By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The NFL regular season runs from September 5th until December 29th this year, and fans have welcomed the cheering, comradery, victory and sometimes heartbreak of following their favorite teams. The best news for football fans in the area is that Super Bowl LIV will be held in Miami on Sunday, February 2, 2020.
Miami Beach is not short on great places to watch the action with friends, and strangers that soon become friends. As we approach week three in the season, fans are already looking to the 2019 Playoffs, which are scheduled to begin on the weekend of January 4–5, 2020.
Miami Beach’s classic dive and sports bar, Ted’s Hideaway at 124 2nd St, is “where locals escape.” Ted’s offers reasonably priced Sunday NFL specials, such as classic American Miller Lite, Bud & Bud Light pitchers for $12.50, buckets for $15.75, and imported beer buckets for $21.50. On Monday night football, customers also get free hot dogs during the game.
South Beach’s first speakeasy and also very chill bar, Foxhole, at 1218 14th Ct., also makes for a great place to watch the game. Its super dark atmosphere and tons of screens, have made for great Fantasy Draft parties, and college Football kickoff parties that have even included free burgers and hot dogs. In addition, they offer $2 beers happy hour special from Sunday through Thursday, 5PM to 9PM.
Very close by, for guests who wish to enjoy the NFL Red Zone option (not showing full games on Sunday) from 12PM with a spicy Mexican flare, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila at 1220 16th St., offers a complete menu of food and beverage specials, and a new beer pong table and giant big screens.
Buckets of Modelo and Margarita Pitchers are $15, Loaded Carne Asada Nachos are $12, Philly Cheesesteak Taquitos are $11, and Barbacoa Queso Sliders are $10. Of course their famous taco and burrito menu is on option as well.
The Bodega team shared, “Chef Bernie created the Sunday football specials menu with inspiration from classic game day favorites. Using these items as base, Chef Bernie added his Bodega flare and transformed these delicious specials into mouth-watering football must-haves!”
For those who wish to watch the game in luxurious Miami Beach style, the Fontainebleau Hotel at 4441 Collins Avenue, offers several packages where guests can watch the game in a private cabana that comes with a 46-inch-flat screen TV.
The “MVP” package for $1,000, includes a bottle of Tito’s vodka, two dozen wings, and two pizzas. The “Touchdown” package for $750, includes three mojito pitchers with chips and salsa.
The “Field Goal” package for $550, includes two buckets of Heiniken, a BBQ platter of sliders, wings, chips and slaw. All the packages include six sodas, two water bottles, plus chilled towels, and Evian mist to cool down when needed.
Another option for guests who love the posh hotel scene is Katsuya at the SLS, at 1701 Collins Avenue, offers extended social-hour (6PM-8PM) hours during football season in their dragon lounge. Huge TV screens are mounted, and everything in their menu costs $10 or less, like their spicy tuna roll, popcorn rock shrimp, beer and cocktails.
Lastly, for fans that wish to enjoy the Miami fall weather, Shuckers Waterfront Grill, at 1819 79th St, Cswy., is the place to be for gorgeous views, delicious hamburgers and chicken wings.
Whether guests arrive by water or road, they will be greeted by a myriad of giant screens, Michelob Ultra buckets are $20, and pitchers of Presidente are $13, for all of football season.