Raising The Bar for Happy Hours
|Frills are overrated.|
172 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables
Times: daily, 4-8 p.m.
Deals: $2.75 Domestic Bottles, $1 Off Draughts, $2 Off Pitchers, 2 For 1 Well cocktails. Two for one, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Scene: Even white collar Coral Gables needs a legitimate dive bar and this no-frills place with the no-frills name delivers. It's where professionals go to let loose, get in fights or have "special meetings" in the bathroom with the opposite sex.
|The best alley drinkin' in the Gables.|
The Bar has a healthy selection of brews, both on tap and in bottles (go with Dale's Pale Ale for draft) and underrated bar food including Fish Fingers fried in beer batter. A relatively small interior is supplemented with bar tables out front and a larger seating area and the only alley hangout in all of the Gables. They also have DJs and live music throughout the week, but be prepared to yell your drink orders because the smallish interior can get noisy quick. Check the website for bands and schedules.
Conclusion: The Gables is packed with restaurants and bars that cater to the happy hour crowd, but there is a gaping hole when it comes to places where you can loosen your tie instead of straightening it. That's where The Bar comes in. But you know the Gables, even its dive bars are a little uppity.