Courtesy of Batch Gastropub
Carla Torres
August 21, 2014

Don’t have tickets to the big game? No problem. In Miami, we take our sports as serious as our food and drink. Finding a place with a clear view of a TV, casual bar snacks, and ice-cold beer can quickly turn into its own game, but play it smart and you’ll be glad you didn’t spend your money on nosebleed tickets and stadium food. Remember, these aren’t sport bars we’re talking about. At these high-energy top picks, you’ll cheer on your favorites and hear the game without rubbing shoulders or sharing smack-talk with the person next to you. Whether you’re looking for a neighborhood feel-good place with over 100 beers on tap, or a wild atmosphere with bartenders dancing on the bar and pouring shots in your mouth during half time, I’ve got you covered. And if it’s really the game you’re there for, you’ll love the décor: HD big-screen TV’s and 100-inch projection walls. Can you say score? 

Haven

If your game-time goal is to immerse yourself in the spectacle, then Haven is where you ought to be. Besides serving up organic fare (go for the Duck Duck Quail Burger) wraparound LCD walls put you in the middle of the action in this gastro-lounge. After the game comes the after party, and Haven keeps the drinks, music, and visuals groovin’ until 5 a.m. 

Yard House

Pre-game during happy hour at the new South Beach outpost of this beer mecca. Goblets of your favorite craft beer go for $6.75 and half yards for $7.50. The more you knock back (you’ve got over 130 beers to choose from), the more likely you’ll cheer with the rest of the crowd. Order something—anything—from its titanic menu to keep you on your game. 

Batch

Bar food gets a classy update at this gastropub outfitted with overhead TVs to ensure you don’t miss a second of the action. The bar specializes in beer cocktails, barrel-aged classics, cocktails on tap, and housemade sodas. Raise the bar with duck confit nachos, or chili-glazed wings with Dorito dust and blue cheese foam.

Brother Jimmy’s

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ fuels any and every Miami sporting event. Fans flock for Southern comfort food (Carolina pulled pork shoulder with cornbread and pickles; fried catfish po’ boys with Cajun mayo) and ceaseless sports-talk. During halftime, bartenders overthrow the bar top to pour shots of their choice into the eager mouths of sports and booze aficionados. 

Burger & Beer Joint

As if the televisions surrounding the bar weren’t enough, Burger & Beer Joint serves 99-cent beers to keep you quenched throughout the game. Chow down on a burger—we recommend the stairway to heaven (Wagyu beef, foie gras, and truffle aioli), and then wash it down with an adult—read alcoholic—shake.  

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