Super Bowl 2020 is this Sunday and it brings several firsts: It’s the first time the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are meeting in the big game, and it’s the first Chiefs’ Super Bowl in 50 years.
That means it’s the first time Queens’ famous Kansas-style barbecue spot John Brown Smokehouse will get to host a Super Bowl party.
“We’re just trying to hope the walls don’t fall down,” says owner Josh Bowen in anticipation of lots of boisterous fans rooting for Kansas City, Mo.
Bars around town will be throwing watch parties of all shapes and sizes, from spicy wing-eating contests to drag dance parties. Find one that fits your needs, and if your team loses, remember that pitchers and catchers report to spring training in just a week and a half.
For Chiefs fans
John Brown Smokehouse
10-43 44th Drive, Long Island City
The Chiefs’ fan headquarters in NYC also happens to be one of the city’s most renowned barbecue restaurants. So you should expect extra Kansas City smoked flavor for the big game.
The bar expects crowds to be lined up by 3 p.m., and will send fan overflow down the street to sister spot Mothership Meat Company (27-20 40th Ave.), which has an outdoor beer garden and a Texas-inspired menu. At John Brown, food will actually be limited so everyone can focus on the game: Fans will get one pass through a buffet before the kitchen shuts down early in the game and all attention stays on the TVs. That includes the owner, Josh Bowen, who has made it clear no one is to bother him at his favorite game-watching spot. “If any on my employees say anything to me on my stool, they’re fired,” Bowen quips.
For 49ers fans
221 Second Ave.
The first ‘Niners Super Bowl in seven years is bringing a gold rush of prizes and booze to Finnerty’s, Manhattan’s home for all things Bay Area sports. As quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the gang fight for the team’s sixth championship, the bar will give away six prize packages, including a Jerry Rice autographed football, a Joe Montana autographed helmet, a Steve Young autographed jersey and more.
The bar is offering a handful of packages for your big game experience that range from a six-hour open bar for $220, to entry, a free drink and a raffle ticket for $80.
The crowds are expected to be so big the bar is setting up satellite parties at its sister bar Plug Uglies (256 Third Ave.), which has eight 50-inch TVs and 16 beers on tap; and Merchants’ Gate (59th Street and Eighth Avenue in the Turnstyle Underground Market), which offers craft cocktails and short-rib chili.
For fans in The Bronx
The Bronx Public
170 W. 231st St.
The Bronx’s own Jenny from the block will be tearing up the halftime show this year and the neighborhood is ready to celebrate. This colorful hot spot on the edge of Kingsbridge starts the party with a pre-game brunch from 2 to 6 p.m., featuring DJ Dita, then keeps the action going through the game. The food menu includes neighborhood classics like chicken and waffles and new twists on Bronx staples, like a vegan chopped cheese sandwich. Reservations recommended.
The Punch Bowl
5820 Broadway; 718-884-7322
This no-frills dive has been a neighborhood staple for more than a century, and it’s still holding strong as The Bronx adds higher-end options. The corner bar sets the scene with some sports memorabilia on the wall, and it’s a good place to cheer on the game with your neighbors if you’re not into the craft-beer heavy menus at other new spots in the neighborhood.
The Bronx Alehouse
216 W. 238th St.
This brick-lined Kingsbridge watering hole is the spot for fans who like tickling the tongue with unique beers during the game, offering 16 rotating taps from lesser-known breweries like Industrial Arts and The Bronx’s own Gun Hill. The grub includes double-cooked Buffalo wings (fried then grilled), fried mac ‘n’ cheese, fried pickles and much more, which you can order while watching the game on the handful of TVs lining the bar.
For fans in Staten Island
2178 Forest Ave.
Staten Island’s famed two-level sports bar will have plenty of room for cheering on the game, with 10 HDTVs and three 110-inch HD screens. Get your game day sustenance from its menu of wings with unique flavors like spicy peanut butter buffalo, and some other spins on old classics, including bacon-wrapped mozzarella sticks. And if the action on-screen gets boring, you can always switch to one of the many billiards tables.
The Beer Garden
1883 Victory Blvd.
The bar has been around since 2002 and has drawn in sports fans ever since for its rotating craft beer taps. The bar created a food menu special for each Super Bowl team, including San Francisco staples such as seafood stew and a carne asada burrito, and Kansas City favorites such as beef brisket and baby back ribs.
For fans in Queens
Bohemian Hall and Garden
29-19 24th Ave.
This legendary Astoria spot is the place to be for anyone who likes a side of authentic German beer with their football. The game will be shown on numerous HDTVs, along with a free hot buffet from kickoff to halftime and raffle prizes during each quarter.
Austin Ale House
8270 Austin St.
The beer will flow freely in an all-you-can-drink party at this Kew Gardens sports bar and restaurant. The $60 entry gets you draft and bottled beer, cocktails and a halftime buffet, and if you want to really kick it up, you can order 50 wings for $55 or 100 for $95.
27-16 23rd Ave.
If you find the hoopla around the big game to be a bit of a laugh, QED has got you covered. The Astoria comedy venue is hosting its first-ever chili cook-off, and will have comedians riffing during the first half of the game, plus drink specials. Enter the chili contest for $10, be a judge for $7 or just watch for $5.
Sweet Spot Sporting Lounge
22-72 31st St.
This Astoria sports bar, at 7,000 square feet, is already pretty big, but the skylights make it seem even bigger. That’s plenty of room to watch one of its 43 HDTVs while enjoying drink and bottle specials. Stick around for the halftime and after-party from DJ Chino, dancers and more.
32-04 Broadway, Astoria; 718-777-5400
Let’s face it, the actual Super Bowl game can be a bit of a drag sometimes, especially if it’s a blowout and nothing even meme-worthy happens during the halftime show. That’s where Break Bar comes to the rescue: It’s got a bar lined with TVs, but also pool tables, Ping-Pong, foosball, Big Buck Hunter and more, so you can keep yourself entertained.
40-12 Bell Blvd.
The all-inclusive $60 tickets to this Big Easy-inspired Bayside bar give you access to a top-shelf open bar, halftime hot buffet, wing specials all game long, raffle prizes and more. It may not be New Orleans weather this weekend, but the bar tries to honor its namesake with a rooftop bar and menu featuring alligator bites, gumbo and muffuletta sandwiches.
For fans in Brooklyn
2102 Utica Ave.
Lots of parties have all-you-can-eat wings, but what about all-you-can-handle wings? Head down to the Flatlands neighborhood to find out just how super your stomach really is: This Jamaican bar will have the game on its big-screen TVs with food and drink specials, but the real action will come at the halftime spicy wing eating contest, which offers a chance to get your name on the bar’s champions plaque.
Time Out Market
55 Water St.
Sure, you could be in Miami at the Super Bowl taking in the view of . . . uh, nothing really. Or you could stay in the city and watch the game with one of the best views in America while noshing on local cuisine like Juliana’s Pizza and Pat LaFrieda steak sandwiches. The Time Out Market in Dumbo watch party also features a gorgeous view of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges and Manhattan skyline. The event is free but seating can be reserved for $5 per person. There is also a $50 package that includes credit for food and the bar.
61 Wythe Ave.
If you like to bowl while you Bowl, the huge Williamsburg alley and concert venue has you covered. Watch the game on 14 HD screens with “full concert sound” with a side of $1 wings and $23 pitchers of beer. Admission is free but make sure to book a lane in advance if you want to tackle some pins during the game.
The Wicked Monk
9510 Third Ave.
If football is church for you, this Bay Ridge pub and restaurant that looks like a monastery is the place to be. The bar serves up craft beers and the kitchen will be dishing out wings and “pretzilla,” its giant baked pretzel.
4th Down Sports Bar
750 Grand St.
This Williamsburg sports mecca has walls lined with TV and sports memorabilia (trigger warning to Jets and Giants fans) and 12 taps of craft beer. If the game gets boring, check out the bar’s arcade, featuring foosball, Big Buck Hunter and a digital beer pong game.
636 Degraw St.
Test your brain before you watch the players test their braun with football-themed trivia, and prizes and beer specials from Cigar City Brewing. Then try your hand at cornhole and street curling (that’s curling, but not on ice) in the bar’s huge outdoor space before the big game, which will be shown on two big screens with full sound.
For fans in Manhattan
Bowery Beer Garden
This huge downtown spot claims to be New York’s largest sports beer garden. It’s got more than 50 HDTVs, a selection of 40 beers, and the menu features higher-end pub fare like shrimp fries, mac ‘n’ cheese croquettes and Cuban sandwiches.
149 Bleecker St.
During the regular season, this is Tampa Bay Buccaneers territory. They didn’t exactly make it to the postseason, but you can still enjoy this Village bar’s Caribbean vibe for the big game with a $79 package that includes a three-hour open bar, unlimited hot wings and reserved seating. Stick around after the game for karaoke, too.
53 Christopher St.
The LGBTQ landmark in the West Village is putting its own unique spin on a daylong Super Bowl party. Expect five hours of drag, dancing and games, followed by a Super Bowl party where everyone will “watch all the ads and dance during the boring parts.” Tickets are $8.
43 E. Seventh St.
No listing of Manhattan sports bars is complete without Standings, the East Village institution with a hoarder’s collection of sports memorabilia, news clippings and souvenirs hanging in every nook and cranny. It’s got 10 taps of craft beer and much more at the bar, but it’s small and cozy, so get there early to stake out some space.
352 Seventh Ave.
Game crowds will spread out across the two floors of this 7,500 square foot Midtown sports bar. It’s got leather banquettes, dining tables and two bars, including one it claims is the longest in the city. The game will be on 16 big-screen HDTVs and in surround sound, and the bar will be serving up $5 beer specials, along with Feltman’s of Coney Island hot dogs, nachos and other game day fuel.
Singles mixer at the Empire Hotel Penthouse Lounge
44 W. 63rd St.
The Super Bowl is a great example of teamwork and camaraderie, which can all make you feel a little lonely, especially with Valentine’s Day coming up. NYC Social Events is trying to fix this by making its Super Bowl party a singles mixer. For the $15 entry fee, you get drink specials, appetizers and a name tag to help you mix and mingle with dozens of other friendly, football-loving singles.
Inwood Bar & Grill
This massive Inwood spot is throwing a massive party, featuring a live DJ and 45 TVs across its two floors and huge backyard. The menu has game day staples like wings and nachos, but it’s also got offerings for the more distinguished — or at least hungrier — palate, from an Argentinian grilled meat sampler and stuffed lobster tail, to pineapple rice and salmon ceviche.