There’s nothing better on game night than getting together with your friends at your local sports bar. Sure, you can have cheap bar food and watered-down beer, but why when you can have gourmet food, 10-pound burgers and a selection of almost 100 beers? The sports bar isn’t just for sports fans anymore. It’s for foodies, families and fermented favorites. So view the list below and find a beach-y paradise, a rock n’ roll residence or just the hometown dive to watch the big game.
9809 SW 72nd St.
Miami, FL 33173
Scully’s Tavern is the marriage of high-class cuisine and Florida favorites with a sports bar atmosphere. It’s owned by Florida native couple Chris and Cass Hirsch and has become a local and national draw. The interior is mostly wood grain and surrounded by green decor and is suitable for a night out with friends or family. The food itself is the main attraction featuring standard bar fare like burgers, but it also includes signature items like scampi wings, homemade salad dressing and Florida favorites like frog legs. It’s escargot even earned Scully’s a spot on The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” with host Guy Fieri, making this sports bar a must-stop spot.
Burger & Beer Joint
1766 Bay Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Burger & Beer Joint is a successful South Florida franchise looking to expand nationally. It has three South Florida locations (Brickell, South Beach and Pembroke Pines), a food truck and is the sports bar with a rock n’ roll attitude. The South Beach location has a downstairs restaurant and an upstairs bar with 360-degree views of flat-screen TVs. The menu includes custom and signature burgers named after rock n’ roll tunes, but the adventurous might want to try the $125 Mother Burger – 10 pounds of angus beef topped with two buns, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickle. Beer lovers can browse the list of 99 beers and finish it off with the delectable Maroon 5, fried Oreo cookies served with a side of chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
Woody’s West End Tavern
600 Payne Drive
Miami Springs, FL 33166
Woody’s West End Tavern is a hidden gem in Miami Springs. The interior is detailed with international flags and surfboards, but the patio is the star of the show. It’s covered by a white awning to protect patrons from unpredictable South Florida weather, has plenty of seating among the sand and surfboards to view the wall of TVs broadcasting the big game. The food features specialities like parmesan garlic fries and Florida treats like Dolphin fingers, making this truly the best way to get the Florida experience in a bar away from the water.
Sandbar Sports Grill
3064 Grand Ave.
Miami, FL 33133
The Sandbar Grill in Coconut Grove is a favorite college hangout. It’s always packed but the laid-back wood interior and great selection of bar food and seafood favorites keeps patrons coming back for more. In fact, Hurricane Hotline with Miami Hurricanes Head Football Coach Al Golden broadcasts its radio show on 560 WQAM from this location every Monday at 7 p.m. during the football season. However, its claim to fame is the fish tacos. It has several varieties including salmon, lobster and even standards like chicken, pork and carne asada, making this a tasty and entertaining way to catch the game.
5001 N.W. 36 St.
Miami Springs, FL 33166
Tom’s NFL sports bar is the dive on this list. Sometimes you just want a bare-bones sports bar with good beer and a great view of the game. It’s located near the Miami International Airport, offers karaoke and hosts occasional hoops parties with 560 WQAM and Power 96. The walls are lined with baseball pendants and NFL memorabilia and the menu includes wings, burgers, tacos and over 75 bottled beers. Finish it off with a key lime pie and you’ve got the sports bar trifecta.
Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.