South Florida's Ten Best Places to Watch Football

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The clock is counting down to kickoff; the regular NFL season begins Wednesday, September 5, with the Dallas Cowboys facing off against South Florida's own New York Giants (kidding aside, the Dolphins make their debut on Sunday, September 9, against the Houston Texans).

Where will you be when all of the action goes down? Sitting at home, yelling at your tiny TV? Or amongst like-minded sports fanatics at one of South Florida's most football-friendly establishments? For those who like to enjoy the game with a crowd, Clean Plate Charlie has assembled a list of ten of the best spots to take in a football game, from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale. As always, weigh in with your opinions in the comments section.

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10. Mugs Bar & Grill
Situated in a nondescript strip mall on E. Oakland Park Boulevard, this sports bar is easy to blow past when en route to the beach from I-95. But those who slow down and take a venture into the smoke-free environs will find a respectable cluster of screens in varying sizes, offering multiple choices for game viewing. Perhaps best of all are the cheap suds and reasonably-priced bar grub. Other specials are scattered throughout the week, but if you're looking for greasy bites to help you power through a few hours of yelling about bad calls, look for forty-cent wings on Monday and the "buy one, get one half off" burger deal on Saturday and Sundays.

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Ian Witlen
9. Parrot Lounge
If you're hitting this beachy bar near Fort Lauderdale Beach, it's best to leave the Eli Manning jersey in the car. Unless, of course, you're the sort who likes to stir shit up. In that case, by all means, waltz right in and start loudly talking smack about Reggie White or Michael Vick. This is a hangout for die-hard Philly sports fans -- as if there were any other kind -- through and through. You can be damned sure the regulars will be sporting green and grey on game days, which makes it a great go-to for transplants from the City of Brotherly Love. Bar food (tacos, Philly cheese steaks, and burgers) and good drink prices complete the picture.


Location Info

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Parrot Lounge

911 Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Mugs Bar & Grill

2671 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Boston's on the Beach

40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Music

Duffy's Sports Grill

1804 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Player's Sports Lounge

6450 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL

Category: Restaurant


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mbs3953
mbs3953

Hello!?  What about Sidelines in Wilton Manors?  It's a great place to watch the game(s) though it caters to Dolphins fans.  That said, Jets fans can see their team in a friendly, happy atmosphere.  they have pool tables and darts and friendly bartenders.   I hear they are remodeling so they can offer food as well and that's a terrific idea; we used to buy out the hotdogs at the ice cream shop down the street.  Can's wait for Sidelines to re-open! 

ChazDelray
ChazDelray

Hi - Wondering if this was just a throw-away line, or if someone in authority at Players is actually "pushing" for this?

 

"Expect this luxurious take on the classic sports bar to become a hangout for Boca's displaced Jets fans throughout the season."

 

I'm a rabid displaced Jets fan, and I know plenty of others. In the past we've spent time at Duffy's Delray, Bru's Delray, and now Bru's Boybton. But we're always looking for a place with more Jets fans. Thanks... 

triciawoolfenden
triciawoolfenden

 @ChazDelray Sorry for the delayed response ChazDelray. Not a throw-away line at all. They're rolling out the welcome mat for all fans, but Jets in particular. Example, they're putting together a special deal for Jets fans to take a bus to the Jets/Dolphins game on Sept. 23. 

 

ChazDelray
ChazDelray

 @triciawoolfenden  @ChazDelray

 Thanks Tricia. I stopped in yesterday and indeed the owner of Player's is a big Jets fan. They've got all sorts of activities planned for the coming season. And especially for "gang green" fans.

triciawoolfenden
triciawoolfenden

 @ChazDelray Nice. Glad you've got another place to root for your team! Now, if only I could find a Lions bar....

InsideFTL
InsideFTL

Thanks for changing the photo. It's eerie and frustrating seeing your photos on other sites

InsideFTL
InsideFTL

You don't have permission to use my photo of the Parrot so take it down and steal one from someone else please.

triciawoolfenden
triciawoolfenden

 @InsideFTL Sorry Dennis, but this photo is by Ian Witlen and comes from the New Times archives. 

InsideFTL
InsideFTL

I suggest you ask him for the raw files. Either someone put his name on there or he's ripping you off

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