A lot of moving parts play a role in making the Super Bowl the spectacle that it is, and epic Super Bowl parties are undoubtedly one of them. But actually attending the Super Bowl in Santa Clara — including the official parties that go with it — can be a bit pricey.
And staying home comes with its own challenges. Hosting a party can be quite the hassle between planning, invitations, food, drinks, serving supplies, decorations, space for seating, high expectations, post-party clean-up, and more.
With that in mind, attending a party put on by other people — whether in your area or in a fun destination city — can offer the best of both worlds, especially when those “other people” are professionals. As you finalize an itinerary for gameday, consider indulging in one of these fun Super Bowl parties. They’re all established celebrations in exciting cities, but they won’t necessarily blow your budget.
Barrel (Washington, D.C.)
What better place to enjoy the nation’s biggest sporting event than in the nation’s capital? For great food and a great deal, check out the Southern bourbon bar Barrel’s Super Bowl Party. This spot is a relatively recent addition to the bar scene on Capitol Hill. It actually serves California craft beers if you’re craving a taste of Santa Clara, but it will also offer craft beers from the competing cities as part of its open bar. Bourbon is Barrel’s core specialty, though, so select bourbon, rye, and team-themed cocktails are also included in the $65 ticket. Finally, this metro-accessible destination also offers all-you-can-eat spreads, chili, wings, burgers, “potato skins on steroids,” and much more.
Casa Di Amore (Las Vegas, NV)
Casa di Amore in Las Vegas is no stranger to throwing a raging Super Bowl shindig. The Italian American restaurant will be hosting its Ninth Annual Big Game Party at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino on Super Bowl Sunday. The venue boasts numerous 12-foot HD screens, guaranteed seating, and bottomless food and drink, including traditional football finger foods and pitchers of beer. Past Big Game Parties have included Las Vega showgirls, live music, door prizes, and, of course, lots of rowdy fans. Each ticket is $180, and doors open around two hours before the 3:25 pm PST kick-off. Visitors who choose to actually stay at the Westgate for the weekend can also enjoy the hotel’s day spa, pool, nearby golf course, and whopping nine restaurants.
230-Fifth Rooftop Bar (New York, NY)
In case an exciting sporting event, fun commercials, and a star-studded halftime show aren’t enough for you, this next event tops things off by adding New York City’s skyline as the backdrop. 230-Fifth Rooftop Bar is home to New York’s largest outdoor rooftop garden, which has a stunning view of the Empire State Building. If it’s too chilly to hang outside, the game can be enjoyed in the fully enclosed penthouse lounge. The party will offer an open bar serving beer and wine starting at 6 pm EST, on top of an unlimited buffet starting an hour later. Plus, it’s a bit cheaper at just $35 per person.
Wall Street Plaza’s Super Block Party (Orlando, FL)
Don’t want to commit to one bar for Super Bowl 50? Have no fear. A block party, like this one taking place in downtown Orlando, might be for you. Wall Street Plaza is a block of locally owned bars, restaurants and nightclubs and it throws block parties every weekend, including a “Super Block Party” during the big game. The seven venues offer something for everyone; Hooch has house-batched moonshine, The Monkey Bar has delicious martinis, while all bars participating in the block party will have game day specials like $4 Fireball, $6 Jameson, $7 Coors Light Pitcher, and more. The no-cover block party and specials start at 4 pm EST, with giveaways every quarter.
Plaza de Cesar Chavez (San Jose, CA)
Even if you’re not actually splurging on tickets to see Super Bowl 50 live at Levi’s Stadium, you can bet the game’s excitement will trickle out to bars, restaurants, and more nearby in the Bay Area. Outrageous Super Bowl entertainment is expected to take place from downtown San Francisco south past Santa Clara, where the stadium is. In fact, downtown San Jose is set to be one of the most exciting areas for Super Bowl 50, as Cesar Chavez Plaza is being turned into a beer garden open from noon until 10 pm PST. There will be food trucks lining the area, along animated LED displays and games for visitors, including a mini-football field and ping-pong tables. Much like Orlando’s block party, there’s no entrance fee for this urban park’s Super Bowl party.