Food & Drink

The 17 Best Sports Bars in Miami

Published On 09/09/2015 Published On 09/09/2015
Matt Meltzer/Thrillist
Matt Meltzer/Thrillist
Duffy's Sports Grill
FRANKEY'S Sports Bar
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1. American Social 690 Southwest 1st Court, Miami, FL 33130

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.