It has been close to two years since the Dallas-Fort Worth area welcomed its first Super Bowl and, of course, the ice storm for the ages. While this year's game between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens is being played in New Orleans, there are still plenty of options for enjoying the game in DFW. Here are a few suggestions; for more ideas go to dfw.com.
Texan Station Sports Bar & Grill at the Gaylord Texan Resort on Lake Grapevine is always at the top of my list to watch any sporting event due to its 30-foot-high, 52-foot-wide TV screen and leather recliners. They are comfortable seats with the best view in the house and are available by reservation only, including a $50 minimum on food and drinks. The rest of the sports bar is first come, first served.
1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. 817-778-2000. www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-texan
Cool River Cafe in Las Colinas features a 16x9 projection screen to watch the game. Domestics and wells are $2 and $3, respectively, and are available all day. For $50, or $200 for a table for four, one receives access to the prime rib buffet and salad bar, four drink tickets per person and a raffle ticket for items such as two 40-inch flat-screen HDTVs to be given away at halftime and at the end of the game, autographed football memorabilia, Cool River gift cards and more. For reservations, call at 972-871-8881.
1045 Hidden Ridge, Irving. 972-871-8881. www.coolrivercafe.com
Primebar Dallas is the site of the Sweetest Sundaes annual "Big Game" party. There is a Vegas Super Brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the watch party from 4 p.m. till closing with a $10 cover that includes a drink ticket. Some of the fun includes a head-to-head Madden competition for prizes all day. Ultimat Vodka bottle service is available for $213 per bottle.
2520 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. 214-296-4437. www.primebardallas.com
Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill is hosting its Super Bowl watch party for $50 per person, which includes unlimited food, six drinks, a goodie bag and raffle tickets for prizes after every quarter. The party will be at all three locations (Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Uptown in Dallas and Lewisville).
For reservations, visit frankiesbar.com
Reservoir is the newest and hottest spot in Fort Worth, and while not a traditional sports bar, there are 38 HD screens and a projection TV for its Super Bowl watch party. Reservoir has an eclectic menu that includes chicken and waffles, slow-roasted pork ribs and Cap'n Crunch chicken tenders, and it will have drink specials for the big game.
1001 Foch St., Fort Worth. 817-334-0560. www.bar-reservoir.com
BoomerJack's Grill & Bar will be offering 59-cent wings and $3 You Call It (Crown and Down) on Super Bowl Sunday. There are five BoomerJack's Grill & Bar locations in DFW: West Seventh in Fort Worth, West Airport Freeway in Bedford, Lincoln Square in north Arlington, Arlington Highlands Boulevard in south Arlington and on West FM 544 in Murphy. More information at www.boomerjack.com
Bowl & Barrel in Dallas is hosting a Super Bowl bowling party from 5-10 p.m. The cost of $100 per lane (accommodates up to eight people) includes unlimited bowling, shoe rental and a Super Bowl appetizer party pack that comes with Rudolph's B&B melt, barrel dogs, giant pretzels, ghost pepper peanuts and frites with Trappist aioli.
8084 Park Lane, No. 145, Dallas. 214-363-2695. www.bowlandbarrel.com
Sports fans know the best time to go to Las Vegas is Super Bowl weekend, and WinStar World Casino offers the closest thing to a Vegas-style party with its The Watch Party Giveaway inside the Global Event Center. Tickets are $15 and include complimentary appetizers and soft drinks and a chance to win a share of cash and prizes up to $10,000. Doors open at 4 p.m., and drawings begin at 5 p.m. The casino's Palladium Sports Lounge also will show the game and will have $1 drafts and 50-cent wings. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Okla. 800-622-6317. winstarworldcasino.com
The Fan Sports Lounge in Victory Park is partnering with the popular Avenu Lounge to host The Ultimate Super Bowl Tailgate Party. Festivities include raffles, contests, a special tailgate menu with items to be smoked on patio grills and pregame sounds by DJ Rev. There is no cover, and table reservations are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
2990 Olive St., Dallas. 214-272-3908 . www.thefansportslounge.com
Brownstone, off West Seventh in Fort Worth, is hosting its Super Bowl party with a New Orleans-style food buffet to evoke the atmosphere and taste of the Crescent City. There will be drink specials throughout the day and a squares competition.
840 Currie St., Fort Worth. 817-332-1555. www.brownstonefw.com
Granada Theater is showing the Super Bowl -- including, of course, Beyoncé's halftime performance -- on its big screen with plenty of seating, concert sound and no cover. The chefs will make brisket tacos, and there will be specials on buckets of beer.
3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas. 214-824-9933. granadatheater.com
Dave & Buster's new location on Central Expressway in Dallas has HDTVs throughout the 44,000-square-foot building and has three 130-inch screens inside its very popular sports bar. For the Super Bowl, the sports bar is open for walk-in guests, and there is also a watch party for $25 per person in the restaurant's private event room with a buffet-style meal, two drinks and a D&B Power Card to use in the midway.
9450 North Central Expressway, Dallas. 214-361-5553. Additional locations in Arlington and Frisco. www.daveandbusters.com