Public Square Happy Hour

Fruit Cocktails and Asian Fare

Although only a year removed from its grand opening, Public Square has established itself as one of the best spots in the city for a cheap drink and lively happy hour. On weekdays from 5 pm to 7 pm, it offers half-priced cocktails, wines, beers and select spirits (top price $7) along with a small-plate menu of $10 sushi rolls and eclectic bites. The corner location on Red Road and San Ignacio Avenue is upscale-casual, drawing a mix of professionals, grad students (UM is across US1) and dinner dates. 

The sound of ice smacking against frosty, metal shakers rings from the central bar as mixologists pour out specialty cocktails for customers lining the marble counter. The Somi, made with Maestro Dobel Tequila, jalapeno, lime, pineapple, and grapefruit juice, offers a subtle kick of spice and citrus that goes down easy. For something on the sweeter side there’s the house-favorite Public Square Punch, a saccharine, Tito’s-based cocktail made with St. Germain, Creme de Peche, strawberry, peach puree, and lemon juice. 

Public Square Happy Hour

On the bites menu, it’s hard to go wrong with the fish, beef or anything in between. The “Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice” offers contrasting, balancing flavors, with the tuna tartare (enhanced by chili oil, scallions and sesame seeds) atop a crispy bed of rice. For a bold, meaty flavor, the “Fire Roasted Churrasco” is as filling as it is flavorful. And if you go on a Thursday night, stay for the live jazz band. 

—Parker Gimbel