The NBA Playoffs are getting heated. Dallas just swept the two-time defending champions, the LA Lakers, and every other game is heading into double (or even triple) overtimes. Denizens in the seven cities that remain (Boston, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Memphis) are in the heat of the moment — thriving on the adrenaline of competition as every win leads closer to the NBA Championships.
But supporting your favorite team, whether you live in that city or not, doesn’t mean you have to abandon your creature comforts. Why munch on a sorry meal just because some restaurant has a TV? We’ve put together a list of places to eat, drink while watching the game, and stay overnight for the cities left in the running. Note: you can (and should) also drink in these establishments once your team has played their last Playoff game. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/alforque)
Currently squaring off against Miami (in a nail-biting series), Boston Celtics fans have a city full of fantastic food and drink options that range from sleek and modern to classic New England.
Where to eat: Dive into oysters and clam chowder at Neptune Oyster, grab tapas at Toro, or sober up over brunch at the Paramount in Beacon Hill. Don’t leave Toro without tasting the churros con chocolate. You’ll thank us later. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/Deannster)
Boston’s sizzling hot competitors, the Miami Heat’s fans get to sit Oceanside while they root for their favorite players. Everything from fine dining to cheap eats to Cuban food is available in Miami.
Where to watch the game: Shucker’s Bar and Grill is known amongst Miami’s sports-lovers for 23 hi-def TVs and a solid drinks menu while Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill is a sports bar with a sense of humor, offering drinks like the Dreamsicle Martini.
Where to eat: Indulge in wood-grilled steaks or succulent burgers at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, spring for fritas at El Mago de las Fritas, or find a seat at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink for oysters and sweet and spicy pork belly salad. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/philip fibiger)
Up against the best team in the league this season, Atlanta Hawks’ games will be playing on TVs all through their vibrant city from Buckhead to Little Five Points.
Where to eat: Tuck into some healthy Southern cooking like the white Cheddar quesadilla with avocado at Ria’s Bluebird, order up some crawfish at the contemporary, industrial Two Urban Licks, or peruse the wine list at Wisteria Restaurant. (Photo courtesy of Two Urban Licks)