On a Budget: Food and Nightlife in Miami

Live it up in the Magic City without breaking the bank

We’ve all heard the rumors that the Magic City is a pricey place to enjoy a night out. While top nightclubs and restaurants with pricey cocktails and experiences abound, there are still a lot of spots that are good for those on a budget. Here’s a look at some places not to be missed when the wallet is tight.

  1. Lincoln Road: You love to sightsee and people-watch. Good news is Lincoln Road provides great options for those who just want to bask in the city’s sunshine. Grab a seat outdoors at Rio Station (625 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) where hundreds of craft beers are just $5 and watch the parade of fashionistas, locals and personalities with your group of friends.
  2. Wolfsonian-FIU: This museum and research center located in South Beach (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) explores art and design and features an extensive collection of fine art, graphic design pieces and propaganda. Admission is only $7 for adults and  $5 for seniors, students and children 6-12. On a very tight budget? Admission is free after 6 pm on Fridays.
  3. 100 Montaditos: With locations in Midtown Miami and Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, this cheeky and casual Spanish restaurant offers the ultimate happy hour on Wednesdays when every sandwich on their menu, as well as the spot’s beer, is only $1. Not here on a Wednesday to take advantage of the deal? The menu offers yummy selections ranging at $1, $2 and $3 every day.
  4. Wynwood Walls: This spot in artsy Wynwood features unique murals by up-and-coming and international artists. The best part is that admission is free, so feel free to take as many pictures as you wish to show-off when you get back home. The colorful art will make the perfect backdrop for images with friends and family.
  5. David’s Café: Located in Miami Beach (1058 Collins Ave, Miami Beach), this Cuban restaurant offers delicious “tostadas” (warm Cuban bread with butter) as well as “cortaditos” (Cuban coffee) on the cheap. Stop by their walk-up window and take a coffee to go while sightseeing on Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive. You can’t come to Miami without experiencing the caffeine kick of a fresh “cafecito!”
  6. With A View: Looking to see the city from up in the sky? Juvia on Lincoln Road offers an eye-catching view of the city, perfect for picture taking. Just take the elevator up from 1111 Lincoln Road. Dinner can be pricey there, but cocktails and wine are moderately priced and they offer a great list.
  7. Ride On: Love to cycle but didn’t bring your bike to Miami? Deco Bike in Miami Beach offers affordable bike rentals and a sharing program that will make it easy for you to explore the city. Ride along Collins Ave., Ocean Drive, Washington Ave. and Lincoln Road as you take in the sights and sounds.
  8. Festivals Galore: Miami comes to life during a variety of festivals and many of these offer free and affordable events. The Miami Book Fair International offers a free street fair in Downtown  Miami on November 16, 2013 where you can find rare books, special finds and new releases. The Miami International Boat Show will put you up-close and personal to the mega yachts and impressive boats lining the Magic City’s intracoastal and waterways for just a $20 admission fee from Friday to Monday during February 13-17, 2014. Insider tip: Make sure to drive by “Millionaire’s Row” on Collins Ave. for a free look at some impressive boats that usually line-up on the water during the festival dates.