8 Budget Friendly Dining And Party Hotspots In Downtown Miami

When you talk of budget-friendly eats and hangouts, you would rarely think of Downtown Miami as the place to find it. This is because the Central Business District of Miami is oftentimes viewed as one of the more expensive places for people to eat and party. There is a lot of truth to this statement, particularly because being the center of business in one of the busiest cities in Florida does warrant the high prices that some restaurants and party joints ask for.

What some people may not realize however is that if you know where to look, you can actually score some cheap eats and even party on a budget in this hectic and jumping city center. Here are some examples of budget-friendly eateries and hangouts in Downtown Miami:

1. Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue

Barbecue Restaurant, American (Traditional)
11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Price range: $11 to $30

This barbecue joint is reputed to be one of the best in the area and is one where you can get the most out of your hard earned money. They’ve got a menu that includes the usual barbecue staples such as pulled pork, beef brisket, and ribs. They also have chicken, mac and cheese, corn nuggets, fried pickles, and a long list of traditional American favorites.

When it comes to budget-friendly drinks, aim for the $8 beer buckets, which are available between 4pm to 7pm.

2. Sharkeys Beer & Wine

Burgers, Bar, American (Traditional)
11:00 am to 4:00 am
Price range: $11 to $30

Located in the Bayside Marketplace, this bar and restaurant serves you traditional American fare that includes burgers, jalapeno poppers, chicken wings, and many more. Traditional bar grub is what you get from this joint that is open from 11 in the morning to 4 in the morning the next day. If you want to enjoy the ocean breezes, opt for a table outside where you can avoid the crowds at the bar and the noise that comes from the televisions that are found everywhere in the bar.

For your drinking pleasure, they have 30 different kinds of beer on tap and even have drink specials whenever there is a sporting event that locals look out for.

3. Chili’s Grill & Bar

Mexican, American, Bar, Pub
11:00 am to 12:30 am
Price range: $10 to $30

If you are looking for a mixture of Mexican and American cuisine that can be paired with wine, beer, or margaritas, then Chili’s is the place for you in Downtown Miami. Also located in Bayside Marketplace, you can enjoy your favorite fajitas and tacos while you watch the ships cruising by on the water. The place is oftentimes packed so try to get there early to get a good table. It is also one of the few places that stay open really late, with the bar closing just a little past midnight.

Drinks include domestic draft beer, premium draft beer, classic margaritas, and premium margaritas.

4. Steak Brasil Churrascaria

Brazilian, Steakhouse
11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Price range: $11 to $30

Some people equate cost effectiveness with low prices while others equate it with reasonable prices and loads to eat. This Brazilian steakhouse gives you the latter, with reasonable prices in an Eat-all-you-can setting. Imagine being able to eat all the grilled pork and steak you can handle for just $25, with a wide selection to choose from at that. This value for your money deal always sees the restaurant full, so best to make reservations particularly if you are planning to go on a weekend.

If you use a Groupon for your meal, you can get a bottle of house wine with your meal.

5. Tradewinds Bar and Grill

Seafood, American (Traditional)
9:00 am to 12:00 am
Price range: $11 to $30

Another resto-bar located near the water in Bayside Marketplace, this seafood outlet gives you a wide selection of favorites that include crab cakes, ahi tuna salad, shrimp Cobb salad, and many more. They also serve pizza, Cuban sandwiches, chicken wings, and quesadillas, among other things. They even have paella and burgers on their menu.

You can enjoy your drinks and meals on outdoor tables while watching people pass by and with the ocean breeze blowing around you.

6. Zona Fresca

Baja Style Mexican
11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Price range: Under $10

Another Mexican restaurant that you can enjoy eating at without breaking the bank in Downtown Miami is Zona Fresca, which is located along Biscayne Boulevard. This restaurant serves all your Mexican favorites that include burritos, tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, and even nachos. You can also get a few salads from their menu, all of which are priced $10.

The drinks you can get from the bar here include “gringo” beers, Mexican beers, and margaritas.

7. Burrito San

Asian Fusion, Sushi, Japanese
11:30 am to 9:00 pm
Price range: $11 to $30

What do you get when you combine Mexican style food with Asian cooking? You get a fusion restaurant that serves you sushi burritos. Despite the name, not everything you see on the menu is a mix of Japanese and Mexican cuisine. There are also Thai, Chinese, and even Indian influenced fusion dishes on the menu. These include Teeruk shrimp, masala chicken, beefy Korean, and Mt. Fuji sushi burritos, to name a few.

Aside from non-alcoholic teas and lemonades, this restaurant also serves cold sake, craft beers, hot sake, and a selection of wines.

8. Station 28

Peruvian, Sandwich Bar, Sports Bar
10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price range: Under $10

If you are looking for a place to go to after work, either for dinner or just to hang with friends while you have a bite to eat and a quick drink, Station 28 is a good choice. They have a whole selection of specialty burgers that include Lechon burger, chicharon burger, and even traditional American-style bacon cheeseburger. They also have a long list of sandwiches, meals, side dishes, and desserts for you to choose from.

When it comes to the drinks, aside from fresh fruit juices, you can also order Peruvian beer here to wash down your burgers and sandwiches with.