Whether you’re in it to watch the commercials, the halftime performance or the action on the field, these San Diego bars are where you need to be for Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 5.
Moonshine Beach and Cerveza Jack’s, Pacific Beach
Super Bowl LI will be the inaugural bash for neighboring Moonshine Beach and Cerveza Jack’s and they are hoping to kick it off with a bang. Football fans can enjoy multiple TVs, including a 30-foot by 7.5-foot LED screen, patio seating and arcade games (for when play on the TV is slow). The party kicks off at 11 a.m. with a specialty menu featuring $2 al pastor, pollo asado and carnitas tacos, plus $3 carne asada, fish, and bacon and shrimp tacos. There also will be half off select menu items. Beer and drink specials include $4 domestic beers and $5 “we-call-its.”
1165 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.999.0158, moonshinebeachsd.com
Super Bowl parties at Firehouse in PB are no joke. The bar and restaurant with rooftop ocean views grows its space by fencing off an outdoor parking lot to create a “backyard” barbecue party zone, complete with a 20-foot LED Jumbotron, “Club Caliente” with tacos, turf and tequila is decked out by Grand Artique and will star a guest chef from Rubicon Deli, plus feature DJs, a full bar, local beers and comfy couches or bleacher seating options. Tickets for this event, which starts at 1 p.m., are $20.
722 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.274.3100, firehousepb.com
Miller’s Field is no stranger to hosting great football parties, and Super Bowl Sunday is no exception. The Miller’s team is takin’ it to the street with a parking lot party, outdoor beer garden, indoor and outdoor seating, $1,000 in giveaways including a 55-inch big screen TV, plus a 50/50 raffle benefiting Big Josh Foundation (read the PACIFIC story behind the charity here). No cover and table reservations are available.
4465 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.483.4143, millersfield.com
Dave & Buster’s Carlsbad
A Super Bowl party at a newly opened venue, plus a day filled with food, drinks and nonstop games? Sign us up. The new Dave & Buster’s “eater-tainment” location at The Shoppes at Carlsbad offers 40,000 square feet of space equipped with a sports bar, wall of HDTVs, plus game-day menu items including a Buffalo Wing Burger, Crispy Nashville-Style Hot Chicken, beer and craft cocktails.
2501 El Camino Real, Suite 140, Carlsbad, 877.693.2632. daveandbusters.com/carlsbad
The Lot La Jolla
Catch the game, then catch a flick at The Lot La Jolla. Enjoy indoor and outdoor viewing areas in the restaurant, bar and patio at this La Jolla hot spot. The day’s special buffet menu will feature stadium favorites such as The Lot Cheeseburger, Traditional Quarter Pound Hot Dog, Bratwurst and Chicken Wings. Buffet prices are $60 for adults and $25 for kids, with beverages separate. Space is limited and reservations are required at this second annual shindig.
7611 Fay Ave., La Jolla, 858.777.0069, thelotent.com
The eatin’ is good for Super Bowl Sunday at Westroot Tavern in Del Mar Heights. Enjoy an all-all-you-can-eat selection of hot dogs, brats, tri-tip and barbecue ribs with coleslaw, french fries and potato salad, plus chili and beer cheese - all for $25. With each backyard barbecue purchase, football revelers will get a raffle ticket for a chance to win gift cards, apparel and other prizes during halftime. The party kicks off at noon and goes until 9:30 p.m.
6025 Village Way (The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch), Del Mar Heights, 858.720.6645, westroot.com
House of Blues
You won’t get the blues at this sweet Super Bowl party. There are multiple packages available. The all-you-can-eat/drink package includes theater seating in front of a supersized TV screen, access to a bottomless beer cooler, tailgate buffet and other drink specials. The all-you-can-eat package includes the tailgate buffet and drink specials. If you’re feeling extra luxurious, go for the VIP package, which includes the all-you-can-eat/drink deal plus a bottle of your choice, a House of Blues retail item. Prices range from $19 to $99 per person.
1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.299.2583, houseofblues.com/sandiego
Throw a few back at Double Deuce at the bar’s all-you-can-eat tailgate party from 3 p.m. to halftime and and all-you-can-drink from 3 p.m. to end of game. A $35 ticket includes the buffet, featured drafts and premium liquor, two halftime raffle tickets, plus access to the chips and salsa cart available from halftime until the end of the game and a 22-ounce souvenir pint glass to take home. Be sure to buy tickets in advance. Stay after the game and get a little bit country.
528 F St., downtown, 619.450.6522, doubledeucesd.com
If commercials aren’t your thing, head on over to the newly renovated Tin Roof, where a DJ will play tunes during commercials. Watch the game from 25 TVs or the bar’s projector screen. There will be giveaways throughout the day, wing specials and 100-ounce Beer Towers (they’re crafty at the Tin Roof). Reservations are strongly encouraged here by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
401 G St., downtown, 619.230.8606, tinroofsandiego.com
Elsewhere around town
Viejas Casino & Resort
The Oak Ballroom at the Viejas Casino & Resort is getting decked out with four 12-foot LED screens for all of your viewing pleasures from 2-7 p.m.; $50 will get you a craft beer and party food buffet, $30 for food buffet only. While you’re there, try your luck at the blackjack table or slots - maybe you’ll hit the jackpot like the Super Bowl winner.
5000 Willows Road, Alpine, 619.445.5400, viejas.com
If charity is your thing, head to Rosie O’Grady’s in Normal Heights. This party, which starts at 1 p.m., will feature a chili cook-off, football trivia, door prizes, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and charity raffle. Someone will go home with the title of the chili champion of Normal Heights and a bunch of hopped-up football fans will be the judge - how could that be a bad thing? Proceeds from the day benefit the American Cancer Society.
3402 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.284.7666, rosieogradyspub.com
Pacific Islander Beer Company
Mahalo, football fans. Escape to a tropical paradise at this Santee hideaway with Hawaiian-themed brew specials, including the brewery’s Pineapple Honey Blonde. Enjoy free snacks all day, plus Kalua Pork or Chicken Sliders and Hawaiian mango pineapple coleslaw at halftime.
8665 Argent St., Santee, 619.270.7777, pibbeer.com
The Holding Company
Head to Ocean Beach for this Super Bowl and Chargers moving party. Bring your unwanted Chargers hats, shirts, jerseys and other paraphernalia for donation and The Holding Company will ship it up to Los Angeles for those in need. There will be specials on food and drink during the game. If you aren’t worn out from cheering or yelling at the TV screen, the Super Bowl party will be followed by a 9 p.m. acoustic show from Hellogoodbye. Tickets for the show will be $15 (plus $2 online processing fee).
5046 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.341.5898, thcob.com
Just for kicks
Don’t just watch football, play it. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, 5th Quarter Sports is hosting its fourth annual Super Bowl Tournament with flag football. The day will include an 8-on-8, co-ed tournament at Liberty Station NTC Park, where all players register as a free agent and teams are determined by random draw the morning of. Cost is $12 through Jan. 31, $15 the day of. Prizes at this fun tournament will be awarded to the winning team and - let’s hear it for the millennial spirit -individuals who display the best sportsmanship. For more information, email email@example.com.