Bud’s Ale House in Astoria
Are you ready for some football? The big game is this Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! There are dozens of local bars in which to hang out in time for the 6:30pm kickoff, so where will you be keeping warm, what will you be drinking, and which team will you be cheering for when the San Francisco 49ers face off against the Baltimore Ravens for Super Bowl XLVII? We found four fab spots in Elmhurst, Bayside, Jackson Heights and Astoria that offer up sweet Super Bowl drink specials, several big screen TVs, and plenty of pigskin-loving company to make your game-day plan is a winner all the way.
At Bayside’s New Orleans-themed sports bar Bourbon Street, you’ll find fun and funky Big Easy atmosphere that will make you feel like you’re just steps away from the Superdome end zone. It’s no surprise then that the prix fixe Super Bowl party here – which certainly doesn’t skimp on eats or drinks – is a total touchdown. For $45, you can nosh all you want on a hot and cold buffet that includes several menu favorites (Ribs! Wings! Sliders!) and go hog wild on unlimited mixed drinks, bottle and tap beer, wine and soda, plus score a prize from multiple raffles and drawings, all while watching the game on one of the giant plasma televisions throughout the venue. Bring your beads and good cheer! 40-12 Bell Blvd Bayside NY, 11361 (GMAP)
With its tasty bar grub (we’re still dreaming about those fried pickles), $7 pitchers of beer, and over a dozen big-screen TVs, Bud’s Ale House in Astoria is a no-brainer spot for anyone who has football fever, but avoid the hassle of the last-minute plans by scoring tickets for special reserved Super Bowl seating for you and your buds before the big game for. The $75 deal includes all you can drink draft beer from any of the 25 selections on tap, a selection of snacks including nachos, sandwiches, fries and wings and, of course, rad giveaways. Tickets are limited so be sure to snag them soon! 34-02 Steinway St. Astoria, NY 11101 (GMAP)
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Play Lounge in Elmhurst is where you can score posh VIP treatment for the big game beginning at 5 p.m. Plus, you can take advantage of all the fun games and activities including billiards, ping pong, air hockey and bowling during commercial breaks! If you feel like really ballin’, secure a private table for you and up to 10 of your closest pals and enjoy one of two Super Bowl packages – bottle service and two platters of food or a $200 minimum of your choice of food and beverages – all while watching the action on a mega TV screen. A $25 ticket gets you access to a five-hour open bar and free game usage! The after party keeps hoppin’ until 4 a.m. with dancing and music by DJs Shadee, RobTV, FX and Chino. Score! 77-17 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst, NY 11373 (GMAP)
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Football and barbecue go hand in hand, which is why Legends Bar in Jackson Heights is a party in the front and business in the back kind of place that makes it perfect for a hungry game day group. Legends is an under-the-radar dive that also happens to be home to Ranger Texas Barbecue, one of the best smoke joints in NYC, so it’s a good Super Bowl bet. Cheer your fave running back to the end zone while sipping on Guinness, Pilsner Urquell, Brooklyn Lager, Bass or Yuengling as you watch one of the five TVs in the bar and then head to the back room for some seriously tasty ‘cue that’s smoked on premises.
Word is the massive wood-burning smoker comes right from the Texas Hill Country. The menu boasts brisket, sausage, ribs, pulled pork and sides like creamed corn, baked beans and coleslaw and cornbread. The meat is sold by the pound and smothered in tangy Texas-style sauce, perfect for low-key game day eats. Feel like staying at home? Ask about their catering and take-out options. It’s a win/win either way. 71-04 35th Ave. Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (GMAP)