With a reputation for glamor and parties, it's not surprising that a trip to Miami can be hard on your wallet; those cocktails and cover charges add up. However, with just a few adjustments, you can save yourself a few dollars without missing out on the fun. Here's how.
Don't Rule Out Hostels
Gone are the days when settling for a hostel meant sharing your depressingly nondescript space (and bathroom) with a handful of strangers. At the Freehand, you'll find brightly decorated interiors, local artwork, and 15 private rooms (with their own private bathrooms). Rates for a room with a king bed start at $190 in April and include complimentary WiFi and breakfast.
Take Advantage of Dinner Deals
Located in the arts district, the bistro and wine bar Bin 18 offers a $35 pre-theater dinner that includes a glass of wine and choice of appetizer, main course, and dessert. Also in the arts district, the Peruvian-influenced Jean-Paul's House offers a set menu for $30, including an appetizer, entrée, and shared dessert. Nearby Design District restaurant The Cypress Room offers perhaps the best value prix-fixe menu in town. For $49, you get a choice of three appetizers, three entrées, and two desserts. Given that main courses usually cost between $24 and $49, the pre-theater menu offers an affordable approach to the creations of James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz.
Start Your Night on the Cheap
Miami is famous for its nightlife, and it would be a shame to forgo a night out to save money. Back at the Epic Hotel, as with all Kimpton Hotels, you can start the night with a free wine hour every evening from 5 - 6 p.m.. If you miss that, you can head up to the hotel's 16th-floor lounge, Area 31, for $6 beer, wine, or well cocktails during happy hour on Monday and Tuesday from 5 - 7 p.m., and Wednesday through Friday from 5 - 10 p.m..
With $3 well drinks, $3 drafts, and half-priced appetizers from 3 -7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, happy hour at Brother Jimmy's BBQ is hard to beat. Half of you are in even more luck, as Thursdays from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. is "ladies night," with $3 wine and frozen margaritas for women.