The Seven Best South Florida Bars to Watch NFL Games, Based on Your Team
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The Seven Best South Florida Bars to Watch NFL Games, Based on Your Team

If you attended last weekend's record-breaking, seven-plus-hour Miami Dolphins game, you know that going to a football game can be more trouble than it's worth. Between the rising prices of, well, everything, the traffic, and the overall declining on-field product, staying local and opting to spend a fraction of the money and time at a local sports bar or pub makes much more sense. Plus, if you happen to be a fan of an out-of-town team, you have no choice other than to seek out a great place to watch the game or drop hundreds of dollars on an NFL ticket.

Finding a good place to watch the game is only half the battle, though. Finding a friendly environment with like-minded fans cheering for the same team is top priority. It's never been more important than it is today to have a go-to place to watch your favorite NFL team disappoint you each Sunday. Here are several options.

The Seven Best South Florida Bars to Watch NFL Games, Based on Your Team
Courtesy of Funky Buddha

1. For Miami Dolphins fans: Funky Buddha Brewery. As if you needed another reason to visit the biggest and baddest brewery in all of Florida, Funky Buddha in Oakland Park is the undisputed headquarters for Fins fans looking for a tailgating-esque experience without paying $25 for parking. It's long been known that Funky Buddha is partial to the Dolphins — the brewery releases a limited-edition beer every year when the last team in the NFL fails to match the Dolphins 1972 undefeated season — but that's not the biggest reason to watch a Fins game here every week. Those reasons, of course, would be beer, food, and TVs, the only things that truly matter to football fans. Every week during games, Funky pours some of its rarest, most limited-edition-holy-crap-who-came-up-with-this beers and offers food specials from its amazing onsite craft kitchen. 1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park; 954-440-0046; funkybuddhabrewery.com.

The Seven Best South Florida Bars to Watch NFL Games, Based on Your Team
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2. For New York Jets fans: Hammerjacks. So you're a Jets fan. Here you are. That happened. There is no going back now (unless you're Fireman Ed), so you might as well find your tribe. (And we might as well help you do that, mainly so you're all in one place and not bothering the rest of us.) Hammerjacks is a bar inside a bowling alley were Jets fans stage watch parties every week. You might think the previous sentence is a joke, but it's a totally serious thing on which we are totally not passing judgment. Not only is Hammerjacks a Jets bar, but also, according to our in-depth research (asking Jets fans), it is the only Jets bar in South Florida that matters. 5325 S. University Dr., Davie; 954-434-9663; sparezbowling.com.

The Seven Best South Florida Bars to Watch NFL Games, Based on Your Team
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3. For New Orleans Saints fans: Shuck-N-Dive Cajun Café. Shuck-N-Dive is as "Nawlins" as it gets in South Florida, so you know it has to be the place to catch Saints games. If you can't order a proper turtle soup (prices vary), a dozen oysters ($23 on special), and an entire feast of crawfish (five pounds for $42, on special last weekend), are you even at a Saints bar? The answer is no. No, you are not. People don't normally become Saints fans by accident. These aren't the Cowboys we're talking about here. So if you're a fan of the New Orleans and need a truly authentic taste of home in addition to a place to watch the game, you can do no better than Shuck-N-Dive. The food is so good you'll want to order something to "geaux." 650 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0088; shuck-n-dive.com.

The Seven Best South Florida Bars to Watch NFL Games, Based on Your Team
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4. For Pittsburgh Steelers fans: Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill. When you think of the Pittsburgh Steelers, you think of pierogis and French fries on sandwiches. The Butcher Shop has pierogis, and you're free to do whatever the heck you want with your fries because this is America and you're a grown-ass adult. The Butcher Shop is actually home to multiple teams' fans every NFL Sunday, including the Jets, the Steelers, and the Dolphins. But the food — an unbelievable selection of prime cuts of meat and delicious sausages — is straight outta the 'Burgh. One of the favorites, the chef's selection sausage platter ($30), comes with pretzel bread, caramelized onions, and a side of Bavarian mustard. If you're really hungry during the game, the bone-in rib eye ($39) or short ribs ($20) both make the cut. What are yinz waiting for? 65 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-846-9120; butchershopbeergarden.com.

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5. For Philadelphia Eagles fans: Lost Weekend. If you're looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, Lost Weekend is the spot. Every weekend, fans — including members of the local Eagles Facebook Fan Club — congregate at this South Beach spot to take in the game while enjoying drink specials and playing pool. The bar's restaurant, the Alibi, serves a damn good Philly cheesesteak ($11) as well as the usual bites you'd expect from a traditional sports bar (wings cost $14 for a dozen). If there were ever a time to get off your ass and meet some fellow Eagles fans, it would be the season immediately following a Cinderella run to the Super Bowl. Ask Dolphins fans — they'd celebrate in the streets with pots and pans if the Fins won even a single playoff game, much less the Super Bowl with a back-up quarterback. 218 Española Way, Miami Beach; 305-672-1707; sub-culture.org/lost-weekend-miami.

The Seven Best South Florida Bars to Watch NFL Games, Based on Your Team
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6. For New England Patriots fans: Boston's on the Beach. Some of the picks on this list are surprising. This is not one of those picks. The place is called Boston's, and you're looking for the best place to watch the New England Patriots play. Even if it's all the way up in Delray Beach, it's obviously the best place to spend several hours glued to TV screens while wearing your Brady jersey. Each Sunday, Boston's rolls out red-carpet specials during Pats games, including $3.50 drafts, five-for-$19 16-ounce buckets, and $4 16-ounce singles. Food-wise, you'll find all the regional favorites: clam chowder ($7.95), crab cakes ($13.95), mussels ($14.95), New England clambake (MP), and, of course, lobster (MP). Between the drink specials, like-minded fans, and authentic New England cuisine, Boston's is a no-brainer for Pats games and well worth the drive. 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561-278-3364; bostonsonthebeach.com.

The Seven Best South Florida Bars to Watch NFL Games, Based on Your Team
Courtesy of Tom's NFL Sports Bar & Grill

7. For Dolphins fans (and the rest of you poor fools): Tom's NFL American Sports Bar & Grill. This is Miami New Times — damn right we're gonna name a second Dolphins location. Some bars are just bars, no frills, just the necessities. Tom's NFL Sports Bar is just that. And no "Where to Watch the NFL" list is complete without a place that literally has "NFL" in its name. Though the bar plays the Dolphins fight song after every Fins score, the word on the street is a lot of low-key Dallas fans like to watch Cowboys games at Tom's. The bar is close to the airport and surrounding hotels, so on any given Sunday, you're bound to find a melting pot of die-hard fans of any team. Really, if you're in the area and need a cold one and some Buffalo wings, this is the place. Tom's is a true dive bar, but in every positive sense of the term. If you take your NFL seriously and hate being bothered by patrons who seem more intent on distracting from the game than pumping their fists at the TV, Tom's is the spot. 5001 NW 36th St., Miami Springs; 305-888-6022; tomsnfl.com.

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