When Opening Day of baseball season arrives, fans have said it’s like the first day of spring because every team thinks they have a chance to go to the World Series and have an amazing season. Baseball is no longer the American pasttime sport, replaced by football, but the game still holds tradition in the United States and the start of the season is one of the landmark days. For a South Florida baseball fan who wants to play hookie from work and watch a 1:00 pm game, for whatever team, a sports bar is important because it has a satellite TV package that will allow them to show the game and they have enough TVs where one could go with friends, hide out in a corner booth, splurge on wings, beer, burgers and other pub food to enjoy a time-honored tradition.

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Batting Cage Sports Bar

1704 N.W. 7th St.
Miami, FL 33125
(786) 334-6883
Nearby Marlins Park, Batting Cage would be a premier location to camp out to watch the first home series for the Marlins. Plenty of TVs to go around the bar which gives everyone a comfortable view and menu specials which cater to fans coming from the game as well—bring a game ticket and get a free house beer, 5 beers for $15 in a bucket, free beer with the order of their Macho Burger.

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Champions Sports Bar

1201 N.W. LeJeune Road
Miami, FL 33126
(305) 642-8200
Just west on 836 from Marlins Park and the 17th Avenue exit is Champions Sports Bar, tucked away in the Courtyard Miami Airport. The truest baseball fan should go to Champions because of the probability of running into baseball fans from other parts of the nation since most patrons will be traveling into Miami or getting ready to leave. Champions offers a first draft beer free with a ticket stub from a Marlins or Panthers game, has a Happy Hour from 4-7pm and also a first draft beer free for people who wear hometown team jerseys.

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Mike’s at Venetia

555 N.E. 15th St.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 374-5731
20 TVs with a DirecTV package, throughout the bar, poolside on the 9th floor of the Venetia Hotel in Downtown Miami and a Happy Hour with 1/2 price drink specials makes Mike’s one of the best sports bars in the area. Mike’s, it has been said is like the famed Cheers bar in Boston because of the amount of regulars who continue to make appearances and the homely service that the employees give.

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McSorley’s Beach Pub

837 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 565-4446
Go downstairs to the Beach Pub, sit at the bar during Happy Hour and take advantage of the 2 for 1 special to watch the game on their TVs located around the bar and the pub. Whether the result of the game was good or bad, go upstairs to the rooftop lounge to celebrate or drown the worries and later on watch the beautiful night sky on the beach because the location is a prime spot to enjoy a baseball game.

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Rickey’s Sports Bar & Grill

8389 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
(954) 744-4697
Rickey’s is open late till 4am and has their menu stocked with bar & pub food like chicken wings, tacos, burgers and quesadillas. Rickey’s has a DirecTV package to watch the games and Happy Hour specials from 6 to 10pm. For those living out west and can’t make it to McSorley’s, Rickey’s is the alternative to stay west and enjoy the game.

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