When Super Bowl LVI kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 13, more than 100 million people will watch the battle between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. That includes all the die-hard NFL fans and casual viewers in the Phoenix metro area tuning in to the big game.
Whichever team you bet on or bet for, it’s bound to be an action-packed contest filled with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. If you want to catch the big game in a setting that puts your neighbor to shame, we’ve got a list of some of the best Super Bowl watch parties in the Valley.
Granted, virtually every bar or restaurant will have TVs plugged in, some bars, clubs, restaurants and even shopping malls have festivities planned. Most will have food and drink specials while others will offer prizes, raffles and live music. This includes one of the following valley spots.
The CAZ Sports Bar inside Casino Arizona, 524 North 92nd Street in Scottsdale, will host the annual “Big Game Viewing Party” with over 40 screens showing the football battle in 4K resolution, cash and giveaways, and Fox Sports 910’s Shawn Crespin serving as host. Craft beers will also be available for purchase and attendance will be strictly limited to those 21 and older. The party starts at 2 p.m. and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Free entry.
810 Billiards & Bowling
The CityScape location at 810 Billiards & Bowling, 50 West Jefferson Street, will offer a VIP experience with food, snacks and beverages included. Jerseys and team clothing are encouraged. The fun starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $50.
Desert Ridge Market and Tempe Market
Both outdoor malls are planning “Game Day Tailgate” events with huge LED screens showing every second of the action, outdoor bars and Madden available to play from noon until game time. Activities Tempe Marketplace, 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, will take place in and around the district stage and will also feature a DJ from Power 98.3. At Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 North Tatum Boulevard, screens will be set up at Barnes & Noble Courtyard and District Stage. Giveaways, shows, photo ops with a giant football helmet and other distractions are planned. Seating in both cases will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cactus Jack’s Ahwatukee Tavern
The owners of Cactus Jack’s, 4747 East Elliot Road, will be showing the game on eight big-screen TVs and offering various food and drink specials. The “Super Music/Super Bowl” night will also feature artists from local bands like The Noodles, Xtra Ticket will perform Grateful Dead tunes starting at 5:30 p.m. Raffle prizes (including a ticket to the Skull & Roses music festival in California this spring) will also be awarded throughout the afternoon and evening. Free entry.
Clubhouse at Maya
As all the football action unfolds on one of Maya’s HD screens, 7333 East Indian Plaza in Scottsdale, you can take part in your own games. Distractions like Foosball, Skee-Ball, Billiards, Cornhole and Giant Jenga will all be available to play around the joint. Doors open at 9 a.m.
The dirty drummer
Patrons of the Dirty Drummer, 2303 North 44th Street, can participate in food and drink specials while watching the game on multiple screens. The party starts at 4 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. Call 602-840-2726 for details.
Phx of industry
The festivities at this LGBTQ+ establishment in the Melrose District begin at 12:30 p.m. with a Drag Brunch, which lasts until 3 p.m. Later, you can watch the match unfold on a giant projection screen and several televisions.
Kimmyz on greenway
You can partake in $3 national bottled beers, $5 appetizers and boneless wings, plus other food and drink specials at the annual Super Bowl party at Kimmyz , 5930 West Greenway Rd. It operates from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and admission is free.
Talking Stick Resort
Fox Sports 910’s Mike “Roc” Muraco and Dan “Manuch” Manucci will host a 21+ party at the Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale. Doors open at 2 p.m. and there will be food and drink specials, cash giveaways and prizes and sports betting (natch). Places will be available on a first come, first served basis.
The Golden Margarita watch party will include libations, all the action from the grill playing on screens large and small, and a post-game dance party until 2 a.m. with DJ Pest on the decks. Kick-off is at 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.
Happy hour prizes will be offered until 7 p.m. at Kobalt, 3110 North Central Avenue, Suite 175, during the Super Bowl celebration. They’ll have the game on the bar’s big screen with plenty of snark and sassiness coming from its ever-entertaining crowd of regulars, especially when the commercials are on. Things start at 4 p.m.
Sports Grill bleachers
This Ahwatukee sports center at 15410 South Mountain Parkway will have 55 HDTVs showing the Cinncinatti vs. LA Specials showdown like $1.50 Jell-O shots, $3 domestic pints and burgers and fries at $9 will be available after the game starts at 4 p.m.
Football fans at Chopper John’s, 2547 East Indian School Road, can partake in servings of green chili chicken lasagna and $5 Bloody Marys while watching LA and Cinncinatti battle for grill glory. As always, there is no cover.