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The 17 Best Sports Bars in Miami

Published On 09/09/2015 Published On 09/09/2015

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about the Dolphins this year. We've got a newly renovated stadium, the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, and the only guy in the league the Dolphins could find who's actually dirtier than Richie Incognito. And even if you don't find yourself in one of those pretty new teal seats at Sun Life, there are still these 17 awesome places around South Florida to try and drown out Eagles, Giants, and Jets fans.


American Social

Brickell/Las Olas
Sure, the Las Olas original is about as close to going to Florida State as you can get without a rejection letter from UF, but that doesn't mean the 'Noles are the only team you can go watch there. Both locations are game-day destinations, not just for the impressive menu with stuff like black truffle short-rib sliders and some of the best mac and cheese in America, but also for the extensive collection of TVs, craft beers, and attractive patrons.

The Dugout

This Midtown hole in the wall, despite being tough to find/easily missed even if you're looking for it, offers actually reasonably priced drinks, friendly service, and more football than you'd ever expect to see at a gay bar. Yes, it's a gay sports bar, and if you're not comfortable with sports innuendo, don't ever, EVER, look at this bar's Facebook.

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Delray Beach
You ever done a juice cleanse? It makes you only slightly hungrier than that guy who turns into Betty White in the Snickers ad, but also makes you think of some pretty amazing stuff you'd like to eat once you're done. Which is exactly how the two sisters who run this Atlantic Ave sports den created, hands down, the best sports bar menu in South Florida, with pulled pork, chicken, and beef all smoked in-house and thrown on delicious sliders, a collection of flatbreads with those same smoked meats, and a rotating collection of beers from local brewers like Saltwater, and Due South.

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Bru's Room

Various locations
If there's one thing that tastes like football in South Florida, it's disappointment. But also wing sauce. And when you're talking football and wings down here, you're talking about this collection of sports super-bars from Dolphins great Bob “Bru” Brudzinski. Though the debate about the best wings in the tri-county area will always rage, the Fins even thought enough of Bru's to serve them in the stadium last year.

Sandbar Sports Grill

Coconut Grove
Though this might be the only sports bar in South Florida to have the distinction of serving as the set for an adult feature film, don't let that discourage you from going here to take in a game. Because in addition to being the best spot in the Grove to watch football, if the Dolphins get too boring you can always partake in one of Miami's toughest eating challenges -- the 5lb burrito -- or just down hurricanes until you start making really bad decisions.

Duffy's Sports Grill

Duffy's Sports Grill

North Miami Beach
While the Duffy's sports bar empire has fewer empty seats on a Sunday than Sun Life Stadium,  the best of the lot is this one on the Intracoastal in North Miami Beach. Duffy's first Dade County location has a sprawling outdoor patio that you can boat right up to, plus a swimming pool, live DJ, and two-for-one drinks all day, every day.


Batch Gastropub

Nothing will cause domestic squabbles faster than a fall Sunday when one of you wants to find the nearest place to catch the Bucs-Jags game, and the other person wants to watch NFL football. Or eat brunch. Your best solution? This spot that's got one of Miami's best boozy brunches with bottomless sangria for $20, plus wall-sized flat screens, eight TVs at the bar, some of Miami's best mac and cheese, and a burger that may kill you.


Little Hoolie's

You might know it as the go-to place to catch the latest and greatest in garage and '80s cover bands from dudes who went to Palmetto, but when it's not South Dade's top local live music venue, it's a great place to catch the game without having to drive past The Falls. For people who grew up with an "SW" in front of their address, there is simply no other place to go for a big game than here. At least there's not since Gatsby's closed down.

Señor Frog's

South Beach
You might not have thought that the old Jerry's Deli space now filled with a Mexican-themed spring break bar would be THE spot in Sobe to watch football. Then you hear it has a bikini contest at halftime of every game. And then you might think fajitas and Pacifico don't really go so bad with Ryan Tannehill after all.


The Clevelander

South Beach
The fact that the Dan Le Batard Show broadcasts from the same hotel is reason enough to give the Cleve's indoor bar a spot on this list. And, yes, this bar might be filled with the occasional fan from a Northeastern team who's here on vacation. But, really, what's more Miami than watching a game next to a guy who won't stop screaming about the injustices of "Deflategate," then running outside to a pool party to escape him?


Sports Grill

With a name like this, clearly this is THE spot on Sunset Dr to go and catch an episode of Dance Moms. Or, you know, maybe to watch a game. Not only because of the non-gouged prices and super-local atmosphere, but also because you can get a giant order of wings and knock an item off your Miami food bucket list.



Ft. Lauderdale
Dolphins legend Kim Bokamper has a few of these spots around Broward and Palm Beach Counties, but if you're gonna go to one of them, you need to hit this one on the Intracoastal. Not only can you catch your sports with a sick waterfront view, but if watching games on the dizzying collection of over 100 flat screens gets to be too much, you can watch the sushi chef make more impressive cuts than the Dolphins' backfield has made in decades.

FRANKEY'S Sports Bar

Frankey's Sports Bar

Imagine a sports bar, but instead of watered-down Jack and Cokes the waitress brings you stuff like a grass-fed burger from a family farm in Ocala and the best chicken curry you'll find at a place not called Churchill's. You'd be pretty close to this place -- one of 2015's best new bars -- where you can watch live horse racing AND any game on the planet. And while you can only bet on the ponies, the added action makes the last 30 seconds of a NBA basketball game go that much quicker.


Finnegan's Way

South Beach
Though Lincoln Rd is about two years and a Cheesecake Factory away from being an outdoor Dadeland, the spot that was once South Beach's premiere sports bar still survives. We're not sure whether this is thanks to a favorable lease or the staff of sexy bartenders, but if you're in the Beach and want to watch a game someplace that's not hosting an Ocean Dr pool party and isn't a chain restaurant, there's no better place than "The Way."

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Himmarshee Public House

Ft. Lauderdale
There is absolutely no reason that the Saturday night bad decision marathon that is a night at Public House should end just because football comes on. So, after a few hours to recover, head back here for the Sunday brunch party, and enough screens to take up half the wall. And if you feel like soaking up just a little of that booze from the night before, the new menu's got stuff like a deep-fried Monte Cristo, 24-hour-brined fried chicken, and lobster nachos.


Shuckers Bar and Grill

North Bay Village
You remember when its deck collapsed, right? Remember what people were doing to make said deck drop in the middle of Biscayne Bay? WATCHING SPORTS. There's a reason this place got so packed during the finals a few years back, and it's because it may well be the sports bar with the best water view in America. Since it sits right on the JFK Causeway, Shuckers lets you watch every NFL game in one direction, and clear turquoise water in the other. And once it cools down there might not be a better place to watch football in the winter.


Tom's NFL

Miami Springs
For a sports bar experience that will have you completely forgetting you're in Miami, there's the venerable Tom's NFL. We're not really sure why Goodell hasn't sued the pants off these guys yet, but maybe it's because this mainstay across the street from the back gates of MIA is full of retired airline pilots and other people who've been in Miami longer than the Dolphins have been a team. What Tom's lacks in fancy food and flashy TVs, it more than makes up for in old Dade authenticity, and is a must-go at least one Sunday a year, just to up your Miami-local cred.

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1. American Social 690 Southwest 1st Court, Miami, FL 33130 (Miami Beach)

Embracing the hard-working spirit of America, American Social is the ultimate destination for a post-work drink. Bedecked with red, white, and blue furniture and peppered with issues of LIFE magazine on the walls, American Social is a relaxing spot for dinner and drinks. Start off your meal with shared plates like Peekytoe Crab Toast, with red peppers, shallots, mustard, aioli, cucumber, jalapeno and tarragon on a pumpernickel crouton or rock shrimp tacos. The extensive menu encourages you to nibble on burgers and sandwiches, salads, and pub dishes like cheesy fries with pickled jalapeno, ranch, scallions, and proteins like chicken, rock shrimp and short rib. And last -- but certainly not least -- its spectacular waterfront views are enough to (maybe just maybe) restore your faith in the country.

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2. The Dugout 3215 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, 33137

The gayest sports bar you'll ever go to, or the sportiest gay bar — either way, expect a lot of "balls" puns.

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3. Freehouse C-, 777 E Atlantic Ave #8, Delray Beach, 33483 (Delray Beach)

Sports bar that marries British and American sensibilities. Welcoming of long hours of lounging and boozing.

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4. Sandbar Sports Grill 3064 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

The Grove's Sandbar's loaded with 24 plasmas, two massive big-screens, indoor and outdoor bars, and plenty of drink specials. Considering this place is the "home of the fish taco", it may be the only winning Fish you see all season.

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5. Duffy's Sports Grill 3969 NE 163rd St, Miami Beach , FL 33160 (North Miami Beach)

Because drafting Priest Holmes first overall every year in the same exact place gets soooo boring, Duffy's will let you and your fantasy-hound buddies take over their private room, equipped with seven flatscreens and wifi, while enjoying two-for-one drink specials on everything in the house from 4p on.

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6. Batch Gastropub 30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

You know a bar is serious about keeping the party going strong when they have cocktails on tap (because really, ain’t nobody got time to mix drinks when Friday is in full swing). Boasting massive plasma TVs, ample indoor and outdoor seating room, and a solid menu of high-end pub fare, it’s a Brickell destination for boozy brunch (chicken and waffles, anyone?) and sports games alike.

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7. Little Hoolies 13135 SW 89th Pl, Miami, 33176

Sports bar with enough TVs to start an electronics store. Not much of a watcher? Take matters into you own hands with some friendly competition at the pool tables.

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8. Señor Frogs 1450 Collins Ave, Miami, 33139 (Miami Beach)

Internationally recognized watering hole chain, this amphibiously christened booze haven will transport you to Cancun within one sip of your fishbowl-sized marg. Proceed with caution (and Advil.)

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9. The Clevelander 1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Miami is notorious for housing debaucherous Spring Breaks, which isn’t fair because a lot of places in Miami don’t reflect that parties-gone-wild mentality you’re picturing right now… but a lot of them do. The Clevelander is one of those places that does: it’s reminiscent of everything you think of when anyone utters the words “Spring Break,” mostly because it’s one of the founding fathers of those ubiquitous, raging parties on South Beach. The art-deco hotel’s three poolside bars serve tropical frozen drinks and plenty of American bar favorites (burgers, pizzas, salads, snacks), and the weekday happy hours and weekend brunches are the perfect excuse to see-and-be-seen on one of the busiest patios on South Beach.

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10. Sports Grill 1559 Sunset Dr, Miami , FL 33173 (South Miami)

You can't claim to be a 305 local until you've devoured the wings at Sports Grill, which is... a sports grill. The wings here are flame-grilled before they're fried; and their savory, charred flavor reigns supreme in the South Florida wing scene. You're basically required to order them with the sweet and spicy Dale sauce, an addictive flavor combination of chilis and barbecue sauce named after a longtime Sports Grill regular, whose name is... Dale. We're not sure if Dale has tried any of the burgers, wraps, or fried appetizers on the menu, but it's safe to say they pair well with the wings and domestic craft brews.

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11. Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill 3115 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Fort Lauderdale)

The inventive chefs at this waterfront locale for Kim’s sports palace have created some rolls (like the Miami Vice with dry-rubbed tuna, mango, pineapple cilantro and masago) that’ll have you completely forgetting about ordering their already-famous wings, all while watching the game right on the Intercoastal on 150 flat screens. Or, pull your boat right up: they’ve got 350 feet of dock space.

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12. Frankey's Sports Bar 900 Silks Run, Hallandale, FL 33009

This modern sports bar has tons of TVs, plus beer, wine, and cocktails. Be sure to try the Adena Burger -- a 9oz burger with LTO and cheese -- it's one of the best in Miami.

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13. Finnegan's Way 1344 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Making our list of Favorite 5 Sports Bars is the Ocean Drive stalwart, at which you can watch both people in really short shorts wander by, plus other people in longer shorts play sports on their array of TVs, and also enjoy outdoor deck seating, a 4-7p daily happy hour with half-price drinks and raw bar stuff. Don't forget Tuesday night prime rib; it won't forget you.

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14. Himmarshee Public House 201 SW 2nd St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312 (Fort Lauderdale)

Occupying a Fort Lauderdale corner is the Himmarshee Public House, a grill and bar whose seemingly innumerably options cross taste boundaries. The food menu encompasses “Snacks & Bites,” “Main Plates,” “Greens,” “Sandwiches and Burgers” and “Sides,” and -- while you’ll be satisfied with the preponderance of dishes -- you won’t want to miss the smoked brisket nachos, the honey truffle fried chicken with skillet corn bread, or the Millionaire Cheese Steak with shaved rib-eye and truffle cheese sauce. The carefully curated beverage program features both local and brand name brews as well as wines and handcrafted cocktails, all of which will put a buzzy spin on the evening.

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15. Shuckers Bar and Grill 1819 79th St Causeway, Miami, FL

Because it sits right on the JFK causeway, Shuckers is the only bar on this list where you feel like you’re sitting in the middle of Biscayne Bay. Or, if you were unfortunate to be there one night a couple years ago, you actually WERE sitting in the middle of Biscayne Bay. Too soon?

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16. Tom's NFL 5001 NW 36th St, Miami, 33166 (Miami Beach)

A long-standing sports bar near the airport. Great for a margarita before your flight or to immediately satisfy that wings craving you had on your trip away from home.



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