Super Bowl 50: Best Watch Parties in Miami
The Big Game is Sunday.
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The big game goes down this Sunday, February 7, when the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
If you haven't been fortunate enough to score tickets to the game, don't worry. Half the fun of the Super Bowl is watching it on TV with a group of friends and a few cold ones. Television lets you see all the action, replays, and all the amazing commercials. The game starts at 6:30 p.m., but head to your favorite bar or restaurant early to get a prime viewing spot.
Because Miami is a party city, nearly every establishment in town will host the game, but here's a list of the some of the best places — from breweries to sports bars to hotels that feature bottle service, cabana rentals, and (in one instance) ice skating.
American Social will host a Super Bowl watch party with various specials. Domestic buckets cost $15, import buckets are $18, and select craft beers are on special. Spirits on special include Jameson ($7), Patrón ($7), and Absolut ($8), and bottles of Moët are $100. For table reservations, call 305-223-7004.
The Butcher Shop
The Butcher Shop will show the game on multiple big screens and projectors outside, as well as inside the restaurant, and will offer several Super Bowl specials. A pitcher of Mahou and ten wings costs $20; an appetizer combo platter of two fried bacon-wrapped pickles, two pork sliders, four spaetzle balls, and two pirogies is $15; and local beers from Wynwood Brewing, Concrete Beach, and J. Wakefield are $19 each during the game.
The Clevelander is party central.
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The party starts at 3 p.m. with live entertainment, body-paint models, and drink specials including $5 shots, $15 beer tubes, $20 beer buckets, and $50 Red Bull boats. To reserve a spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From 6 to 10 p.m., enjoy an open bar and barbecue while watching the game on 52 TV screens, including a 32-foot LED in the main room (food items include wings, burgers, hot dogs, and more). Admission costs $50 for ladies and $75 for men.
Gale Hotel Rooftop
The Gale's Rec Room will take over the hotel's rooftop for a game-watching party. Enjoy an open bar from 6 p.m. to midnight and food by Dolce Italian served from 6 to 9 p.m. while watching on a large projector screen and several TV sets. Tickets cost $50 each and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.
J. Wakefield Brewing
Get to J. Wakefield at 6 p.m. and watch the game with a local beer in hand. Core beers will be poured for $4 each, including 24th Street Brown Ale, Amber Waves Amber Ale, Hop for Teacher IPA, Stush Berliner Weisse, Substitute Teacher Pale Ale 3.0, and UJP Smoked Porter. If you're hungry, Grumpy Greg's BBQ will be there to sate you with pulled pork and brisket.
JW Marriott Miami
The JW Marriott's Super Bowl specials include two-for-one beers, fried calamari ($9), Terraza mini burgers ($11), grilled or fried chicken wings (six for $12), and guacamole and chips ($6). Watch the game on an 85-inch screen.
Miami Beach Edition
The Edition's Basement Bowl will host a party featuring four TV screens, a full liquor bar, and bites such as guacamole 'n' chips and prosciutto-Gruyère pizza. If the game gets boring (or if your team starts losing), take a spin on the ice skating rink or knock down a few pins at the four-lane bowling alley.
This Miami Beach institution offers a Super Bowl party with 30 TV screens, live music, a pool, and draft beer specials. Seafood lovers can nab $1 oysters and $4 stone crab claws.
STK Miami is offering a Super Bowl experience in a private suite with a private TV and a magnum liquor bottle for $125 per person (prices may change depending upon party size). A bites menu will feature seafood platters, chips and dip, steaks, and other delectables. For reservations, call STK Miami at 305-604-6988.
Schnebly offers locally made beer and wine/
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Schnebly Redland's Winery
Miami Brewing Company at Schnebly has brewed two special beers for the big game: Cam Fig Newton milk stout and a 420 Mile-High IPA, infused with hemp. Munch on Carolina ribs with local guava barbecue sauce, boiled peanuts with cumin and hot pepper, and Denver lamb chili with Miami Brewing Company's Café con Leche beer.
Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co.
Sweet Liberty will set up two 90-inch screens for the game and serve food and drink specials dedicated to each team. Broncos fans can partake of lamb loin with mashed potatoes and hemp bread, served with Fat Tire pale ale, while Panthers fans can chow down on dry-rub barbecue pork served with spicy cornbread and Southern slaw paired with spiked Carolina sweet tea. Special entertainment is planned for halftime.
Thompson Miami Beach
The hotel will host a "Super Sunday" swim party from 4 p.m. until the end of the game, with live entertainment, an inflatable screen poolside, and TV screens in the 1930s House backyard bar. Admission is free, and valet parking costs $10 with validation. For $40, you'll get your choice of a burger, a chicken sandwich, or dozen wings, a side of fries, and all-you-can-drink domestic draft beers from 4 to 8 p.m. À la carte drink and food specials are also available. The Thompson will also offer cabana specials: $300 (plus tax and gratuity) includes a cabana, a 24-pack of Bud or Bud Light, and 50 chicken wings; $1,000 (plus tax and gratuity) includes a bungalow, a 24-pack of Bud or Bud Light, a bottle of champagne, a fruit platter, 100 wings, and a dozen bottles of water.
Uncle Tom's Barbecue
Root for your favorite team at the flagship Uncle Tom's location. Specials include $2 domestic beers, $3.50 craft beers, and six free chicken wings per pitcher. Feeling hungry? Order an Uncle Tom's grill, which includes baby-back ribs, chicken quarter flap steak, and two sausages, paired with a bottle of wine or a pitcher of beer for $49.95.
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