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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Best of the city under one roof
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
Super Bowl is a regular Sunday at the riverfront bar—think DJs, food trucks and plenty of drink specials. The game plays on two giant, 16-foot screens. Great seats for all!
The popular Miami Beach hostel and cocktail bar put on a full day of festivities for the big game. Broken Shaker kicks things off with a pool party complete with drinks and bites, then the party moves inside to 27, where TVs and DJs ensure optimal entertainment until 2am.
A Puerto Rican-style watch party goes down at La Placita, serving lechón sliders for $4, buckets of Medalla beers, two-for-one cocktails and loaded picadera platters, featuring all kinds of fried bites for $35.
Pubbelly locations across Miami are doing their part to ensure you don’t run up a wicked bar tab watching the game. Pay $50 and eat all the truffle corn, fried chicken and other small plates you can stomach—plus drink unlimited wine all night.
Beer takes a backseat to bubbles at Seaspice’s champagne watch party, which kicks off with a pre-game brunch and goes through the night. Expect live music, indoor and outdoor screens broadcasting the action and over-the-top tailgate food—think lobster and wood-fired steak. Reservations are encouraged.
The taco hot spot opens its doors early, like noon early, for a tequila-fueled fiesta that features $8 shots of Patron, $15 buckets of Modelo beer and plenty of Mexican eats to keep you sober long enough to catch the half-time show.
Host your very own private watch party at one of the famed resort’s poolside cabanas. Book it for the day (9am–11pm) or just the game (6–11pm) and treat yourself and seven of your closest buds to pitchers of mojitos, chips and salsa, buckets of beer and more.
There’s no such thing as a bad view at the Brickell bar: American Social boasts more than 25 television screens and sits along the Miami River. Enjoy specials such as the Big Game burger and discounted shots and beer while you watch the game—or contemplate the waterfront.
Choose your own viewing adventure at the Ocean Drive hotel, which activates its bars, restaurants and various meeting places for your viewing pleasure. Watching by the rooftop pool? Enjoy $35 buckets of beer or $55 when you throw in some guac. Hang in the lounge and watch while noshing on chicken wings and drinking Betsy Rosa beer. Seize the action-packed day any way you want.
Coconut Grove’s beloved whiskey bar opens its doors for a laid-back watch party. The yet-to-be-determined specials will include dishes from the competing teams’ respective cities to complement Taurus’ delectable menu—including the game-day appropriate smoked chicken wings for $6. Beer will be sold in buckets for $15 while shots of booze will be just $4 to $6. If there was ever a time to launch into a full out drinking game, it would be at this watch party.