At this moment, the cheapest price for a single resale ticket at Super Bowl 2020 on Ticketmaster is $4,838 at Hard Rock Stadium. And no tailgating is allowed in the stadium’s parking lot. Seem laughable to you? Here’s your alternative: Punt a football in any direction this weekend and you’re liable to hit a Super Bowl watch party.
As the San Francisco 49ers prepare to face the Kansas City Chiefs at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2, bars, restaurants, hotels and breweries in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and beyond are preparing celebrity-studded watch-party blowouts (Lil’ Jon! Dennis Rodman!) with huge projection screens, along with food and drink specials. Yes, $15 for a gastropub burger and beer does seem far more enticing than a ticket to the nosebleeds.
Here is where to belly up for the big game on Feb 2.
The Wharf Fort Lauderdale
20 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-372-7606 or WharfFTL.com
Just opened in November, this riverfront outdoor lounge along Fort Lauderdale’s New River will blast the game on two giant screens, and DJs will spin during commercial breaks. Eats are available from Even Keel, Hou Mei, Lunchroom, Mojo Donuts and the Piefather. RSVP via Eventbrite.com.
W Fort Lauderdale
The oceanfront hotel’s tony Living Room Lounge kicks off its free 6 p.m. watch party with beer samples from Wynwood’s Concrete Beach Brewery, $35 bucket specials, $6 drafts and football-themed bites from chef Stephen Starr as game day action plays on nearby jumbo screens.
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-779-4750 or HardRockNightLife.com
Sure to be a hot-ticket destination on Feb. 2, consider this option only if you must be knee-deep in Super Bowl madness. But if you brave the poolside throng of suntanned bodies at the Guitar Hotel’s new dayclub complex, you’ll be rewarded with an 11 a.m. tailgate party and DJ set from rapper Lil Jon. Tickets: $15 for women, $20 for men via Tixr.com.
Royal Pig Pub
350 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-617-7447 or RoyalPigPub.com
During the Super Bowl, the gastropub promises to crank up the volume on all 31 of its TVs for game-day action. The restaurant also is offering a burger, French fries and a beer for $10, along with bottomless Grey Goose cocktails for $27.97 starting at 5 p.m. There also will be Bud Light seltzer samples from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
219 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-338-4070 or TownshipFTL.com
Savvier Super Bowl revelers will take note of this German-style beer hall’s tailgate party deal, which includes $5 Grey Goose and $5 Cazadores cocktails, 5-for-$19 buckets of Bud Light and Bud Light Seltzer and 20 percent off sharables and pretzels. There’s cornhole, ping-pong and Jenga on the patio and a 96-inch projector screen blasting the game.
Legends Tavern and Grille
10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach; 754-220-8932 or LegendsTavernAndGrille.com
The fourth and newest location of this gastropub chain, which opened in mid-December, touts one of the best watch party deals: 75-cent wings, $3 Bud Light drafts and $4 High Noon hard seltzers, plus restaurant raffles throughout the day for Legends-branded gift cards and a 55-inch 4K TV.
721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-764-7005 or AmericanSocialBar.com
The sports bar, which has 15 TV screens and a second location in Brickell, will feature $15 beer buckets, $6 smoked chicken wings and $4-$6 shots of select liquors.
Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar
4040 Galt Ocean Drive # B1-A, Fort Lauderdale (behind Ocean Manor Beach Resort); 954-566-7500 or BambooBeachTikiBar.com
While not a Kansas City stronghold per se, this beachfront hub and home to tikiholics will be a good place to meet wide receiver Andre “Bad Moon” Rison (1997-99 with the Chiefs), appearing with NBA legend Dennis Rodman during Bamboo’s all-day watch party. The party will feature $25 Bud and Bud Light buckets, along with 13 flat screen TVs and two projectors blasting the big game.
2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-988-5036; BasementMiami.com
Although Super Bowl 2020 took its talents not to South Beach but to Miami Gardens, Basement Miami still throws a fine watch party inside the Miami Beach Edition hotel. This subterranean disco, created by Ian Schrager of Studio 54 fame, will do $20 beer bucket specials and $10 beer-and-shot combos from 5 to 11 p.m, and DJs Tillery James and Mike Deuce will spin throughout the night. Bonus diversions: Basement features a four-lane bowling alley and a 2,000-square-foot ice-skating rink.
Veza Sur Brewing Company
55 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-362-6300 or VezaSur.com
Along with a few giant TV screens at this Wynwood brewery, there are solid food-and-drink deals, including $1 wings, $22 Veza Sur buckets and $2 Chopp Latin Lagers. The fan who guesses the Super Bowl’s final score wins $50 off their tab, and the game will screen on giant screen projectors on the outdoor patio. If you’re early, pre-game with a 2-6 p.m. Argentinean-style barbecue.
Super Fan Fest at Wynwood Marketplace
2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; free; 305-239-8833 or SuperFanFest.com
Arguably the largest Super Bowl weekend watch party at 80,000 square feet – and more important, the only one offering a beer with free admission – Super Fan Fest will bring a day of diversions from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Its sports deck will screen the game, but if you’d prefer to run a few downs yourself, there’s a pop-up flag football field. There’s also a beer garden, a caja china pig roast, barbecue workshops by award-winning pit masters, Instagram selfie stations, live DJs, a 40-yard dash contest and a 30-foot-tall inflatable poop emoji.
29 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-829-2911 or 11miami.com
There must be a “Fast and Furious” sequel filming in town. Grammy-winning rapper and action-movie star Ludacris will host this watch party as the game plays on nearby 30-foot and 16-foot LED screens. Admission, which is $100, includes an 11-item barbecue plate and a 5-9 p.m. open bar.
2003 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-4500 or KushWynwood.com
Perhaps you prefer your Super Bowl paired with a side of pop-culture references? Kush’s cheekily titled shindig “Please Forgive Us, Ray Finkle” riffs on the 1994 Miami-set comedy classic “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.” In the film the Miami Dolphins’ team mascot (yes, a dolphin) is kidnapped along with Dan Marino by Ray Finkle, a former player who curses the Dolphins’ winning streak and blames Marino for his career downfall. “If [Kush] shows Finkle some respect and reverence, he’ll lift the hex put on the Miami Dolphins allowing them to make another Super Bowl appearance,” says owner Matt Kuscher in a statement. The burger and beer hotspot will feature a re-creation of Finkle’s bedroom (“Die, Dan, die!”), “laces out” football cookies and tappings of the Tank Brewing’s beer “Laces Out.”
J. Wakefield Brewing
120 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-254-7779 or JWakefieldBrewing.com
A football stronghold all season, J. Wakefield is arguably the hands-down coolest brewery in Miami-Dade – peep the taproom’s “Star Wars”-inspired murals for evidence. The 5,600-square-foot spot owned by brewer Johnathan Wakefield (himself a former Division 1 offensive lineman at Robert Morris University) will tap kegs of El Jefe coconut hefeweizen and Hops 4 Teacher IPA, both already on tap at Hard Rock Stadium. The 3 p.m. party also will feature sandwiches, platters and a pig roast from Madrecita’s Bistro Restaurant.
MV Grand Classica, departing Port of Palm Beach
1 E. 11th St., Riviera Beach; 888-530-2775 or BahamasParadiseCruise.com
This two-night cruise aboard the MV Grand Classica is a watch party for the seafaring set, but you’ll need to set sail by Feb. 1. The cruise will sail round-trip to Nassau, Bahamas, and cruisers can take part in a tailgate buffet, drink specials, and meet ex-NFL players Darren Studstill, A.J. Johnson, DaJuan Morgan and Emanuel Cook. Cost: $139 for first guest and $69.50 for second guest.
840 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach; 561-665-8484 or Deck84.com
A laid-back waterfront respite that owes its allegiance to neither the Chiefs nor the 49ers (the Patriots are a different story), this eatery will serve half-off drinks at the bar and high tops during the game, plus pre-game live music from 2 to 5:30 p.m.
14813 Lyons Road, Delray Beach; 561-877-0000 or BatchGastropub.com
This Prohibition-style pub will dish an enviable deal on Super Bowl food and drink during the game, with $15 unlimited boneless wings, $4 Bud Light drafts and $5-for-$20 buckets of select domestics.
Renegades Country Bar and Grill
600 Village Blvd., West Palm Beach
This country-western roadhouse also touts a strong Super Bowl deal: All-you-can-eat-and-drink for $50. That’s well drink only, but you can upgrade to call drinks for $65 (not including gratuity). The game will screen on Renegade’s 50 flat screens and seven giant projectors. RSVP via Eventbrite.com.
West Palm Brewery and Wine Vault
332 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; 561-619-8813 or WestPalmBeer.com
Conveniently a block east of the West Palm Brightline station (so no excuses, drinkers), this 7,000-square-foot brewpub and wine cellar will fire up $10 one-topping Neapolitan-style pizzas (normally $13-$17), $4 pints of dry-hopped blonde ale and $4 12-ounce pours of red saison.
The Butcher Shop Beer Garden and Grill
209 6th Street, West Palm Beach; 561-812-2336 or ButcherShopBeerGarden.com
Here in South Florida, home of New Yawker transplants and Patriots-friendly pubs, finding a Kansas City stronghold is a rarity. But Butcher Shop will salute the Chiefs during its 2 p.m. tailgate party, dishing Kansas City-style smoked ribs and wings, smoked brisket and pulled pork sliders, $5 wells and 5-for-$15 beer buckets. During the watch party, kicking off at 5 p.m., specials will include $5 quarter rack of ribs and $10 smoked wings.
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