Posted on: January 22, 2014
Even though the holidays are more than over, I still have the “holiday spirit” — that sense of happiness and joy that’s transformed me into a happier, nicer and more cheerful fellow. It isn’t because I’m still listening to Christmas music. No, no, it’s because Super Bowl XLVIII is a week and half away. Combine this with the fact that both the Patriots and the 49ers aren’t playing and this little blogger is one happy muchacho.
But where are you going to watch the game? Tempe has no shortage of great restaurants and bars where to kick back, grab a drink and some food and watch Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to victory. This year, I’m heading down to Mill Avenue to watch the game. I’ve put a lot of thought into my schedule for next Sunday. Obviously, TVs and food are what’s most important for arguably, the most important day of the year.
I’m starting the day off at Handlebar Tempe. I love this place. It’s local and it has a great atmosphere – two things that are important to me. They have TVs all over the place, so seeing the game won’t be an issue. I’ll indulge myself with some festive football food as well, most notably their pretzels with beer cheese along with an order of sweet potato fries, which are the best I’ve had. I’ll be washing both of these down with a beer, which is easy to do because Handlebar has 24 different beers on tap. When at Handlebar, it’s a must to order a Gooseneck a.k.a. Hopped Collins. This Phoenix New Times “Best of 2013 Readers Poll” Award winning beer cocktail is a must try. If you’re not aware, it’s gin, fresh lemon, soda water and Four Peaks Hop Knot. Also, did you know that every Sunday, patrons to the bar can take advantage of a “Stein and Sausage Sunday”, which is $8 stein fills and 2-for-1 brats?
The halftime show is of no interest to me whatsoever so while that’s going on, I’ll be taking my talents three blocks north to The Tavern on Mill to catch the second half. The Tavern is awesome, with TVs everywhere and an excellent menu. They also have a great selection of draft beers. I’m a huge fan of the Baja Fish Tacos here so I’ll be getting a few of them. Between the chips and salsa, two tacos is a great hold-me-over until dinner. But you can’t go to a bar and not get a drink, right? Two of my favorite beers are on tap here and you can bet the house that I’ll be getting a glass of both. I’ll probably start off with an Abita Purple Haze, which is sweeter beer because it’s made with raspberries. I absolutely love it. My other favorite is New Belgium Fat Tire. Fish tacos are difficult to pair with a good beer but I like a good amber ale and Fat Tire is always a win. Throughout the game, Tavern will be having promos, contests and drink specials that will change every quarter , as well as by who’s winning.
Once the game is over, I’m heading over to Buffalo Wild Wings, one of Tempe’s best sports bars. What better way to end a day filled with football than with some of the best wings around? I’ve been wanting to try this new Sriracha Sizzle wing sauce they now serve. I’ve heard it’s really tasty but is only available until February 9th. The bar has a wide array of craft, domestic and imported beer to choose from. Wings and beer with friends is the perfect way to end Super Sunday.
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