Miami is known for many things, from the party scene in South Beach to world-class seafood and South Florida style. Miami is an eclectic place, with low-key joints, beach bars, and swanky eateries all vying to be the talk of the town. The same is true when it comes to choosing a spot for game day. From standard sports bar fare to upscale digs for watching the game in style, you can find a bar to suit any mood and any wallet in Miami.
Black Market Miami
With a focus on signature cocktails and big-screen TVs, Black Market Miami brings a touch of sophistication to the sports bar scene. Diners can choose from a long, polished bar or booth and table seating to soak in the gastropub ambiance while catching a game. Thirty 4k TV screens light up the space with the day’s games. While you’re watching, pick up pulled pork sliders and a handcrafted cocktail, like a Jameson Irish Smash, to match. Don’t forget to check out the tribute wall of historic photos dedicated to Miami sports legends.
Black Market Miami, 168 SE 1st Street, Miami, blackmarketmia.com
Self-pour craft beer on tap, burgers, spacious booth seating with patriotic pillows, and 25 TVs all tuned to sports — if you think this sounds like a dream, you’d be close. It’s American Social, a stylish bar and lounge where your game-day desires are fulfilled with refinement. In the LED-lit atmosphere of a chic Miami club, you can choose from 12 self-pour craft beers or order a drink from AmSo’s fully stocked bar. Pair a stout with Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition and kick back to watch a game or two, maybe even at the same time.
American Social, 690 SW 1st Court, Miami, americansocialbar.com
At this Miami staple dive bar, beer and shots are cheap and plentiful. Lost Weekend sports a classic pool hall look with chalkboard-topped tables, a cigarette machine, nostalgic video games, five pool tables, and as many high-definition TVs, all playing sports, of course. From the kitchen, dubbed “The Alibi,” order one of their much-talked-about Philly cheesesteak sandwiches or shrimp po’boys. Wash it down with a craft beer from their huge selection, and pair it with a pour of Jameson.
Lost Weekend, 218 Española Way, Miami Beach, sub-culture.org/lost-weekend-miami
Looking for more of an artsy scene? Head down to Rácket in Wynwood. Rácket is home to two hip bars under one roof. Its modern, tropical atrium room serves updated fruity cocktails, while the sky-lit room keeps gin and vodka cocktails in vogue with enough space for dancing. Share a charcuterie plate and bask in Rácket’s art gallery vibe while sneaking a peek at the game. Sticking with the fruity cocktail theme, ask your bartender to make you a Jameson Ready for Summer.
Rácket, 150 NW 24th Street, Miami; 786-637-2987; racketwynwood.com
An unpretentious go-to for Miami locals looking to catch a game, Tom’s NFL is a classic watering hole that’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. Mix darts and pool tables with plenty of TVs and a casual atmosphere and you get this relaxed home away from home. The menu includes standard sports bar fare, but there’s no need to look beyond Tom’s award-winning char-grilled chicken wings: Order 10 with Ralph’s homemade hot sauce and you’ll need to douse the fire with a Jameson boilermaker. Keep it simple, and Tom’s won’t disappoint.
Tom’s NFL, 5001 NW 36th Street, Miami Springs, www.tomsnfl.com
Shucker’s Waterfront Grill
It might be difficult to watch the game at Shucker’s, not because of their more than 30 well-placed TVs, but because the game will have to compete with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. Stick with the Florida theme and pop some peal-and-eat shrimp or snack on smoked fish dip while you watch the game. Keep your vacation vibes flowing with a Jameson Irish Lemonade, or just ask for Jameson neat and stare out over the water.
Shucker’s Waterfront Grill, 1819 79th Street Causeway, Miami Beach, bestwesternonthebay.com/shuckers-waterfront-grill
Scully’s may be in a strip mall, but this place is the real deal. Under its vintage bar look of brass, wood, and dark colors hides an increasingly famous kitchen with an even more devoted clientele. At Scully’s, you might come for the game, but you’ll stay for the food. Ask your bartender for a light drink like a Jameson ginger and lime and order one of Scully’s potato chip-crusted dolphin sandwiches.
Scully’s Tavern, 9809 SW 72nd Street, Miami, scullystavern.com
Sandbar Sports Grill
Sandbar Sports Grill is about as laid-back as it gets. With a decidedly frat-party, jeans-and-flipflops kind of vibe, Sandbar attracts students from the University of Miami and locals looking to chill. Long tables and enormous projector screens make this the ideal place to bring your tailgate party indoors where the air conditioning is on point. Cheap beer and eclectic fare from smoked fish dip to burritos round out your game day. This isn’t the place to get fancy. Order some Jameson with your beer and hang out.
Sandback Sports Grill, 3064 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, sandbargrove.com
Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill
At Bokamper’s, you’ll be entering the stomping grounds of a legend. As a former player for Miami, owner Kim Bokamper knows how to set up a bar that caters to sports fans. The Miramar location of this homegrown South Florida chain boasts 70 TVs, high ceilings, and lots of light. The space is large and the décor slimmed down so guests can focus on football. Enjoy oysters from the raw bar with a Jameson Whiskey Sour. Both pair well with a day of Florida sports.
Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill, 15500 SW 29th Street, Miramar, bokampers.com/miramar