It has begun. Like it or not, Super Bowl week is officially upon us, as events, parties, and celebrations tied to the big showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots have already gotten going different parts of the Valley, such as the ESPN Fan Fest over in Scottsdale and the NFL Experience. And the biggest celebration of the entire week, the ginormous Verizon Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix starts tomorrow.
Both areas of the Valley will serve as major hubs and will experience record crowds, as will pretty much everying adjacent to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale (including Westgate and the site of the attention-grabbing DirecTV Super Fan Fest).
The hullabaloo surrounding the Super Bowl has gotten considerably bigger since the last time the game came through Phoenix in 2008. way bigger.
In fact, local nightlife impresario and bar magnate Les Corieri, who has experienced two Super Bowls in the Valley, predicts that the activity level surrounding this year's version will be more enormous than before.
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"We expect this year to be bigger than ever," he says. "It's very spread out now this year. It's different than in years past when everything seemed to be happening in Scottsdale. And now there's a lot things happening in Phoenix and Glendale too. With growth you need spread, and that's what has happened this year."
And we've got the lowdown on every sort of party imaginable that will be happening in the Valley during Super Bowl week: big and small, cheap or expensive, fan festivals or club events, dance fests and viewing parties.
Verizon Super Bowl Central in Downtown Phoenix An extravaganza to dominate downtown as a 12-block radius stretching from Fifth Street to Central Avenue between Madison and Van Buren streets will make up Verizon Super Bowl Central from Wednesday, January 28, to Sunday, February 1. Highlights include a concert series, fireworks displays, sports-related fan activities on different streets, an enormous set of Roman numerals shaped like XLIX, beer gardens, and other attractiosn. Gates open at 2 p.m. daily and admission is free.
DirectTV Super Fan Festival at Pendergast Family Farm You'll have to be a major league VIP or big baller to get into the DirectTV's invite-only Super Saturday Night affair inside its party compound out in Glendale. If you're neither, the Super Fan Festival from Wednesday, January 28, to Friday, January 30, will pack more than enough thrills and attraction. In addition to its nightly concert series, the event includes a shooting gallery, the Food Network-sponsored "Cutthroat Kitchen Experience" with cash an prizes, a football skills challenge, mechanical bull rides, a racetrack, ziplines, a bungee jump, and other games, rides, and attractions. The stars of such HGTV reality shows as Property Brothers and Americas Most Desperate Kitchens will be in attendance and both The Dan Patrick Show and The Rich Eisen Show will have onsite broadcasts. Gates open at 5 p.m. each day. Tickets start at around $100.
El Hefe Scottsdale This go-to Scottsdale spot for the party crowd will offer no shortage of celebrations during Super Bowl week, starting on Wednesday, January 28, with a major rager that will feature and appearance by Tucson-born actress and singer Taryn Manning. El Hefe's resident DJs will be in the mix and there's certain to be the usual amount of rowdiness and raging. Doors open at 8 p.m.
ESPN Fan Fest Scottsdale at Fashion Square You've probably been seeing some beauty shots of Camelback Mountain and Fashion Square on ESPN the last couple of days as the network has been broadcasting more than 120 hours of wall-to-wall Super Bowl Week coverage -- including popular programs like Mike and Mike, NFL Insiders, and (of course) SportsCenter -- outside the mall and in front of audiences.
There's more than just live television action taking place at the massive event, which runs daily through Sunday, February 1, as there are three outdoor stages, all of which include fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, NFC/AFC lounges, and even yoga classes. Admission is free but there's likely to be much jockeying for spots in the audience. Hours vary. Visit www.fanfestscottsdale.com for the full schedule.
The Big Game Experience at W Scottsdale Hotel Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx will host a grand soiree feting the Super Bowl in high style with his friends on Thursday, January 29, at the W. The experience begins at 10 p.m. and admission is $100. VIP table and cabana service will be available by calling 602-405-0099.
Old Town Block Party at Diego Pops Neighboring eateries Diego Pops and The Montauk join forces for a five straight days and nights of partying in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale that will run from Thursday, January 29, to Sunday, February 1. More details can be had by calling 480-970-1007.
Super Bowl Block Party at Giligin's The staff at Giligin's -- including its infamous bartender Chuey the Rock 'n' Roll Midget -- will be pouring em strong while such gonzo games as Giant Jenga and super-sized Connect Four take place, cheap booze and beer is poured, and local rock bands perform during its four-day block party and free-for-all of live music and madcap fun from Thursday, January 29, to Sunday, February 1. Gates open at 11 a.m. each day. Admission is free.
The Kickoff Before the Kickoff Party at The Shout! House Score such food and drink deals as half-priced appetizers and $20 domestic beer buckets at this Westgate bar's party on Thursday, January 29, which will also feature an appearance by the Bud Light Girls, a prize raffle, and dueling pianos starting at 6 p.m. A pair of Super Bowl tickets will also be given away that. The event begins at 4 p.m.
Big Game Day Weekend at Wasted Grain A mix of DJs, dancers, live bands, and spirits will be on tap from Thursday, January 29, up until Sunday, February 1, during Wasted Grain's Big Game Day weekend event. Doors open at 2 p.m. daily and cover charges vary.
Big Game Kickoff Party at INTL Back-to-back parties staring big-name DJs and special guests inside the club and a Red Bull-sponsored VIP tent outdoors will make up the bulk of INTL's plans for Super Bowl weekend. Jersey Shore castmember and celebrity mixmaster Pauly D, for instance, will drop beats in abundance at the Big Game Kickoff Party on Thursday, January 29. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $25 and tent access is $50.
Cigars with the Stars at Dos Gringos Famed Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka teams up with Arizona Cardinals color analyst and talk show host Ron "Jaws" Jaworski on Thursday, January 29, for an evening of premium cigars, select single-malt scotches, hall of fame footballers, and plenty of tall tales being swapped over cheroots. A red carpet will be rolled out for entrances and a premium open bar will be pouring libations. Confirmed guests include Troy Aikman, Sterling Sharpe, Matt Birk, Joe DeLamielleure, and Lem Barney. Tickets are $500 each.
Beacher's Madhouse at BLUR While Scottsdale's entertainment district may resemble a three-ring circus during Super Bowl week, the inside of BLUR will literally become one on Thursday, January 29, when comedy impresario Jeff Beacher serves up an evening of vaudeville-style theatrics and cabaret performances. Pint-sized performers like Mini Lady Gaga and Mini Miley Cyrus and the troupe's infamous "Flying Midget Bartenders." No joke. The madness starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $100-$150.
Burlesque Bowl at Palazzo Pyrrha Sutra, formerly of Scandalesque, will offer a night of ecdysiast thrills and live entertainment at the posh-looking nightclub on Friday, January 30. Burlesque artists like Laura Cain, Cleodora, and Camilla Cruelle will offer football-inspired teases while an array of comedians, sideshow and circus performers and astounding fire artists do their thing for the delight of the crowd. Local comedy rapper Hot Rock Supa Joint hosts the party, which runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Tiesto at Maya Day and Nightclub Tiësto is nothing if not prolific. Over the span of his 21 years of producing and DJing, the big room trance star has produced 108 different remixes, 29 singles, 33 separate mixes, and a total of 16 albums. Needless to say, there's no shortage of material at his disposal for his pre-Super Bowl gig at Maya on Friday, January 30. Gates open at 9 p.m. General admission is $100 and the VIP treatment, which includes a souvenir lanyard and express entry, is $125.
The Big Game Extravaganza at INTL Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Ludacris will host and perform at The Big Game Extravaganza with backup from DJ Infamous on Friday, January 30. Doors open at 8 p.m. General admission is $75 and gets you into the tent. VIP upgrades are $250 and include the chance to "rub elbows" with Luda and other celebrities.
Leather & Laces Super Bowl Party at Bentley Projects If you've been itching to cross "partying with Victoria's Secret models at an art gallery" off of your bucket list, this two-night soiree on Friday, January 30, and Saturday, January 31, offers all that and more. Supermodels Erin Heatherton, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, and Lily Aldridge will make appearances and theatrical-oriented performances will be staged. Doors are at 9 p.m. each night and online tickets range from $840 up to $10,460.
Super Kismet at Crescent Ballroom Sean Watson's weekly dance party will undergo a bit of an upgrade on Saturday, January 31, for Super Bowl weekend. It will expand into the Crescent's main room and feature a beefed-up lineup of DJs, such as Benni Beatnik and The Blunt Club's Pickster One. The music mix will include indie, dance, electro, nu-disco, house, and any other sort of genre that will get things moving. The super-sized shindig starts at 9 p.m. and has a $5 cover.
Kaskade at Maya Day and Nightclub Progressive house king and noted football fanatic Kaskade will spend the night before the big game Saturday, January 31, blitzing Maya with a few four-on-the-floor favorites of his own, such as "Angel On My Shoulder," "4am," and "Move for Me." Gates open at 9 p.m. General admission is $100 and the VIP treatment, which includes a souvenir lanyard and express entry, is $125.
Bud Light's House of Whatever in Downtown Phoenix If you happen to be a millennial with a penchant for spontaneous hi-jinks, new experiences, a bad case of wanderlust, and an endless thirst for Bud Light - and are in the right place at the right time -- you might just wind up in the company of hipster party czar Steve Aoki and getting into some sort of impromptu adventure inside the massive tent and outdoor structure next to the Hotel Palomar that may or may not involve throwing cake.
Anheuser-Busch is planning to transform a portion of downtown into the "House of Whatever" the spirit of its current advertising campaign and welcome in upwards of 2,000 members of the 21-to-30 crowd that are down for anything into special invite-only events and parties on Friday, January 30, and Saturday, January 31. Getting a golden ticket may involve uploading a 15-second video showing off your spontaneity to Instagram or Twitter that's tagged @budlight and #UpForWhatever or are at a local bar or restaurant drinking a Bud Light when a "brand ambassador" rolls through. See www.budlight.com for more info.
Pre-Super Bowl Bash at Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Like Scottsdale most bar owners, Super Bowl weekend is gonna be an action-packed one for Dierks Bentley, y'all, but not because he has to oversee things at his namesake spot on Saddlebag Trail. While he'll be busy getting down with his fellow country superstars Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line on Saturday night, at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Bentley will spend the evening of Friday, January 30, hosting a at Whiskey Row. Country music mixmaster Deejay Silver will perform and those in attendance will probably be tipping one back along with the hometown hero. The party starts at 8 p.m., pardner.
Relentless Bowl at The Pressroom When the chart-topping DJ/producer tag team of Gareth McGrillen and Rob Swire (a.k.a. Knife Party) hit the Pressroom on Saturday, January 31, to headline the Relentless Bowl, it will be significant for a few different reasons. Primarily, it's the first time they've ever performance in Phoenix since smashing their way into the EDM world back in 2012, plus (with all due respect to The Roots) it's likely to be the loudest and most raucous gig happening that night. It's also going to be one of the cheapest, as general admission is $55. VIPs in the mood to spend can also get in, of course, for $75, which includes express entry, access to private areas with premium views, and a commemorative lanyard.
The Artist Lounge at Bar Smith Bar Smith will host a ton of activity this weekend, probably because its mere steps away from the entrance of Verizon Super Bowl Central. And one of its biggest bashes will be this affair on Saturday, January 31, that will be hosted by Paul Wall and feature a DJ Set by Talib Kweli and gigs by more than a dozen local hip-hop artists. Doors open at 8 p.m. and won't close until 3 a.m. Admission starts at $20.
The Brewer's Bowl at Bad Water Brewing Arizona's finest locally produced beers will be sampled, sipped, and sucked down throughout the afternoon and evening at this newly opened alehouse Saturday, January 31. Various food vendors and an array of live entertainment are also promised. General admission is $25 and the VIP treatment is $45.
RB Deep's Big Game Edition at BLUR Nightclub BLUR will bounce with club bangers and electro-house courtesy of DJ Erick Morillo and a cast of local mixmasters during the "big game edition" of ongoing house music night RB Deep on Saturday, January 31. Doors are at 9 p.m. Admission is $50.
PrimeSport Super Bowl Pre-game Party at Westgate Entertainment District An enormous tent will be erected in Westgate's parking lot in front of the Renaissance Glendale Hotel for the Club in the hours leading up to kickoff on Sunday, February 1. Dallas Cowboys hall of famer Emmitt Smith will host the event, which will feature premium food and beverages, an open bar, live entertainment, and more. 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit www.primesport.com for ticket info.
Big Game Party at Xplicit Showclub All the action of the Super Bowl will be shown on a pair of enormous projection screens while food and drink deals will include two-for-one domestic drafts, 50-cent wings, $9 burgers with beers, hourly shot specials, and premiums on bottle service at its Big Game party on Sunday, February 1. Free shuttle rides to the stadium and bar will be offered. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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