Photo courtesy of John Brown Smokehouse
Whether you’re rooting for the Chiefs or the 49ers, prefer wine or beer, or want wings or barbecue, there’s a special event for everyone going on this Super Bowl Sunday. Ahead, we’ve rounded up 10 offbeat and specialized spots where you can watch game LIV.
East Village bar Finnerty’s is considered the 49ers bar in NYC. The Irish pub has tons of beers on tap, and for the Super Bowl you can buy a $220 VIP wristband ($250 after 1/27) that includes early at 3:00 (to get a good seat), a six-hour premium open bar starting at 5:00, 10 free raffle tickets, and a t-shirt. You can also buy an $80 wristband that gets you in at 5:00 with one complimentary drink.
Nothing says Kansas City like barbecue. Unofficial Chiefs gathering spot John Brown Smokehouse in Long Island City will be serving up its famous Kansas City-style meats, but do note that there are no reservations. Get in line from 3-4pm and then enjoy a buffet from 4:30-5:00pm. There’s no food during the game, but another option is to get some barbecue to go and head around the corner to Fifth Hammer Brewing (they allow outside food) for some local beer and the game.
3. Sliders and Wine at Bar Felice
Feel like you should watch the game but would rather be quietly sipping some vino? Bar Felice might be the place for you. At their Upper East Side and FiDi locations, the wine bar will have the game playing and is offering sliders with a glass of red wine for $19. A non-football talking point–Felice has a vineyard in Tuscany where it makes its own wines.
Another out-of-the-box, classy happening is taking place at Rosemary’s Italian restaurant in the West Village. Their $45/person pig roast includes a mozzarella bar, a delicious pasta dish (there’s burrata in it, need we say more?), buttermilk fried chicken wings, and the aforementioned pulled pork. Drink specials will be available, but they’re extra.
If beer’s not your thing, how about $9 margs at the East Village locale of Alex Stupak’s beloved taco restaurant Empellón al Pastor? For $60/person, there’s also unlimited beer and wine for 90 minutes, which will be served with guac and salsa, achiote hot wings, and ancho curly fries. The event is happening at the restaurant’s outpost at the Pod 39 Hotel. You can also get a party pack to-go that serves eight people for $225.
Who hasn’t always wanted to watch the Super Bowl inside an igloo? Midtown lounge 230 Fifth is hosting a special game-night event where you can drop $100 per person to get access to televisions inside their popular rooftop igloos (do note, you can’t reserve your own private igloo). There will be a beer and wine open bar from 7-9pm, along with a buffet consisting of standard game foods like nachos, chicken fingers, and sliders. If you don’t care about the igloos, you can still hang at the bar and access the same food/drink deal for $45/person
This Upper East Side sports bar has become a go-to for their wings, and you can nosh on them all night at their Super Bowl Party. For $50 a person you’ll get access to 11 HD televisions plus a projector, as well as an all-you-can-eat buffet full of the “atomic wings.” This also gets you one cocktail, but the rest of the night it’s a cash bar. You can also get the chicken catered, or get there early (they will sell out) and get some of their famous wings to go.
Speaking of wings, how about a wing-eating contest? At Williamsburg’s Humboldt & Jackson, $20 guarantees you entry and all-you-can-eat wings, as well as the option to see if you can consume more than anyone else.
If you’re really looking for a party head to Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg to watch the game while you bowl. It’s $300 to reserve a lane for you and up to seven guests until the end of the game, but you’ll have food and beverage service that includes $1 buffalo wings and $23 pitchers of beer all night long.
Another way to play a sport while watching a sport is to head to ping-pong club SPIN 23 for their Superbowl Watch Party. Tickets are $75 and include a tailgate buffet, open bar, and communal playtime on the tables.
World-famous gay bar the Stonewall Inn is hosting a Super Bowl Sunday Funday party with five hours of drag shows, dancing, and games. Entry is $8.