During a recent Miami Heat playoff game, the booming chants of "Let's go Heat!" echoed down the sidewalks of Lincoln Road. No, despite ESPN's repeated claims that the Heat plays in South Beach, the roar of the Miami crowd does not carry across the team's true home on the mainland side of Biscayne Bay to Miami Beach like the bass notes of Ultra Music Festival. This particular Heat frenzy was pumping from an enthusiastic gathering at Finnegan's Road. The bar on the corner of Lincoln Road and Michigan Avenue has long been a meeting place for sports fans. With 20 big-screen HD TVs, you can finagle an employee to put on the game of your choice — even if, God help you, you're a New York Jets or Cleveland Cavaliers fan. There's a pool table inside, but the most entertaining pastime on the premises comes from the outdoor sidewalk seating. While you've got your eyes on the game, your friends who don't know Justise Winslow from the Justice League can occupy themselves with some grade-A South Beach people-watching.
Readers' choice: Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill