This summer seems to be more about the Miami Heat than Miami's actual sweltering mid-year heat, as the 305's most beloved team battles the San Antonio Spurs. But after Monday night's tough loss -- a very hard pill to swallow -- Heat fans are feeling on-edge about how the NBA Finals may turn out.
But chin up, Heat Nation. Though the last game offered San Antonio a chance to brag about a victory, don't give up. Instead, do what Miamians do best:
party Root for the Heat in these only-in-Miami venues.
We've all heard of the infamous sports bars that govern Miami, but it's not worth going if you're going to end up watching a small screen from a corner next to the men's bathroom. You deserve better than the smell of a drunken man's urine. What's better, you ask? Wall-sized flat screens, garden courtyards, a rooftop, outdoor video screens, and swings.
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They say that everything is good in moderation, but at Haven Lounge they like everything in excess, and no one complains. Who dares complain about multiple wall-sized projection screens and Miami's best martini? It'll feel as if D-Wade and King James are playing right before your eyes. You'd have to be a fool to complain. Celebrate the Heat's road to victory (because they will win) with $10 cocktails and $5 hot tots/sweet fries. Plan ahead and reserve your table because Heat enthusiasts claim their territory quick.
Located in the heart of 55th Street Station, News Lounge welcomes Miamians (and others) to its courtyard. But the main draw here is its extended "White Hot" happy hour, lasting from 5 p.m. to the end of the game. In this city, who doesn't love $3 Heinekens or $6 lychee martinis? Maybe you're looking to play pool or lounge on a bed as you watch the game. News Lounge has you covered. Or you can watch the game outside from one of the two huge projector screens. The choice is yours, and here you have plenty!
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Can't afford the thousand-dollar seats inside? Don't worry...you're not shit out of luck. Less fortunate fans gather outside the arena to watch the game on a projecting screen, and all for free (if you don't count parking, of course). Pop some popcorn at home, bring a lounge chair or a blanket, and enjoy the game under Miami's sky and right outside the Miami Heat's home. In the end, those who can't afford to be inside can feel almost as lucky as those jerks who can.
If there's something to love more than the Miami Heat, it's got to be pizza, and Andiamo's loyalty to authenticity does not disappoint. The fully enclosed glass building is not only home to great pizza, but to one of the sickest places to watch our city's team kick some San Antonio ass. Since every Miamian is so well acquainted with South Florida's dreaded humidity, Andiamo provides climate controlling misting fans to its visitors as they dine on picnic tables on their outside patio. A projection screen accompanies the outside oasis to complete the experience.
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You can't exclude South Beach from the Miami Heat discussion; it's where LeBron originally thought he was taking his talents. And you can see it all from the hotel's C-Level Rooftop Terrace, which features a panoramic view of South Beach every night, and hosts Miami Heat viewing parties for each game. (And if you haven't realized by now, outdoor projection screens are the new trend.) Unlike other venues, the Clevelander reserves tables to those who wish to enjoy privacy and luxury. But of course, the Clevelander would not be the Clevelander if their tables didn't get more expensive as one gets nearer to the projection screen. Hey, it's the South Beach way.