Less than 48 hours remain until Kurt Warner and the rest of the Arizona Cardinals become either champs or chumps.
As Steve Jansen wrote earlier today over on our Valley Fever blog, Kurt and the boys in red have a golden opportunity to not only redeem the enitre Cardinals franchise for stinking up Phoenix for the past 20 years, they also can reward our town with it's second major sports championship. (The Rattlers and Mercury don't rate, yo, those are fringe sports).
With such a potentially momentous event about to occur, we recommend making the most of it. So instead of spending your Super Bowl Sunday with your world famous queso dip and a case of Steel Reserve, try visiting any of the following super-sized shindigs that are happening this weekend and celebrate in style.
(Be sure to check out our online Super Bowl event listings for even more parties).
Draw 10 Bar & Grill
5444 E. Washington St.
Patrons at the "Cardinals Pride Party" who are wearing team gear will get their first drink for free at this Super Bowl viewing party, which also features $5 pitchers, $2 well drinks, prize giveaways, and more. An outdoor barbecue tailgate will take place with burgers, brats, and other tasty meats getting grilled. Prize giveaways are also planned. 3 p.m., free. Call 602-273-1061.
Four Peaks Brewing Co.
1340 East 8th Street, Tempe
Partake in some Kiltlifter or any of the brewery's other signature beers for as you watch Kurt Warner lead the team to victory (we hope). Food specials and happy hour prices will be available all day, including $3 pints and $11 pitchers. 10 a.m., free. Call 480-303-9967.
FuNuGyz Sports Grill
8378 West Thunderbird Road, Peoria
The sexy Silver Bullet Girls will be in the house at this west side drinkery, offering prizes and giveaways to patrons during FuNuGyz's viewing party. Special menu selections will be available, and $1 Cardinals Red Zone shots will be served each time the Red Birds score. 4 p.m., free. 623-487-1271.
Hell's Half Acre
6751 North Sunset Boulevard, Glendale
All of the bars and nightspots at the Westgate City Center, the home of your Arizona Cardinals, will be throwing some serious celebrations, including the folks at Hell's Half Acre. The happy hour deal of $1 off all drinks will be available all day long, and other specials will be on tap. The bartenders have also whipped up a special "Cardinals Bomber" concoction, which is made from cherry vodka, cranberry juice, and Red Bull. 12 p.m., free. Call 623-877-8447.
4139 West Bell Road
This newly-renovated West Valley nightclub will offer a free tailgate buffet with pizza, nachos, and wings, as well as the Super Bowl game playing on four different jumbo screens. Trivia games and prizes are also planned, and drink specials include $2 Bud Light drafts, and $3 wells, wines, and domestic beers. 2 p.m., free. Call 602-843-6100.
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville
6751 North Sunset Boulevard, Glendale
You'll get more than just a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" at this West Valley beach bum hangout's game day fiesta. Both domestic drafts and Landshark bottles will be available for $3, margaritas are only $4.50, and there will be specials on wings. A free halftime raffle provides the opportunity to win Phoenix Coyotes tickets, gift certificates, and the grand prize of a Margaritaville frozen concotion machine. 4 p.m., free. Call 623-772-0011.
Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife
4494 West Peoria Avenue, Glendale
One of the West Valley's best sports joints will be putting on a "Cards Super Sunday" fete to honor the big day. Happy hour drink prices will be offered until the end of the game, multiple door prizes will be awarded during every quarter, and giveaways from Miller and Coors will also be handed out. Specials include $3 super mugs, $2.50 Coronas, $2.25 pints, and $1 off well drinks and call liquors. A "Crazy about the Cards" celebration follows the game at 9 p.m., win or lose. 11 a.m., free. Call 623-842-1053.
Max's Sports Lounge
6727 North 47th Avenue, Glendale
A ginormous game-time raffle at Max's Super Bowl bash features a 42-inch flat screen TV, cash vouchers, bobbleheads, and other prizes. Drink specials will also be available. 11 a.m., free. Call 623-937-1671.
7135 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale
If you're feeling a might parched, this infamous Scottsdale eatery will be serving $25 bottomless margaritas and half-priced drinks at their "Super Bowl Fiesta" to help slake your thirst. Food specials include $2 tacos and $5 appetizers. Table reservations are recommended. 11 a.m., free. Call 480-675-7777.
Saddle Ranch Chop House
9375 West Coyotes Boulevard, Glendale
The party runs all day long at this Westgate saloon, with breakfast being served at 8 a.m. and plenty of $1.99 Bloody Mary's and mimosas. The lunch and dinner menu starts at 11 a.m. and drink specials include deals on specialty liquor carafes, half-priced second shots, and $35 domestic beer towers. Come early and get a chance to dine in the bull ring. 8 a.m., free. Call 623-889-7770.
7316 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale
After Arizona won the NFC championship, SIX Lounge was the place where numerous Cardinals players and cheerleaders celebrated. We hear that the swanky Scottsdale party palace will be having an equally phat fete planned for this Sunday, including appearances by former NFL stars and a 20-foot video wall showing the game. The official after party will also take place here, with DJ J. Alan and guest turntablists spinning rock, upscale hip-hop, and mash-ups all night. Table reservations are available. 2 p.m. Call 480-663-6620.
3 South 3rd Street
Don't wanna watch the big game with your dippy next door neighbors or co-workers? Why not hang out with Phoenix Suns superstar Amare Stoudemire, who will be hosting "The Ultimate Super Bowl Viewing and After Party" at his restaurant along with Sacramento Kings rookie Jason Thompson. A slew of killer giveaways will be offered, including a football autographed by Larry Fitzgerald, tickets to the upcoming Young Jeezy and T.I. concerts, and other prizes. DJ Quote will be on the one's and two's and hip-hop artist Ton Don will man the mic. 3 p.m., free. Call 602-307-5825.
2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
The District Plaza will host thousands of screaming Red Bird fans as they attend the "Big Red Bash," which features music from local bands, food and drink specials, and more. The sports jocks of KTAR will also be broadcasting live from the event. 2 p.m., free. A rally and "Welcome Home" party will also be held the following evening (regardless of how the team does) and FOX Sports Arizona will tape its final edition of Qwest Cardinals Live for the season, 7 p.m., Monday, February 2. Call 602-553-2663.
Upper Deck Sports Grill
4224 North Craftsman Court, Scottsdale
Cheer on the Cardinals all weekend as this Scottsdale sports bar will offer an indoor/outdoor pep rally on Saturday with appearances by former NFL players Mark McMillian and Byron Evans, as well as one-time Arizona safety Kwamie Lassiter. The local rockers of The Rug Burns will also perform, while numerous DJs spin inside the club. 5 p.m., free. Meanwhile, the "Big Game, Big Party" tent party will take place on Sunday afternoon, with the Super Bowl broadcast being shown on a 22-foot-high theatre screen. Cash in on $3 Coors specials and feast upon a $24 per person all-you-can-eat buffet featuring sirloin burgers, grilled chicken, brats, and other meaty delights. 1 p.m., free. Call 480-941-9333.
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7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale
A stylish Super Bowl soiree will take place in the hotel's upscale Living Room lounge. The bar will provide specially-priced cocktails and beer buckets, as well as an array of gourmet game-time food, including sliders and pizza. Rooms run $199 per night, but rates will be reduced to $99 if the Cards win. 2 p.m. Call 480-970-2100.
2501 East Telawa Trail
View the big game on some big screens -- including a 92-inch HDTV -- while munching on a sumptuous complimentary buffet and entering into a pre-game raffle for a 42-inch LCD TV. DJ Cedric Ceballos will work the record decks and drink specials like $3 beers and $6 wines will be offered. An after-party starts at 8 p.m. and will be hosted by former Suns star Eddie Johnson. 2 p.m. $20 advance, $25 at the door. Visit www.redcarpetnights.com.