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Where to Eat and Drink Near FTX Arena

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While the rest of the country cools down, Downtown Miami heats up with a flurry of activity. From music performances to basketball games, the newly renamed FTX Arena (aka formerly known as the American Airlines Arena) is the place to be when it comes to nighttime happenings.

While the venue concessions are nothing to sneer at with food options from Miami favorites like Ms. Cheezious, Bodega, Sergio’s, and Mojo Donuts, here are a few restaurants and watering holes within a 20-minute walk of the arena.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Mignonette

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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.

Esotico Miami

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This bright and colorful tiki bar creates an assortment of drinks influenced by tiki-cocktail history. To soak up all that booze Esotico Miami serves a full dinner menu with a variety of tiki-with-a-twist offerings, like black truffle dumplings, octopus hot dogs, and conch fritters can be found in the “pupu” menu. 

The Corner

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The Corner is the city’s essential postgame hangout, open until the late hours of the morning ever day, the neighborhood pub features an impressive selection of domestic and imported beers, wines, spirits, and snacks. 

Eleventh Street Pizza

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Pizza and sporting events are a classic combo, which is why grabbing a slice or even a whole pie at Eleventh Street Pizza is the perfect beginning or ending to the evening at FTX Arena. The NY-style pizzeria, housed in the former Fooqs location, serves up classic and not-so-classic pies like the wild shroom topped with maitake mushrooms, thyme, garlic, shallot, mozzarella, garlic confit, caramelized onions, parsley, and sourdough breadcrumbs.

Black Market Miami

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This popular Downtown Miami sports bar has opened a location even closer to the FTX Arena for this season. 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.

Jaguar Sun

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A favorite 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, dine on shareable pastas including cacio e pepe and rigatoni, oysters, salads, and more.

CVI.CHE 105 Downtown

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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. 

Mama Tried

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Low-key turn up is Mama Tried’s style, pumping out diverse beats every night of the week. The cocktail menu features creative libations while the retro bar games pay homage to a different time in nightlife’s past. 

Lost Boy

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While Lost Boy might best be known for its clever cocktails and popular happy hour, its food menu is also more expansive than most with a variety of charcuterie boards, sandwiches, hot dogs, and heartier items like mac ‘n cheese and pot pie.

Vero Italian Restaurant

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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. 

Café Bastille

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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. 

Meraki Greek Bistro

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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. 

Novikov Miami

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The proper place to flaunt that 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. 

Boulud Sud Miami

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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. 

Mignonette

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.

Esotico Miami

This bright and colorful tiki bar creates an assortment of drinks influenced by tiki-cocktail history. To soak up all that booze Esotico Miami serves a full dinner menu with a variety of tiki-with-a-twist offerings, like black truffle dumplings, octopus hot dogs, and conch fritters can be found in the “pupu” menu. 

The Corner

The Corner is the city’s essential postgame hangout, open until the late hours of the morning ever day, the neighborhood pub features an impressive selection of domestic and imported beers, wines, spirits, and snacks. 

Eleventh Street Pizza

Pizza and sporting events are a classic combo, which is why grabbing a slice or even a whole pie at Eleventh Street Pizza is the perfect beginning or ending to the evening at FTX Arena. The NY-style pizzeria, housed in the former Fooqs location, serves up classic and not-so-classic pies like the wild shroom topped with maitake mushrooms, thyme, garlic, shallot, mozzarella, garlic confit, caramelized onions, parsley, and sourdough breadcrumbs.

Black Market Miami

This popular Downtown Miami sports bar has opened a location even closer to the FTX Arena for this season. 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.

Jaguar Sun

A favorite 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, dine on shareable pastas including cacio e pepe and rigatoni, oysters, salads, and more.

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. 

Mama Tried

Low-key turn up is Mama Tried’s style, pumping out diverse beats every night of the week. The cocktail menu features creative libations while the retro bar games pay homage to a different time in nightlife’s past. 

Lost Boy

While Lost Boy might best be known for its clever cocktails and popular happy hour, its food menu is also more expansive than most with a variety of charcuterie boards, sandwiches, hot dogs, and heartier items like mac ‘n cheese and pot pie.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Novikov Miami

The proper place to flaunt that 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. 

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. 

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