Where to Watch the Super Bowl (Updated)
Unless you're a Steelers fan or a Cardinals fan, here's what matters on Sunday: big screens, filling food and cheap drinks. As long you you've got a better view than you would on your couch and someone's putting cold beers on your table, you're going to be fine. With that in mind, we offer this list of what some area bars are doing for the day. (Feeling partisan? Those wearing black and gold should put the Pour House and the Crystal City Sports Pub high on their list, while the Arizona State Society is throwing a game-watching party for Cardinals fans at the Crystal City Sports Pub.)
TVs are everywhere at BlackFinn -- behind the bar, on the walls, at individual tables -- so you'll have a good view of the game. Doors open at 11:30, and there are specials all day, including the "game day menu," with appetizers ranging from $4.95 to $7.95. Thirsty? Miller Lite drafts are $3, and tabletop beer towers -- which hold "about 9 beers" according to one bartender -- cost $18. Besides the Super Bowl, there's a slider-eating contest at halftime and a raffle for a flat-screen TV at the end of the night.
The upstairs is reserved for a private party. Downstairs, the 26 TVs will be tuned to the Super Bowl. Drink specials includes Coors Light for $3 and buckets of a half-dozen Miller Lite or Coors bottles for $15. Doors open at 11 a.m.
Cleveland Park Bar and Grill
Despite having an all-weather rooftop bar and more than two dozen HD televisions, the Cleveland Park Bar and Grill is keeping things easy. No food specials or drink specials. "Just a regular day for us" says the hostess. Suuuure.
Crystal City Sports Pub
The top two floors of the Sports Pub have been reserved in advance, and the whole place will be predominantly black and gold, the owners say. Still, anyone's welcome to drop in at the first floor, where more than 120 people can find space in front of around three dozen large televisions. Seating is first-come, first-served, and it's expected to be filled by 5.
DuClaw Brewing Company
It's happy hour all day at the Bowie brewpub, which means you'll pay $2.30 for house beers like the Misfit Red or the Hellrazer IPA, or $2.50 to $3 for seasonal taps, like the Old Flame Ale. From 5 p.m. on, the optional Big Game Buffet includes pasta, fish and chips, sliders, chicken skewers and other snacks for $10.99.
Gin & Tonic
The usually laidback bar is taking table reservations -- one way to guarantee yourself a seat. All-night drink specials include $12 pitchers of Miller Lite, Yuengling and Budweiser American Ale, plus $5 Firefly vodka drinks, which are ridiculously good.
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern
One of the more interactive Super Bowl parties around takes place at Jimmy's, where there's a pre-game "football contest" outside that one of the bartenders describes as "who can throw the longest pass, who can throw the ball through a hoop, that kind of thing." Think -- or know -- you have a better arm than Matt Leinart? Here's your chance to win prizes for it. Doors open at 11 a.m. and food and drink specials run until 9, including platters of 10 Anchor Bar wings for $5. There's free pool all day, and a DJ spins after the game. Oh, right. The game: You can watch it on extra-large HD screens, which the bar is bringing in for the day "courtesy of Myer-Emco."
Lucky Bar boasts 22 televisions and three giant screens, which should make seeing the game a breeze. Specials include $3 Yuengling pints and $12 pitchers, plus 25-cent wings.
Pay $30 at the Foggy Bottom nightspot and partake of an appetizer buffet from 6 to close, as well as unlimited rail drinks, Miller Lite, Miller High Life and Miller Genuine Draft beers. At the end of the game, there's a raffle for a plasma TV.
Tired of showing up to the bar only to find that the only seats left are back in the far corner behind a pillar? You need to have a good view on Super Bowl Sunday, especially at Mister Days, where the Redskins cheerleaders are performing a dance routine just before kickoff. Stop by the restaurant any day before Sunday and the staff will let you reserve seats for as many people as you want for $25 a pop; that price includes a pre-game buffet dinner from 4 to 6. Once the game's underway (on more than 60 flat-screen TVs and two projection screens), there will be specials on buckets of beer.
Nellie's Sports Bar
Nellie's doesn't have as many TVs as some other sports bars, but it has a number of specials available on Sunday, include $3 house beers, $5 quesadillas and a $20 party special that includes a bucket of five beers (Budweiser, Bud Light or Michelob Ultra) and an order of wings. Also, the rooftop deck is now tented and heated.
The Pour House
Washington's biggest Steelers bar opens its doors at 10 a.m., and the owners expect it to be full "by 10:30 or 11." This is for a game that begins around 6:15 p.m. Arrive early if you want a place for you and your Terrible Towel-carrying friends at the bar. $2.50 Rolling Rock bottles and $10 pitchers of beers will help the time fly by.
It pays to arrive early for Things to Do D.C.'s Super Bowl Party: Beer and wings are free from 5:30 until halftime. Rhino has dozens of TVs for viewing the game, and guests can enter to win a 32-inch LCD screen to take home. Tickets are $27 in advance from ThingsToDoDC.com.
Rock Bottom Bethesda
Not really a sports bar, the Bethesda brewpub has TVs placed throughout the bar area, including one large projection screen, and one of the best drink specials going. The Pintastic Happy Hour will follow the usual rules: Purchase any logo pint glass for $4.95 (including 16 ounces of beer) and get $2.50 refills all day. You get to take a clean glass home at the end of the night.
The Sideline Sports Bar
Owned by former Redskin LaVar Arrington and loaded with flat-screen TVs and football memorabilia, the Sideline feels like the perfect place for a Super Bowl Party. WKYS DJ Joe "The Kat Daddy" is the host from 5 p.m. to midnight. A $10 cover includes food and drink specials all night.
The game will play on the two HD projection screens and four large high-def TVs, and happy hour prices are in effect all day long: $3.50 Miller Lite drafts and 25-cent wings.
Tonic at Quigley's Pharmacy
Tonic owner Jeremy Pollock is a huge Giants fan. Huge. (He and co-owner Eric "Bernie" Bernstrom, a Lions fan, are so passionate that they often make bets about their teams that involve dying hair and shaving beards, that sort of thing.) Pollock is disappointed that his team's not in today's game, but he's still going to be bartending tonight in Tonic's lounge. The bar is offering a special for the night: $20 gets one drink and unlimited trips to a buffet of wings, nachos and tater tots from 4:30 on. There are three flat-screen TVs in the lounge, but Tonic is bringing in an extra big screen for the day. (The Mount Pleasant branch is running a similar deal, and tosses in a can of PBR for the same price.)
The newest bar in Adams Morgan is showing the game on 14 flat-screens over two floors, with digital surround sound on both levels. Budweiser and Bud Light drafts are $2 all day. Doors open at noon.
DC101's Big Ass Football Bash
Elliot in the Morning's Super Bowl party at Fur is free, but there's a catch: You have to win tickets by listening to the radio station or by entering a contest on DC101.com. Those that make it in can win a 46-inch flat-screen TV by guessing the halftime score, and rock out to the metal band Saliva instead of watching Bruce Springsteen. Doors open at 4:30.
The World's Largest Super Bowl Party
Chuck Brown returns to the Positive Black Men Coalition's annual Super Sunday party, which is hosted by WKYS DJ EZ Street and Majic 102.3 FM. Doors open at 4:30, and pre-game entertainment includes pool tables and basketball games, plus complimentary snacks. The game will be shown on four large projection screens, and once the Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded, the Godfather of Go-Go takes the stage. Tickets are $25 in advance; see the Positive Black Men Coalition Web site for more information.
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