Miami's Sunday-night win as nine-point underdogs was the second-largest upset in the NBA Finals in the past 30 seasons, according to ESPN. Missing Goran Dragic (torn plantar fascia) and Bam Adebayo (strained neck), the team got a huge boost from Jimmy Butler, who recorded a triple-double with 40 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds.
Tonight's Game 4 gives the Heat an opportunity to tie the series against the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers in the best-of-seven series.
If watching the Heat compete in the 2020 postseason is on your to-do list, here are the best Miami sports bars to take in the NBA Finals action.
Very Important Note: The 9 p.m. start time for Game 4 (tonight), Game 5 (Friday), and Game 7 (next Tuesday, if necessary) guarantee that the games will outlast Miami-Dade's 11 p.m. countywide curfew, which means these bars will likely have to shut off their TVs and send you home sometime before the game ends. So please act accordingly. Sunday's Game 6 (if necessary) starts at 7:30 p.m., so you ought to be in the clear. It's always best to call ahead for hours.
American Social690 SW First Ct., Miami
Watch the Heat battle it out on dozens of monitors that give you the perfect seat in the house, regardless of where you sit. With big-screen TV sets in nearly every corner, American Social offers a prime game-watching experience, including essentials like burgers, wings, and buckets of beer (or hard seltzer). There's also bottle service and bucket specials, including Bud and Bud Light ($18), Truly ($25), and High Noon ($25). Reservations are encouraged and can be made on the restaurant's website or by phone.
Batch Gastropub30 SW 12th St., Miami
Batch Gastropub has more to offer Heat fans than its 14 TV monitors and three massive projectors. NBA Finals gameday specials include $5 Bud Light pints, $5 Barn Burner shots (made with Tullamore Dew, Sour Apple, cranberry, and orange bitters), and five for $25 16-ounce buckets of Bud, Bud Light, Shock Top, Rolling Rock, and Bluepoint Toasted Lager. Hungry? Order some chicken wings. Feeling lucky? Batch has brought back its Pick-the-Score promo, wherein guests can guess the final score for a chance to win an authentic Heat jersey.
Black Market Miami168 SE First St., Miami
In spirit of the recent Miami Heat win and Jimmy Butler's love for coffee, Black Market is supplementing its own extensive food and drink menu by debuting its own coffee-themed cocktail: "Butler's Barista Brew." The drink, made with rum, sweet vermouth, and organic cold-brew coffee will be priced at $10 during the NBA Finals. Reservations on game days are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant.
CMX Stone Sports Bar701 S. Miami Ave., Miami
Watch the NBA Finals in Miami's only sports bar located inside a movie theater, on what are said to be the two largest TV screens in South Florida. If this were the Before Times, the bar would charge a cover to watch these games, but the Stone is waiving that.
Grails Sports Bar2800 N. Miami Ave., Miami
With 60-plus 4K TVs, a spacious Miami Vice-themed outdoor patio, a well-curated cocktail list and hyper-local beers on tap to match, and a James Beard-nominated chef, Grails may be harder to beat than the Lakers have been this year. At this Wynwood watering hole, you can pair chef Giorgio Rapicavoli's free-range chicken wings with cocktails dreamed up by star bartenders Manuel Picon, Eddie Fuentes, and Hector Acevedo (the trio behind Cocktail Cartel) or go old-school and order one of the $20 beer pitchers priced especially for Finals game-time hours. Reservations are encouraged and can be secured on the Grails website.