Whether you're watching Super Bowl LII to yell at the opposing team or you're just here to hear Justin Timberlake sing on that halftime-show stage, we will all have our TVs tuned to NBC on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. for the New England Patriots/Philadelphia Eagles football game.
And you could watch from home. It's comfortable there. You have good snacks and you don't have to put on shoes. But if you'd rather get out of the house for a fun night watching the Super Bowl, here are a few options in Dallas-Fort Worth.
If dinnertime Sunday is far too late for you to kick off your Super Bowl party, head to the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth as early as noon, where they're hosting a paper football tournament.
How serious are you about this Super Bowl thing? If you want to pre-game your pre-game party, you could even go to a paper football tournament on Saturday night at Lakewood Brewing Co. in Dallas. They're handing out $4,000 in prizes, which makes flicking a paper football a full day before the Super Bowl seem a lot less silly. The party's put on by 105.3 The Fan.
Where to watch the game
Most bars in Dallas, Fort Worth and the suburbs will be showing the game, and they'd be happy to make you food and pour your beers. Pick your bar carefully, though, because plenty of them are not offering food or drink specials and will happily charge you full price (and maybe even a cover). Find a list of Super Bowl parties with specials here. One of the notable good deals is at a restaurant near the new Toyota Music Factory in Irving, at Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill. Some of the drinks there will cost $5, and they will serve a food menu of items that cost just $5 to $7.
Another Super Bowl option is to watch the big game at a music venue or movie theater, where the focus truly is on the game-watching experience and cover is free. We have two ideas for that -- and tell us if you find other great ones close to your house:
- Granada Theater in Dallas: For years, the Granada Theater on Lower Greenville has opened its doors and turned its giant TV screen to show the Super Bowl. It's free; just buy drinks and food on site.
- Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum: The Ticket Sports Radio has rented out the Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum to show the game. Tickets are free, and they promise barbecue and drink specials.
If house parties are more your thing
Super Bowl is a great day to host a party at your house or to be a guest in someone else's. But there are rules:
If you're the guest: Bring something for everyone to drink. Maybe that's your favorite craft beer or even a non-alcoholic option. Don't arrive empty-handed, and be sure to share!
If you're the host: There are three fool-proof food groups for your Super Bowl party. The first (and my personal favorite) is barbecue. Many of the barbecue joints around town will be selling whole smoked briskets and slabs of ribs. Pick your favorite and buy it a few days in advance; your friends will be impressed when you pull a perfect brisket out of your oven. The second is delivery pizza. There is no shame in ordering a few boxes of good pepperoni pizza. The third is home-made bar food, like chicken wings, nachos and chicken strips. This third option takes the most effort, but if you love to entertain, your food is bound to impress.
If you're a serious Eagles or Patriots fan
The New England Patriots Fans of Dallas will be meeting up for the Super Bowl at Buffalo Joe's Grill and Bar in Far North Dallas. The Philadelphia Sports Fans of North Texas plan to meet at T's Bar and Grill in Lewisville.