The big game takes over Hard Rock Stadium this winter, and unless you’re willing to fork over thousands of dollars to experience the NFL extravaganza live, you’ll be looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl in Miami come February 2. Whether you’re in it for the game, the commercials or the half-time show, you’ll want somewhere with great food and drinks and a fun atmosphere to keep you entertained long after you’ve finished your bucket of beer and mountain of wings. Thankfully, some of the best bars in Miami are stepping up to provide us with some killer watch parties and extended versions of Miami’s best happy hours. After some BOGO cocktails and tasty bar bites, you won’t even be upset that your beloved Dolphins didn’t make it to yet another playoff—though maybe just a little upset.
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For a football viewing event that combines great food, excellent drink specials and fun activations to distract you when your team is losing, take yourself down to Time Out Market Miami. Book early to take advantage of game-day deals like the 305 package, which gives guests happy-hour pricing on drinks all night long (5pm to midnight) and $40 to spend on food. While groups of 8 or more will want to opt for the SoBe VIP combo, featuring buckets of beer, prime reserved seating close to the screen and a $30 Time Out Market card for each guest to use on food. Plus, the market brings in a photo booth and cute sports props because, you know, rooting for your pick of teams without giant foam fingers and noisemakers is plain boring. 5pm–midnight
Where to watch the Super Bowl in Miami
Let someone else handle the barbecuing on game day. Feast on grilled and smoked dishes from around the world while watching the big game on giant projector screens propped up on the Aventura Mall’s expansive porch. Keep an eye out for themed eats and cocktails served throughout the day as well.
For some, Super Bowl Sunday is a very special day dedicated to all things sports. For others, it’s an excuse to hit brunch and start drinking early. If you’re in the latter category, head to Yardbird for special Tailgate Bloody Marys, appetizer specials and other themed grub.
Make your team jersey work for you. Rock your NFL gear to the Wynwood bar and get $2 chopp beers and $22 buckets of canned brews, plus 50-percent off chicken wings to ensure you stay somewhat sober long enough to watch half time show.
Skip the wings in favor of tapas, including delicious coca brava with marinated chicken and Mahón cheese, at the Coral Gables Spanish restaurant. The game will be, the sangria will be flowing and happy hour is extended from 5pm to close.
Take your brood down to Brickell’s mega movie theater, where the Super Bowl plays on numerous LED screens with excellent audio so you don’t miss one second of the action. Various table packages are available, some of which include food and drink from CMX’s Stone Sports Bar. Reservations are a must.
Watson Island’s new-ish waterfront spot gives you something to do from late morning until late night on Sunday. Start the day at the big-game–themed brunch buffet, featuring breakfast-y items as well as tailgate food for $65. It’s served from noon to 4pm. From 4 to 6pm, there’s a happy hour, if for no reason to keep you drinking until the game starts at 6pm. From 6pm onward, it’s all about the main event. Get fancy and book a bayfront cabana to watch.
The seafoodcentric Sunset Harbour restaurant extends its happy hour from 6 to 10 pm on game day. Grab a seat and enjoy select cocktails for $7, wine for $6 and draft beer for $5. A selection of bites and small plates will also be discounted.
Not one for football? Take your crew to Monty’s, where they can catch the game on multiple screens while you ogle the view. The waterfront bar extends all kinds of drink specials on Sunday: $25 pitchers of sangria, $6 frozen drinks and $3 draft beer, plus happy hour all night long. Monty’s is stocking up on stone crabs ahead of Sunday, so there will be plenty of claws to celebrate with.
Catch the game poolside at the Confidante. The Mid-Beach restaurant sets up a blow-up screen in the garden area, serves themed bites like wings and nachos and offers discounts on buckets of beer. Day passes to the pool are available for $100.
Nightlife’s viewing party is the best option on the list for pet parents. The brewery adjacent to Marlins Park opens its beer garden for furry fans, and proffering happy hour pricing on all its core beers all night.
Pre-game with more than just booze at Basement, where you can bowl and ice skate ahead of kick-off at 6:30pm. The funky downstairs bar sets out projection screens for those looking to watch and play during the main event. Basement offers $20 buckets of beer and $10 beer-and-a–shot combos all weekend long from 5 to 11pm. Reservations are highly encouraged.
The luxe beachfront property packs its Living Room bar with jumbo screens for the big game. Between touchdowns, sip on discounted draft beer and snack on bites by award-winning chef Stephen Starr. The event is free but RSVP is encouraged.
Picnic before the Super Bowl and watch the game sprawled out under the stars at this Little Haiti outdoor space. Bring your own blanket and keep it low-key with drink specials and food truck bites when you opt for free admission, or spring for bottle service and chill out in style in the VIP viewing area with a catered spread. Either way, you’ll want to save your seat.
Football is only a very small part of what goes down at the oceanfront restaurant, which rolls out a full spread of healthy game-day bites such as avocado pizza and a meatless burger. Ditch the beer in favor of frozé or a cocktail.