As summer Fridays come to an end and many of us are feeling the post-Labor Day blues, the good news is football season is here. The first official NFL games of fall are underway, so dust off that hometown jersey and get your fantasy roster ready, because these are the best places to watch the games with some great food and drink specials.
American Social Bar & Kitchen690 SW First Ct., Miami
A favorite Brickell destination for watching sports, AmSo serves all-American classics and boasts more than 15 TV screens, so you'll have a great vantage point no matter what. Plus, you can always dock the boat and enjoy views of the Miami River on the patio. Game-day specials include $4 draft beers; shots of Bacardi, Fireball, Jameson, Grey Goose, or Patron ranging from $4 to $6 each; and buckets of beer for $15 to $20.
Basement Miami2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
For those who like to participate in a leisurely activity while watching sports, head to Basement's bowling alley inside the Miami Beach Edition. Basement shows any games that begin after 5 p.m. every day of the week. The bar's new social hour, 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, offers food specials such as margherita pizza, sesame chicken bites, and truffle fries ($5 to $12), along with $5 beers, $8 frozen drinks, and $10 well drinks. For those with real team spirit, champagne bottles start at $100.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
If "Go big or go home" is your game-day motto, you'll want to ball out with a cabana at the Fontainebleau for the ultimate Sunday Funday. Each cabana comes with a 46-inch flat-screen TV, personal butler service, a minifridge, a digital safe, plush seating, curtains, and fans. Prices start at $550 for the "Field Goal" package, where you'll get two buckets of Heineken with a barbecue platter of sliders, wings, chips, and slaw. The "Touchdown" package includes three pitchers of mojitos plus unlimited chips and salsa for $750, while the "MVP" package ($1,000) offers a bottle of Tito's vodka, a platter of two dozen wings, and two pizzas. All packages include six assorted sodas, two bottles of water, fresh fruit, Evian mist, and chilled towels.
1218 14th Ct., Miami Beach