Where to Watch the Super Bowl

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As pretty much everyone in the country is aware, this weekend showcases what looks to be a pretty decent game between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. For many people, this annual sporting extravaganza offers an opportunity to show off their new big screen tv and/or cooking skills, watch America’s real national pastime, and catch the Black Eyed Peas at halftime. Or just watch the ads. Even the President is going to be inviting a few of his friends over to watch the game and have some brews. So you weren’t one of the lucky 200 to score an invite to the White House Super Bowl Party (featuring Green Bay’s Hinterland Beer)? Don’t have any friends? No worries, We Love DC is here to help with a list of a few places where you can catch the action.

Don’t have a favorite/Your team eliminated by week 6?
Not to fear, there are plenty of places that will welcome you no matter what team you are rooting for. If you don’t care about remembering the game or making it to work on Monday, you can head to well-known party location McFadden’s, where $30 buys you access to an open bar, free appetizers, and the chance to win a plasma tv. In celebration of the Super Bowl, Jackson 20’s Chef Dennis Marron will be serving a variety of comfort and tavern food favorites at a super low price. For $20.11, starting at 5pm, patrons can get one (or several) of three choices: a bucket of six craft beers (Bitter American, Yeungling, Porkslap, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Stroh’s, and Schlitz); a platter with a grass-fed burger with smokehouse bacon, Mountaineer cheese, grilled green onions, barbecue aioli, apple cider cole slaw, and fries, a 16 oz. draft beer and a house-made brownie, or access to an all-you-can-eat rib feast. If you’re looking for an entire day full of entertainment, head to Nellie’s Sports Bar on U Street. Start at 11am with the Drag Queen Brunch hosted by Shi-Queeta Lee, featuring a $20 brunch buffet (including a free mimosa), then stay for the Capitals-Penguins game, $2 beer blast from 3pm to 8pm, and beer and food specials during the game. If prizes and entertainment are more of your drawn, you can find that at Mister Days Sports Bar in Arlington, which will host the Washington Redskins cheerleaders, give away tons of prizes, and offer a $25 all-you-can-eat tailgate starting at 3pm and continuing during the game (tickets required).

McFadden’s DC
2401 Pennsylvania Ave
Washinton, DC 20037

Jackson 20
480 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Nellie’s Sports Bar
900 U Street NW
Washington D.C., DC 20001-4048

Mister Days
3100 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

Removed from the land of the three rivers? Yearning for a sandwich from Primanti Brothers and an Iron City beer? Looking for a place where you can twirl your Terrible Towel with impunity? Break out your black and gold and head down to one of these bars, all of which are officially approved by Steeler Nation. Each of these bars will offer gameday specials on beer and food, such as Mighty Pint’s $10 pitchers and $0.25 wings.

Mighty Pint
1831 M Street NW
Washington D.C., DC 20036

Pour House
319 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington D.C., DC 20003

Tortoise and Hare
567 23rd Street South
Arlington, VA 22202

Feeling like the weather here is just a bit too balmy for your tastes? Need some fresh cheese curds? Can’t wait to rock your foam cheesehead without getting laughed at? Well head over to one of these bars, hand picked by Packers fan clubs, to cheer on the team in yellow and green. The streets of Capitol Hill could get interesting with so many fans from both teams in the area, but I trust you folks will know how to behave yourselves. The Packer bars will be offering specials too – Hawk ‘n’ Dove will have $12 pitchers of Leinenkugel and Blue Moon.

Capitol Lounge
229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Hawk ‘n ‘Dove
329 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

The Exchange Sports Saloon
1719 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

Feel the need to watch the game on the biggest screen possible?

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The State Theater in Falls Church will be showing the game on their movie screen. Admission to the theater is free, there will be food and drink specials, and they will be giving away free wings at halftime (while supplies last). Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse will be offering a similar deal, including regular table service. Tickets are free, but the Drafthouse recommends that people get their tickets at the box office a day or two before the game.

The State Theater
220 N. Washington Street
Falls Church, VA 22046

Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22046

Having a party and don’t want to cook?

There are a number of places that are happy to take care of all the hard work and deliver you a sack full of food that you can serve to your friends and take all the credit for (not that you would ever do such a thing). Want to go traditional? Rocklands Barbeque offers catering packages with pulled pork, racks of ribs, and charbroiled chickens. To go along with their proteins, you can buy large servings of cole slaw, baked beans, mac and cheese, or any other their other excellent side dishes. Want to mix it up a little bit? Check out Uptown Deli’s selection of sliced beef brisket, corned beef, roast beef, and turkey. Or, order one of their 3-foot, 3 meat subs ($58.95) or a platter of Mini Potato Knishes, Franks in Blankets, and Spanikopita ($4.95/person).

Rocklands Barbeque
DC, Arlington, Alexandria, and Rockville locations

Uptown Deli
7905 Norfolk Ave.
Bethesda MD 20814

Addison is a fourth generation Washingtonian, actually born and raised within city limits of DC. He currently resides in Arlington and works in DC as a government lackey. Addison can be reached at addison (at) welovedc.com

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