Top 10 Sports Bars in Houston

Along with being the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston is notorious for passionate fans, which makes it one of our nation’s top sports cities.  With the Texans playing well and the new additions to the Rockets, excitement is in the air for Houston sports.  If you want a great sports atmosphere along with great food, here are our top ten sports bars for the greater Houston area.
 
10. Sawyer Park

With one of the best rooftop decks in all of Houston, Sawyer Park offers a great sports themed atmosphere.  For private watch parties, their Clubhouse room offers a big screen projector along with multiple TVs to accommodate twenty seated guests and forty standing, not to mention its own private bar.  Happy hour is daily from 4pm-8pm with dollar off all drinks, $2.50 domestic drafts & $10.00 domestic pitchers.  A Houston themed sports bar along with dodgeball tournaments on various weekends makes Sawyer Park an all-around fun experience.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  The Heights, Washington Corridor
 
9.  Home Plate Bar & Grill

Home Plate Bar & Grill is probably the best pre-game sports bar to check out before an Astros game because it’s located right across the street from Minute Maid Park.  A big University of Houston supporter, Home Plate is the spot to watch the Cougars in action. It’s game day menu is reasonably priced with burgers averaging around $5.25-$6.25 with all other entrees priced below $9.00.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Downtown
 
8.  The Mezzanine Lounge

With all the major sports packages along with having Michigan Wolverines and Houston professional teams watch parties, Mezzanine Lounge is a great sports bar in Houston.  With over thirty TV’s, twenty-four drafts and bottled beers to choose from, along with drink tickets available to purchase on party dates, game time is always fun at  the “Mez.” They also feature daily food and drink specials along with a kitchen that stays open til 2am.
 
Price:  $
Location:  Near Greenway/Upper Kirby
 
7.  Christian’s Tailgate (The Heights)

Considered by many to have the best burger in all of Houston, Christian’s Tailgate has great food, attractive servers, cold beer, and non-stop sports action to watch!  With thirty-four TVs to choose from, there’s always a game on at Christian’s Tailgate of The Heights (One of its three locations around Houston).  Often called “Hamburger Heaven,” Christian’s is home of the one pound burger, and also has my personal favorite, a steak-night special for “a $1 an oz” on Wednesdays.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  The Heights
 
6.  360 Sports Lounge

With an upscale layout and decor, 360 Sports Lounge offers sports fan in Houston a more sophisticated sports-watching experience.  The main are has 3 High Definition projector screens on the wall above the room-length bar, and has numerous TV’s “floating” around the rest of the dining area. If you’re looking to hold a party, 360 has a private room available with a 60″ flat screen behind the private bar, a separate sound system, custom pool table, and free wi-fi.  360 fills up early on big game days or PPV events, so arrive early if you want a seat.  Happy hour runs from 3pm-7pm Monday-Friday with $2.00 domestic drafts and $4.00 appetizers.  Besides the hometown Houston teams, 360 Sports Lounge is a great place to watch UFC events and soccer.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  The Heights, Washington Corridor
 
5.  Saint Dane’s Bar & Grille

Probably the overall best value for beer and food out of any sports bar in Houston is found at Saint Dane’s.  Wednesday’s special is $1.00 drafts from 4pm-12am along with half-off wraps.  Thursday’s are .35 cent wing day from 4pm-12am.  Like many of the bars in the Houston area, Friday is Crawfish happy hour (when in season) from 3pm-7pm at 5.95 a pound.  Whether it’s University of Texas, Houston or any of Houston’s pro teams or UFC events, Saint Dane’s has a great sports atmosphere!
 
Price:  $
Location:  Fourth Ward, Midtown
 
4.  Coaches Pub Midtown

Coaches Pub Midtown has one of the best followings for watch parties in all of Houston.  With six NFL teams and ten college watch parties going on during the week, the atmosphere at Coaches Pub Midtown is second to none.  Having twenty HD TV’s all 42″ and larger–including a 120 inch HD projection screen–keeps the fans of all of the watch parties happy.  When it comes to drinks, Coaches probably has Houston’s longest happy hour, which runs from 11am-7pm.  Monday beer special is $7.00 domestic pitchers with all day .50 cent wings on Sunday and Thursday. Bring your friends, because parties of ten or more that book during happy hour can get fifty wings at $25.00.

Price:  $$
Location:  Fourth Ward, Midtown
 
3.  Big Woodrow’s Bar & Grill

Located in Houston’s Beltway/Galleria area, Big Woodrow’s is home to watch parties for LSU, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, and all Houston professional teams.  With seventeen beers on tap and thirty-seven to choose from in a bottle, beer-loving sports fans can kick back, relax and enjoy pretty much any cold beer they want.  “The Loft” is Woodrow’s private party room for fans inclined to start a watch party of their own.  Complete with its own bar, accommodations for more than 150, and over ten TVs, it’s the perfect place to watch your team taste victory–or watch your friends taste some fried alligator.
 
Price:  $
Location:  Beltway, The Galleria
 
2.  SRO Sports Bar & Café

With seventeen college watch parties, every Houston professional team & the Pittsburgh Steelers, get plenty of hype by on game days at SRO.  Counting the mini TVs at tables, SRO Sports Bar has over one-hundred TVs to watch your favorite team.  With twenty-four specialty beers and imports, fifteen beers on tap, and sixteen domestic bottles to choose from, there’s probably a beer for everyone at SRO.  Crawfish is an SRO favorite when in season, along with always fresh shrimp.  PPV events like UFC and boxing are also frequently shown at SRO, so stop on by if Pacquiao and Mayweather ever decide to fight.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Lazy Brook/Timbergrove
 
1.  Lucky’s Pub

This place is a sports-lovers dream.  Lucky’s has the largest HD screen in all of Houston at twenty-one feet long.  It also has fifty more flat screens to go along with it. Lucky’s Pub has watch parties for eight college teams, every Houston professional team, the New England Patriots & UFC events.  Lucky’s also has a unique calendar on their website that allows viewers to click on links that show which watch parties are occurring during each month.  Lucky’s also has a free shuttle bus that will take fans to and from Astro games and Toyota Center events.  With the most beers in all of Houston to choose from at over 250, Lucky’s Pub is the place to be if you love sports, beer, or both.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Downtown

By: Craig Emmert

Top Ten Sports Bars in Detroit

With the Detroit Tigers capturing the American League Penant and the Lions recent football success fresh behind them, the Motor City is rockin’ and is the place to be before, during, and after football and baseball games.  We all know that we can watch Detroit teams at pretty much any sports bar in the city, but where are the absolute best sports bars to watch the games?  In honor of the Tiger’s latest championship, here are our top ten best sports bars in the greater Detroit Area.
 
10. The Old Shillelagh 
 
Some of my best memories before heading to Comerica Park to watch the Detroit Tigers have come at the Old Shilleaugh.  With twenty beers on tap including Detroit’s hometown brewed specials and pre-game pitcher specials of Bud/Bud Light at $7.50, great times only await at the Old Shillelagh.  My pre-game favorite is the half pound cheeseburger with fries for only $7.00.  With over twenty-five TVs for any Detroit fans viewing pleasure, I can promise you, that you’ll enjoy your time at the Old Shillelagh.
 
Price: $
Location:  Downtown
 
9. Coaches Corner Bar & Grill

Located only a few blocks from Comerica Park and Ford Field, Coaches Corner is a great place to stop before hitting up a Tigers or Lions game.  Full of big screen TVs and great domestic beers on tap, I recommend the “Coaches Reuben” with an ice cold draft beer.  With different specials happening everyday of the week, Coaches Corner is any sports fan’s destination for happiness.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Downtown
 
8. Gator Jake’s
 
Located just north of Detroit in Sterling heights, Gator Jake’s has the right mix of cajun and traditional bar food.  With twenty-four different beers to choose from and countless TVs, the party at Gator Jake’s is endless.  Sticking to a deep south favorite, I recommend the Jambalaya, which includes andouille sausage, jumbo shrimp, ham and chicken in a Creole sauce over rice. 
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Sterling Heights
 
7. Lefty’s Lounge
 
Located on the campus of Wayne State University, Lefty’s Lounge is a great college atmosphere and sports bar that will suit all ages.  Any sports bar with a happy hour from 11am-7pm is all about pleasing the customer.  Looking for where to watch Michigan and Michigan State?  Lefty’s supports all the Detroit sports teams especially the Tigers, along with in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State, and has plenty of TVs to make any sports fan happy.  With NFL Sunday Ticket, MLB package, and up to fifteen prime college games shown every week, this is a great destination for fall football.  My food pick at Lefty’s goes to Tuesday X-Large two-topping award winning pizza for $10.50 along with one of their all-day, everyday $2.50 pints.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Wayne State
 
6. Nemo’s Bar
 
Considered Detroit’s “Original Sports Bar,” Nemo’s has been a staple of excellence since 1965.  Across the street from where the old Tiger Stadium stood, Nemo’s is still a favorite pre-game stop before Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions games. Nemo’s shuttle service to and from Tigers, Red Wings & Lions games is probably better than any bar in Detroit.  
 
Price:  $
Location:  Corktown
 
5. Doc’s Sports Retreat
 
With over one hundred TVs to watch all the sports packages that they subscribe to, any sports fanatic would be in heaven at Doc’s Sports Retreat.  All Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Red Wings games can be viewed at Doc’s.  With thirty beers on tap, and my personal favorite, “The Big Johnson” twenty ounce burger to choose from, you’ll definitely leave feeling satisfied. Pun intended.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Livonia
 
4. Cheli’s Chili Bar
 
Located across the street from Comerica Park, Cheli’s (owned by former Red Wing Defensemen Chris Chelios) is a prime destination before Tigers, Red Wings and Lions games.  With a rooftop party deck, patrons can take in the activity from Comerica park.  On Tiger or Lion game day’s Cheli’s is very busy but service is still excellent.  From experience, I once ordered a burger and fries and told the waitress we were in a hurry, and received my food within ten minutes without a screw-up on it.  With thirty-six TVs throughout, Cheli’s always has something good to watch!
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Downtown
 
3. Norm’s Field of Dreams
 
Named after its owner and also by coincidence Tiger great Norm Cash, Norm’s Field of Dreams is a must stop for any Detroit sports fan.  Monday’s are my favorite day at Norm’s because of Michigan Monday’s with fifty cent wings and one dollar Coney dogs.  Located just north of Detroit in Troy, Norm’s Field of Dreams is a great pre or post game stop before heading to a Tigers, Lions or Red Wings game. Plenty of TVs throughout with a jamming jukebox make Norm’s a great destination and definitely one of the top sports bars in Detroit.
 
Price:  $
Location:  Troy
 
2.  24 Seconds Bar & Grill
 
With two 10 foot big screens along with twenty other high definition TVs to watch the Tigers, Lions, Pistons & Red Wings on along with NFL Sunday Ticket and all the football you could ask for on a Satuerday, 24 Seconds Bar & Grill is the place for any sport fan.  Fans can take a shuttle (which you are allowed to drink on) to and from Lions games.  During summer months, 24 Seconds has a rooftop lounge where sports fans can relax at as well.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Berkley
 
1. Hockeytown Café
 
Considered by many polls to be one of the best sports bars in the U.S., Hockeytown café needs to be on any sports fan’s bucketlist.   With 63 inch plasma TVs stationed throughout the bar, there’s not a seat in Hockeytown that doesn’t have a great TV view.  With forty beers on tap, and great gametime specials including $5.00 pitchers of Miller High Life and my personal favorite, the Michigan Cherry Burger topped with Michigan cherries from Traverse City.  Located across the street from Comerica Park, Ford Field and just blocks from Joe Louis Arena, Hockeytown Café gets the number one spot on our list of the best sports bars in the Detroit area.
 
Location:  $$
Location:  Downtown

By: Craig Emmert

Top 10 Sports Bars in Boston

Boston is one of the best sports cities in the country.  With teams like the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots to follow, thousands of fans pile in the bars each and every night to support their local teams.  With over 1,000 local establishments to choose from, sports fan are in bar heaven when looking for a place to watch a game in Boston.  Here is WhereToWatch.com’s top ten list of the best sports bars in Boston.  Feel free to let us know if we missed your favorite bar, but you can’t deny that these ten bars are a sports fan’s dream.  Let us know if your bar didn’t make it and we’ll check it out to see if it has what it takes to make our top ten next year.

10.  Stats Bar & Grille
 
Stats Bar & Grille is located in South Boston and has a wide variety of food on its menu ranging from pizza to panini’s.  Stats has twenty-two flat screens, NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice, and has large group of supporters of the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and New England Patriots. If you happen to find yourself in Stats, you won’t be disappointed by their good looking wait staff who’ll gladly serve you up one of their many beers on tap.  The prices are pretty reasonable at Stats as well.  Happy hour is Monday-Thursday from 5pm to 7pm which includes $5.00 appetizers which are normally between $ 9.00-$13.00.  And they always run a beer of the month special for $3.00.  Cocktails average around $7.00 a piece, which is cheap compared to other sports bars in the downtown Boston area.  Trivia is big at Stats, and each Tuesday they give $100 to the winning trivia team along with gift certificates to 2nd, and 3rd places.  Their grand prize at the end of summer is a booze cruise trip all expenses paid for the winning team.  

Price:  $$
Location:  South Boston
  
9.  Champions Sports Bar

Located a few blocks away from Fenway, Champions Sports Bar is home to Boston's largest screen (12' x 24').

Champions Sports Bar is located in the “Back Bay” neighborhood of Boston on the second floor of the Boston Marriott Copley Place.  Don’t be deceived by the hotel location as it is right in the middle of the Copley Square Shops and is very convenient for the local sports enthusiasts or tourists.  Champions is home to Boston’s largest  TV screen (12 x 24 feet) to catch any of the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, or Patriots action.  Only blocks away from legendary Fenway Park, it’s a great bar to hang out at before, during and after a Red Sox game.  With thirty-six beers on tap and over eighty flat screens to watch pretty much any type of game on, it’s a can’t miss sports bar in Boston.  Champions also has private party rooms available via reservation for the game watching party of your choosing, Besides the local Boston professional teams, Champions also is a great place to catch Boston college sports.

Price:  $$
Location:  Back Bay Neighborhood

8.  CBS Scene
 
Located just a stone’s throw away from Gillette Stadium, CBS Scene is the perfect bar to check out before, during, or after a Patriots game.  CBS Scene has over 145 TVs and, despite their obvious CBS affiliation, subsribes to ESPN Game Plan/Full Court, major golf tournaments, and all Euro Cup 2012 games.  It is very much Boston Sport themed (especially Patriots) with Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins games always on.  With over twenty-two beers on draft and a LED lit bar with ever-changing colors and state of the art audiovisual system, the experience at CBS is well worth the visit.  Being owned by CBS, you can guarantee that CBS programming is available at all times, which means there will never be a want for having your favorite March Madness game on.  With several private rooms, they can also cater to your private event or watch party needs.  

Price:  $$
Location:  Foxborough
 
7.  Cityside
 
Cityside, located in Brighton, just outside of Boston near Boston College, is a great sports bar to catch pretty much any game at since they subscribe to all major sports television packages.  Since Cityside is near Boston College, Friday and Saturday night poses more of a college age atmosphere when sun goes down and a Red Sox game just happens to be on.  Cityside has eighteen different beers to choose from and a full bar to consume any drink you can imagine.  Appetizers range from $8.00-$10.00 and their sixteen different sandwiches and burgers range between $10.00-$12.00.  The average price of the typical main course entree is around $15.00.  One perk of Cityside is that they have a zero cost room fee charge when reserving a room for a viewing party or fantasy draft, that can hold up to 190 people!
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Brighton
 
6.  Sidebar Boston
 
Any bar that offers fifteen cent wings and seven dollar pitchers of Bud or Bud Light all day is a great place to watch a game at or just chill after a hard days work on the job!  At fifteen cents, they are normally purchased in increments of 15, 30, 50 or 100 wings which happens to be just $15.00!  Some of their food specials include half off pizzas and burgers during certain days of the week.  Located within five minutes of all T-lines in Boston, it’s the perfect place for any Boston sports fan to watch a game at!  Sidebar has no fees to rent the bar out for a viewing party which can accommodate up to 120 people.  With thirteen Flat screens to catch any of Boston’s four professional teams in action along with its fifteen cent wings and seven dollar pitchers, Sidebar makes our top ten!
 
Price:  $
Location:  Downtown Area
 
5.  The Four’s

Located near TD Garden, The Four's has been one of Boston's best sports bars since 1976.

Conveniently located within walking distance to the TD Garden, the Fours is the perfect spot to watch the Bruins or Celtics, before, during, or after a game.  With forty-two flat screens and subscriptions to all the major sports packages including ESPN Game Plan and Full Court.  The Fours is the only sports bar on our list that has two other nearby locations, with its 166 Canal St. location being highlighted by us.  The Fours has twenty-two beers to choose from and a lot of customers recommend the Bobby Orr steak tips with cheese if you’re hungry.  Chosen as the number one sports bar in America by Sports Illustrated back in 2005, The Fours has been a fan favorite since opening in 1976.
 
Price:  $$
Location: 166 Canal St  (between Traverse St & Causeway St)
 
4.  Bleacher Bar
 
Being located right behind center field at legendary Fenway Park, makes Bleacher Bar a must see!  I recommend arriving very early on game day of a Sox game if you plan to get a table near the centerfield window so you can watch B.P or the game.  Although small on space, the atmosphere in the bar is great especially if you are a Red Sox fan.  The bar is located below the bleachers at Fenway, so with the entrance on the outside of the Stadium, you do not need a game ticket to get in.  Although I didn’t eat when I was there, based on customer favorites, I would recommend the pretzel sticks with cheese.  Beer averages between $5.00-$6.00 dollars which beats the ballpark price.  During football season, Bleacher Bar is an official home of the Buffalo Bills Backers of Fenway.  All flatscreens during the NFL season are on the Bills game, so Patriot fans should find another location in Boston if the games conflict.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Fenway Area
 
3.  Scoreboard Bar & Grill
 
With 35 HD TV’s (including a 85’ Plasma screen and surround sound) and a half million dollar renovation just completed, Scoreboard Bar & Grill is THE place to catch the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins in action.  Scoreboard also has MLB Extra Innings and ESPN Game Plan and Full Court.  Happy Hour at Scoreboard is from 4pm-6pm everyday that includes half-off appetizers.  Scoreboard has a large following of Big Ten Alum, as Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn St. alumni all have viewing parties here during football and basketball season.  Other colleges that have viewing parties at Scoreboard include, Boston College, Boston University, and Notre Dame.  They also offer a Scoreboard Scorecard that gives customers discounts on certain days of the week.  
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Woburn    

2.  Game On!
 
With 90 large flatscreens and great surround sound turned up for a Red Sox game, Game On! is definitely a great pre-game, during, or post-game Red Sox bar.  I ate here 3 hours before opening pitch and it was fairly easy to get a seat.  But by about 90 minutes prior to game time, the place was packed and had about a thirty minute wait.  My wife and I had two burgers with fries and four tall draft beers and our bill was around $40.00.  Given the location right behind (actually connected to) Fenway Park, the food and beer prices are a little higher than a typical bar, but the atmosphere is great!  A lot of customers recommend the Big Nachos appetizer which tastes better once you add the spicy chicken.  Game On! also has VIP skyboxes available for rent that include leather couches, private coolers, and flat screen televisions for viewing parties. Although Game On! shows all Boston Sports teams, they also are an Ohio St. alum watch party bar.
 
Price:  $$
Location:  Fenway Area
 
1.  Cask ‘n Flagon

Located right outside of Fenway Park, Cask 'N Flagon has everything you could want in a sports bar.

“The Cask” is probably the most famous bar around Fenway Park and one bar that every sports fan needs to check out prior to a Red Sox game.  The Cask was rated the number two baseball sports bar in America by ESPN back in 2007.  This was my final stop prior to heading into Fenway, and the biggest factor that separates this bar from all others is the friendly staff and great service. We arrived about 90 minutes before opening pitch and waited maybe 10 minutes for a table, but once we were seated our drinks were brought to us very quickly and our server was excellent.  One positive review by most male patrons is the young and attractive waitresses that serve at The Cask.  Beers and drinks are little more on the pricey side at a $15.00-18.00 a pitcher with shots going around $10.00-$11.00.  Food is excellent and burgers run between $10-$12.00 with entrees going around $13.00-$15.00.  Countless flat screens around the Cask make it a must stop before any Red Sox game!  Cask ‘n Flagon is an official watch party stop for the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, Patriots, and New England Revolution fans.  College viewing parties include Harvard, Boston U, and Boston College.
 
Price:  $$$
Location:  Fenway Area

Honorable mention update: Getting a TON of feedback that we whiffed on Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar outside of Fenway.  We’ve never been there, but it looks awesome. In fact, some have even made the case that it’s the best sports bar in Boston.  Two 6′ x 11′ screens, TV’s everywhere, and an upscale look. From the looks of it, Jerry Remy’s is definitely worthy.  Don’t hate us JR lovers, next time we’re up there, we’ll definitely be checking it out!

By: Craig Emmert

The Top 10 Sports Bars in Miami

There are great sports bars in every city, but sometimes the best sports bars may be a little hard to find.  This begins our series reviewing the top sports bars in cities across the country.  Every couple of weeks, we’ll review the best sports bars in a different city to help you locate where to watch sports when you’re traveling or simply looking for a good bar that you may not know about in your own town.  We begin with the city of Miami. 

Miami

There’s no doubt that Miami has an abundance of things going on to keep people entertained.  It has sun, sand, professional sports, boating, and most of all, South Beach. But let’s be honest, when it comes to quality sports bars, the choices resemble the attendance at a Marlins game: seriously lacking.  Many sports bars here even double as a nightclub or, in some cases, a pool party (e.g. the famous Clevelander).  Not that pool parties are a bad thing, it just illustrates that the bars in South Florida are a little less focused on sports and more on entertainment in general.  And let’s face it, with so much to do in Miami, you can’t really blame them.  With that said, Miami does have a few sports bars that shine.  We have selected the top ten best sports bars to watch your favorite team when in Miami.  

10.       Beer and Burger Joint

Beer and Burger Joint (or B&B as it’s called by the locals) makes our list, in part, because of its location.  It’s right in the middle of Mary Brickell Village, one of the most happening and growing locations in the city of Miami.  It’s really in a league of it’s own when it comes to sports bars in Brickell.  (No really, there’s not another true sports bar in the area.)  The restaurant boasts 99 different bottled beers and has an array of unique, delicious burgers to choose from.  All three flavors of the wings are great and, if you like tart, be sure to order a bucket of their fried pickles. 

In terms of sports, they have about 8 to 10 flat screens spread across their large dining area.  The back bar is where all of the sports watching and team watch parties really go down, but be ready to belly-up at the bar because there is no table seating, which one of our only knocks on the place.  The back bar is also rather small and has a pool table where there should be a dining area.  Also, it’s rather pricey for a burger bar and the drink specials are few and far between.  But, all in all, B&B has great food, a good atmosphere, and is one of the best sports bars to visit if you ever find yourself near Brickell avenue. 

Price: $$$
Location: Brickell (Downtown Miami)
Watch Parties: Florida State, Miami Heat

9.         Finnegan’s on the River

Finnegan's on the River near downtown Miami

The epitome of a Miami sports bar, Finnegan’s on the River is a hidden gem that also doubles as a club.  On a sunny summer day, you can expect to see people partying at their outdoor pool and patio area, and when nighttime rolls around you can hear the music from a mile away.  But when there’s a game on, Finnegan’s is a great option.  Their inside bar overlooks the river and with a number of flat screen TV’s there isn’t a bad seat in the house.  If you grab a seat at the bar, you can watch the games and, at the same time, watch the well-to-do sail by in their yachts on their way to the ocean.  If you’re a boater yourself, you can pull your rig up to Finnegan’s dock.  The only negative thing is that if there’s not a big game going on, you may find the bar a little on the empty side. 

Price: $$
Location: Downtown Miami

8.         Hooters in Coral Gables

We’re not big on putting chain restaurants on our list, but we simply couldn’t leave Hooters of Coral Gables off this list in good conscience.  This is undoubtedly one of the best sports bars in Miami and probably one of the better Hooters we’ve ever been to (trust us, we’ve been to a lot).  Its indoor/outdoor bar wraps all the way around the inside area to the covered outdoor deck.  The TV’s are perfectly placed where fans can watch up to five games at once.  And don’t get us started on the girls at this place, I think the Hooter’s calendar got about half of their models from their location in the Gables.

Price: $$$
Location: Coral Gables
Watch Parties: Miami Heat

7.         Buffalo Wild Wings – Sunset Place

Although this is another chain restaurant on our list, it really deserves to be here; the BWW’s in Sunset is simply one of the best sports bars in Miami.  It’s in a great location in the middle of Sunset Place (although it can get a little touristy) and it also has more High-Def flat screens than you can count.  Like most good Miami sports bars, it has indoor and outdoor seating with good views of the TV’s no matter where you’re sitting.  The staff is really accommodating and, unlike most bars in Miami, they actually have the sound of the game on instead of house or salsa music. 

Price: $$
Location: Sunset Place (South Miami)
Watch Parties: Miami Hurricanes, Miami Heat, Kentucky Wildcats (when available)

6.         Sandbar Sports Grill – Coconut Grove

Sandbar in Coconut Grove

Sandbar is definitely the best sports bar in Coconut Grove.  Although it’s a little small, it has flat screens all over the place and two giant projection screens.  Be prepared if there’s a big game or fight, however, because this place fills up quick. It can get packed on a regular Friday or Saturday night as well.  Sandbar has indoor and outdoor seating, and passerby’s in the Grove often stop on the street to watch a few plays, so it’s always a happening place. 

Price: $$
Location: Coconut Grove
Watch Parties: Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes

5.         Shucker’s Bar & Grill – Miami Beach

Located on the northern part of Miami Beach, Shucker’s has the perfect mix of sports and scenery.  When you’re not watching one of their 23 High-Def TV’s, you can check out the ocean view from their deck.  This place has great food, great drink specials, and great prices in general.  It’s one of the best places around to relax and watch some sports. 

Price: $$
Location: Miami Beach
Watch Parties: Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins

4.         Sports Grill – Kendall

Sports Grill is known for its delicious grilled wings that come in an array of flavors.  It has 25 flat screen TV’s, and is a great spot to watch a Marlins game.  The prices at Sports Grill are pretty reasonable and they offer specials throughout the week.  This Sports Grill is located in Kendall, but there are three others across Miami. 

Price: $$
Location: Kendall
Watch Parties: Miami Marlins

3.         The Playwright Irish Pub – Miami Beach

Located in South Beach, Playwright is a little different than most of the places you’ll find on Washington Avenue, and it’s more than your traditional Irish Pub as it doubles as a restaurant.  Unlike most Irish Pub’s in Miami, Playwright makes an attempt to accomodate sports fans with a number of big screen TV’s throughout the bar.  It’s also a great place to catch a soccer game or a big fight.  It has the perfect central location on Miami Beach, and if you’re in the area looking to have a good time and watch some sports without techno music blasting in your ear, this is the place. 

Price: $$$
Location: South Beach
Watch Parties: Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, Miami Marlins, Miami Hurricanes, UFC, Champions League Soccer

2.         Yard House

Yard House is definitely the most upscale sports bars on this list.  If you’re going on a date at the same time your team is playing, Yard House is probably an alternative that everyone can agree on.  It has dark wood paneling throughout, tons of seating, and a good view of the TV’s from most of their tables.  They have over 100 beers on tap (yep, we said on tap), and the food there is top-notch.  With all of the amenities, you can guess that the price is a little higher than you’re used to at a sports bar.  Other than that, Yard House is one of the best bars in Miami.

Price: $$$$
Location:Coral Gables
Watch Parties: Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins

1.         Duffy’s Sports Grill – North Miami Beach

Duffy’s is the perfect blend of sports and scenery.  Located on the bay in North Miami Beach, Duffy’s is a humongous sports bar that has a deck that features even more square footage than the interior portion of the bar.  The deck itself has almost 100 flat screen TV’s, its own full-service wrap-around bar and, yes, a swimming pool and sunning area. On a sunny afternoon, don’t be surprised if you see a few yachts pull up to the deck with groups of people eager to be seen or catch a good game.

Duffy's Sports Grill in North Miami Beach has over 200 flat screens and features happy hour every day from 4pm to close.

Don’t be fooled though, the deck is not the only place to find the action.  The interior portion of Duffy’s has two large bars, seating for almost 500, and over 100 flat-screen TV’s. They also have happy hour every day (including weekends) from 4 p.m.  to close and have a list of drinks that are always on special. So, in a city that is famous for $10 beers and $20 cocktails, you’ll often find Duffy’s prices a breath of fresh air.

For us, Duffy’s takes the cake as the top sports bar in Miami.  It can seat 888 people at  a time, has over 200 flat screen TV’s, and has a happy hour that goes on for the better portion of the day.  Overall it has the best combination of scenery, sports, and prices.  Our only knock on the place is that it’s a little out of the way for most Miamians, but hey, can’t win them all.  
   
Price: $$
Location: North Miami Beach
Watch Parties: Miami Heat, Miami Dophins, Miami Marlins, Florida Panthers

Honorable MentionsClevelander (South Beach): great place to party and watch a game at the same time; Tom’s NFL Bar: won’t find a better Dolphins crowd anywhere; Mr. Moe’s Restaurant & Bar (Coconut Grove): good place to catch a local game in the Grove; Champions Sport Bar: it’s connected to a hotel, but hey, this is Miami, you take a sports bar where you can get it.

By: Todd Davis