Food, beer, and fantastic advertisements: That’s what the Super Bowl is all about. Oh, yeah, and football, we guess. You can tell where our attention lies at the Best Bites Blog. Whether you’re a Ravens fan, a 49ers follower, or a depressed Redskins fan (we feel you there), Sunday is prime time for a) pigging out, and b) taking advantage of various dining and drinking deals about town. Don’t feel like watching the game over $3 beers and screaming fans? We also found a few no-fuss spots for eating and viewing in relative peace.
The scene: A N’awlins-style watch party honoring the host city with plenty of Abita and a hot sauce challenge.
Specials: Gator-Aid cocktails and Abita in souvenir Mardi Gras cups, and a free pitcher for
anyone who can down a whole plate of crawfish tamales doused in “holy hell” hot sauce.
The scene: The bordello-ish bocce bar is a far cry from ESPN Zone, but it’s showing the Super Bowl on a large projection screen and celebrating with specials galore.
Specials: The regular all-day Sunday happy hour is still in place, plus deals like five beers
for $10 and $25 six-piece buckets of fried chicken with a choice of three sides.
The scene: One of the best places for beer, pub grub, and laid-back sports viewing in AdMo.
Specials: Still TBD, but regardless, it’s hard to go wrong with poutine fries or mac and cheese.
The scene: A great neighborhood bar with everything you need: the game, beer, and wings (from our Wing Wars champions, no less).
Specials: Nothing too Super Bowl-y, just the regular Sunday deal: half price on an order of
eight Wing Wars champions drumsticks ($4).
The scene: The same craft brew temple you know and love, plus a projector screening the game in the front parlor (though it may not have sound).
Specials: Nothing besides the aforementioned projector, but isn’t bottle of Ottekolong Freigeist Bierkultur always special?
The scene: Your couch. The delicious new deli offers a special to-go menu.
Specials: Corned beef or pastrami sandwiches, chicken liver, and a number of sides. Orders must
be placed by Wednesday by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org (a minimum of $100).
The scene: The laid-back Hyatsville brewpub has three televisions for viewing, plus tasty eats such as sherry-spiked crab dip deli sandwiches on thick-cut bread.
Specials: Nothing too fancy, just $1 off drinks.
The scene: Barbecue. Oh so much barbecue.
Specials: All-you-can-eat ’cue, sides, and wings from the regular menu ($30) from 6 to 10,
plus more than a dozen all-day specials like 24 wings and a pitcher for $30. Most
specials are also available for dine in, pickup, and delivery; call 202-556-2050 for
The scene: Probably bustling, given Jack Rose is typically busy even when not serving free food.
Specials: Free food! Gratis bar staples such as chili, wings, and sausage, plus $5 pints and
hot punch with whiskey.
The scene: A gem of an Irish bar in Wheaton that’s rootin’ for the Ravens (though 49ers fans can enjoy game-time specials, as well).
Specials: Beers include $3 Miller and Yeungling drafts and $15 Corona buckets. Pad your stomach
with $3 dogs and soft pretzels and $5 burgers.
McGinty’s Public House
The scene: Silver Spring’s Irish pub may be better known for its Golf Society, but it’ll be celebrating the big game on Sunday.
Specials: Load up on $5 wings and potato skins, $15 buckets of Bud and Bud Light, and other beer specials like $4 Shock Tops.
The scene: A beery party with plenty of Baltimore brews from Ravens fan/beer director Sam Fitz.
Specials: Six Charm City brews on draft for $4, as well as 25 percent off all appetizers, including
deviled eggs, nachos, and pork belly mac and cheese.
The scene: We’re fans of this Dupont dive for its unfussy bar food—and packed tables on game days makes us think other people are, too.
Specials: Drinkers get $10 pitchers of Bud, Bud Light, and Stoney’s Amber Ale starting at 4
PM, best accompanied by classic wings and nostalgia-inducing grilled cheese. You can
also call 202-234-1818 for individual takeout or party platters of the latter, plus
crabcakes, mini hot dogs, and sandwiches.
The scene: Alexandria’s newest cocktail bar themes drinks and eats around the two teams.
Specials: Half-price wings ($4), two dogs and a beer for $10, and a Baltimore-style pit beef
The scene: Likely a chill spot, as it’s a relaxed neighborhood wine (versus sports) bar.
Specials: All-night happy hour with 15 wines by the glass for $5 and discount bar bites.
The scene: Hearty eats and the game on the big screen in the restaurant’s private room.
Specials: A buffet ($45) spread with football favorites such as chili, sliders, tacos, and
veggies with dip.
World of Beer
The scene: A world of beer, and also televisions: The bar has 25, all of which will show the game.
Specials: More free food! You’ll find gratis eats such as soft pretzels and sausages alongside $4 Redhook Long Hammer beers that earn you a raffle ticket for a Redhook snowboard.