Super Bowl XLVII, featuring the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, starts at 5:25 p.m. Sunday. This day has practically morphed into a national holiday, not just for the game but also the commercials and, of course, the parties. If you’re planning to make a day of it, and want to watch the game with a big crowd, here is a sampling of hot spots in DFW to catch the game:
The Texan Station Sports Bar & Grill, inside the Gaylord Texan Resort on Lake Grapevine, has a 30-foot-high, 52-foot-wide TV screen and leather recliners. Until another DFW sports bar can top that, it will always be at the top of my list to watch any sporting event. The recliners are available by reservation with the remainder of the bar available on a first-come, first-served basis. For info or to make reservations, call 817-778-2210
Frankie’s Sports Bar in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth is hosting its Football Super Party. Reservations are $50, $60 on game day, and include six drink tickets, a “swag bag full of goodies” and raffle tickets for prizes. 817-870-9090
The Rustic, Uptown’s new hot spot, is hosting its inaugural Super Bowl party with doors opening at 11 a.m. There will be live music leading up to the game with a 125-inch screen on the inside stage and 220-inch screen on the outside stage. Specials include chicken and duck wings by the bucket. 214-730-0596
The Gas Monkey Bar N Grill in Dallas is hosting a Big Game Watch party with Ben and Skin from 105.3 The Fan. A $25 ticket includes a buffet, a raffle ticket for prizes and a portion of the ticket price goes to the kids at Dallas and Fort Worth Can. VIP booths for four available. 214-350-1904
Eddie V’s Dallas, on Oak Lawn Avenue, offers an alternative to those not wanting a loud sports bar atmosphere. It will have happy hour all night every Sunday, including the one with the big game. There are also private dining spaces that come with their own TVs, if you want that suite experience. 214-890-1500
Fox & Hound in downtown Fort Worth is hosting a watch party that includes drink specials such as $3 Big Mug Coors Light. The two-story sports bar is also doing a raffle with more than $500 in prizes.
BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar has five Tarrant County locations (two in Fort Worth, two in Arlington and one in Bedford). They are all equipped with tons of flat screens, and most importantly, the country fried steak fingers that many of us grew up with at Dairy Queen.
The brand-new Three Sheets Uptown is following its packed opening weekend with the Biggest Little Super Sunday Party in Uptown. With Sfuzzi and Primos both closing in recent weeks, look for this to be the next place to see and be seen in Uptown. 214-298-3836
The Granada Theater is hosting its Super Party: Denver vs. Seattle 21+. There is no cover and the game will be on the big screen. Specials include $1 pizza and brisket sliders. There is no RSVP, first come, first served.
Twin Peaks, with locations throughout North Texas, is hosting a Fantasy Bowl Lingerie Party for the big game. Need I say more? Further details available at each location.
The Nodding Donkey Texas Sports Saloon in Uptown is always a great spot to watch the Super Bowl and if the weather cooperates, the open air patio will be a hot spot. There is no cover and there will be drink specials all day.
Bowl & Barrel in the Shops at Park Lane has Super Bowl party packs available for $100 per lane that feature seven hours of bowling, shoes and snacks with up to eight people per lane. For those in the dining room only, there are unlimited chicken wings, $9.95 per person. 214-363-2695