Where will you be watching Sunday's big game?
Tomorrow is shaping up to be one of the biggest days in Phoenix sports history.
It all depends, of course, on how well the Arizona Cardinals do against the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday's NFC Championship game. Will the Red Birds defy the predictions of nearly every single sports pundit and pull off an impossible win against Donovan McNabb and company? We can't say for certain, although we've got our fingers crossed and are hoping against hope that they will.
What we are sure about is that almost every single TV set in the Valley will be tuned into the game and that every bar or restaurant will be having some sort of celebration or viewing party going on tomorrow.
We've put together a rundown of 10 of the coolest places around the PHX where you can don your crimson jersey and cheer on Larry Fitzgerald and the rest of the team with all the other Johnny-come-latelies who are jumping on the Cardinals bandwagon for the next 24 hours or so.
(As always, be sure to call each place for more information).
101 East Jackson Street
Watch the big game go down on any of this downtown Phoenix sports bar's gigantic screens while chowing down on its menu of delicious comfort food. Drink specials will also be available. There's even a rumor that Alice himself will be in the house to check out the game. 12 p.m. Call 602-253-7337.
2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
If you feel like partying over on the east side, Cadillac Ranch will be hosting a massive throwdown and viewing party with the game being shown on 20 big screen plasma televisions. Various food and drink specials will be available. 12 p.m. Call 480-894-1111.
Marc's Sports Grill and Nightlife
4494 West Peoria Avenue, Glendale
The folks down at Marc's seem to be anticipating that the Cards are gonna win, which is why they're dubbing it the "Cardinals Pre-Super Bowl Party & Game." In addition to broadcasting the game on many of their 25 televisions, the bar will feature giveaways from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., an appearance by the Heineken Girls, and various drink specials. Starts at 12 p.m. Call 623-842-1053.
15814 North 83rd Avenue, Peoria
Arguably the west side's best sports bar, McDuffy's will be showing the game in grand style on numerous HG TV screens. Domestic drafts are available for only $2 in case you get thirsty. 1 p.m. Call 623-334-5000.
4312 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale
Mickey's will present its legendary Sunday brunch during this all-day Cardinals party. In addition to its normal repast, a few "Take a Bite Outta Philadelphia" food specials will be on tap, including $6 Philly cheesesteak grinders and pizzas. Bottomless mimosas will also be available for $16 (with the purchase of one entrée and one side). 9 a.m. Call 480-425-0111.
Native New Yorker
9620 North Metro Parkway West
This pizza and wing joint will be showing the game on many of its 40 huge plasma screens, while various food and drink specials will be offered during the game, as well as prizes and giveaways. 1 p.m. Call 602-861-6748.
2375 East Camelback Road
The personalities of 101.5 Jamz will be in the house for the "Cardinals Tailgate and Viewing Party," which features a half-priced food menu, 2-for-1 specials on all drinks, DJ spinning the hits, and ticket giveaways for Lil Wayne's concert later this month. 11 a.m. Call 602-954-5620.
4338 West Bell Road, Glendale
One of the Valley's biggest and best Irish bars will feature a slew of gametime drink specials and plenty of raucous fans. 12 p.m. Call 602-547-9406.
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SKYE Restaurant & Lounge
16844 North Arrowhead Fountains Center Drive, Peoria
Feeling hungry? The Platinum Room at SKYE will have an "all you can eat" barbecue brunch with such treats as burgers and teriyaki chicken during its celebration party. The game will also be presented on a 28-foot HD big screen. 1 p.m. Admission is free, but the buffet costs $19.95. Call 623-334-0010.
Whiskey River Saloon
3202 East Greenway Road
Cheer on the Cardinals to victory at this country and western joint's raucous viewing party. A "Build your own Bloody Mary" bar will be offered, as will $2 beers, $3 shots, and a number of food specials. 12 p.m. Call 602-867-2802.
And as a bonus, here's a place to head after the game is over:
7316 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale
If you feel like celebrating after the Red Birds trump the Eagles (c'mon, you know it's gonna happen), then this Scottsdale hotspot will be presenting the official after party tomorrow night. DJ J. Alan will be spinning Top 40 and upscale hip-hop and a few Cardinals players may even show up. 9 p.m. Call 480-663-6620 for the cover.