As summer Fridays come to an end and many of us are feeling the post-Labor Day blues, the good news is football season is here. The first official NFL games of fall are underway, so dust off that hometown jersey and get your fantasy roster ready, because these are the best places to watch the games with some great food and drink specials.
American Social Bar & Kitchen690 SW First Ct., Miami
A favorite Brickell destination for watching sports, AmSo serves all-American classics and boasts more than 15 TV screens, so you'll have a great vantage point no matter what. Plus, you can always dock the boat and enjoy views of the Miami River on the patio. Game-day specials include $4 draft beers; shots of Bacardi, Fireball, Jameson, Grey Goose, or Patron ranging from $4 to $6 each; and buckets of beer for $15 to $20.
Basement Miami2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
For those who like to participate in a leisurely activity while watching sports, head to Basement's bowling alley inside the Miami Beach Edition. Basement shows any games that begin after 5 p.m. every day of the week. The bar's new social hour, 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, offers food specials such as margherita pizza, sesame chicken bites, and truffle fries ($5 to $12), along with $5 beers, $8 frozen drinks, and $10 well drinks. For those with real team spirit, champagne bottles start at $100.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
If "Go big or go home" is your game-day motto, you'll want to ball out with a cabana at the Fontainebleau for the ultimate Sunday Funday. Each cabana comes with a 46-inch flat-screen TV, personal butler service, a minifridge, a digital safe, plush seating, curtains, and fans. Prices start at $550 for the "Field Goal" package, where you'll get two buckets of Heineken with a barbecue platter of sliders, wings, chips, and slaw. The "Touchdown" package includes three pitchers of mojitos plus unlimited chips and salsa for $750, while the "MVP" package ($1,000) offers a bottle of Tito's vodka, a platter of two dozen wings, and two pizzas. All packages include six assorted sodas, two bottles of water, fresh fruit, Evian mist, and chilled towels.
Foxhole1218 14th Ct., Miami Beach
South Beach's long-standing speakeasy is a dark den that makes for a perfect setting on game night. Foxhole offers a daily happy hour from 5 to 9 p.m., when the entire bar is half off. Additionally, Sunday through Thursday, get $2 beer during happy hour. Now that deserves a touchdown dance.
Katsuya South Beach1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Feast at Katsuya at bargain prices during primetime games from 6 p.m. onward at the intimate Dragon Lounge, complete with mounted TVs. The lounge's social-hour menu, typically available from 6 to 8 p.m., is extended during games. Everything costs $10 or less, including the spicy tuna crispy rice, popcorn rock shrimp, crispy Brussels sprouts, spicy tuna roll, robata veggies, cocktails, wines by the glass, and imported beer.
Lost Boy157 E. Flagler St., Miami
New Times' 2019 Best Bar in Miami winner, Lost Boy, offers a slew of Sunday specials each week during the NFL season. Watch games on TVs and a big-screen projector while you enjoy specials on beers, such as $6 Landshark or Lost Boy IPA by Veza Sur, plus pitchers of either one for $20 each. Whiskey fans can enjoy $6 Old Forester bourbon and $6 Writer's Tears Irish whiskey shots. A shot-and-beer combo of either of two beers with either of the whiskeys runs $10, while hot dogs and pretzels cost $6 each, in addition to the regular menu offerings.
Rácket150 NW 24th St., Miami
Combine your two favorites — football and brunch — Sundays at Rácket. From 1 to 5 p.m., enjoy bottomless rosé and mimosas for $18 while cheering on your team. For weekday games, head there in time to catch the Rock the Clock happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m., when the bar offers $2 draft beer, $7 Wagyu sliders, and cocktails ranging from $4 to $8 depending upon the hour.
Shuckers Waterfront Grill1819 79th St. Cswy., Miami Beach
There's no better place to watch a game alfresco than Shuckers in North Bay Village. Whether arriving by boat or car, this mainstay has been serving some of the best wings and views in town for more than 29 years. A multitude of TV screens shows seemingly every game available. While you watch, enjoy $20 buckets of Michelob Ultra during football season and $13 pitchers of Presidente daily.
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Taurus Beer & Whiskey House2540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove
Taurus will stream both college and NFL games on multiple screens — and offer a barbecue pop-up to boot — every weekend this season. Johnnie's Pit Beef & BBQ will serve a limited number of Maryland-style stacked pit beef sandwiches, ribs, burgers, and other grub every Saturday and Sunday from noon till the food runs out. Wash it all down with $4 draft beer and $10 beer-and-tequila-shot combos.
Veza Sur55 NW 25th St., Miami
This season, Veza Sur will play every Dolphins and Canes game on giant-screen projectors, plus anyone who wears their team's jersey will get a $2 chopp (a lager served ice-cold with cappuccino-like foam). Sample a variety of local brews in a $22 beer bucket that includes six bottles of Spanglish lager, Mala Yerba session IPA, and La Yuma dark lager.