The best sports bars in Miami

Our guide to the best sports bars in Miami for watching the Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Florida teams and college football

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The best bars in Miami aren’t all fancy, tourist-baiting Miami rooftop bars or mega clubs in Miami’s party hot spots. Some of the city's greatest watering holes are Miami’s best sports bars, which are all about spicy wings and ice-cold beers and huge screens—dozens and dozens of screens. These are the Miami sports bars making sure that come game day—when we’ve slipped into our Dolphins or Heat gear and are getting ready to shout ourselves hoarse—we can get together and get a little crazy in the best possible way. To the best sports bars in Miami, we raise a glass.

Best sports bars in Miami

1

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill

Yes, Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill is a chain. But it’s a South Florida-based chain and it’s one of the most profitable sports bar and grill franchises in the area. There’s a reason for that: That green awning signals a good time, and more importantly, there are great pitcher deals—10 free wings with a pitcher of beer during late-night happy hours from 10pm to midnight! While there are many locations, the Coconut Grove spot claims Cold War heritage. CIA operatives during the nuclear era used what is now Flanigan’s as a bar hangout—they called it “27 Birds” because of its address, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Coconut Grove
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Tom’s NFL

Billy Corben, the director of ESPN’s 30 for 30 The U and The U: Part 2 recommends Tom’s NFL, and that’s probably reason enough for sports fans to flock. After all, NFL is in the name. And while it’s possible to see Corben at this sports bar adjacent to Miami International Airport, it’s also one of the few bars that shows not just the usual NFL, NBA and MLB games, but also NCAA, soccer and rugby games as well. Tom’s NFL is the perfect cross between pool hall and dive bar, with dark wood walls and blood-red upholstered booths, but the three 10-foot HD screens and 25 other flatscreens make patrons feel like they’re right on the field.

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Mike’s at Venetia

Another sports grill with the Billy Corben seal of approval, Mike’s at Venetia is 100 percent Miami—in that it’s basically touching the water. With a prime bayside location, it’s one of the nicest places to watch Ndamukong Suh scare the pants off of any Dolphins’ opponent. Family-owned and operated by Mike and Norma Shelow, the Irish pub has 20 televisions available for viewing throughout the bar, restaurant and patio. During NFL games, Mike’s offers some great specials: it’s one of the few places in Miami where diners can score a 12 oz. Angus NY sirloin or rib eye for just $19.95.

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Little Hoolie’s Sports Bar and Grille

Tucked away in a strip center by the Falls, Little Hoolie’s is that dimly-lit, slightly dingy sports bar from days past. It’s a dark wood-paneled spot filled with locals, and even though Dolphins and Heat games play on the bar’s 30 televisions, Little Hoolie’s is a bar far-removed from the neon and glitz of South Beach. And if it turns out the Phins’ defense doesn’t live up to this year’s hype, fans can still be winners at Little Hoolie’s: the bar offers free raffle giveaways during hometeam games. For a sweet finish, opt for the Miami-appropriate Chango, a fried banana caramel cheesecake. It’ll have you singing Chongalicious all the way home.

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Sandbar Sports Grill

While it’s advisable to skip the Coconut Grove staple on Thursdays when the former hippie enclave is overrun with college co-eds, on all other nights it’s impossible to go wrong at the Sandbar Sports Grill. Sandbar has lunch specials until 4pm every game day—you’ll want to try the fish taco, or if you’re feeling bold, the five-pound burrito. And with 24 regular-sized HD television screens and one mega screen, it’s entirely possible to while away an afternoon and night at the Sandbar.

Coconut Grove
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Shuckers Bar and Grill

While it’s yet to be determined whether Erik Spolestra can resurrect the Miami Heat—despite Dwayne Wade’s resigning—Shuckers Bar and Grill has had its own resurrection, successfully rising from the ashes of its 2013 deck collapse, which injured over 30 people, two of them seriously, during Game 4 of the NBA Finals. But a year later, the quarter-century-old bar was up and running again, slinging wings, beer and impeccable ceviche. Stop by to witness the rebirth, and take in the waterfront views.

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7

Bokampers Sports Bar and Grill

Although Kim Bokamper wasn’t one of the undefeated Dolphins, he did give South Florida something else of significance—Bokampers Sports Bar and Grill. With locations around South Florida and in Naples, Bokampers has grown into a huge sports bar franchise. The location in Miramar has over 70 televisions, a fire pit, and high ceilings, which all adds up to a lodge-like atmosphere. For those who point out that a Miramar bar isn’t really in Miami, which is true, just remember that the Phins’ homefield in Miami Gardens isn’t too far away from the Broward County border.

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Clevelander at Marlins Park

Be warned: drinks at the famous field-side club come with gasp-worthy ballpark prices. But, seeing as Jeffrey Loria is the only professional Miami sports franchise owner not listed on Forbes Billionaires List, maybe he needs the cash. And the ticket price for seats in the Clevelander is worth it alone for the indoor pool. While the Marlins can’t guarantee a win, an afternoon at the Clevelander is the most fun way to take in a game. If the game takes a turn for the worse, turn to the live bands that play at the ballpark club for entertainment.

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9

Sports Grill

Sports Grill has seven outposts in South Florida, and each is exactly as advertised: a spot to kick back and enjoy the game. Pick your balling poison, whichever one of Miami’s professional sports franchises (the Marlins, Dolphins or Heat), and they’ll be playing on Sports Grill screens. And whether its Monday Night Football or Saturday basketball, all boneless wings are $0.75 when you dine in. The Kendall Sports Grill is filled with high-top tables close to the bar for easy viewing and drinking, but you can watch the game just as easily from one of the many green booths in the main dining section.

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Sunset Tavern

Smack in the middle of Canes territory, this South Miami mainstay is the bar counterpart to Deli Lane. Show up for their Stomp! Country Music Tuesdays or the classic Whiskey Wednesdays, and take advantage of the tavern’s 50-plus beers during games. If hunger strikes in the middle of a U game, opt for the classic Pressed Duck sandwich: roast duck breast, onions, brie cheese and apricot sauce in a grilled hoagie. Chances are you’ll catch South Miami locals here, and with a kids’ menu complete with quarter burgers and pizza, it’s the perfect place for parents to bring their children to watch a game.

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Best college sports bars in Miami

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Barracuda Taphouse & Grill

Fanbase: University of Miami

This Coconut Grove dive is a favorite of locals looking for reasonably priced beer and college kids looking for a good time. The salty bar (decorated with wood from an old Florida shrimp boat) has beer pong tables and no shortage of pitchers. The kitchen specializes in seafood with dishes like the mahi-mahi ($13.99) sandwich and the snapper sandwich ($13.99). Things can get rowdy during UM games. The small bar will be jammed and you might get some beer spilled on your shoes—but isn't that the way college football is meant to be enjoyed? 

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Fadó Irish Pub

Fanbase: University of Florida 

The Mary Brickell Village tavern is home to many beer-guzzling Gators. Perhaps it’s the $5 Dos Equis and Heineken offered during game days or the small army of TVs positioned strategically throughout the warm, wooden Irish pub. The all-day Irish breakfast and Gaelic steak boxty (a brandy-soaked slab of meat topped with onion, mushroom and green peppercorn sauce) probably doesn’t hurt either.

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Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern

Fanbase: University of South Florida 

Affectionately referred to as Bougie’s, Bougainvilleas Old Florida Tavern is the bar equivalent of Old Faithful. It’s always a safe bet for a good, boozy time. This unpretentious yet cozy dive bar sits just south of the sometimes pretentious neighborhood of Coral Gables. On Saturdays, the bar features live music, which makes for a great atmosphere that'll bring back memories of tailgating in the hot Florida sun.

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American Social

Fanbase: Florida State University 

Few restaurants can double as great sports bars and boozy brunch spots the way American Social does. Start with bottomless mimosas ($25) on game day and then slide up to the bar and transition to beer after kickoff. Specials fluctuate, but you can usually find deals on well drinks and beer buckets. There is no shortage of flat screen TVs around the bar, but the best place to watch the action is outside, along the water, on AmSo’s 47-inch floating LED TV. And when you’re hungry, take your pick from the impressive menu, which features American classics like chicken and waffles and some new favorites, such as the short rib mac and cheese.

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5

Batch Gastropub

Fanbase: University of Florida 

Batch is Brickell’s neighborhood gastropub and go-to for a locally-sourced menu and expansive drink list. It’s also a great place to hunker down for an afternoon of college football. Batch hosts a different drink special each week (usually announced the day-of on its Facebook page). Specials are often beer-oriented—think $20 buckets and cheap pitchers.

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Tavern in the Grove

Fanbase: Florida State University 

Tavern bleeds garnet and gold on Saturdays. The dress code is more shorts and baseball caps than ties and leather shoes, and things can get very raucous during big games. Despite its FSU leanings, Tavern offers one free beer to anyone with a ticket stub from that day’s UM game (the bar is technically in Cane territory) and two-for-one happy hour goes from 3 to 7pm seven days a week.

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Sandbar Sports Grill

Fanbase: University of Miami

Be warned: during UM games this former hippie enclave is overrun with college co-eds taking advantage of drink specials, which include $15 buckets of five Miller Lights, $20 buckets of five Coronas and $5 pints of Modelo. The good news is that you'll have no trouble seeing the game thanks to the bar's 24 regular-sized HD television screens and one mega screen.

Coconut Grove
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Sports Grill Bird Road

Fanbase: University of Central Florida

This way-out-west sports bar provides locals with a great place to watch the game. The wings are wonderful, crispy little buggers that go great with a cold beer—and just $0.75 a piece when you dine in. The huge menu is packed with options, including just about everything you can imagine that fits between two slices of bread or goes in a deep fryer. Arcade games are available to entertain the kids (or drunk adults). There are six more locations spread around Miami as well, in case you can’t make it all the way to Bird Road.

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Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill

Fanbase: University of Central Florida 

The iconic green awning always signals a good time in South Florida, and more importantly, some truly awesome deals. Enjoy 10 free wings with a pitcher of beer during late-night happy hours from 10pm to midnight. Plus, Flanigan’s offers weekend sports specials during which all brands of beer, liquor and wine are 50 percent off. While there are many locations, the Coconut Grove spot is our favorite place to catch a game. 

Coconut Grove
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Duffy’s Sports Grill Coconut Grove

Fanbase: University of South Florida

Duffy’s is a local chain with a massive loyal following. And that’s in part because it does sports bar staples the right way: the beer (it’s cheap, cold and two-for-one during happy hour, which lasts all freaking day); the wings (crispy and meaty) and the burgers (thick and juicy). There are heavy crowds for big national sports games and plenty of USF students and alumni during college football season.

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