Top Ten Broward-Palm Beach Sports Bars to Watch Football In
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.
Bru's Room - 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.
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Champps Americana - Champps is laid-back, almost quiet, and certainly more restaurant than 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 every few 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 want to scream at televisions with other drunks.
Hurricane Grill and Wings - 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.