IF YOU GO: A UofL fan's road trip guide to Miami

Published: Sep. 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2014 at 5:19 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If you're a loyal road warrior supporting the Louisville football team in its second straight game away from home, you've got a really tough assignment trying to find some fun in South Florida this weekend. The Cards take on Florida International in Miami.

Fortunately, we've combed the pages of the Internet to bring you some helpful bar/restaurant tips if you'd rather not hit the beach.

[ALSO: UofL football schedule]


SpecialTEA Lounge (10766 SW 24th St – Miami, FL 33165)

+ This is a hole-in-the-wall establishment with no sign and blinded windows -- aka hipster heaven

+ 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk from the stadium (walking is recommended because of limited parking)

+ The hipster UofL football fan will fit right in; of course anyone is more than welcome

+ Great sandwiches and tea selections

+ Eclectic music, large portions and comfy atmosphere

+ For the indecisive: Go for the chicken bacon ranch flatbread.

+ Website

Pronto Pizza Express (10770 SW 24th St – Miami, FL 33165)

+ See the first bullet point above for details on how far from the stadium, because this place is right across the street

+ They offer pizza, pasta, calzones, salads, subs and wings

+ With daily lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., this would be a prime spot to grab a slice before the game

+ Warning: While the interior lacks a little style, don't let that deter you. The flavorful pizza more than makes up for it.

+ Recommendation: Pronto Special Pizza (loaded with red onions, green peppers, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, ham and black olives. The veggies are cooked on so it gives the pizza an added crunch)

+ Pasta: Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce

+ Sub: Chicken Parmesan

+ Website

El Ray de las Fritas (10142 W Flagler St – Miami, FL 33174)

+ 8-minute drive from stadium

+ Offers a vast array of authentic Cuban food (can't get much closer to Cuba than Miami)

+ Clean, friendly staff, and relaxed atmosphere

+ Specializes in the "frita"

+ So what is a frita, you may ask? It's a Cuban hamburger. A flat-top-cooked, beef-and-chorizo patty of greatness, topped with way too many crisp potato sticks, cheese if you like it, and barely cooked chopped onions, all piled between two bun-esque shaped Cuban Bread discs. Do like we did and just ask Yelp!

+ Don't forget to get an order of churros (doused in condensed milk and chocolate and dipped in café con leche)

+ Warning: The food can be very greasy. Pregame meal? Probably not a good idea. Postgame meal? Go for it.

+ Website


As you might imagine, the nightlife scene in Miami is huge. However, finding a quality place near FIU's campus can actually be quite difficult. In order to reach bar heaven you must go into the heart of Miami, and really why wouldn't you? In fact, there are so many bars and clubs that I'm just going to list some of the best ones (Thanks, Thrillist!).

+ Best Club: Rec Room

+ Best Party Bar: Purdy Lounge

+ Best Drink Selections: The Broken Shaker

+ Best Beer Bar: The Abbey Brewing Company

+ Best Local Beer: Gravity Brewlab

+ Best Wine: The Room

+ Best Local Hangout: Wood Tavern

+ Best Day Drinking: Monty's South Beach

+ Best Music: Kill Your Idol

+ Best Outdoor Area: The Standard Miami

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