We’re almost two weeks removed from the Arizona Cardinals getting their asses handed to them by the Carolina Panthers in the that lopsided 49-15 mauling. And, boy, does it still sting. A lot.
So it goes without saying that will be rooting for the Denver Broncos to do what the Red Birds couldn’t as they attempt to upset Cam Newton (a.k.a. Football Jesus) and the Panthers during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.
And you know what? We probably won’t be the only jilted Cardinals fans to be doing so, as we’re willing to bet that a good chunk of the Birdgang will be pulling for Peyton Manning to pull off the upset over Carolina and cap off his career with another Super Bowl win, whether they’re watching at home or at any of the viewing parties happening around the Valley on Sunday.
While its true that the game will be on at pretty much every single place where libations are being served, certain bars, clubs, and eateries will have big plans and major festivities in honor of the occaision as they serve up any number of specials and dole out prizes to football fanatics. That includes any of the following 15 spots in Metro Phoenix.
The Crescent’s lounge will once against host it’s amusingly named “Hamm’s Me the Ball” viewing party, which will feature the gridiron action being projected onto a wall-sized screen. Food and drink specials include $3 bean dip, $5 jalapeño poppers, $5 mimosas, $7 nachos, and $20 buckets of Four Peaks beers. 3 p.m., free.
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Coach's Corner Grill
This Downtown Phoenix jock joint will be putting on its annual Big Game Bash on Sunday afternoon with all the trappings. Tickets to Arizona Rattlers games and the Arizona Cardinals' home opener next season will be given away, food and drink specials will be offered, and plenty of rowdy football fans will be in attendance. 2 p.m., free.
Bad Water Brewing
Get an early start to your football festivities at the second annual Brewer’s Bowl on Saturday, February 6. Locally produced beers will be sampled, sipped, and sucked down throughout the afternoon and evening as 19 different Valley breweries — including 8-Bit Aleworks, O.H.S.O., Saddle Mountain, Pedal Haus, Craft 64, The Beer Research Institute — compete for the Brewer's Bowl Trophy. Mustache Pretzels and other food vendors will provide the eats and local bands like Genre and The Copper States will serve up sounds to go with your suds. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 general admission, $55 for VIP access.
The showdown between the Panthers and Broncos will be broadcast on three enormous screens during The Big Game viewing party inside the casino’s showroom. Food and drink specials, jersey giveaways, and prize drawings, are also planned. 3 p.m., free.
Buy a drink during Cactus Jack’s game day party and get access to its taco bar while checking out the game on a big screen. A free show by “cosmic rock” band The Higgs follows the game. 4 p.m., free.
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
Seeing how it’s a stronghold for local Broncos fanatics, its no surprise that the Scottsdale location of Whiskey Row will be holding a big celebration on Sunday. And we do mean big. The outdoor patio will be extended out onto Saddlebag trail to allow plenty of space for more than a thousand Broncos fans to cheer on Peyton Manning and company. Bottle service and pony kegs will also be available for purchase and custom cornhole games featuring boards boasting the teams colors will also be offered. Doors open at 10 a.m. Admission is free but space will be limited. As such, early arrival is recommended.
Yucca Tap Room
Happy hour prices will be available until 7 p.m. and 50-cent wings will be served all day on Sunday at the Yucca in honor of the big game. As always, there’s never a cover at the spot.
Every single screen inside ThirdSpace will be tuned to the game and a variety of food and drink specials will be offered all day long. 4 p.m., free.
Marc’s Sports Grill & Nightlife
Action will take place all day long at Marc’s, including free Texas Hold’em before the game starting at 11:45 a.m. and karaoke happening afterwards at 9 p.m. Door prizes will also be awarded throughout the afternoon, including a Coleman grill and Jim Beam liquor display. The game itself starts at 4:30 p.m.
Pedal Haus Brewery
Patrons can pre-game starting at 11 a.m. at this Tempe brewhouse, as $3 Pedal Haus beers will be all day long on Sunday, as will $4 Bloody Marys or mimosas. No cover.
Football fans can partake in $2.75 Bloody Marys, $5 mimosas, and $11 buckets of beer while watching Denver and Carolina battling for gridiron glory at Chopper John’s. The freshly popped popcorn, however, is free. 4:30 p.m., free.
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Everything you could hope for in a gametime celebration will be offered during Handlebar's Backyard BBQ party on Sunday, including a prize raffle, games like bags and beer pong, $4 beer specials, and plenty of eats. 11 a.m., free.
Both the Scottsdale and Phoenix locations of Twin Peaks will serve as a “pigskin paradise,” or so says their Facebook pages, on Sunday with game viewing on numerous screens, food and drink, a slew of craft beers on tap, and the bevy of beautiful servers. Both spots open at 11 a.m. No cover.
A monster of a celebration is planned at The Lodge in Tempe and will include such specials as $4 Fireballs, $5 Rumple Minze, $20 buckets of beer, and $30 bottles of champagne. Opens at 11 a.m. No cover.
A hot wing-eating contest at halftime boasting a $250 cash prize to the winner will be a part of the celebration on Sunday at this Westgate hangout. Drink deals like $3 wells, wines, and domestic beers can be had from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. No cover.