In case you missed it last week, Every decent hotel within a 20-mile radius of NRG Stadium has been sold out for months as Houston has preps for its third time hosting the biggest annual sporting event in America. If you willing to shell out some major cash, then you can party with super models and A-listers. But if you’re more interested in surrounding yourself with football fans without the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, there are some great places to go on Sunday, and we’ve found some of the best for you.
Super Bowl Watch Party at the North Door
The North Door is hosting a FREE Super Bowl watch party, complete with killer drink specials, Mexican food, and the opportunity to watch the Super Bowl and every excellent commercial in between on their 25-foot HD screen. If you have no better parties to go to and dread the chaotic sports bar environment, this is your best bet for a more Austin-y approach to sports entertainment.
If what you’re looking for is mobs of like-minded, sport-loving, loud-mouthed superfans, head to downtown Austin and park yourself at the Champions Sports Bar attached to the Marriott hotel. Both spaces are well-known for catering to sports fanatics, and offer indoor and outdoor viewing space as well as Super Bowl food and drink specials. Take note though – these will probably be the loudest places in town.
The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum
This is the one and only official watching party of The Ticket, and it is free, free, free. The Bomb Factory boasts a 30-foot HD big screen, a bounty of Super Bowl-appropriate food from Wiles BBQ, parlor games, and they even promise to deliver awesome prizes giveaways every quarter; so no matter who you’re rooting for, at least someone nearby is always winning.
The Owners Box at Omni Dallas Hotel
This spectacular hotel bar is a sport lover’s dream. There is a giant 16-foot screen plus more than 70 TV’s situated throughout the space for a totally immersive viewing experience. The cover charge on Super Bowl Sunday is only $25, and from what we’ve heard, the brisket potato skins and Texas chili alone make this a steal of a deal. The well-curated ambiance, patio dining, and oversized seating areas give a luxurious feel to this sports-centered atmosphere.
The Biggest Super Bowl Watch Party at The Ballroom at Bayou Place
The doors for this massive event open plenty early at 2:30 on Sunday afternoon, so you can start your day off right with some bloody marys and all the pre-game coverage your heart can handle on this, our last day of football for the season. They feature a number of big screen TV’s, celebrity DJ’s, NFL players, and a balcony view of the city from their 15,000 square foot venue. Tickets range from $25-1,300, so you can tailor your own personal level of VIP viewing.
If you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path, away from the heart of downtown and the madness that is sure to envelop the five-mile radius surrounding NRG Stadium, then this may be your oasis. It’s a beautifully lit backyard bar and patio where the green beer always flows, and it’s become a bit of a sanctuary for people looking to have a great night out without the hassle. Best of all – it’s conveniently located in Midtown, near enough the action to feel a part of it, but far enough away to remain unaffected. For a low-key Super Bowl experience, this is your place.
Regardless of how you decide to spend it, the Texas Lifestyle Magazine Team wishes you a safe, fun, and memorable Super Bowl Sunday.