Best Anti-Football Spots In Miami

November 2, 2012 5:59 AM

Whether outdoor, by the bay, sitting poolside or lounging indoors, these are some sleek alternatives to the usual rowdy football frenzy. Enjoy game day in a little different fashion than most by checking out any of these great anti-football bars.
The Standard

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The Standard

40 Island Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673–1717

On Sunday evening after a day at the beach, you can sit on The Standard’s terrace enjoying a sun-kissed drink at one of the few bars by the bay where a real sunset can be enjoyed (in winter, The Standard provides light blankets for when the temperatures drop). Located on Belle Isle on the Venetian Causeway, the quaint and retro atmosphere is soothing with the absence of music and noisy chatter. If not in the mood for any poolside romance, the Lido Bar & Lounge, the open space next to the lobby, offers a Bingo Monday night that’s quite popular in the neighborhood.

Delano Pool Bar

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Delano Pool Bar
1685 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 672-2000

Walk through Delano Hotel’s lobby and open the doors to the garden with a human-size chess game. You will quickly forget all about your Monday blues. The bar is situated at the very end of one of the most famous infinity pools and has great drink options to match the ambience. Choose to sit in one of the trendy wrought-iron chairs in the water and relax. Lounge music and hopefully a full moon night contour the atmosphere of an ideal drink before dinner with no signs of games streaming on TV screens.

Related: Best Outdoor Bars in South Florida


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1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-0047

It is called L’Originale because it was the first of a long list of others opened in South Florida. Situated in a very busy spot on a corner of Lincoln Road, people watching and delicious drinks can be enjoyed with friends any day of the week. Bistro chairs mixed with vintage, wide armchairs and sofas surround the art-deco fountain and leave plenty of room for conversation. Sunday nights are preferred by locals to recap the weekend before another work week.

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

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Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill
3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 369-0353

Sugarcane is one of the first places to open in Midtown that gained great success at first sight for its mixture of local SoFla flair and South American flavors. The extended list of cocktails, Hibiscus Blossoms and Gold Coast to name a few, and liquors make it an ideal place to hang out with friends or colleagues after work. Organic and locally grown produce make the tapas-like plates appealing to nibble while sipping. Sugarcane is not a place to just grab a beer and leave. You will never be in a hurry.

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

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Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
2550 N 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 722-8959

Wynwood is decorated with graffiti, murals and art on the walls both outside and inside, adding to the eclectic vibe of this Miami hot spot. This old warehouse space was turned into one of the most coveted restaurants in the neighborhood. The menu offers a combination of Latin-influenced plates and cocktails named after works of arts that make anyone’s first visit the start of many.
Choose a seat outside by the Wynwood Walls, inside in spacious booths by the piano or along the long bar perfect for cheeky conversation amidst the soundtrack of live jazz (most weekend nights). Knowledgeable personnel and an enthusiastic manager make the place a home away from home.

Related: Best Bars With Drinking Games In Miami

Francesca Belluomini is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. Her work can be found on

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