Traditionally held on the first Sunday in February, Super Bowl Sunday is a time-honored event all over the United States. Expats overseas and American football enthusiasts all over the world also join this community regardless of who’s playing and who is favored to win. This year, the San Francisco 49ers play the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.
Social Side Note
Kansas City is winning with the most popular hashtag, their team hashtag #ChiefsKingdom, with nearly 46k mentions. The 49ers specific hashtags are spread out amongst a wider variety of hashtags with their team hashtag #BeLegendary getting only 4.6k mentions in the time since they won the NFC Championship. More popular hashtags for the San Francisco team are #49ers and #GoNiners. Consider using any of the hashtags to join the brouhaha.
There are promotions in bars and restaurants all over the metropolitan area for a Super Bowl watch party. Funny thing about the Super Bowl… it’s not just for the love of the sport but also for the halftime show and halftime ads that become breakroom subjects for days after the show. This year, we’ll be seeing Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. I’m sure Miami has something to do with it.
Below, we’ve listed a few places around town to watch the game, halftime show, and halftime ads on Super Bowl Sunday. And in case the home setting is more your thing, we’ve also covered game day watch party ideas and Super Bowl recipes here.
Sports Bars in the DMV
Yard House has a location in Penn Quarter/Chinatown, with other locations in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Springfield, Virginia. This American restaurant’s claim to fame is having the world’s largest selection of beer on tap, over 100 in fact, and over 100 items on the menu.
City Tap House has locations in Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter in DC, and an outpost in Ashburn, Virginia. This gastropub has a laid back rustic vibe whose ethos is that craft beer should be accessible and a modern take on classic regional food on the menu.
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Sudhouse is a three-floor mom-and-pop bar and grill on U Street. This beloved neighborhood watering hole offers traditional American fare and craft brew and is known to offer free booking for their top floor space for a special event. No need for a DD since Sudhouse is so close to the U Street metro.
The Game Sports Pub is a new sports bar located in Adams Morgan, at the old Ventnor Sports Cafe spot. This cozy basement bar boasts four and a half stars on Yelp for their Filipino/American menu. The Game also offers over 30 whiskeys and a whole drink menu of cocktails. For Super Bowl Sunday, The Game will partner up with upstairs lounge Tiki on 18th to offer two floors and two bars with food and drink specials. Honestly, this spot kinda reminds me of my Auntie’s house in Jersey. Come here for sisig entree and Guavamansi soda, and stay for the game on the flat screen.
Assets Gentlemen’s Club, a woman-owned establishment, is kicking it up a notch for Super Bowl Sunday. DJ Oneway of Coalition DJs DMV will be serving up the latest in urban music as dancers warm-up and perform on two stages. Located in Midtown, Assets will be opening its doors at 5:30pm and offering buffet-style at $25 per person. This is a 21+ event; so make sure you bring proper identification. Free access to alllllll the goodies before 11pm when you register here.
Nellie’s Sports Bar is about the only place I know of in DC that will host a longstanding Sunday drag queen brunch and display the Super Bowl on the same day. Of course, it’s expected considering Nellie’s is a popular gay bar in DC. #SundayFunday
Bidwell Restaurant, a Michelin-starred roof-to-table dining concept located at Union Market in Southeast DC. Starting at 6pm on Sunday, February 2, 2020, Bidwell will be offering all you can eat and drink for $50 plus 10% tax. The menu will include tailgate food, rail cocktails, house wine, and beer. Tickets for this event can be purchased here.
Outside of the Beltway
All is not lost, I promise.
Dog Haus Biergarten, a gourmet all-beef hot dog and craft beer franchise, will be offering All Day Happy Hour on Super Bowl Sunday. are located in Gaithersburg and Bethesda. Dog Haus’ full menu includes sausages, burgers, corn dogs, a fried chicken sandwich, sides, beer, cocktails, and shakes. Sausage favorites include The Fonz, which partners a spicy Italian sausage with pastrami and mozzarella cheese, and Das Brat, which features a bratwurst topped with caramelized onions, sauerkraut, and spicy brown mustard. All Dog Haus’ sausages and hot dogs are nitrate-free and made with hormone- and antibiotic-free meat. Dog Haus also offers catering options for those who would like to feed their uproar in-house.
Inca Social serves up authentic Peruvian cuisine along with craft beer at their restaurant located in Merrifield. Latin communities often keep a big community over food, and their social calendar filled with events like live music Fridays and DJ social Saturdays keep the people coming. For Super Bowl Sunday, Inca Social will bing out the 180-inch projector to watch the game. How else can you watch JLo and Shakira larger than life during halftime?!
I know we missed a lot of places. This is just a small sample of Super Bowl events in the region. Tell us your plans. Where are you going to watch Super Bowl Sunday?
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Gigi Smith is the chief editor of DC Life Magazine, a publication specializing in cultural diversity for social change in the nation's capital.