San Diego may be sans football team, but there's no lack of awesome Super Bowl fun to be had. Here are some great events and deals to go pigskin wild for on Feb. 4.
The Big (Pre) Game: Pacific Beach Bar Crawl
Kick off the day with a pre-game bar crawl in Pacific Beach. The first 100 people to pick up a free “Big (Pre)-Game” punch at Woodstock’s Pizza or Backyard Kitchen & Tap can enjoy special deals at the participating locations (Duck Dive and Barrel Republic are also lined up with deals) on game day.
THE MAIN EVENT
Recently named one of the Top 10 places in the U.S. to watch the Super Bowl by Sports Illustred online, barleymash has 50 flatscreen TVs across an 8,000-foot main dining space. Also named in PACIFIC's "Dating a football fan? Here's how to stay in the red zone" the popular spot handed out signature foam fingers for Monday Night football watchers during the regular season, so who knows what kind of goodies they'll have for the Big Game.
600 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.255.7373, barleymash.com
Bear Roots Brewing
Bottoms up for this brewery Super Bowl party. Enjoy unlimited food from Flying Pig for $20 (until food runs out), including one beer. Or, go baller style and reserve the back patio for you and your 12 closest friends to watch the game on a 65-inch TV ($500 for the night).
1213 S. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, bearrootsbrewing.com
Add together 13 TVs, a huge projector, 43 taps and build-your-own burgers and you have one rockin' Super Bowl party. Rather than sell tickets, Bootlegger is offering up table and barstool minimums for purchase (which goes toward the day's bill) to guarantee seating during the game. Barstools start at $25 and range up to $800 for tables (seating can be viewed and purchased at eventbrite.com).
804 Market St., downtown, bootleggersd.com
New to the San Diego scene, this craft beer gastropub inside the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego will have select craft beer drafts for $5.20, plus special team-themed cocktails for $9. When halftime rolls around, refuel with with a burger and brew special by combining a selection of the two for $20. In addition, the first 100 people to arrive to Brew30 for the big game will be eligible to play Super Bowl Squares with four special prizes going to the winner and runner-ups, including a one-night stay at the Grand Hyatt with breakfast.
1 Marketplace, downtown, brew30.com
Cerveza Jack's/Moonshine Beach
Two venues are better than one at this 2nd Annual Super Sunday Party in Pacific Beach. Game viewing will include multiple TVs plus a 30-foot by 7.5-foot LED screen. There will be multiple prizes and giveaways, including four tickets to Mammoth, two tickets to Big Bear, two summer concert tickets to Sleep Train (winner's choice) and various $100 gift certificates.
The Deck at Moonshine Flats
Tailgate to your heart's content at this BBQ event complete with backyard games, picnic tables and a state-of-the art A/V set up with sound for the game. Smokehouse BBQ specials include tailgate wings and sliders, along with beer and drink specials including $20 Coors Light buckets, $25 Saint Archer buckets, $12 bottles of champagne, $6 Smirnoff Vodka drinks and $6 Jim Bean drinks. Top the day off with prizes and giveaways awarded every quarter.
335 Sixth Ave., East Village, moonshineflats.com/thedeck
Route for your favorite team, or just enjoy the show during a day of all-day long happy hour specials and Draft's Tailgate Plate, which includes house smoked ribs, buffalo chicken lollipops, dirty fries and buffalo cauliflower (all for $24.95). The game will be shown on a 100-inch projection screen in La Jolla and on 50 flat screen TVs in Carlsbad.
La Jolla: 4282 Esplanade Ct.; Carlsbad: 5958 Avenida Encinas, cohnrestaurants.com/draftrepublic
Firehouse Pacific Beach
The Super Bowl party here spills out into the parking lot and includes a "backyard" BBQ complete with a 20-foot LED Jumbo Tron, DJ music, performances from The Grand Artique, a Glitter Bar from Child of Wild, tailgating games and more. Early bird discount tickets are sold out, but $20-30 tickets still available.
722 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach, firehousepb.com
If dive bars are more your style, head to the High Dive. Starting Feb. 1, the Morena-area bar will offer up Philadelphia- and New England-inspired dishes to get you in the mood. On game day, enjoy shot specials, Sam Adams on draft and $10 pitchers.
1801 Morena Blvd., Bay Park, highdivesd.com
Main Tap Tavern
Head to East County to enjoy happy hour all day, plus $5.50 select beers, $2.50 Fireball shots, $8 pork sliders with potato salad and $6 Frito pie chili.
518 E. Main St., El Cajon, maintaptavern.com
Nason’s Beer Hall
Nestled inside The Pendry Hotel you'll find food-and-football haven Nason's Beer Hall, which will be showing the game on 23 TV screens. Specials will include the Justin Timberlake (a halftime show-inspired specialty cocktail), raffle tickets to prizes that will include gear, dinner for two and happy hour for four (up to $200), plus game-day pizzas, loaded fries and a classic house-made soft pretzel. To reserve a table call 619.738.7060.
570 J St., downtown, pendryhotels.com/san-diego/dining/nasons-beer-hall
The game will be shown on the nightclub's massive hi-def LED wall. Early birds can register for free admission; general admission tickets are $10. VIP tables also are available for reservation.
615 Broadway, downtown, eventbrite.com
Enjoy the game from the comfort of Prohibition-style furnishings and indoor/outdoor patio space at the newly remodeled The Rail. Also new at this Hillcrest hotspot: brunch. Chef Chad will be serving up his special Southern chili for the final watch party of the season.
3796 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, thebrassrailsd.com
If you are a Patriots fan, this is the place for you. This downtown party will raffle off Patriots memorabilia, including an autographed, framed Julian Edelman jersey. Enjoy drink specials that include $4 Sam Adams, $5 Kentucky Fire and Hornitos, and $6 Ketel One. The Tipsy Crow's drink exchange also will be available all day long.
770 Fifth Ave., downtown, thetipsycrow.com
Wokou Ramen & Yakitori
While ramen restaurants aren't top of mind for football viewing, Wokou Ramen & Yakitori isn't just any ramen restaurant. With a full liquor license that allows them to cary more than 38 varieties of whiskeys and handcrafted cocktails to enjoy with a steaming bowl of ramen. Happy hour prices on beer and cocktails will be available throughout the entire game, which will be shown on five HD TVs.
5965 Village Way, Carmel Valley, wokouramen.com
Order from the catering menu for your Super Bowl party by Feb. 1 and receive 25% off of pick-up orders (don't forget to use the code TOUCHDOWN). Assortments of sandwiches and salads range from mini (5-7 people) to large (15-20 people) and come packed with ingredients from Mendocino Farms trusted farm and food artisan partners.
La Jolla: 8795 Villa La Jolla Drive, 858.731.8130; Del Mar: 12873 El Camino Real, 858.436.0000, mendocinofarms.com
This new North County gourmet sandwich shop has all the fixings to take to your Super Bowl party or to dine in and enjoy the game on one of two flat screen TVs. Check out the Reuben Tots, hot wings, the Moto Burger or any of the sandwiches created with house-made breads and house-smoked meats.
810 No. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, motodeli.com
For one super day only, grab a package that includes an 18-inch create-your-own pizza with three toppings, 12 wings, and a tiramisu dessert for $52 to take home or dine in.
4150 Regents Park Row #100, La Jolla, 858.550.0406, regentspizza.com
Whether hosting your own Super Bowl party, or bringing something to someone else's house, make sure to impress with your dish. Woodstock's Pizza wants to make sure your food shines by sharing a comfort-food recipe for dry rub wings.
"Man Cave" Dry Rub Wings
Courtesy of Woodstock's Pizza
Woodstock's usees jumbo wings and this recipe will coat 4.5 lbs of wings (approx 50 jumbo wings for your hungry partygoers).
- 1/4 cup Kosher Salt
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/8 cup Parsley dry
- 1 Tbl Oregano dry
- 1/2 Tbl Chili Flake
- 1 Tbl Blk Pepper (Table Ground)
- 1/2 tsp White Pepper
- 1/2 Tbl Onion Powder
- 1/8 cup Garlic granulated
- 1/4 cup Smoke Paprika
(Woodstock's adds one other secret ingredient that is our magic...feel free to experiment with your wings!)
Bake all the wings you need naked (wings are naked, not you). We cook ours for 15 minutes at 475 degrees. Take them out, cool them.
While the wings are cooling, mix the dry rub ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
Roll cooled wings in dry rub mixture and bake again for 5-7 minutes at 450. Pair with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy with friends!