Miami is flooded with hot hotels, or ritzy resorts accompanied by their sensational salons and expensive eateries. Naturally, for these rich reasons the average drinker usually gets robbed by opulent overly priced drinks and broken bar bites. However, I’ve found an honorable happy hour with decent drinks and divine food inside Brickell’s bewildering 4 Seasons. Their happy hour isn’t one of those Ocean Drive tourist traps either.
As a friend previously explained to me The Edge’s happy hour I was hooked as soon as I heard $1 oysters. Also, the luxurious location would certainly not sway me from paying a visit. Abiding by my foodie detective skills I further investigated this deal on their website. I must say, I judged the 4 Seasons as too pompous of a hotel, who wouldn’t dare give customers a frugal bar option. Well, was I wrong.
Here’s the deal: It’s from 4-7PM and the kicker…it’s EVERY DAY. In addition to $1 oysters, you get 2-4-1 small bites from the bar menu and 1/2 priced draft beer, specialty cocktails and select wine.
Since, this seemed just too good to be true I had to check it out for myself….for research purposes only.…not drinking…. Ok, you caught me. I decided it would be cool to pre-game here before Joey and I took the metro mover to the Heat game. Fortunately for us, since it was ULTRA weekend, we had the liberty of watching all the molly poppin’ hipsters come aboard in their neon tutus and furry boots.
IF you haven’t been inside The 4 Seasons, it’s a sight to see. You can walk out by the pool and check out a breathtaking view of Brickell’s Financial Skyline…for free! Even going for a drink at the bar is an experience anyone in Miami must pay a tribute to.
When we entered inside the hotel we strut by the over-weight looking Buddhas and rode the elevator to the 7th floor. The restaurant and pool deck are both located on the same floor as the lobby. We skipped down the
yellow brick road long golden gleaming hallway and turned a quick left into the underpopulated heaven. Since it was a 4PM on a Sunday, you can only imagine how packed it was..not (more service for me!) I’m not going to lie but, I was pretty excited. It’s almost embarrassing how giddy I get going to new restaurants. Boy, being at The 4 Seasons made me girlishly giddy.
After checking out their happy hour menu (more than once…) I knew chef Aaron Brooks would not let me down. As we sat down at the long rectangular marble bar, we were greeted by 2 comic bartenders who were very hospitable during our quick dine. While Joey was observing the bar menu that I already memorized from front to back, I ordered myself a glass of prosecco because, I was in a celebratory mood. Along with my fizzing fluke came a small basket of potato chips. These aren’t of course just any potato chips either, they’re hand-cut and perfectly crisp because, again this is no joke of a happy hour. As Joey took a bite and gasped in awe, I smirked to myself as I knew this the only beginning of something great.
Stone Crabs: Unfortunately, these are not part of the happy hour. I noticed them on the “bigger bite” bar menu and it’s very rare I can say no to stone crabs. These were pretty large and meaty but, for $9 a piece I would have expected them to taste more of the ocean. I probably wouldn’t splurge on these again but, if they were fresher…perhaps. The zesty mustard sauce was very appreciated too.
- (Side note: Season ends May 15….worst day ever)
- House Cut Fries: I recently wrote about the Duck Poutine french fries from The Hoxton, naming them the “Best in Brickell.” Can I get a take-backs please? The way they’re prepared is absolute perfection from the slicing and cooking to the seasoning and side sauce. These fries are fabulous JUST the way they are but, once you dip one into the accompanied truffle aioli…you’re in shock that it indeed just got better. You might want to ask for more truffle aioli since, I smothered my thick hand cut french fries into my favorite expensive mushroom.
- Oysters: Can you say holler for a dollar? Yeah, yeah $1 oysters are practically becoming a norm on happy hour menus but, not like these. This freshly shucked American delicacy is incredible and instantly blew the stone crabs away. The mojo mignonette sauce makes the slippery journey down your throat much more enjoyable. Order these.
Fried Calamari: Their calamari is just another example of how Aaron Brooks elevates simple menu classics into something extraordinary. It’s hands down, one of the best fried calamari dishes I’ve eaten. They’re delicately fried and tossed with an addicting rosemary- jalapeno salt. The tangy dipping sauce complimented the crunchy squid perfectly. You’ll never think of calamari the same.
After indulging into some supreme bar bites, and plenty of Chardonnay I was sad to leave. I’m not sure if it was because my taste-buds were jumping with joy or if the coconut foam the bartender was concocting looked good enough to stay. My boyfriend and I were completely pleased with the happy hour, besides from the stone crabs. We had a good buzz and if we stayed I couldn’t imagine how poorly my wallet and head would feel the next day.
One thing I love about The Edge is all their engaging fooide events. If you go onto their website, there is always some kind of tasting, workshop or price-fixed dinner in the works. It’s among a top priority in my to-do list. As I’ve already briefed you on how fresh the food is, The Edge partakes in farm to table philosophy. There is even a garden near the pool dedicated for the chef’s spices and rubs. I cannot wait to go back! I definitely want to try one of their specialty cocktails such as a signature BBQ Collins or Hibiscus Mojito. I could explain a little bit of the dinner menu but, that would be too much of a tease for both of us!
I highly recommend this 3 hour window to anyone who has been wanting to go to The Edge. It’s a great preview to see what’s really in store. If you can’t make happy hour try their 3-course $19 lunch special. You’ll absorb a phenomenal feel for the atmosphere and dining experience. Let’s be honest with ourselves, half the food during a typical happy hour is old, soggy and greasy. Why not treat yourself for the same price to attend a genuinely delicious time?
It’s only a taste of how far this restaurant will go towards The Edge of excellence.
Impress your mom on mother’s day at their brunch!
Location: 7th Floor at 4 Seasons Hotel, on 1435 Brickell Avenue
Reservations: Suggested on weekends - 305-381-3190
Hours: Pretty much open all day
Wine Tastings: Offered 1, 3 and if 4 Friday each month, $20 a person and reservations aren’t required
Cooking Classes: Once every month, book in advance
Happy Hour: Every day 4-7PM
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