Top spots to watch the Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals
From bars to drinks to apparel, here is our Tip Sheet to enjoying the 2014 NBA Finals
The NBA Finals have arrived in Miami once again, with the Heat taking on the San Antonio Spurs in a rematch of last year’s 7-game thriller. Here’s how to get ready for the upcoming games on Thursday, June 5 and Sunday, June 8 in San Antonio and Tuesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 12 in Miami. Remaining games, if necessary, are scheduled for Sunday, June 15, Tuesday, June 17 and Friday, June 20.
Three Items For A 3-Peat
Toast the Champs: Once again Moët & Chandon’s Moët Ice Impérial is the Official Champagne of “White Hot: The 2014 HEAT Playoffs.” It’s the only champagne created to be served over ice and is available at Heat home games, or pick up a bottle at Total Wine, Gulf Liquors or Wine & Spirits Emporium for your watch party at home. ($62)
Dress The Part: Swing by the Heat Store at the AmericanAirlines Arena to purchase some official NBA Finals gear, including a Sportiqe Finals V-neck tee for ladies, an Eastern Conference Champions tee or the adidas White Hot tee that the players wear on the bench. ($24-$35)
Hyde Only Ticket: HYDE AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami’s court-side lounge, opens its doors to fans who don't have a ticket to the game. Purchase individual tickets to experience the game in the lounge and watch on oversized LED screens. ($150).
Top Spots to Watch Heat vs. Spurs
1. Duffy’s Sports Bar
Drink specials and plenty of TV screens.
3969 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach; 305-760-2124 or 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove; 305-648-2200
Cocktails. Fancy popcorn. And a 100-foot projection screen.
814 1st St., Miami Beach; 305-397-8382
3. Prime One Twelve
If you stick around after the game, you may catch some players coming in for a late dinner.
112 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-532-8112
4. Will Call
Located across the street from AmericanAirlines Arena, it’s the closest you can get without buying a game ticket.
700 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-577-5900
5. Yard House
Plenty of beers on tap, and lots of seating at the mega-sized bars.
320 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables; 305-447-9273 or 1681 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; 305-535-5660 or 601 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954-454-9950
6. World of Beer
3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami; 786-431-0347
7. The Playwright
1265 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-0667
8. Sports Grill
Six locations including the original at 10005 SW 72nd St., Sunset; 305-598-2227
9. Buffalo Wild Wings
18721 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305-692-9995
10. Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
900 S. Miami Ave., Brickell; 786-360-3650
Heat-inspired Dining and Drinking Deals
Lorenzo turns up the “Heat” with bar specials
On NBA Finals game nights from 8 p.m. to close, enjoy specials such as the Heat Street cocktail (Patron Silver Tequila, Campari, grapefruit juice, fresh limes, mint leaves) for $10; Peroni Nastro Azurra beer $2; Executive Chef Chris Wyman’s Margherita Pizzette (tomato sauce, basil, mozzarella di bufala)$5; the Power Pizza (spinach, garlic, lemon, mozzarella, pecorino Romano) $5.50. Lorenzo at the Redbury, 1776 Collins Ave.; 786-483-1796.
Toscana Divino debuts Heat-inspired dinner
On NBA Finals game nights, Toscana Divino will be showing the Heat-Spurs indoors and out on its patio and offering a $25 dinner special that includes: Cavatelli Piccanti (Ricotta Cavatelli Pasta, Spicy Calabrian Sausage); Panna Cotta Bianco e Rosso (Vanilla Panna Cotta, Strawberry); a glass of Chianti Classico (Altomena Porto Rubino). Located at 900 S. Miami Ave. in Mary Brickell Village; 305-371-2767.
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