Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Top 5 Super Bowl bar parties in Dallas-Fort Worth
Plus some house party tips if you're staying home.
Super Bowl XLVII is right around the corner, and there are plenty of reasons to be excited. For starters, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans welcomes two teams that have remained out of the Super Bowl for at least the last decade — the San Francisco 49ers haven’t made it to a Super Bowl since 1995 and the Baltimore Ravens’ last Super Bowl was in 2001.
Head coaches Jim and John Harbaugh, respectively, are making history as the first pair of brothers to duke it out in the biggest game of the season. And while there may not be any localized support for either coastal team, we suggest you embrace any excuse to get your head in the game by way of draft beer.
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Here are five spots where you’re guaranteed a good time:
The Nodding Donkey has is a safe haven for sports fanatics. Sunday, the flagship in Uptown is running an all-inclusive deal. For $100, you get a table, lunch and dinner buffet, and all the beverages you can handle. (In a safe and smart way, we'll add.) $10 of that goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, so your good deed for the day is covered. Raffles and prizes will also be available on site. It will be business as usual at the Nodding Donkey on SMU Boulevard, but the space has a great setup with televisions visible from every seat in the house. The bar is a wrap-around, which means no standing in lines to get to the bartender — a definite plus.
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon in Addison has tons of events scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday, including a wing-eating contest during halftime which yields a $200 cash prize. This bar is best suited for the 20s and 30s rowdy crowd: Come thirsty and ready to party. The bar is offering three packages to suit the hungry football lovers' needs: The Pre-Season package buys chips and queso and two drinks for $10. The Playoffs package buys chips and queso; BBQ, mild, or hot wings; and three drinks for $20. The Super Bowl Special includes chips and queso; wings; an order of sliders; and four drinks for $25. Get there early, as tables are first come, first serve.
Humperdink's all across Dallas-Fort Worth are celebrating the Super Bowl with drink specials and team-spirited burgers. Choose your team and enjoy either the San Fran Prized Pearl Burger — bleu cheese, bacon and caramelized onions — or the Baltimore Charlie Brown Burger — a massive double cheeseburger. Beginning at 4 p.m., Humperdink's offers $4 Jack Daniel’s, $5 Southern Comfort hurricanes, and $4 Tuaca shots. Join the bars on Greenville Avenue, Northwest Highway, in Addison, Arlington, and Richardson for $6.99 Finlandia Bloody Marys all day and brunch before 3 p.m.
The go-to sports bar Frankie’s is also hosting an all-inclusive blowout. For $50, patrons get unlimited food from a select menu (stuff like pulled pork sandwich and popcorn chicken), six drinks, and a “swag bag” full of gifts. Raffle tickets will be distributed for prizes at the end of every quarter. All three Frankie’s locations are participating in Super Bowl Super Party, so get in touch with your local bar, whether it’s Dallas, Fort Worth, or Lewisville.
Granada Theater in Dallas is hosting its annual Super Bowl watching party February 3 beginning at 5 p.m. The music venue has one 30-foot projection screen flanked by two smaller screens, so you’re guaranteed a great seat. The staff will be serving up brisket tacos for $4 and buckets of beer at a discounted price. The event is free and walk-ups are welcome. A word for Super Bowl commercial junkies: Granada often plays music during the breaks of professional sports games, however will not during the Super Bowl.
House party hints
Not going out this Super Bowl Sunday? Stop by Craft & Growler to pick up a canister of your favorite ale, or swing by Spec's, which has been the talk of the town in terms of spirit selection and price. Party City has an array of supplies to spruce up your house party, most notably bottle koozies shaped like referee jerseys and a football goal headpiece that doubles as a game, inviting your friends throw inflatable rings at your face. Cook one of these awesome Super Bowl recipes (don’t forget the football shaped toothpicks), pick up and heat something healthy from Origin Natural Food, or order a pizza from Picasso’s.
If you truly cannot wait until Sunday for all the excitement, remember, the Puppy Bowl is always streaming.
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