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The 17 Best Sports Bars in Miami

Matt Meltzer Published On 09/09/2015 Published On 09/09/2015
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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

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

Midtown
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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Freehouse

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

Batch Gastropub

Brickell
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 HOOLIES

Little Hoolie's

Pinecrest
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

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

Sports Grill

Kendall
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.

BOKAMPERS

Bokamper's

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

Hallandale
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.

FINNEGANS WAY

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

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

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)

Head to the Miami River for a menu with red wine short rib flatbread, wild boar sloppy joes, and the only thing American Social is more famous for than its female patrons, the AmSo mac & cheese.

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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)

This football mega-center has more than 40 HDs, and Rockstar Rewards specials like 50-cent wings, 2-for-$7 Jager shots, $12 pitchers, and $5 SoCo shots.

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

Sports Grill's been plating cheap bar eats (we're talking 55-cent wings on Mondays kind of cheap) for over 20yrs, plus they've got great happy hour deals, karaoke, trivia, and, of course, sports playing on the reg.

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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)

The dudes behind Rok:Brgr and its ridiculous food creations are doing the same thing with food other than burgers at this new Himmarshee mega bar with 50 craft beers on draft and a 10-foot LED screen, plus 30 large plasma TVs where you can enjoy stuff like lobster nachos and forget that you’re watching the Dolphins.

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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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