A couple of weeks ago it looked like our Atlanta Falcons were on track to make it back to the biggest event in American sports. Alas, it was not in the cards. But come Feb. 6 that won’t stop us from crowding around the TV in our living rooms or jockeying for a spot at a local sports bar. On Super Bowl Sunday, even the most lackadaisical football fan will be watching, even if it is really just for the commercials. For those who want to get out of the house, here are some great spots around town to watch the game.
Tap — Midtown
The game will be shown with sound on numerous TVs throughout the Midtown gastropub, and multiple food and drink specials will be offered starting at 5 p.m. In addition to the regular menu, special dishes for the game include Macho Nachos and chili cheese fries. If you think you know how the game will play out, submit your guess of the halftime and final scores for a chance to win your bar tab on the house. Reservations are not required but are recommended, especially for larger parties.
1180 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-347-2220.
TJ’s Sports Bar and Grill — Alpharetta
With more than 60 TVs and six HD big-screens, you won’t have any trouble seeing the game at this Alpharetta sports bar. In addition to Miller Lite and Coors Light drink specials during the Super Bowl, TJ’s will run giveaways throughout the game. TJ’s is the official home of the Atlanta Green Bay Packers Fan Club, and they plan to celebrate in style. There will be a half-time raffle featuring Packers merchandise and Super Bowl memorabilia, with the main prize being a 13-inch bronze statue of Curly Lambeau. During the game, a DJ will play the same music played at Lambeau field. Doors open at 3 p.m.
2880 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770-552-7700.
Dantanna’s — Buckhead
If you want to eat something a little more upscale than wings and nachos while you watch the Super Bowl, then Dantanna’s in Buckhead might be the place for you. For $50 per person, guests can reserve a seat to watch the game on the wall of projection screens and plasma TVs in the bar area and dine on a buffet fit for a king. The extravagant spread will include Allen Brothers prime rib; a raw bar with crab claws, shrimp cocktail, oysters and clams; and some unique items related to the teams playing in the game.
3400 Around Lenox Drive, Suite 304, Atlanta. 404-760-8873.
The Strand Theatre — Marietta
The Strand Theatre, a landmark on historic Marietta Square since 1935, will offer free admission to view the Super Bowl on its full-sized cinema screen. After falling into disrepair in the late 1990s, the Strand underwent more than $5 million in renovations and reopened in early 2009. The Super Bowl screening is an all-ages event and a great option for families looking to get out of the house on Feb. 6.
117 N. Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080.
P’cheen — Old Fourth Ward
P’cheen International Bistro & Pub in the Old Fourth Ward will have a special menu for the game, including three kinds of wings, their popular barbecue and two specialty entrees based on the cities of the competing teams. They also will feature drink specials and giveaways throughout the game. P’cheen will show the game on two flat-screen televisions and a large projection screen.
701-5 Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-529-8800.
Tavern 99 — Buckhead
Tavern 99 plans to add to Super Bowl Sunday with its own halftime show. In between watching the game on the large projection screen, the Brian Collins Band will be playing a live set during halftime. Drink specials include mix and match 16-ounce domestic beer buckets for $15, $4 Bloody Marys and a roving pack of shooter girls slinging shot specials.
128 E. Andrews Drive, Atlanta. 404-835-8311.
Champps — Alpharetta
Boasting some of the biggest big-screens in the metro area, Champps is a great option for those around Alpharetta. There will be multiple drink and food specials, as well as prize giveaways throughout the game.
7955 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta. 770-642-1933.
Jocks and Jills — Galleria
Jocks and Jills in the Galleria Mall and Shopping Center will show the Super Bowl on more than 70 HD TVs. Sports trivia will be featured from 4 to 5 p.m. and raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win a 32-inch LCD TV, as well as three framed autographed Atlanta Falcons jerseys. Jocks and Jills will offer beer specials, as well as bratwursts and the “Pitt burger” in honor of the competing teams.
1 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-952-8401.