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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.
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.
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.
2671 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL
40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL
1804 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL
6450 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL