I don’t watch football, don’t really like it. And up until yesterday (today?) I wasn’t sure which two teams are even playing the Super Bowl. New England Patriots and New York Giants, right? But I LOVE Super Bowl parties — the food, the drinks, the running commentary. It’s where foodists and sport fans finally come together. So here’s a hand-picked list of what I think are some of the best Super Bowl parties around town, most notably for their tasty food and drink specials.
Akasha’s Super Bowl Party — All-Day Happy Hour and Special Super Bowl Menu
Enjoy happy hour prices (1/2 off wine, well drinks, draft beer and specialty cocktails) at the bar during the game and all night, and in the dining room from 3 to 5:30pm. The special menu is categorized by Kick Off (bratwurst on brioche, pizza), First Down (onion rings, dips, fries), Third and Goal (pulled pork sliders, Punjabi chicken wings) and Touchdown (Boston cream pie, NY cheesecake). Watch the game on a 9-by-6 projector screen with live game audio.
Beer Belly’s Super Sunday — $5 Craft Beer and Super Bowl Menu
THE place to go for nommy drunk food is boasting the likes of NY pizza mac n’ cheese and catfish n’ chips with chowder aioli as well as $5 pints of California craft beer. And don’t forget the wings, corn on the cob and duck fat fries. Oh my!
City Tavern — All-Day Happy Hour
Get your gourmet game on in Culver City. This gastropub, which will open early at 2:30pm, will be featuring $10 craft beer growlers during its all-day happy hour, as well as “Super Bowl” meatballs and Spanish chorizo pigs in a blanket. Mmm, craft beeeer.
The Eveleigh’s Super Bowl ’12 Sunday Social
Brunch ends at 3pm at this Sunset Strip bar/restaurant but Chef Jordan Toft will offer up hot dogs and chili cheese fries ($8 each) for game time. Order up pitchers of beer as well as the bar’s famous Poor Carlito’s (tequila, lime juice, honey, smoked sea salt) and pitchers of Pimlico Punch (whiskey, lemons, tangerines and mint — $43 and serves six).
ForgeLA’s Super Seoul Sausage Bowl — Open bar
Yup, I said “Open Bar!” Sure, entry is $20 but you get an open bar courtesy of Ketel One Vodka and Deschutes Beer. PLUS there’s a nacho bar, all-you-can-eat Seoul Sausage, photo booth, beer pong, Snow Monkey dessert, halftime giveaways AND two 20-foot screens to watch the game on.
Harvard & Stone’s Super Bowl Bash — Unlimited food and drinks
For $40 via Thrillist Rewards, you get all the Singha beer, wells and specialty punches you can drink before the game (2:30pm) and all the hamburgers, chips/salsa and bbq chicken you can gorge yourself on. Considering that cocktails here usually run around $12, it’s a killer deal. I just love the fact that this craft cocktail bar is even throwing a Super Bowl party, cuz you know the drinks are going to be stellar.
Short Order — Super Bowl Menu
This Farmers Market burger joint is putting up TV screens especially for the Big Game! Add to that mixologist Julian Cox’s cocktails and spiked custard shakes as well as SO LA (bacon-wrapped North Country) Dogs ($7) and short rib chili cheese spuds ($9 with $3 add-ons like bacon and melted aged cheddar) and you can settle in nicely for some football. Or if you gotta dash, you can order those indulgent dogs in a three-pack to go ($18)!
Tony’s Darts Away Vegan Super Bowl — Vegan bar food and $3.50 Golden Road beers
Yes! Bar food that won’t make you feel all erp-y after. At this vegan Super Bowl party, which starts at 12pm, they’ll feature bbq jackfruit sliders (pulled pork for the carnivores), a vegan five-layer dip and vegan buffalo “whings.” Wash all that down with $3.50 glasses of Golden Road Brewing’s beers.
Westside Tavern — Super Bowl Menu
The Westside gastropub will open up its private back room, which is equipped with its own bar and a big screen TV, to the public just for the occasion. There will also be two specials: beer-boiled bratwurst with sautéed pepper and onions or homemade sauerkraut on a pretzel roll for $7, pork belly sliders, apple BBQ sauce, apple-cabbage slaw for $8.
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