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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Something for the Weekend: Where to watch the NFL playoffs

By Fritz Hahn

On Sunday, we find out which two teams will compete in Super Bowl XLV. Thing is, the rivalries between the Packers and Bears and Steelers and Jets mean that either of this week's games could prove to be more exciting than the big one on Feb. 6.

If you want to get out to support your team, here are some bars where passions run high.

Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears (3 p.m.)

For Packers fans:
Dozens of Packers fans gather every week at the Hawk and Dove, and the owners estimate that "80 or 90" people were crowded around the bar for last week's playoff game. The bar serves traditional brats during the day; after 6 p.m., get half-price burgers and $2.50 pints of Yuengling and $3 bottles of domestic beers.

The bar is also a gathering spot for Wisconsin alumni, and the Badgers' basketball game against Northwestern will be on at 11:30 a.m.

For Bears fans:
At Union Pub, framed Mike Ditka and Brian Urlacher jerseys hang on the wall and fans drink Old Style beers and groove to the original "Super Bowl Shuffle." The kitchen serves Chicago-style pizza and hot dogs, and the game is featured on 26 TVs, including a 100-inch projection screen on the heated patio. (There will be additional "Chicago-style" menu items for the game, but those haven't been nailed down yet.)

Drink specials include $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and drafts, $12 buckets of Budweiser, Bud Light and Miller Lite buckets, and $6 pints of 312, a wheat beer from Chicago's Goose Island Brewery that takes its name from the city's area code.

If you don't know the words to "Bear Down, Chicago Bears," you might want to brush up: the team's anthem plays after every touchdown.

New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (6:30 p.m.)

For Steelers fans:
If you've ever driven down Pennsylvania Avenue SE on a Sunday morning, you may have seen Steelers fans clutching their Terrible Towels outside the Pour House, waiting for the bar to open. Getting there early is a good idea -- the staff says most tables are gone by 12:30, regardless of game time, and hundreds of fans from the D.C. Steeler Nation show up every week.

Both Miller Lite and Blue Moon beer are discounted to $3 pints and $10 pitchers. Primanti-style kielbasa sandwiches, based on the Pittsburgh original, sell for $9.50 each, and buckets of wings are sold in quantities of 10 for $8 or 20 for $15.

(If the bar hits capacity, and it usually does, you might want to try the Mighty Pint downtown, which also has Pittsburgh-style snacks (pierogis, kielbasa, meatball subs, etc.) and Iron City Light beer.

For Jets fans:
Foggy Bottom's 51st State Irish pub caters to all New York-based sports teams, from the Yankees to the Buffalo Bills, but it has earned a reputation for attracting Jets fans. Games are shown on nine large plasma TVs, and specials include $5 burgers, $3 house beers, $5 wines by the glass and $6 martinis.

Show up early to claim a seat and avail yourself of the daily happy hour: beers and mixed drinks for $3 or $3.50 between 4 and 7.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 21, 2011; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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