Top Ten Broward-Palm Beach Sports Bars to Watch Football In
The preseason excitement, the fantasy drafts, the fatty food; it could only mean one thing: Football seasoning is ramping up. All across South Florida, sports bars slinging wings and burgers, beers and shots will be prepping for their Sunday rituals. But finding a good sports bar isn't just as easy as popping into a barstool. You need a place that offers good food at decent prices, a sizable beer list, comfortable digs, and a whole lot of TVs so you can watch the game you want. Well, here are five local sports bars that won't give you a false start this football season:
Mugs - Do you hate dive bars? Do you want sports, sports, and more sports
without the risk of developing lung cancer secondhand? You couldn't get
a more smoke-free, simple environment than Mug's on Oakland.
Ironically, there are no mugs, just pints, and sports -- 14 TVs' worth
to monopolize your attention. Young, college-aged faces fill the space.
Gators and Hurricanes beware, though; this is 'Noles territory. Mugs
serves game-day staples like hamburgers, wings, nachos, and fries.
- Entering a Bru's through the teal and orange patio bar area
brings to mind entering Sun Life Stadium, which makes sense considering
it's owned by '80s-era Dolphins linebacker Bob Brudzinski. Most
locations are fitted with an outdoor
patio area with plenty of seats, whether at a table or a stool at the
large bar, and dozens of flat-screen TVs are strategically placed
every foot or two. Inside is another large bar, dozens more flat
screens, and a pool table and dartboard. In addition to a full bar, a
full menu is available, and fried
pickles with spicy ranch sauce are Bru's hallmark dish. Don't forget
the chicken wings -- our favorite is the Triple Threat (BBQ, Sweet 'N'
Tangy, and grilled with minced garlic). Fun fact for
night owls: Bru's reverse happy hour runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. So you
can stay on long after the games are over.
See if you can tackle the Beast at Bokamper's.
- Bokamper's has great food, drinks, and enough televisions to show
game in history. Just be sure to get here early if you're planning on
watching the Sunday games, as it becomes standing room only around
kickoff. If you come with a big appetite you can try to tackle the
Beast, a five-pound burger with four fried eggs, ten strips of bacon,
and eight slices of American cheese. Finish it and you get your name
engraved in a plaque on the wall -- and a massive case of indigestion.
- Champps is laid-back, almost quiet, and certainly more restaurant
sports bar. Huge television screens line the ceiling, so it's often
possible to watch two or more games at a time. The wait staff can be so
attentive that your next beer is never too far away. They check in
minutes to make sure you've got everything you need. This is a good
place to take the family to watch the games but not so much if you
scream at televisions with other drunks.
- One of a projected 400 franchises scheduled to roll out over the next
five years, Hurricane has already taken Plantation and Palm Beach
Gardens by storm, with 60 or more franchises opening in Broward and
Palm Beach, practically one to every chicken-wing-loving family. Chris
Russo founded the original Hurricane in Fort Pierce in 1995 starting
with his hot garlic and Parmesan wings, on the menu today and still his
favorite. Today, Hurricane offers roughly 30 chicken-wing sauces, from
fruity to flaming; bone-in wings or boneless (made from hand-cut
chicken breasts, and frozen); plus grouper fingers, fish dip, cheese
steaks, and the best French fries you've ever tasted. Most locations
have a fun, laid-back vibe with people watching sports, playing Xbox
360, and drinking at the bar.Next Page
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