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The Ten Best Sports Bars in Miami

Grails offers ample screens for game-day viewing.
Grails offers ample screens for game-day viewing. Photo courtesy of Grails Sports Bar
Miami has two types of sports fans: the diehards and the bandwagoneers. You can easily find representatives of both categories at sports bars scattered throughout the Magic City.

To be ranked among the best, a sports bar must offer more than TV screens aplenty and a stellar beer selection. Sports-bar aficionados expect impressive food menus, creative cocktails, and an ambiance conducive to game-day rooting.

Below, listed in alphabetical order, are the ten best sports bars in Miami.
click to enlarge The bar at Batch Gastropub - PHOTO COURTESY OF BATCH GASTROPUB
The bar at Batch Gastropub
Photo courtesy of Batch Gastropub

Batch Gastropub

30 SW 12th St., Miami

Whether it’s 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 p.m., expect a full house at this American gastropub. Equal parts sports bar, lounge, and restaurant, Batch is the place to be for soccer games, NBA playoffs, boxing matches, and football showdowns. The restaurant offers locally sourced pub grub, from lamb burgers to truffle fries, that pairs perfectly with a lengthy drink list that features a wide range of beers, wines, and creative cocktails. Happy hour — Monday through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. — is also a can't-miss.
click to enlarge Black Market Miami - PHOTO COURTESY OF BLACK MARKET MIAMI
Black Market Miami
Photo courtesy of Black Market Miami

Black Market Miami

168 SE First St., Miami
401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

More than 30 4K TV monitors and over a dozen beers on draft — and a few dozen more in the bottle and can — await you at Black Market Miami, and its new location at Bayside Marketplace. The original location's shiny, 5,500-square-foot-sports bar in the heart of downtown Miami is the place to be on game day. The menu includes a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and wings tossed in a choice of sauces. Black Market offers a weekday two-for-one happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. and, on Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m., $5 burgers. The new 8,000-square-foot space at Bayside is equipped with more than 40 TV monitors — many of them located outdoors — and an open-air bar overlooking the nearby marina.
click to enlarge Clevelander South Beach - PHOTO COURTESY OF CLEVELANDER SOUTH BEACH
Clevelander South Beach
Photo courtesy of Clevelander South Beach


1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach

With multiple bar areas, a 20-foot LED screen, more than 40 additional TV monitors, and ample options for food and drink — all of it steps from the ocean — Clevelander has become a tourist destination in its own right. The Clevelander offers wings, sliders, flatbreads, and more, with plenty of outdoor dining space. In addition, the bar touts a 20 percent "Love Our Locals" discount on all food and drink with a Miami-Dade resident ID (check website for discount restrictions and updates).
click to enlarge Famous Dave's offers up platters of barbecue to pair with game-day festivities. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FAMOUS DAVE'S
Famous Dave's offers up platters of barbecue to pair with game-day festivities.
Photo courtesy of Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's

8210 NW 36th St., Doral

If watching your favorite sports teams works up an appetite, there's no better place to go than Famous Dave's in Doral. This nationwide barbecue-themed sports bar and restaurant chain is most famous for its "Famous Feasts" — massive platters of barbecued meats perfect for sharing. The monstrous plates feed as many as six people, offering up to four pounds of meat apiece. Try the "All-American BBQ Feast": a full slab of St. Louis-style spare ribs, a whole roast chicken, and a choice of Georgia-style pulled pork or Texas-style beef brisket served alongside fries, coleslaw, baked beans, corn on the cob, and cornbread muffins. Or simply build your own feast and hunker down for a full day of basketball, baseball, hockey, or football with multiple TVs behind the bar or scattered throughout the dining room.
click to enlarge A sneaker-shaped mug at Grails Sports Bar - PHOTO BY ANDREA LORENA
A sneaker-shaped mug at Grails Sports Bar
Photo by Andrea Lorena

Grails Sports Bar

2800 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Sneaker-themed Grails has all the fixins you need for a memorable game day, from daily drink specials to live music, gourmet comfort food, and more than 60 TV screens. Order a cocktail served inside a ceramic drinking vessel that looks like a sneaker, and gather round a screen broadcasting the game of your choice. (There are enough monitors to broadcast them all.) The space offers seating for about 70 indoors, about 120 on the covered patio, and about 100 outside. The menu ranges from chicken wings made with pasture-raised birds to black-truffle fries and Buffalo cauliflower.
click to enlarge The taps at Mike's - PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE’S AT VENETIA
The taps at Mike's
Photo courtesy of Mike’s at Venetia

Mike’s at Venetia

555 NE 15th St. (ninth floor), Miami

Every neighborhood needs a no-frills sports bar that offers high-quality food, friendly service, and great value. Downtown Miami has one in Mike’s. This long-running establishment, hidden in the Venetia condo building at the foot of the Venetian Causeway, has maintained its local charm for years. Take the elevator to the ninth floor and discover its appeal. The bar offers 20-plus TV sets, pool tables, daily specials, breezy Miami views, and the satisfaction of having found yourself a veritable hidden gem.
click to enlarge Football and beer go together like beans and rice. - PHOTO COURTESY OF OLD TOM'S MIAMI
Football and beer go together like beans and rice.
Photo courtesy of Old Tom's Miami

Old Tom’s Miami

5001 NW 36th St., Miami Springs

It can be tough being a Miami Dolphins fan, but you can find friends with the same taste in teams at Old Tom’s. This dark watering hole next to Miami International Airport is always packed with locals and tourists who want to enjoy a pitcher of beer in a chill setting. Watch NFL games as you indulge in sports-bar classics such as the award-winning chicken wings. Trivia contests, karaoke, and musical entertainment are also on tap if the game gets too painful to watch.
click to enlarge Scully's, baby! - PHOTO COURTESY OF SCULLY'S TAVERN
Scully's, baby!
Photo courtesy of Scully's Tavern

Scully’s Tavern

9809 Sunset Dr., Miami

Choose from great deals on Guy Fieri-approved bar food and drinks during football games at this beloved neighborhood tavern, designed for socializing with locals and other friendly folks looking for a sporting time. The tavern has an old-time vibe and its menu is big on shareable items like bacon cheese fries, loaded skins, and nachos, but you can also procure yourself a wheel of brie, sirloin tidbits, or escargot (a Fieri favorite).
click to enlarge Shuckers offers brew with a view. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SHUCKERS BAR & GRILL
Shuckers offers brew with a view.
Photo courtesy of Shuckers Bar & Grill

Shuckers Waterfront Bar & Grill

1819 79th St. Cswy., North Bay Village

The first thing you'll notice when you walk into Shuckers is the breathtaking view of Biscayne Bay. Next are the myriad games broadcast on dozens of flat-screen monitors. When your stomach begins to rumble, order a dozen or three of the establishment's famous raw oysters, fillets of fresh fish, chicken wings, or a bacon cheeseburger made with USDA Prime beef. You can also pregame during happy hour Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., when you can score $11 Bud Light pitchers, $6 well drinks, $3 drafts, $4 bottles, and $8 frozen cocktails.
click to enlarge Walk-Ons Sports Bistreaux offers patrons the ultimate mashup of sports-bar fare and Southern cuisine. - PHOTO COURTESY OF WALK-ONS SPORTS BISTREAUX
Walk-Ons Sports Bistreaux offers patrons the ultimate mashup of sports-bar fare and Southern cuisine.
Photo courtesy of Walk-Ons Sports Bistreaux

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux

9065 SW 162nd Ave., Miami

Walk-On's founders Brandon Landry and Jack Warner became fast friends as a pair of walk-ons on the Louisiana State University basketball team. Both worked hard and practiced even harder to earn and keep their spots on the squad. As the duo traveled across the nation with the Tigers, they quickly noted their favorite restaurants and sports bars — and realizing that many of the best qualities were sorely lacking in area around the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. That's when the idea for Walk-On's — a memorable game-day experience with a taste of Louisiana — began to take shape. The menu here is prepared with a focus on seafood, traditional Cajun cuisine, and massive burgers built for two hands. Come game day, the Florida outpost offers locals a satisfying taste of the South. Two perfect examples: the "Cajundillas" and "Pastalaya," a bar-food mashup of gumbo and jambalaya in the form of a quesadilla and a hearty pasta dish. If you're feeling salty after a loss, the Krispy Kreme bread pudding is sure to sweeten things up.
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