. They are usually made with gin. When you order a martini dry, you are requesting the drink to be made with less vermouth, making the martini more bitter. They will also ask if you want it shaken or stirred. 

4. Taste – When you don’t know how to order a drink, ask for a sample! You may not be able to do this with liquor, but most bars will allow you to sample wine or beer. If the bar is really busy, you may have a hard time getting one, but most restaurants will oblige. Another way to avoid embarrassment when you don’t know how to order a drink is to ask for a flight. It will usually include a variety of alcohol samples like mimosas, craft beers, and wines. This will help you determine which drink to order in full size. 

5. Cocktail menu – If you’re still wondering, “What drink should I get?” get a drink from the cocktail menu to keep things simple. The menu will be a showcase of what that particular establishment does best.

6. Prepare – If you know the bar, restaurant, or other location you’re going to, check out the menu in advance, so you know what you’re getting yourself into. Spend some time thinking about the spirits and flavors you enjoy the most. This will give the bartender an idea of where to start when making your first drink. 

Get a Drink With Us

Our weekly Happy Hour is the best destination for winding down after a long day of work. Our signature cocktails, beer, and wine are all half off, coupled with $10 sushi rolls. If you don’t know how to order at a bar, start with these fun options from our menu:

  • Public Square Punch
  • Miami Sidecar
  • SoMi
  • Maccaw
  • NightCap
  • Monk Juice
  • Con Maduros
  • Corner Spot
  • Citrus Boulevard
  • From the Keys to Cuba
  • 11 Spritz

Pair these drinks with any of our sushi rolls like Spicy Tuna Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, and many more. Enjoy other seafood options from our Raw bar or small plates from our Bites menu. We are here to serve you!

Call to reserve a table or visit our website today for our Happy Hour specials!

The Best Happy Hours in South Miami, Florida

Are you ready for our happy hour South Miami? We are ready to serve the best signature cocktails, refreshing wines, and $10 sushi rolls you’ve ever had since the pandemic lockdown! We know you want to let your hair down and enjoy life again. That’s why all of our drinks are half-priced during our Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday. As a pillar of community gatherings, we know what it takes to create the best Happy Hour in South Miami. We’ll let you in on some of our secrets to creating the best ambiance for happy hour. 

Ways We Create the Best Happy Hour in South Miami

Happy hour is one of the greatest past times for American workers after a long, hard day of work. It’s a place to unwind and bond over funny work moments or sharing home improvement horror stories during quarantine. Groups of besties all over the nation gather during this time to catch up on relationships, family, and hobbies. 

What would we do without happy hour? For now, we’ll never know! What we do know is how we create the best experience during happy hour in South Miami. After so many years of serving great customers and neighborhoods, we’ve perfected our craft of bringing people together over a half-priced drink and appetizer. Here’s how we do it: 

  • Great food and drink specials – To create the most active happy hour, a discounted menu is a must. Customers and foodies everywhere love great food at a great price. Our happy hour in South Miami features the best drinks for an irresistible price. We focus on giving our customers what they want, which includes superior quality and value. It’s essential that our customers feel that they can order unlimited drinks without breaking the bank. Our signature cocktails, like our Public Square Punch, are a popular choice for happy hour connoisseurs. 
  • Perfect hours – The happy hour sweet spot is generally between five and seven during the evening in most places. That’s the time a majority of workers are ending their days. To offer happy hour any earlier would be inconvenient and inconsiderate of our customers time. We strive to be accessible and accommodating for our customers looking for a way to relax after work. Now that the country is lessening quarantine restrictions, more people are going back to work and need an outlet. 
  • Trained staff – One of the greatest assets during happy hour is our well-trained staff. During a happy hour rush, the prepared staff makes sure that they serve each guest and take every order. Efficiency, quality, and customer care should be the top priority of any restaurant hosting happy hour. Preparing staff and bartenders to be extra attentive and ready for the unpredictable is part of offering exceptional happy hour service. When customers must wait too long for a drink order, especially after an exhausting day, they may feel inclined not to return. Creating a fun-loving atmosphere of music, laughing, and mingling is our idea of a successful Miami happy hour event. We ensure that our talented bartenders and trained staff are ready to serve you your favorite drink. 
  • Ongoing considerations – Our work is not done even after creating the best happy hour South Miami has ever seen! It takes constant maintenance and attention to detail to keep customers coming back night after night. Some of these ongoing considerations include: 
    • Creating a menu that matches our customers’ budgets, tastes, and preferences.
    • Consistent advertising and marketing through events, flyers, and technology. 
    • Encouraging word of mouth campaigns through social media and trained servers who make the additional drink and food suggestions
    • Maintaining a high energy level and fun ambiance is a top priority of our trained happy hour servers
    • Maintaining consistency is a critical part of what keeps our Miami happy hour event a preferred location:

      • Hours remain the same
      • Prices remain the same
      • Food portion sizes stay the same
      • Customer care is always high

Our Happy Hour in South Miami

Now you have the secrets to how we create the best happy hour in South Miami. Its time to visit and see what we have to offer. There is a lot to explore on our Happy Hour menu so we encourage you to make a few visits to experience everything. This is how we create the ultimate happy hour in South Miami: 300

  • Half priced cocktails – What is a Miami happy hour experience without our signature cocktails? Our special Public Square Punch is very popular! For something different, check out our Miami Sidecar made with Courvoisier, Bacardi Oakhart, lemon juice, and mango puree. You’ll also like our SoMi made with Maestro Dobel Tequila, jalapeno, lime, pineapple, and grapefruit juice. Our signature Maccaw will quench your thirst made with Absolute Elyx, citrus infused Aperol, passion fruit, pineapple, and lime juice. 
  • Raw Bar – Our Raw Bar features seafood as fresh as they come! You’ll enjoy our Blue Point Oysters with cocktail sauce, mignonette, and house hot sauce. Try our Peruvian Classic Ceviche made with mahi mahi, red onion, lime juice, sweet potato, corn nuts, corn, and red onions. Finish off with our Medium Stone Crabs with mustard sauce. 
  • Bites– Take a few bites with our signature cocktails! Start off with our Chicharrones or the Corn Fritters made with corn salsa, sweet corn maple sauce, and chives. Our beef tartare is a favorite made with Angus beef tenderloin, egg yolk, sourdough toast, truffle aioli, and cornichons. Another great bite includes our Black Angus Beef Sliders made with chipotle mayo, cheddar cheese, and caramelized onions. Don’t leave without trying our Fire Roasted Churrasco made from a 5oz aji panca marinated steak and patatas bravas. 
  • Beer selections – Why sacrifice quality for price? At our Happy Hour in South Miami, you don’t have to! Our Beer Selection is diverse and second to none. Here’s what to expect from us: 
    • American Lagar – Choice of Sam Adams, Boston Lagar, and Massachusetts
    • Blond Ale – Choice of La Rubia, Wynwood Brewery, and Miami
    • Stout – Choice of Guinness Stout Drought and Ireland
    • Sour Ale – Choice of Seaquench Ale, Dogfish Head Brewery, and Delaware
    • Hard Seltzer – Choice of Truly, and Wild Berry
    • IPA – Choice of 60 Minute IPA, Dogfish Head Brewery, and Delaware
    • And much more!

Join us for Happy Hour South Miami

We have the best Miami happy hour offered with an exquisite 94 Points or Higher Wine Selection and a wide variety of beers and rose, white, red, and sparkling wines. We encourage you to pair our $10 sushi rolls with our Public Square Punch made with Tito’s Vodka, St. Germain, Creme de Peche, and peach puree.

If you’re looking for a Night Cap, you’ll want to try ours made with Havana Club Anejo, Dewars White Label, Kahlua, and vanilla. The summer is made for our refreshing 11 Spritz made with Elleven Vodka, Aperol, Soho Lychee, strawberry, peach & orange juice. Choose any one of our tasty sushi rolls to go with our signature cocktails: 

  • Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice – Made with crispy rice, tuna tartare, chili oil, and sesame seeds
  • Spicy Tuna Roll – Made with tuna tartare, chili oil, ginger, sesame oil, crispy tempura, nori, eel sauce, and spicy mayo
  • Salmon Crab Roll – Made with wild salmon, crab salad, cucumber, avocado, eel sauce, spicy mayo, and spicy tempura
  • Shrimp Tempura Roll – Made with tempura shrimp, avocado, spicy mayo, sesame seeds, scallions, nori, and eel sauce

Now that we have your mouth watering, join us during our Happy Hour Monday Through Friday! 

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