Football Faves

WSVN — All right, team, huddle up! We've got a winning strategy for watching football this season.

For the ultimate sports fan, you'll be in TV bliss at the new Sports Exchange on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Saddle up at their main bar known as the Shrine.

Barry Abes, Sports Exchange, Managing Partner: "This was built for football. It's about a 25 by 8 foot screen behind our main bar, consists of 14-foot projectors surrounded by eight plasmas."

Get up-to-the-minute scores with their sports ticker, and you can even host your own private football party by renting out their sky box.

Barry Abes: "It's definitely the most stylish way to watch football. It's got it's own 104-inch projector. We have three 42-inch plasmas on the wall. We can seat up to about 60 to 70 people."

If you want to watch the game South Beach-style, head over to the swank Gansevoort Hotel for Monday night football at Plunge, their rooftop pool.

Courtney O'Dell Reeves, Director of Entertainment, Gansevoort Hotel: "Twenty-two thousand square feet, 18 stories up in the air with an unbelievable view of the city under the sky. What a way to watch a game."

The game is projected on a huge wall, so you can watch from the bar or lounge chairs or get cozy with your friends in a cabana.

Courtney O'Dell Reeves: "We have nine cabanas, all with amazing views. Each have their own Sony flatscreen."

If low key is the name of your game, check out the new Urbanite Bistro in Downtown Miami. This artsy place is definitely not your typical sports bar.

Frank Imbarlina, Urbanite Bistro, Executive Chef: "We're a place to come watch the game, eat, drink and just kind of not be part of the sports bar theme. Monday night, we have a special where we run our Happy Hour just from 5 p.m. all the way to the end of the game."

They have a couple of TVs in their bar area where you can enjoy appetizers, like shrimp corndogs or alligator eggrolls and sip on fun drinks.

Troy Banks: "If you have a female companion, and you'd like to do something where you're both comfortable, she can enjoy the ambiance, and you can enjoy the game."

Don't worry, ladies, we saved the best play for you.

Katy Walpole: "Football is great. It's nice to watch, but sometimes it's nice to just be a girl."

MySpa at the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Miami is offering the football survivor package.

Michael Perez, MySpa, Spa Director: "We're going to get the facial and massage for $160. It's a 20 percent savings off regular pricing."

Plus, you get to use all the hotel amenities, like the pool and gym, all day, or for a real girl's retreat, spend the day in their ocean suite. This space is unbelievable.

Michael Perez: "Here we close the doors, air condition is on, music is going. Our guest can do as minimal as just doing their services in here, or they can do an upgrade and have food and beverage brought in and extend their stay."

Katy Walpole-Customer: "The view here is great. When I first walked in, all I could think of was, 'Wow, this is awesome.'"

Now, that's my kind of game day! All of the places are offering drink and food specials on game days.


Sports Exchange45 Miracle MileCoral Gables(305) 774-1222

Urbanite Bistro 62 NE 14th St.Miami, FL 33132(305) 374-0662

Gansevoort South2377 Collins AvenueMiami, FL 33139(305) 604-1000

MySpa at the Intercontinental Hotel100 Chopin PlazaMiami, FL 33131 (305) 577-1000