Football season is here, which means your list of day drinking excuses just got that much longer. Football is synonymous with alcohol and food. Walk through the parking lot of a game and you'll find all kinds of glorious meats sizzling on the grill, adult beverages in the cooler, and prepared dishes sitting out just inviting you to dive in.
But what do you do if you can't get to the game? How do you recreate that same atmosphere? Not by sitting at home alone on your couch with a Dr. Pepper and pretzel sticks — you have to get out! Luckily, we've narrowed down the sports bars that are doing the best job of making your game-day experience second only to actually being at the game.
14. Shuck N Dive
This cafe sticks with its Louisiana roots by being a hangout for LSU and New Orleans Saints fans, but you can enjoy their Cajun cuisine while rooting for any team you wish. The 80-seat spot changes the specials on their blackboard often, so make sure you pay attention to their Facebook page.
13. Flossie's Bar
What this bar lacks in giant TVs, it makes up for in biker-bar atmosphere. Sundays are always packed with bikers and often a band or two on the stage that might give your game-watching experience an extra jolt. Game days often come with bucket or pitcher beer specials.
12. Parrot Lounge
This spot has been around since 1970 and proudly boasts the largest selection of domestic, import, and craft beers on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Parrot has long been a meeting spot for Penn State and Philadelphia Eagles fans but also accommodates any of their hated rivals teams.
11. Whiskey Tango All American Bar and Grill
This Hollywood bar just turned seven years young. If the weather's nice, you can sit outdoors and people-watch during commercial breaks. If the weather's not nice, the interior is spacious with a gazillion-and-a-half TVs. This year, they're starting a new tradition of NFL Sunday brunch buffets, so you can have eggs Benedict with your two-point conversions.
10. Funky Buddha Brewery
You should definitely be considering the spacious taproom at the Funky Buddha Ft. Lauderdale location this year when deciding where to take in the NFL and NCAA games. They'll be running all-day happy hour specials each Sunday that will include $1 off Funky Buddha drafts. Miami Dolphins games will be the featured game each week on the brewery's big screens, so no need to worry about squinting your eyes in the name of getting the best beer in town; you don't have to choose.
As you probably know, Funky Buddha has food now, and it's awesome. The Front 5 menu includes No-Name Wings, an extra-large sausage stuffed mushroom, Sloppy Joe's sliders, the Brick Wall bone-in pork shank, and the Rudy sugar cane shrimp skewers. Other appetizers, such as tater skins, are also listed as specials during games.
9. Slackers Bar & Grill
Don't be turned off by the fact that Slackers is a well-known Green Bay Packers bar; it's much more than that. The walls at Slackers are covered with more than 30 flat-screen TVs, and they run drink specials on the weekends that rival almost anywhere else in South Florida. If you're a Florida State Seminoles or Wisconsin Badgers fan, you should know Slackers specifically caters to you each time the Noles play. Slackers runs $11.99 prime rib specials each Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. and has $5 cheeseburgers Sundays from 5 to 11 p.m.
Slackers' special drink for Sundays is their Hell Mary, a bloody mary served with skewers of greasy toppings like bacon, a boiled egg, cheddar cheese cubes, pickle, celery, olives, pepperoncini, cherry tomatoes, and a pearl onion.
8. City Tap House
CityPlace’s newest restaurant, City Tap House, has quite a few specials planned for this football season. Fans of any team can enjoy the games on their massive 15-foot multiscreen television while munching on City Tap’s famous Ten Spice Wings ($13) and Pulled Pork Nachos ($15).
City Tap celebrates all Eagles and Penn State Nittany Lions games, but all fans are welcome to take advantage of drink specials including $4 Yuengling pints, $5 Victory pints, and $6 cava, red, and white wine.
7. Himmarshee Public House
Himmarshee Public House will be hosting a Miami Dolphins Season Opener Block Party on Sunday, September 11, starting at 1 p.m. They'll be showing the Miami Dolphins vs. Seattle Seahawks 4:05 p.m. game on a giant 16-foot LED screen.
Public House will run drink specials featuring beer from the best local breweries and spirits and specialty cocktails at an outdoor, full-service bar during the entire slate of games. Fans can watch games on the street and play cornhole while enjoying music from DJ Mark Gallo. Guests will also have the chance to win awesome raffles and giveaways.
6. Twin Peaks Davie
This was bound to happen. At some point you knew a breastaurant was going to make the list — we are talking about football, after all. Twin Peaks is obviously high on the atmosphere list, if that's the sort of thing you're into, but they also offer some of the best bar food in Broward. Any place that offers Billionaires Bacon ($4.99) — a cup thick cut bacon covered in brown sugar, red chile flakes, and smoked paprika — is doing something right. Their double-stacked nachos ($12.99 for the steak version) are also a favorite during games.
Twin Peaks drink specials include their signature "teeth chattering" 29° Fahrenheit beers, $2.99 Cheap Shots selection, and a selection of their red and white wines.
5. Duffy's Sports Grill
Duffy's sort of overwhelms you (in a good way) with their plethora of football specials, so lets dive right into it. Their Football Features menu offers the following drink specials: 2-for-1 drinks, $2.50 Miller Lite or Coors Lite bottles, $3.50 Blue Moon, $3.40 Big and Tall Bud Light 22-ounce pours, and $4 Labatt Blue 24-ounce cans. The All-American bloody mary comes topped with bacon and a cheeseburger slider for $7.
Food wise, there is just as much going on, if not more. Duffy's Starters menu includes Sesame Tuna Tostadas ($9.99), Frita Sliders ($7.99), Open-Faced Meatball Sliders ($8.99), and Honey Chipotle Wings ($12.99). For the main courses, there are Surf-or-Turf items, steak selections, and much more to choose from.
4. American Social
Watching the games at American Social will undoubtedly be more about comfort and atmosphere than it will be about grabbing the cheapest domestic beer. They carry a vast assortment of some of the finest craft beers from all around the country, like Dogfish Head 60 and 90 Minute, as well as the local stuff from Funky Buddha and Wynwood Brewery.
The food is where you win here, as you can watch the game while nibbling on their brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch includes made to order omelets, Belgian waffles, chilled snow crab legs, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, pastries, fresh fruit, smoked salmon, prime rib, and much more. Regular menu and drink items are available throughout the games as well.
3. Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill
Everything you've been accustomed to enjoying at Bokampers will stick around this football season, plus they will be adding some goodies to celebrate the best sports time of the year. Bokampers will run season-long specials that include $3 Svedka flavor and Bacardi flavor shots; $4.99 22-ounce Budweiser, Bud Light, and PBRs; and a $6.99 Svedka flavor. Bacardi and Captain Morgan doubles will stay available all day, seven days a week, during football season. Also, MVP members get double points on all takeout orders every football Sunday.
2. Quarterdeck Neighborhood Grill
Quarterdeck on Dania Beach is a unique location to watch sports. I mean, it overlooks the ocean; you could do far worse. Happy hour specials here include two-for-one liquor and house wine, $3 domestic bottles and pints, $4 imports, and $6 craft beer selections.
Every Saturday during football season, Quarterdeck will offer a half-rack of ribs and shrimp dinner for $11.99; every Sunday, a NY Strip steak dinner for $11.99; and for Monday Night Football, a full rack of ribs dinner for $11.99.
1. Bru's Room Sports Grill
Bru's Room has already been a local favorite spot for years to watch the games, but this year they have certainly upped their game in an effort to get you to what the games there. As if you needed another reason to dive face-first into some Triple-Threat wings, Bru's is making sure your decision isn't that hard on the weekends.
Bru's has a new Sriracha Bacon Ranch Burger they'll be serving up during games this season that looks absolutely ridiculous, and to wash it down they'll be offering happy hour specials that run all day everyday so no matter what time you team plays you'll be able to get sauced on the cheap.
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