Miami isn’t exactly known for its sports bar scene, but with a little help from your friends (a.k.a. us) you can find a place to hunker down if you had no luck scoring tickets to the BCS National Championship at the Orange Bowl on Monday. Here, five local-approved watering holes with lots of screens, cheap beer, and soak-it-up bar food.
True, it’s a bowling alley and a chain, but Lucky Strike is also a packed house come game days. Usually games are seen and not heard (the sound is kept on mute), but for the championship game the focus will be all eyes and ears on the screens. Don’t be afraid to come with a hearty appetite, Lucky Strike offers better food than your average bowling alley—think flatbread pizzas and gourmet mini-burgers.
Sandbar Sports Grill
Sandbar’s proximity to the University of Miami means the crowd tends to lean toward the younger side with college-budget specials to match. On game day expect $5 deals on spirits such as Jameson, Absolut, and Espolon Tequila, and $4 Blue Moon pints.
If you’re going to be further inland, Scully’s Tavern in Kendall is the place to be. A neighborhood go-to for 25 years, Scully’s will be serving up $8.50 pitchers of beer and all-you-can-eat barbecue ribs, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and fries for $16 starting at 6 p.m. Oh, and we give ‘em bonus points for serving fried green tomatoes.
Batting Cage Sports Bar & Lounge
Batting Cage opened last fall just a few blocks from the stadium. Enter at your own risk; the bar will be crawling with ticketless fans hoping to get close to the action. On the plus side, game day = $2 beers.
Finnegan’s River and Finnegan’s Road
Finnegan’s downtown Miami location sits right on the river with awesome views of the South Beach skyline. If the game’s not going your way, you can always find your way to the pool and outdoor bar. Across the way Finnegan’s sister property, Finnegan’s Road on Lincoln Road is one of the only true sports bars in South Beach with 23 screens to catch the action on. The catch? You might find the Irish-themed Finnegan’s draws a crowd that favors Notre Dame.