Ok, so we may have lost game one against the Bulls, but that means nothing. Haters are already getting excited. Uhh, remember in 06' when we were down two and then came back and won four straight? Yeah ...
In support of the Heat these local establishments are throwing some watch parties. Check down below for updates.
The Miami Heat is on, and no we're not talking about the weather. Defending champions (is it too soon to predict this year's outcome?) and our lovable hometown team swept round one of the playoffs and begins young two tonight against the Chicago Bulls. What do you have to say about that Lil' Wayne?
We thought so.
And because our city is so damn proud of the Heat but hates the actual heat, downtown restaurants have decided to jump on the bandwagon and are hosting watch parties with ice cold beer specials and some bites to go along. Don't expect chicken wings and fries. We don't mean sports bars or Hooters.
Known for its delicious and authentic Peruvian cuisine served in a chic ambiance, MPP in Brickell is inviting Heat fans and foodies to a night of food and basketball. Cheer for your Heat as you watch the playoffs on the lounge's projector screen and each time they announce "dos minutos" chug down a Peruvian beer. For a set price of $20, guests will get a bucket of five Cristal Peruvian beers. We know there're only four quarters, but you need an extra one for half time. The special also comes with your choice of a hot or cold appetizers. Foodies can try the trio of spring rolls boasting sautéed tenderloin, prawn with a mild yellow-pepper sauce, and sweet and sour octopus or octopus in olive oil. The octopus, which is regularly priced at $14, is a steal. Now that's what you call white hot, ice cold.
Pan-Latin American restaurant Toro Toro at the InterContinental is also hosting viewing parties in their bar and lounge. A specialty cocktail has been crafted in honor of the white hot Heat. El Toro Blanco is made Reyka Vodka, chili pepper-infused simple syrup, fresh lime juice and lychees and cost just five bucks. Since no basketball game (any sports game, really) is complete without bites and beer they are also offering $5
bar bites and $3 specials during games.
Lucky enough to actually be going to the game and need a place to pregame? Stop in before any home game and simply present your Miami Heat ticket stub and the first drink is free. Yes, free. But limited to specialty cocktails, beer and wine. The restaurant and bar's Happy Hour pricing will also be available after each game. Talk about sportsmanship.
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Eating House has cooked up some food specials to show the Heat some love and make eaters feel as if they were almost at the game. Carbonara loaded fries, vaca frita buns, sausage & pepper 'bagel bites', all to be eaten by hand, are formidable options. Beer and wine is offered at 25% off during games. Go team! And since today is Wednesday, they'll also be offering their carbonara burger - a spinoff the pasta carbonara - to guests. But hurry, only 24 are available, and game time is at 7:00 p.m.
Haven Gastro Lounge is using their very own walls to bring games to viewers. Watch the playoffs in high definition on their 110 feet panoramic walls. If you ever felt bad about not being at the game, this is the next best thing. Reservations are strongly suggested to get the best seat in the house if you can't be court-side. As is that weren't enough, they're also opening at 6 p.m. for pre-gaming and serving $5 bites and $10 cocktails all game. Todd Erickson must really like the heat, both in and outside of the kitchen.
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