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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
click to enlarge Grails offers ample screens for game-day viewing. - PHOTO COURTESY OF GRAILS SPORTS BAR
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 bandwagoners. You can easily find representatives of both categories at sports bars scattered throughout the Magic City.

But 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 that's conducive to game-day rooting.

Here 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., there's always 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 the lengthy drink list offering a wide range of beers, wines, and other 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

More than 30 4K TV monitors and more than a dozen beers on draft (with lots more in bottles and cans) await you at Black Market Miami, a shiny, 5,500-square-foot-sports bar in the heart of downtown Miami. 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. There are also private rooms for socially distanced gatherings.
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 and more than 40 additional TV monitors, and ample options for food and drink — all steps from the ocean — Clevelander has become a tourist destination in its own right. Though COVID restrictions have toned down the party (the pool, for instance, is now open to hotel guests only), there's still safe fun to be had. 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 Wings and a brew at Duffy's. - PHOTO COURTESY OF DUFFY'S
Wings and a brew at Duffy's.
Photo courtesy of Duffy's

Duffy's Sports Grill

3969 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach

Located at the eastern end of the Intracoastal Mall, the spacious Duffy’s offers a number of TV screens plastered on walls and ceilings to ensure views of several games from every angle. Grab a seat at the bar, get your groove on poolside, or cozy up at a table and enjoy bar-food favorites and Duffy’s famous two-for-one drink specials while you cheer on the home team. (Remind us, please: Who says there has to be a game?)
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

The sneaker-themed Grails has all of the fixings you need for a memorable game day, from daily drink specials to live music and art, 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 TV showing 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 Find old-school charm at Scully's. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SCULLY’S TAVERN
Find old-school charm at Scully's.
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 is the myriad games playing on the many flat-screen TVs. Just as your stomach begins to rumble, fill up on raw oysters, fillets of fresh fish, famous wings, and a bacon cheeseburger made with USDA Prime beef. Pregame during happy hour Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., when you'll find $11 Bud Light pitchers, $6 wells, $3 drafts, $4 bottles, and $8 frozen drinks.
click to enlarge Wings at Sports Grill. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SPORTS GRILL SOUTH MIAMI
Wings at Sports Grill.
Photo courtesy of Sports Grill South Miami

Sports Grill

Various Locations

With a name like Sports Grill, you expect beer, wings, and a good view of the game of your choice. This small, local chain offers a friendly atmosphere, plenty of TVs, and nearly daily specials, including "Tito's Tuesdays," when you can get cocktails made with Tito's vodka for $4 a pop, and "Kids' Wednesdays," when kids get a free meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Sports Grill offers wraps, burgers, and salads, but most come for the grilled wings, which are tossed in a choice of sauces including Buffalo, teriyaki, Memphis barbecue, and "Miami Heat."
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