You could be a die-hard football fan or just in it for the chips. Regardless of your reasoning, one of the most important decisions of the entire season is where to watch the game that trumps all games: Super Bowl XLVIII.
Just because the 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 2, it's time to hit up your favorite San Diego bars from Gaslamp to Pacific Beach. Take your pick between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, establish your drinking game rules and get ready to roar.
Discover the top San Diego bars for Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Feb. 2.
WaveHouse: There’s one unspoken rule of the Super Bowl: Go big or go home. WaveHouse Beach Club is going big with the game showing on a 20-foot LED screen in front of the FlowBarrel. TVs will also be situated inside every cabana, sold for a minimum day rate. At half time, pro-riders will show their moves on the Night Flight wave show. 3125 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach. (858) 228-9283 or wavehousesandiego.com
Firehouse American Eatery and Lounge: This Super Bowl block party is not for the couch-potatoes of the world. The 14th annual half-time foot race is back at this year’s block party, encouraging outrageous costumes and rewarding winners with prizes in the 40-yard dash. Once the game starts, cheer for your favorite team via a massive screen set up in the parking lot. There’s more fun to be had with the DJ, drinking games, photo booth and food and drink available for purchase. $20. 2 p.m. 722 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach. (858) 274-3100 or sdcm.com
Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort: Super Bowl Sunday at Harrah’s Rincon is a massive celebration featuring the game broadcast on a 16-foot screen, a buffet, tailgate chair and cooler for fans, plus autographs from former pro-SD football players and celebrity guests. Attendees can also bid on classic memorabilia and score a collectible glass for $5 more. $20. 2:30 p.m. Harrah’s Rincon, 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center. (760) 751-3100 or ticketmaster.com
Quality Social: What better way to gear up for the game than with brunch? Quality Social kicks off the Super Bowl fun with bottomless mimosas, bloody Marys and a handful of other dishes. For the main event, they’ll pack in a crowd with the flat-screen TVs in addition a wall-size projection screen. The super Sunday menu consists of everything from a six-pack beer bucket ($20) to nachos supreme, duck wings, chicken and waffles and more. Bottle service will also be available starting at $200. 11 a.m. 789 6th Ave., downtown. (619) 501-7675 or qualitysocial.com
Hard Rock Hotel: It’s about to get weird at the Hard Rock Hotel. This ultimate party spot will host a football-fueled day of debauchery, including the game on three giant LED screens, 50% off all bottles and aggressive drink specials all day, a beer pong tournament from 12 to 3 p.m., BBQ-style grub, a spin wheel of prizes like shots, beer bongs, tickets and more, plus costumes, piñatas, confetti and beats by top local DJs. 3 p.m. 207 Fifth Ave., downtown. (619) 764-6926 or 207sd.com
Tavern: What’s better than your team winning the Super Bowl? How about you taking home $1500 in cash giveaways throughout the game? At Tavern in Pacific Beach, fans can win $100 before the game, $200 in the second quarter, $300 before the third, $400 before the fourth and $500 after the game. Brunch will start up at 10 a.m. $5 mixed drinks and an $8 Bloody Mary cart will complete the celebration. 1200 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. (858) 272-6066 or tavernatthebeach.com
VAVi Party at Typhoon Saloon: Gear up for one of the biggest Super Bowl parties in San Diego held at Typhoon Saloon. Free entry all day means rowdy crowds amped up for a good time. Enjoy Miller Lite and Southern Comfort specials, a Las Vegas trip giveaway and free squares with VAVi prizes for the first 200 guests. The party starts at noon. 1165 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. (858) 373-3474 or govavi.com
Roppongi Restaurant: Roppongi’s lounge is the perfect spot to watch the game, especially with $9 cocktails, $6 house wine, $4 house beer, plus half-priced tapas including the Kung pao calamari, pan seared diver scallops, duck quesadilla, miso glazed Japanese eggplant and crispy buttermilk onion rings. 1:30 p.m. 875 Prospect St., La Jolla. (855) 268-8026 or roppongiusa.com
Sandbar Sports Grill: Start your Super Bowl off with a tailgate party and the 7th annual half-time Glutton Bowl Eating Contest. Fans in attendance can win quarterly prizes, dance to the pre-game DJ and sip up the drinks specials at this Mission Beach hotspot. 718 Ventura Place, Mission Beach. (858) 488-1274 or sandbarsportsgrill.com
RA Sushi Bar: Spicy sesame chicken wings, grilled short ribs and more will turn RA Sushi Bar into a football fan’s paradise. They’ll also offer customized to-go platters of their signature rolls for groups choosing to dine on their own turf. Happy hour will run all night starting at 8 p.m. 11 a.m. to midnight. 474 Broadway, downtown. (619) 321-0021 or rasuhi.com/san-diego
Amaya La Jolla: Find the feast on Prospect Street where Amaya La Jolla will be showing the game on large-screen TVs. Guests should arrive hungry for Chef Camron Woods’ game day favorites, including the touchdown fish tacos, bowl burgers with angus beef and guacamole, super charged wings or the XLVIII nachos with chipotle-braised chicken. Specialty cocktails and local craft brews on tap will help to wash it all down. Noon to 8 p.m. 1205 Prospect Street, La Jolla. (858) 750-3695 or amayalajolla.com.
Other Super Bowl Specials:
Crab Hut: Head in for 50-cent hut wings and happy hour beer specials all day at both locations. Crab Hut downtown, 532 Broadway. (866) 684-4495 or crabhutsd.com. Crab Hut Kearny Mesa, 4646 Convoy St. (866) 862-0190 or crabhutsd.com
The Field: Over at downtown’s favorite Irish pub, The Field will host a Super Bowl party with complimentary appetizers during the game and half off drinks from 8 p.m. to close. 544 5th Ave., downtown. (619) 232-9840 or thefield.com
Oggi’s: This sports-themed chain hooks Southern California up with pizzas, pasta, salads, burgers and more. Check in with each store for specific Super Bowl specials or have them deliver anything off the menu to your home party. oggis.com
Union Kitchen & Tap: Fuel up for the big game with Union’s Super Bowl specials like Union’s chili, meet lover’s flatbread, bacon bloody Mary and mimosas plus Union breakfast shots. 1108 S Coast Highway, Encinitas. (760) 230-2337 or localunion101.com