The NBA Finals are here, and restaurants are wasting no time in setting up the best viewing parties loaded up with booze, good eats, and plenty of cheering. Cozy up to any of these spots to celebrate or commiserate with fellow fans.
American Social Bar & Kitchen
American Social boasts a 47-foot LED TV floating on the Miami River for patio guests to enjoy gameplay, or if you prefer air conditioning, there are multiple TVs inside. The game day destination will partner with Jack Daniels to offer $5 Jack Fire/Jack Honey. Additional drink specials include $8 Jack Daniels, $20 Heineken/Heineken Light and Dos Equis Buckets, all of which go well with an AMSO burger ($15) and mojo chicken empanadas ($12.50).
Catch the game at the Bar at the Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach. Enjoy a cocktail while nibbling on appetizers such as tuna tartare served with avocado and a light citron dressing ($18) or grilled octopus with arugula orange dressing ($26).
Black Market Miami
This sports club (168 SE First St., Miami) with a nod to the '80s boasts more than 30 TVs to view the game. Cheer your team at the bar or while playing pool, or get the gang together and hang out in your own private area (available for large groups). Specials include $4 Bud Light and Presidente drafts, $4 Bud and Bud Light aluminums, $5 Captain Morgan, and $5 tequila shots. Happy hour runs from 4 to 8 p.m.
Duffy's Sports Grill
Duffy's has 100 huge flat-screens, so you can't miss a shot. Enjoy two-for-one drinks and bar bites such as coconut-crusted grouper fingers ($9.99), loaded potato skins ($8.99), and homemade guacamole ($8.99).
Gulfstream Park, 900 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954-464-2333; frankeysbar.com
Boasting the largest television in South Florida and free pool, Frankey's will also offer buckets of imported beer ($24) and domestic beer ($22) as well as tubes of Bud Light & Miller Light ($25.)
Open weekdays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to close
Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. to close
Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina
4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; 305-674-4636; fontainebleau.com
Basketball fans can get buy one get one for $1 cocktails, half-priced beers, and $5 wine specials during Social Hour, daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Drinks include traditional favorites like Old Fashioned, Manhattan, and Martinis as well as innovative creations like Train Wreck, made with Hennessy Cognac, mango, Dry Curacao and lemon or Stiggin's Cup, made with Pimm's #1, Bombay Gin, Plantation Rum, pineapple, lemon, and ginger.
Open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until midnight and Friday through Sunday from noon until midnight.
River Yacht Club
This luxe riverside spot will host happy hour at the Van Dutch Lounge during every game of the finals until 10:30 p.m. Cocktails such as Sex on the Beach, Tequila Sunrise, and apple martinis cost $9, and bar bites — including mini prime cheeseburgers, beef tacos, mini crab cakes, and ceviche of the day trio — are priced at $8.