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Duffy’s Sports Grill Finally Comes to Miami

For years, if you lived in Miami a trip to Duffy’s meant heading out to Red Road and the venerable Duffy’s Tavern.  But about ten years ago another Duffy’s came to South Florida, Duffy’s Sports Grill in Palm Beach County. Since then, the mega sports bar has been expanding all over PBC and Broward. And finally, this month, made its way to Dade.


If you’re a Miamian who spends any time north of the County Line – and you are a sports fan – chances are you’ve been to Duffy’s. It’s a place with cheap drinks, more TV’s than your entire block, and every sports package imaginable. You could probably convince a bartender to put on a Cricket Match from Pakistan if you tried hard enough.


Duffy’s first venture in South Florida’s most populous county is at the old Water Club site on NE 163rd Street in North Miami Beach. The setting right on the Intercoastal seems like it would be better suited for a romantic candlelit bistro-type place. But surprisingly, lining a waterfront patio with flat screens works at Duffy’s. As does its massive outdoor bar.


But Duffy’s isn’t just a sports bar on steroids. What has kept people coming back in Broward and Palm Beach are its drinks specials and rewards programs.

The Happy Hour is really a Happy 10 Hours, as the 2-for-1 drinks go from 4 p.m. to close.  And unlike a lot of Happy Hours that force you to get Rot Gut Tequila or Vagrant Special Vodka, this deal extends to everything Duffy’s has on the shelf (excluding shots). So, basically, it’s a cheap place to drink in addition to a great place to watch a game.
The rewards club, though, is really what sets Duffy’s apart. For every dollar you spend, you get a point on your Duffy’s MVP card. And for every hundred points you accrue, you get $10 to spend at the restaurant. So it’s basically a 10% return on whatever you buy. And on Tuesdays, you get double points. So a simple meal with a few drinks can net you a couple of gigantic free beers on your next visit.


Miami had really been missing this kind of sports bar. We frequently get questions on the site asking what good places to watch games are, but there’s never anywhere really mind-blowing. Now that Duffy’s has entered Dade, Miamians have a go-to place for anything sports related.

The North Miami Beach location is Duffy’s largest restaurant, with three indoor dining rooms, a massive indoor bar, two outdoor dining rooms and another giant bar on the patio.

The question, really, was if this formula would work in Latin-dominated Miami. But Duffy’s apparently did its homework before coming to Dade County. The night we went Duffy’s comfortably hosted parties for both the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and a Copa America Futbol match, essentially showcasing the two most popular sports in Latin America.  If Duffy’s can continue to adapt its business to suit Miami’s needs, it should have no problem becoming an institution down here as it has in Broward and Palm Beach.

The service at this particular location was, like most new restaurants in Miami, excellent. Hopefully Duffy’s will not follow the pattern, though, and revert to rude, slow, incompetent service once local managers take over. The Duffy’s brand is big on service, so I am optimistic. Word on the street is the next location will be in Miami Lakes, then hopefully in Kendall. Which will finally give Kendall at least one redeeming feature. But until then, celebrate Duffy’s entrance into our county, and give it a shot. At worst, you’ll get 10% back.

Related Categories: Miami: Local News, Miami: Food & Restaurant News,

About the Author: Matt Meltzer is a featured columnist at Miami Beach 411.

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16 Comments on

"Duffy’s Sports Grill Finally Comes to Miami"

Maria de los Angeles says:

I’m so glad there’s a Duffy’s in Dade.  We need more places like this instead of stuffy, pretentious ones.

The prior establishment was the Water Club, not the Waterhouse. It seems to have folded after Executive Chef Andrea Randazzo pulled out.  The big screen TVs were everywhere even when it was the Water Club, but judging by the photos, it seems like there are more now. 

When I went to the Water Club and saw this sports bar trying to be a fancy restaurant at the same time, I never thought it would work.  A sports bar is a great equalizer.

Matt—does it still have the pool and is docking still available for people who want to pull up on their boats? Also, it it still buggy outside in the summer? (It’s right next to a mangrove).

Another big plus to this place is FREE parking!

Posted on 07/13/2011 at 9:50 PM

Blackford Oakes says:

This place has meet-up written all over it or a Sunday this Fall

Posted on 07/14/2011 at 9:40 AM

Jess says:


Duffy’s has the pool and docking is available for those who want to come by boat.  It’s a great bonus especially during the summer!

Posted on 07/14/2011 at 10:27 AM

Maria de los Angeles says:

Thanks, Jess. I’m glad they kept those features. It’s like Monty’s on the intracoastal ... kind of nicer, too.

UTS ... yes! I’d been wanting to do a tweetup there since it was Water Club.  Was *this* close to doing it but I ended up with a different location. (Don’t remember why right now.)

One more question ... is that 2 x 1 special on premium/top shelf booze?

Posted on 07/14/2011 at 11:23 AM

Carlos Miller says:

Two for one is on everything, if I remember correctly. I was paying less than six dollars for two bottles of Heineken. They serve you one to drink and they serve you another chilling on ice in one of those wine things.

If you’re not too careful, you can find yourself getting very drunk.

I was talking to @IKathyV on Twitter about doing a Tweetup there. We were thinking of organizing one on a Thursday night.

Posted on 07/14/2011 at 1:06 PM

Maria de los Angeles says:

Sounds good, Carlos. I like that this location is sort of in between Fort Lauderdale and Miami for tweetups.
If the 2 x 1 is for top shelf, then the happy hour is definitely rivaling Flanigan’s. Good stuff.

Posted on 07/14/2011 at 1:16 PM

Carlos Miller says:

Yes, that was the idea. It’s right in the middle. The problem I have with the Flanigan’s happy hour is that it doesn’t apply to the Loggerhead (Flanigans in the Grove for those who don’t know), which is my favorite and closest.

But it beat’s Flanigan’s for watching sports and the service was top-notch (of course it’s only been two weeks since they opened) and the food wasn’t bad either.

What I really need is one within walking distance from me, now that I have Hooters, the Ale House and Tarpon Bend down the street.

Posted on 07/14/2011 at 1:21 PM

Maria de los Angeles says:

You’d be in heaven, Carlos!

The other issue with Flanigan’s is that even the ones that do offer the happy hour don’t offer it until after 9 PM.

Posted on 07/14/2011 at 1:35 PM

Joe Flanigan, John AleHouse & Bobby Quarterdeck says:

We’re ruined!!!

Posted on 07/14/2011 at 2:46 PM

Whitney Pyles says:

YAY! Awesome article-Matt & pics-Carlos! Thnx for everything and it was great meeting you guys. Hope to see you soon, you’re pretty cool cats!

Come to DUFFYS ppl! Great food, service, drinks and LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!

Whitney you BARTENDER wink

Posted on 07/15/2011 at 1:22 PM

Carlos Miller says:

Whitney, You’re an awesome bartender! You really made our night.

Posted on 07/15/2011 at 3:56 PM

Matt Meltzer says:

Hey Whitney! Thanks again for taking care of us on Tuesday. We’ll definitely be seeing you again. You like your picture?

Posted on 07/15/2011 at 5:21 PM

Whitney Pyles says:

Love it. Lol. It’s my FB profile. See you guys soon, can’t wait!

Posted on 07/18/2011 at 5:13 PM

Matt Meltzer says:

Chalk up another one, Carlos.

He prides himself on taking people’s profile pics. Mine is a Carlos Miller original too.

Posted on 07/19/2011 at 3:21 PM

Carlos Miller says:

I do pride myself in my pictures, but I have to be honest. The Whitney photo came out a little too blurry for my taste.

I had it on a slow shutter speed to capture the TV screens, but I should have adjusted it where it wasn’t blurry.

But enough techno-talk. We’ll do it again next time we’re there.

Posted on 07/19/2011 at 3:30 PM

Angel De Lieto says:

Looking forward to meeting friends there this Friday evening.  Used to love the Duffy’s in Jupiter!!

Posted on 07/21/2011 at 10:53 AM

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