Five Miami Sports Bars to Watch the Heat Play in the NBA Finals
Watch the NBA Finals at Grails in Wynwood.
Photo by Sebastian Bednarski for Grails Wynwood
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Nobody could have guessed that the Miami Heat squad – exhausted from injuries and missing two key starters – could have made it through in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on October 4th. But it happened and here we are.
Miami’s win on Sunday night as an underdog with nine points was the second biggest surprise in the NBA final in the last 30 seasons, according to ESPN. The team missing Goran Dragic (torn plantar fascia) and Bam Adebayo (neck strained) received a huge boost from Jimmy Butler, who posted a triple-double with 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.
Today’s Game 4 gives the Heat a chance to tie the series against the Los Angeles Lakers led by LeBron James in the best-of-seven series.
If you want to see the heat battle it out in the 2020 postseason, here are the best Miami sports bars to win for the NBA finals.
Very important note: The 9pm start time for Game 4 (tonight), Game 5 (Friday), and Game 7 (next Tuesday, if applicable) guarantees that the games will survive the Miami-Dade nationwide curfew at 11pm, which this bar means likely to have to turn off their televisions and send you home sometime before the end of the game. So please act accordingly. Game 6 on Sunday (if necessary) starts at 7:30 p.m. So you should be clear. It’s always best to call hours beforehand.
The terrace at American Social.
Photo provided by American Social Brickell
690 SW First Ct., Miami
Watch the heat on dozens of monitors that give you the perfect spot in the house no matter where you sit. With big screen TVs in almost every corner, American Social offers a top-notch gaming experience, including staples like burgers, wings, and buckets of beer (or hard seltzer). Bottle service and specialty bucket items are also available, including Bud and Bud Light ($ 18), Truly ($ 25), and High Noon ($ 25). Reservations are welcome and can be made on the restaurant’s website or by telephone.
Batch Gastropub has a range of promotions for customers watching The Miami Heat during the NBA Finals.
Photo by Ana Rivera for Batch Gastropub
Batch Gastropub has more warmth to offer than its 14 TV monitors and three massive projectors. Specials for the NBA Finals include $ 5 Bud Light Pints, $ 5 Barn Burner Shots (made with Tullamore Dew, Sour Apple, Cranberry, and Bitters), and five for $ 25 16-ounce buckets of Bud, Bud Light, Shock Top , Rolling Rock, and Bluepoint Toasted Lager. Hungry? Order some chicken wings. Feel happy? Batch has brought back its Pick the Score promo, where guests can guess the final score in order to win an authentic Heat jersey.
Watch the NBA Finals while playing pool at Blackmarket Miami.
Photo by Alexandria Guerra for Black Market Miami
In the spirit of the recent Miami Heat win and Jimmy Butler’s love for coffee, the black market complements its extensive menu and drinks menu with its own coffee-themed cocktail: “Butler’s Barista Brew”. The drink made from rum, sweet vermouth, and cold-brewed organic coffee costs $ 10 during the NBA finals. Reservations on match days are recommended and can be made by phone in the restaurant.
Some of the biggest television screens in South Florida are hosting the NBA Finals at the CMX Stone Sports Bar this week.
Photo courtesy of CMX Cinemas
Watch the NBA finals at Miami’s only sports bar in a movie theater on the two largest TV screens in South Florida. If that were the past time, the bar would require cover to watch these games, but the stone foregoes it.
Watch the NBA Finals at Grails Wynwood with $ 20 steins.
Photo by Sebastian Bednarski for Grails Wynwood
With 60+ 4K TVs, a spacious Miami Vice-themed outdoor deck, a well-curated cocktail list and matching local beers, and a James Beard-nominated chef, Grails may be harder to beat than the Lakers was this year. At this Wynwood waterhole, you can pair Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s free range chicken wings with cocktails made up by star bartenders Manuel Picon, Eddie Fuentes and Hector Acevedo (the trio behind Cocktail Cartel), or go old school and one of the order $ 20 beer mugs that are specially offered for the season in the finals. Reservations are encouraged and can be secured on the Grails website.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who has been reporting on the South Florida food scene for the New Times since 2011. She also enjoys drinking beer and writing about the growing craft beer community in the region.