Top Five Places for Brew With a View
|Good beer is only half the equation; you also need a view to make this list.|
We should note that Jimbo's would have surely been toward the top of this list if it hadn't been recently closed down.
|Never mind the pool; Monty's offers a great view of the South Beach marina.|
The 400-slip Miami Beach Marina, with pelicans fluttering their big wings about, is lovely any time of day, but offers picture-postcard silouettes during sunset hours -- which merrily coincide with happy hour.
The brew: Drafts by the glass, small pitcher, and large pitcher. Heineken, Presidente, Sam Adams, and Bass Ale are best bets among those on tap; ice-cold cans of beer include Guinness and Red Stripe. Reduced beer prices are in effect Monday through Friday 4 to 8 p.m., during which time other drinks are half-price, oysters are 6 for $5, shrimp or clams are four for $3, and stone crab claws are $4 each.
The view: A spacious outdoor dining area with picnic tables overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay -- as seen from the Coconut Grove side, with boats docking in Grove Key Marina and seagulls swooping down for crumbs.
The brew: 12-ounce mugs or 60-ounce pitchers of draft beer, including Sam Adams Boston Lager, New Castle Brown Ale, and Guinness by-the-pint. Ten types of bottled beers are up for grabs too; if you get a bucket of bottled beers, the seventh one is free.