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Game Time: Best Super Bowl Parties

Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or just in it for the chips, this year has had everyone talking about America’s favorite obsession. And it’s no question that one of the most important decisions of the entire season is where to watch the games that trumps all games: The Super Bowl.  

Just because the San Diego Chargers are out of the running doesn't mean you can't enjoy the beer-fueled debauchery that is the Super Bowl. On Sunday, February 5th, it's time to hit up your favorite bars from Gaslamp to Pacific Beach because Super Bowl XLVI is going to rock the house. Take your pick between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots and see who comes out on top!

Discover the top San Diego bars for Super Bowl XLVI

Firehouse: The Super Bowl Block Party by the beach leaves no man sitting idle. The 12th annual half-time foot race is back at this year’s block party, encouraging outrageous costumes and rewarding winners with prizes. Inside of Firehouse, you’ll cheer for your favorite team via a massive 60 square-foot JumboTron screen, play the classic football toss, beer pong and other games. Tickets are $15 and include admission to the party, complimentary beer, a complimentary sandwich, and entrance to the half-time race. This year’s block party is presented by the guys from Rubicon Deli, the Grand Artique, SDCM, and Night Access. Get details here.

Slater’s 50/50: Head into Slater’s 50/50 on Super Bowl Sunday for a football-spirited party at San Diego’s newest burger hot spot. Throughout the game, mega-raffle prizes will be scored by enthused fans, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Peninsula Little League. At half-time, patrons will get pumped up with giveaways, including some exclusive Meloza Tequila. Speaking of spirits, guests will be the very first to try Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA and the Ignition Series Smoked Cherry Lager. Reservations are required, so save your spot now and receive one free raffle ticket as a bonus. Call 866.350.1707 to make your reservation. Get details here.

Quality Social: Show your love for backyard fare at the Quality Social Cookout, serving a solid line-up of food and drinks. The Game Day menu boasts housemade hot dogs, fried chicken, chili, salamis and more. Football fans can stay hydrated with $30 Keg Cups, $4 24 oz. Tall Boys, $5 Bloody Marys, and Spiked Milk Shakes. Pre-game brunch starts at 11am and the Game Day cookout heats up at 3pm. Get details here.

Sneak Joint: Sneak Joint starts off with Kegs & Eggs Tailgate Buffet from 9am-2pm. Then, just in time for the game, drink up with $25 all-you-can-drink draft beer during the game, $3 you-call-its from 2pm to close, a $10 all-you-can-eat football buffet, and 25 cent wings from 5pm to close. Not to mention, Sneak will hook you up with giveaway prizes every time-out, quarter and half-time. Get more details here. (pictured)

Pacific Beach AleHouse: Pacific Beach AleHouse and Drink City San Diego present a Super Bowl XLVI party with no cover and a handful of drink specials to keep fans hydrated. Guests will score big with drink deals each time their chosen team scores, a good ol’ Drink City dunk tank, a longest pass competition for men and women, and game-viewing on 19 HDTVs. 

Gaslamp Tavern: Laid-back and easygoing, Gaslamp Tavern is always overflowing with local sports fans and foodies who trust the Tavern for affordable eats and drinks in a fun and high-energy atmosphere. For the sports fans that want to keep it classy without losing the downtown experience this Super Bowl Sunday, head to the Gaslamp Tavern for pitchers and plasmas in the open air.

Typhoon Saloon: VAVi Super Bowl Party: Are you ready for one of the biggest Super Bowl parties in San Diego? VAVi is taking over Typhoon Salon for Super Party XLVI starting at 12pm. Party-goers can enjoy free entry before 1pm, VAVi games all day including pool table, shuffleboard, a huge raffle with local goodies for prizes, drink specials, over 30 TVs, Miller Lite girls, and the annual Touchdown Dance Contest at half time. Think you have what it takes to beat last year’s moves? Get details here.

The Fleetwood: For three and a half years, this East Village staple has steadily been catering to sports fanatics from all walks of life. Boasting nine 50-inch HDTVs, two 10-foot HD projection screens, the complete DirectTV sports package, and a menu chock-full of tasty American comfort cuisine, it's easy to see why The FleetWood is the go-to for all your Super Bowl Sunday party needs.

The BeachWood: From a massive second floor with capacious open-air windows and oversized leather couches, to the tasty beach-inspired appetizers and entrees and squishy Astroturf-like flooring and elevated redwood bench seating on the rooftop patio, The BeachWood brings an affluently unpretentious presence to the laidback Pacific Beach lifestyle. On Super Bowl Sunday, secure a table or couch with food or beverage minimums, and first come first serve seating for the rest of the main dining level with specials at half time.

House of Blues: 100.7 JACK FM is invading the House of Blues for “JACK FM’s Official Big Game Party”. The festivities are full of prizes including a pair of tickets to "Local Brews, Local Grooves All Access" for the first 100 people in the door; and a trip for two to the Riviera at Palm Springs. Watch the game on the projector screens and enjoy all-you-can-eat nachos and an extended happy hour. Doors open at 2pm. Get more details here.

East Village Tavern & Bowl: With a "hometown sports bar appeal" East Village Tavern and Bowl draws an eclectic crowd searching for the same thing: a downtown spot to relax, enjoy a few drinks, and have a good time. From a mouth-watering menu, 12 bowling lanes, pool tables, live music and a fun and upbeat atmosphere, it's no surprise that Tavern has gained a hip family of followers over the past three years. Head into East Village Tavern and Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday for some seriously sweet deals on brews and bites.

McFadden’s: This Irish-themed restaurant and saloon is all about celebrating American festivities with “across-the-pond” flair. This Super Bowl Sunday, head inside for a variety of specials coming in hot. First, locals will participate in the half time wing eating competition, prizes included. Then, indulge in other Super Bowl celebrations such as “The Big Game” pong tournament for $200 cash, a free half time buffet, and all you can drink draft beer for just $25. Save your seat before Feb. 3rd and enjoy your Super Bowl XLVI on any of the 40 HDTVs. To purchase your Super Bowl seat, call Danielle at 866.909.9714. Get details here.

Dirty Birds: Definitely not your average Pacific Beach dive, this open-air surf culture-inspired bar and restaurant is known for their massive selection of savory wings. For serious people, this killer seaside dive is responsible for selling close to 1,000,000 wings. Hot damn! For a fun-filled Super Bowl Sunday, grab a bar stool at Dirty Birds and chow down on some wings and throw back a few of your favorite brews. Does it get any better? The Daily Meal recently recognized Dirty Birds as one of the Top 10 Best Buffalo Wings stops in America…yum!

The Local: The Local is what every neighborhood bar should be – welcoming, affordable, full of friendly and hilarious servers, and overflowing with an awesome food menu and a diverse spread of local craft brews on top. Chow down on the Big Ass Nachos, Coconut Calamari, and the Kings Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwich and throw back a pitcher (or two!) of your favorite ice cold brew on Super Bowl Sunday.

Insider Tip: Prefer to throw your own Super Bowl party at home?Capriotti’sis serving up a Big Game Platter with more than enough food to feed the hungry fans at your party. The platter includes a small tray of three 20” cold subs, two large bags of chips (or eight small bags of chips), and an assortment dessert tray of cookies and brownies. The entire tray is packed up for eight hungry football fans, and allows guests to mix and match their chips. The Big Game Platter is priced at $49.99. Get details here.

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