For those of you who are sick and tired of watching the big game on your small screens, there’s only one thing you can d—that is, aside from befriending the guy in 4B who works at Best Buy. What you need is a place where the beer is cold, the food is hot, and the big screen TVs play in crystal-clear HD.
We found nine of the best sports bars around Miami where you can catch every bit of the action along with a bite and a beer—at least until you save up for that new flat screen.
2108 SW 57th Avenue, Miami; 305-264-6580
Dubbing itself as the place “where the elite meet to eat,” Duffy’s Tavern and Sports Grill has been a Miami landmark since it opened in 1955. Still family owned and operated, Duffy’s offers a full menu, excellent drink specials, and more than 20 HD TVs for watching as many games as you can handle.
3064 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove; 305-444-5270
If you’re looking for Baja California cuisine in the Miami area, locals will tell you there’s no better place to go than Sandbar Sports Grill. For those who have an unusually large appetite, Sandbar offers a massive 5-lb burrito. Many have tried, but few have finished—this burrito is perhaps better suited for sharing while you watch the game on one of the large HD flat screens or projectors.
1819 79th Street Causeway, Miami Beach; 305-866-1570
Overlooking Biscayne Bay, patrons have been driving and sailing to Shuckers Waterfront Grill for years. One thing that keeps them coming back are the Shuckers Famous Special Grilled Wings. This signature menu item has been a local legend for more than 25 years—and for good reason.
30 SW 12 Street, Miami; 305-808-5555
Located in the buzzing financial district, Batch Gastropub serves high-quality American cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. The sleek interior design, multiple flat screens, and unique under-bar lighting make this gastropub a sophisticated place to root for your favorite team.
3215 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami; 305-438-1117
With plenty of affordable drink specials, friendly service, and tons of sports playing all the time, the Dugout Sports Bar is one of the hottest gay sports bars in town. That’s right—it’s a gay sports bar, although its inconspicuous exterior looks more like a nondescript office building than a lively neighborhood hotspot.
1344 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305-672-7747
If you want to go to South Beach to watch the game, then Finnegan’s Way is the place to be. This Irish pub and sports bar is known for its relaxed atmosphere, good food, and 3D HD TVs, so you’ll have no problem keeping an eye on the score.
5001 NW 36th Street, Miami Springs; 305-888-6022
There’s nothing quite like watching your favorite team score the game-winning point on a giant, 10-foot HD projector screen. Well, at Tom’s NFL American Sports Bar & Grill, you’re in luck because they’ve got three, and not to mention 25 flat-screen TVs too.
9809 SW 72nd Street, Miami; 305-271-7404
Hidden within a strip mall on Sunset Drive, you could pass Scully’s Tavern a thousand times without ever noticing it. However, this sports bar got the attention of millions of viewers when it appeared in an episode of Food Network’s Diners, Dive-Ins, and Dives with culinary host Guy Fieri. So what were Guy’s personal favorites? The escargot and the scampi-style chicken wings.
555 NE 15th Street, Poolside – 9th Floor, Miami; 305-374-5731
The neighborhood loves Mike’s at Venetia Restaurant and Irish Pub. Family owned and operated for more than 16 years, their commitment to great food, quality service and, of course, the 20 TVs and NFL specials have gained the sports bar a ton of recognition from the local press.
When visiting the best sports bars in Miami, please remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.