There's an old saying—play football on an empty stomach, get an empty scoreboard. Today’s deal lines your stomach with the heavy-duty padding it will need to rush the nosebacker and score the touchpoint. For $10, you get $20 toward edibles and drink at Tom’s NFL American Sports Bar and Grill. The team at Tom's has been in practice for the past 25 years, and after such strict conditioning, its at the top of its game. You can use one Groupon for every two people at the table, so huddle up a group of your best offenders.
Taking shots at the bar is already a performance: the dramatic tossing back of the head, the struggle not to make a puckered, that-was-rough face. Shots MIAMI’s bartenders embrace that theatricality by creating a show around each of their handcrafted shots, outfitting drinkers with silly props like oversized sombreros and sunglasses. The goofy costumes complement more than 150 cheekily named libations, such as Fruit Punch to the Face, a watermelon-flavored vodka shot. SHOTS Miami’s crew mobilizes its liquor, props, and glassware for private and corporate events, where they happily adapt their concept and drinks around each soiree’s specific theme.
With branches featured on such TV shows as Top Chef Masters, SpeedMiami Dating is part of a multicity enterprise created by Ms. Anoush Stevenson, who brought the events to the U.S. from England in 2007. The idea was to eliminate some of the common shortcomings of conventional speed dating, such as cheesy hosts, boring events, and awkward atmospherics. The SpeedMiami approach to dating events has attracted major media attention for sidestepping the pitfalls with elegant venues and novel style. When Anoush brought her matchmaking brainchild across the pond, she didn't alter much. The two-hour events still have hosts who are all from the UK and infuse the festivities with their high-spirited English cheekiness. Miami events are held at trendy spots such as Cafeina and Kyma Lounge.
Champions entices flocks of fans with a crowd-pleasing menu of flavorsome bar eats and more than 25 different beers. Warm up taste buds with fully loaded cheese fries smothered in bacon, green onions, and sour cream ($9) or frolic through a garden of greens, blue cheese, bacon, tomatoes, carrots, celery, and buffalo-chicken tenders with a buffalo-chicken salad ($12). Hearty handhelds such as the philly cheesesteak ($11), turkey reuben ($11), or chicken BLT ($11) fuel the arm muscles necessary for cheering a favorite Miami sports team onto victory.
Like its imaginative cocktails, Ricochet Bar & Lounge's décor mixes a wide variety of distinct elements to create an alluring final product. Tufted walls, purple marble accents, and reclaimed wood swirls around a 90-foot triangular bar that serves as the lounge's centerpiece. Rotating installations of video art flash across TV screens, and curated drink coasters designed by local artists offer a hip place to rest glasses or elbows during arm wrestling contests. Ricochet's food menu adds to the artistic ambiance, mollifying pangs of hunger with mini paninis, guava and lime lollipop ribs, and other innovative small plates.