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Posted at 2:39 PM ET, 01/30/2007

The Super Bowl Shuffle

By Fritz Hahn

With the Super Bowl on the horizon, everyone wants to know where to watch the big game. Here's a half-dozen of the best parties out there.

(Can't find what you're looking for? There's a longer list of events here.)

Also, Colts fans, we're not ignoring you -- we just can't find a single place that bills itself as a bar for Indianapolis fans. If you have suggestions, leave them in the comments field. Thanks.

Billy Goat Tavern
Forget bandwagon-jumping football bars, says a manager at this Chicago transplant. "We've been showing the Bears since week one." With two large flatscreen TVs and room for 80 to 85 fans, this isn't the biggest spot around, but an assortment of yet-to-be-named food and drink specials and a menu that says "home" to Chicagoans, the Billy Goat is going to be slammed.

Dr. Dremo's
No cover, the game on two huge 10-foot projection screens, darts and free pool when you spend a minimum of $20. Sounds good to me.

Mister Days
There won't be any burgundy and gold in Miami this weekend, but six Redskins cheerleaders will be working the crowd in Clarendon. This is a great option if you're going with a group: Mister Days is allowing fans who pay the $25 cover in advance to select their seats, so you know you'll be sitting together. That $25 includes a dinner buffet, drink specials all game and chances to win door prizes.

Positive Black Men Coalition
The Bears and Colts aren't the only attraction at the Positive Black Men Coalition's annual party. While you can watch the Super Bowl on five projection screens, the Positive Black Men Coalition's annual party features plenty of off-the-field entertainment, too, including pool tables, basketball games and free snacks. After the game, hot go-go band Familiar Faces performs at a party hosted by WPGC-FM's Michelle Wright. Admission is $25.

Rhino Bar
Those who'd rather worry about watching the game than watching their tab should look to Rhino Bar, where Things to Do's package features an open bar on beer and rail drinks from 6 to 9 and all-you-can-eat wings until the half. There are more than two dozen TVs, including three 101-inch screens. Admission is $25, and the party goes from 5 to 11.

Topaz Bar and Bar Rouge
Dueling parties for "football fans" and "football widows" face off at two boutique hotel bars two blocks apart. The Topaz Bar features special appetizers like Urlacher Pizza Bread and "Lovie Dogs" chili dogs, and special $5 and $6 cocktails, but I'm more inclined to go for the Field Goal package, which includes two bottles of Sam Adams, two bottles of Heineken and two bottles of the dark Dragon Stout for $9. Meanwhile, at Rouge, women can get manicures and hand massages for $10 while watching "Desperate Housewives" and sipping really fruity girly drinks like the Mani-Tini, made with apple rum, cinnamon schnapps and sour mix. (Disclaimer: Who decided that women would rather get spa treatments than watch the big game, or that the only people who'd rather not be in a bar watching football on Super Bowl Sunday are women?)

And one more for the Bears fans:

Illinois State Society
While I'd probably suggest going to the Crystal City Sports Pub anyway -- dozens of TVs will do that -- Bears fans have an extra incentive to head down to Alexandria on Sunday. The Illinois State Society has reserved a room and is hosting a party for Illinois ex-pats. A $20 cover includes a food buffet and non-alcoholic drinks, though you're in the hole for your beer. (Here's your reason to join the Illinois State Society, if you needed one.) To reserve a space, call 703-461-3610.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 30, 2007; 2:39 PM ET
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are the Gurus even good looking?

Posted by: curious? | February 1, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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