While the rest of the country cools down, Downtown Miami heats up with a flurry of activity. From music performances to basketball games, the American Airlines Arena is the place to be when it comes to nighttime happenings. While the venue concessions are nothing to sneer at, here are a few restaurants and watering holes within a 20-minute walk of the arena.Read More
Where to Eat and Drink Near American Airlines Arena
Think outside the concession stand
For some of the freshest oysters in town, Mignonette is a local go-to. Oyster lovers can get their fix of raw, Rockefeller, or “Frank;” or try them all with a generous oyster flight. Other notable seafood items include a lobster roll (served warm or cold), two seafood towers, and lobster deviled eggs.
2. The Corner
The Corner is the city’s essential postgame hangout, open until 5 a.m. during the week and 8 a.m. on the weekends, the neighborhood pub features an impressive selection of domestic and imported beers, wines, spirits, and snacks.
For feel-good comfort food, Fooq’s is an unwavering go-to spot. Serving dishes like bucatini with pork belly, a decadent burger, and an assortment of spreads and rice, the Persian-French bistro consistently delivers homestyle goodness.
American Airlines Arena’s in-stadium restaurant makes game day dining a cinch. Offering upgraded versions of sports fan favorites, the Xfinity East Plaza eatery is a veritable option for ticket holders who’d prefer not to snack out of a box. With water views, a self-serve beer bar, a meal at 601 is the best way to have your game and eat it too.
5. Jaguar Sun
Quickly becoming a hub for pre or post game drinks and bites, this bar, run by Will Thompson, features cocktails made with small batch brands ranging from classic aperitifs to tropical tiki. To soak all those cocktails up, Momofuku Nisi alum chef Carey Hynes serves up shareable pastas including cacio e pepe and rigatoni, oysters, salads, country ham, and more.
6. CVI.CHE 105 Downtown
If ceviche is what is being craved, Cvi.Che 105 has loads of it. Marinated with lime juice and accented with onions, cilantro, corn, and sweet potatoes, this Peruvian plate is ideal for sharing or taking down solo.
7. Mama Tried
Low-key turn up is Mama Tried’s style, pumping out diverse beats every night of the week. The cocktail menu features libations like the Raspberry Beret and Elvira Hancock Punch — prepared with spirits, bubbles, and fruit — while the retro bar games pay homage to a different time in nightlife’s past.
8. Vero Italian Restaurant
A quaint Italian restaurant tucked away in the quiet comfort of “The Village,” Vero Italian Restaurant nails that trattoria lifestyle. Specializing in pizzas and pasta, the friendly cafe offers multiple options for all dietary needs.
9. Black Market Miami
With more than 30 TV screens, Black Market Miami is the ultimate sports bar. To drink? Fans order beer in bulk by the bottle. To eat? Bar food is what’s for dinner with burgers on burgers, tacos, and beer battered onion rings.
10. Café Bastille
A hidden gem with a flair for French cuisine, Café Bastille is a refreshing alternative to typical Miami flavors. From foie gras to pate, delicacies are aplenty at this charming brasserie.
11. Meraki Greek Bistro
For simple Greek food in a laid-back setting, Meraki Greek Bistro serves up both with a smile. Guests enjoy traditional dishes like kebabs, gyros, spanakopita, and roasted lemon potatoes that will make anyone question their low-carb diet.
12. Novikov Miami
The proper place to flaunt that Hyde after-game getup, Novikov Miami is the cool kid in town when it comes to high-end Asian dining. With sushi, dim sum, and a mean Peking duck, the dishes are as “Instagramable” as the Biscayne Bay views.
13. Boulud Sud Miami
For a more sophisticated pregame, Boulud Sud’s sophisticated-yet-casual bar scene vibes seamlessly with the eclectic menu. Serving Mediterranean cuisine like chicken tagine, lamb flatbread, and an array of small, medium, and large plates, Boulud Sud is what happens when happy hour grows up.